The Least Liveable Cities in the World

January 13, 2017

What were the worst places to live in 2016? If you live in a big and hectic city like London or Tokyo, you have most likely found yourself cursing its crowds, distances and public transport, and the weather. With expanding populations, basic services become strained, causing chaos on the streets...

The World This Week: Army, America and Akhtar Confront Pakistan

August 28, 2016

A country created by a Shia Muhajir is being torn apart by ethnic, sectarian and class divides as poverty, inequality, injustice, corruption and repression enrage an increasingly urbanizing population. This week, Turkey finally sent its troops across the Syrian border to take on the Islamic...

VIDEO: I Am Agha

July 22, 2013

In Pakistan, most children living in poverty will die before their 18th birthday. This film tells the story of a street child (Agha Khan) who collects garbage and works hard to survive. Life goes on, no matter what happens around him. While Agha’s most pressing concern is survival, he also...

Pakistan: The Uneasy Tie Between Educational Reform and Violence

May 23, 2013

Maria Khwaja examines the rhetoric of educational reform during the general election and obstacles on the ground in Pakistan’s largest city, Karachi In December, I hurriedly snapped a photo of five men at Qasim-ul-Uloom School in Karachi. Located in the ethnically volatile Orangi-town area,...

Pakistan: The Task Ahead

May 16, 2013

No state can tolerate a challenge to its monopoly of power from within; in other words, a state within a state is a contradiction in terms of state sovereignty  Hopefully by the time this article is published, Pakistan would, despite the reign of terror let loose by the Taliban on the...

Pakistan Elections: Tweedledum and Tweedledee

May 10, 2013

By Masood Hasan The national election in Pakistan looks like a game of polarisation, but if democracy is meant to provide some relief and prosperity, all political parties have flopped, bottom up. The field is now wide open, and anything can happen — including a hung parliament. Thank God I am...