So today, I was happily reading through this ranking of the best DC insider shows by Foreign Policy, enjoying its many excellent smack-downs for shows supposedly based on the city. While slightly confused why Scandal got three out of ten points for accuracy (how is it any more credible than NCIS?) I finally reached Homeland. Clearly, the ranking expert … Continue reading Are we really singing praises of Homeland for its “accuracy” now?
Since this past week, the global media has been furiously digging into the most non-controversial controversy of all times. Michelle Obama didn't cover her head while the Obamas paid their respects to Saudi Arabia's late dictator King Abdullah. Hold your horses, though: Obama wore a loose, long shirt with a jacket fully covering her arms … Continue reading The act of defiance that wasn’t
I came across an excellent, and damning analysis published by the blog, The Brown Pundits, which explores the reasons why Pakistan’s notorious blasphemy law continues to find blind support among its masses, and is so difficult to repeal. Even if the law itself is repealed, what of the pervasive ideology that is constantly fed by the religious elite … Continue reading To rebuild a generation free from extremist idealogies, Pakistan must go back to the basics
It's Martin Luther King Jr. Day today in the United States. I admit I wasn't very familiar with the American civil rights movement until I watched the wonderful Selma over Christmas, and inspired, followed it up with voracious reading on MLK over the holidays. While growing up in Pakistan, my school education was not big on world history, least of all civil … Continue reading Getting Acquainted with Dr. King
Originally published by The Guardian After Peshawar, Pakistan must not turn a blind eye to the connection between its ghost schools and the growth of radicalism in its most neglected regions Eight years ago, I briefly held what was perhaps the best job in Pakistan. I was the documenter of good news. You see, good news … Continue reading Building schools to combat extremism in Pakistan
Originally published by The Express Tribune, Pakistan on December 28, 2014 On December 18th, when news first broke that Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, a top leader of the terrorist outfit Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and accused mastermind of the Mumbai terror attacks, was going to be released on bail, frenzy ensued. The Indian media exploded, and was quick to compare … Continue reading Holding the Government and Army Accountable
This essay was originally published by the Papercuts Magazine in October, 2014 Seven years ago, I left the city of my birth for good. Ostensibly, my leaving was tied to the most common reason young Pakistani women emigrate: marriage. It’s taken some years of introspection to see that my decision to marry when I did was … Continue reading Leaving the Metropolis