[This post was originally published on the South Asia @ LSE blog.] Pakistan’s iconic philanthropist Abdul Sattar Edhi passed away in Karachi at the age of 92 on 8 July 2016, and was accorded the first state funeral in Pakistan in 30 years. Edhi embodied selfless humanitarianism, providing welfare without discrimination to the downtrodden in… Read More Abdul Sattar Edhi: The philanthropist who filled in for the state in Pakistan
(Originally published on the South Asia @ LSE blog.) Mumtaz Qadri, the police bodyguard of former Governor of Punjab province Salmaan Taseer was executed on 29 February 2016 for killing him with 27 bullets on 4 January 2011. The assassination followed the Governor’s call to reform of Pakistan’s blasphemy law. The execution shows the State’s rejection of violent… Read More Will the execution of Governor Taseer’s assassin reopen the debate on Pakistan’s blasphemy law?
You thought the YouTube ban was bad? The Government of Pakistan under the proposed Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill 2015 is giving itself sweeping powers to remove or block ANY content it deems unfit. As Pakistani citizens, we must resist this move to protect our right to use the internet freely as means of expressing ourselves.… Read More How Pakistanis’ internet rights are at stake, and what you can do to reclaim them
[Originally published at Future Challenges] Malala Yousufzai first gained recognition in 2008 at age 11 when she took to the Press Club in Peshawar against the Taliban banning girls’ education in the Swat valley. She soon started writing an anonymous blog for the BBC as Gul Makai, chronicling the feelings of a young girl… Read More What Malala’s Nobel Peace Prize means for Pakistan and the world
Hunger is desperation. Hunger is helplessness. Hunger is a disease. Hunger is seeing your children cry for food but being unable to feed them. Imagine waking up every morning not knowing whether
[Originally published in the Daily Times Op-Ed pages] “We consider ourselves Pakistani, but unfortunately the government of Pakistan does not” were the resounding words uttered by a resident of FATA I spoke to recently. “As you entered this Agency, you must have read the board that says ‘Ilaqa-e-Ghair’ (area of the others), does that not… Read More Independence in FATA
[Originally published in the Daily Times Op-ed pages] The primary focus in the drone debate so far has remained on the civilian casualties. Drone attacks have mostly been concentrated in the North Waziristan Agency (NWA), and some in the South Waziristan Agency (SWA) of FATA in Pakistan. However, the impact of these killings in particular and… Read More Living Under Drones: the Psychological, Social, and Economic Impact of Drones in FATA.