Rafia Zakaria

New Karachi

New Karachi

Three-quarters of a century after partition, Pakistanis should be able to fix the situation in their largest city. Published 03 Aug, 2022 09:04am
Murder and suicide

Murder and suicide

On her TikTok profile, Sania Khan had posted just the sort of videos that upset the self-styled guardians of morality ... Published 27 Jul, 2022 04:17am
The gender gap

The gender gap

The horror and discomfort of being female in a country of men has been lamented ever since Pakistan came into existence. Published 20 Jul, 2022 07:49am
A city that always sinks

A city that always sinks

Optimism in rain-doused Karachi amounts to the simple hope that this round of rains does not deal too heavy a blow. Updated 13 Jul, 2022 09:42am
The worldwide labour crisis

The worldwide labour crisis

As a labour-exporting country, Pakistan should be paying close attention to the emerging demand for workers abroad. Updated 06 Jul, 2022 08:59am
When memory fails

When memory fails

The focus should be on long-term care for those who are losing their memory, being patient with them, and not allowing their... Published 22 Jun, 2022 07:50am
The expectation of privacy

The expectation of privacy

The proliferation of vloggers, Instagrammers and TikTokers means that people can remove the division between the public and th... Published 15 Jun, 2022 08:10am
Celebrations for what?

Celebrations for what?

Such an extreme celebration of nationalism surely cannot be a good idea at a time of far-right belligerence. Updated 08 Jun, 2022 09:06am
Your life, my entertainment

Your life, my entertainment

Vloggers suffer from burnout from constantly producing likeable and viewable content. Published 01 Jun, 2022 07:46am
The most dangerous time

The most dangerous time

Such is the normalisation of violence against women that no one is bothered even when they know someone is being abused. Updated 25 May, 2022 07:55am
Political planet

Political planet

The fact that climate catastrophe does not accord with national borders is proving to be a problem. Published 18 May, 2022 07:58am
Starving and veiled

Starving and veiled

The Taliban’s latest edict on the burqa could be a last-ditch effort to create a controversy and get some international attention. Published 11 May, 2022 08:04am
Killer mosquitoes

Killer mosquitoes

The sort of solution that a biotech firm sought to decrease the mosquito population, and thus limit disease, is an eye-opener. Published 27 Apr, 2022 07:45am
Money back guarantee

Money back guarantee

There's an issue as to whether overseas Pakistanis should have inordinate level of influence on political system of the country. Updated 20 Apr, 2022 08:45am
Summer of discontent

Summer of discontent

The months ahead will see the resources of the world’s financial institutions being stretched to the limit. Updated 13 Apr, 2022 09:10am
The massacre in Bucha

The massacre in Bucha

Human suffering should be the ultimate instigator of action. Updated 06 Apr, 2022 08:33pm
Betrayed in Afghanistan

Betrayed in Afghanistan

Afghan women cannot participate in the rebuilding of the country that is so urgently required. Updated 30 Mar, 2022 08:54am
Racism in Europe

Racism in Europe

If ever there were doubts about the shallowness of European ‘civilisation’, the current conflict should put them to rest. Updated 24 Mar, 2022 07:50am
Other people’s wars

Other people’s wars

The new Russia does not seem suited to an ascetic life, but much of what we know of it is the picture provided by urban elites. Published 16 Mar, 2022 07:24am