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Rafia Zakaria

An almost happy country

An almost happy country

How you estimate Pakistan’s position depends on whether you are an optimist or a pessimist. Updated Sep 20, 2017 08:43am
The noble and the Nobel

The noble and the Nobel

Even when her husband was dying abroad, Aung San Suu Kyi did not leave Myanmar. She stayed. Now others are being ... Updated Sep 13, 2017 11:04am
Rain and ruin

Rain and ruin

A city home to millions and in the direct path of terrible destruction should be better informed about the effects of... Published Sep 06, 2017 07:26am
When justice is regressive

When justice is regressive

Stop Stoning Forever tried to mobilise civil society in Iran against the enactment of stoning punishments. Its office Published Aug 30, 2017 01:02am
A country for sons

A country for sons

Not all the blame for Pakistan’s skewed gender ratio can be pinned on ultrasounds. Updated Aug 23, 2017 10:27am
Lights out in Trump’s America

Lights out in Trump’s America

Some wild theories have emerged about the approaching total solar eclipse that will be visible in the United States. Updated Aug 23, 2017 10:27am
Wanted: female Taliban

Wanted: female Taliban

It is now the turn of Pakistani women to be targeted and they may well be sitting ducks. Published Aug 09, 2017 02:45am
The women who win

The women who win

The self-made woman has been tough to find in the realm of politics. Published Aug 02, 2017 02:08am
Modesty and fashion

Modesty and fashion

Whether or not one thinks ‘modest fashion’ is an oxymoron, the phenomenon is here to stay. Published Jul 26, 2017 01:43am
Art and loot

Art and loot

The homes of the wealthy in Pakistan are often adorned with priceless antiquities that should be the property not ... Published Jul 19, 2017 06:43am
Women qazis in India

Women qazis in India

Trained not only to arbitrate and counsel but also to perform marriages, these women are likely to change the landscape Published Jul 12, 2017 07:28am
United States of sadness

United States of sadness

The days of American intervention were never quite over and they will stay for the near future. Updated Jul 05, 2017 10:13am
Fear in Finsbury Park

Fear in Finsbury Park

Muslim women wearing headscarves have been assaulted, Muslim men are routinely stopped and harassed. Published Jun 21, 2017 07:05am
‘Toxic masculinity’

‘Toxic masculinity’

The perpetrators of many recent terrorist attacks have been found to have had a history of domestic violence. Published Jun 14, 2017 05:01am
Fruitless days

Fruitless days

When some folks see higher prices in Ramazan they feel morally entitled to punish those engaged in opportunism. Published Jun 07, 2017 01:31am
Protecting Muslim women

Protecting Muslim women

No one travelling on a bus in Karachi or Lahore will try to shut up a rage-filled man who is targeting two Christian... Updated May 31, 2017 10:06am
In pursuit of solitude

In pursuit of solitude

An elegy for solitude is particularly relevant with the month of fasting around the corner. Updated May 24, 2017 06:58am
Masculinity vs equality

Masculinity vs equality

With women pitted against women, their enslavement is perceived as acceptable, even recommended and praised. Published May 17, 2017 02:03am
Rape and ordinary men

Rape and ordinary men

Unlike in India, little attention has been paid to the issue of rape in Pakistan. Updated May 10, 2017 10:54am
A sinister stage

A sinister stage

‘Should’ is a limp and feeble word in Pakistan, one that follows catastrophe, provokes assurances, but never any action. Published May 03, 2017 01:08am