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Rafia Zakaria

The thorny question of quotas

Criticism of women who fill the reserved seats stands the risk of being incorporated in the general misogynistic tone Published Sep 21, 2016 01:23am

Haj and humanity

Saudi Arabia’s sovereignty over what is holy to all Muslims appears far more real than the concept of an ummah. Published Sep 07, 2016 12:54pm

The 14-second stare

Men stare and stare and stare — old men and young men; bearded men and clean-shaven men; ... Updated Aug 31, 2016 09:33am

Not our kids

There is no corner of the country where the exploitation of children is not taking place. Published Aug 24, 2016 01:23am

Dependence days

When the fuel to run the country comes from elsewhere, the ways in which it is used is often dictated by others. Published Aug 17, 2016 01:04am

The wild cards

A better Olympics, one that is not exploitative, may simply not be possible. Published Aug 10, 2016 01:21am

Other honour killings

Pakistani society refuses to budge from the premise that women’s lives belong ultimately to men. Published Aug 03, 2016 01:27am

Correction nation

A society that elevates, simulates and celebrates corrections is one that does not believe in moral boundaries. Published Jul 27, 2016 02:09am

Dead but not defeated

In the virtual world, women are exerting the sort of independence and equality that is denied to them in the real Published Jul 20, 2016 01:23am

Saudi scapegoats

Pakistanis are weak, their lives are cheap and they can provide at best a feeble response to the aspersions Saudi Arabia Updated Jul 13, 2016 09:45am

Elites, expats and enclaves

In many parts of the developing world where security is an issue and social inequity is rampant, there is deep Published Jul 06, 2016 02:59am

The lost art of Pakistan

Once touted as a giant step forward for Pakistani art, the National Art Gallery is now languishing. Published Jun 29, 2016 07:06am

Lords of the campus

Educational institutions offer excellent opportunities for power plays and harassment, whose targets are often. Published Jun 22, 2016 05:21am

Leaving Saudi Arabia

The issue of Pakistani workers trapped in Saudi Arabia’s eastern region deserves the urgent attention of both ... Updated Jun 15, 2016 09:47am

On secret marriages

In a patriarchal society, where men dominate, arguments against secret marriages are quickly transformed into... Published Jun 08, 2016 07:08am

‘A light beating’

The CII has come out with decrees that effectively make marriage a union of three: the man, the woman and the mullah. Updated Jun 01, 2016 01:24pm

Bodies and bullies

Girls are starved and scolded, trussed up and painted to participate in the manically competitive marriage market. Updated May 25, 2016 10:33am

Pakistan abroad

The Lahore Literary Festival in New York took with it the story of a country where art and resistance have a long . Published May 18, 2016 01:34am

A women’s jirga

The Sister’s Council represents a promising answer to a difficult problem. Updated May 11, 2016 09:33am

After Saudi Arabia

The restructuring of the Saudi economy means that many Pakistanis working in the kingdom will no longer have jobs. Updated May 04, 2016 09:25am