Rafia Zakaria

Feminists before Partition

Feminists before Partition

There are many male heroes and leaders, poets and writers, who stood up to the British; the stories of women are harder to find. Updated 28 Oct, 2020 08:13am
So set in our ways

So set in our ways

Programmes and workshops against gender-based violence are of no use in Pakistan. Updated 21 Oct, 2020 08:22am
‘Catching’ the terrorist

‘Catching’ the terrorist

The terrorist-catching fever of 2018 is now ancient history but the ‘type’ of journalist who indulges in this is worth a debate. Updated 14 Oct, 2020 08:26am
Lost in Xinjiang

Lost in Xinjiang

They had spent three weeks in Pakistan when they received an alarming phone call from back home. Published 30 Sep, 2020 07:16am
Unlit stoves

Unlit stoves

The reasons for the failure of the clean stove could have been predicted had anyone consulted the women. Published 23 Sep, 2020 07:40am
The women will win

The women will win

The fight before them, the fight against a mentality, a culture in which men feel entitled to violate women, is going to be an Published 16 Sep, 2020 07:20am
‘Repulsive’ & ‘primitive’

‘Repulsive’ & ‘primitive’

The surprise is not so much a matter of diplomatic controversy as it is an illustration of endemic racism. Updated 09 Sep, 2020 08:39am
Rain and romance

Rain and romance

This weird song of denial is sung with regularity; a parody of love and pakoras against the backdrop of utter devastation. Published 02 Sep, 2020 07:11am
Politics, not economics

Politics, not economics

The ideal educated and employed Pakistani woman is only a doll. She can say sentences that are expected of her in any given Published 26 Aug, 2020 07:51am
A fair-trade world

A fair-trade world

While fantasies of being self-sufficient are a regular indulgence in Pakistan, there is little transparency on why we are not Published 19 Aug, 2020 07:07am
The pandemic depression

The pandemic depression

According to the World Bank, nearly 60m people will be pushed into poverty and the global economy will shrink by 5pc this year. Updated 12 Aug, 2020 09:50am
Procuring vaccines

Procuring vaccines

The matter of obtaining a vaccine is crucial to the health of millions of Pakistanis, many of whom have pre-existing conditions. Published 05 Aug, 2020 07:55am
End of an era?

End of an era?

Only a new vaccine can save Trump. Published 30 Jul, 2020 07:37am
The fallen Buddha

The fallen Buddha

The unveiling of the sleeping Buddha was supposed to represent the turning of the page on the age of the TTP. Published 22 Jul, 2020 07:15am
To speak or not to speak

To speak or not to speak

No one is willing to open up their homes, no one is willing to mediate, no one is willing to watch out and report. Updated 15 Jul, 2020 09:12am
The fate of Tipu’s Tiger

The fate of Tipu’s Tiger

The iconic tiger should come to Pakistan, which, being the Muslim successor state after colonial India, should have a right to it. Updated 08 Jul, 2020 09:18am
Visa disaster

Visa disaster

Ironically, no one in India seems to want to accept the truth behind the US visa ban. Updated 01 Jul, 2020 09:19am
The mess that is Karachi

The mess that is Karachi

Can a man or woman standing in sewage ask questions? No, absolutely not, and KMC knows this. Updated 24 Jun, 2020 08:01am
A Sufi woman’s courage

A Sufi woman’s courage

Her story is yet another example of a heroic Muslim woman who has been largely erased from history. Published 17 Jun, 2020 06:53am