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Lost in Xinjiang- Rafia Zakaria

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SAKANDAR Hayat is a Pakistani who had settled in the Uighur city of Kashgar. There he ran a successful garment business. His wife...

Unlit stoves – Rafia Zakaria

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IT was supposed to be a magic solution. In the late 1990s, development professionals wanting to deliver rural women from the drudgery of...

The women will win- Rafia Zakaria

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IT was the Saturday after the tragedy when women came out to protest in Karachi. Some days earlier, in the early hours of Wednesday,...

‘Repulsive’ & ‘primitive’ – Rafia Zakaria

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HISTORY is revealed quite slowly in the US. This is particularly true of its presidential history. Long, painstakingly compiled records of telephone calls, conversations,...

Rain and romance- Rafia Zakaria

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IT begins with the television anchors. As clouds gather over Karachi they begin their strange song. The weather is going to become ‘pleasant’, they...

Politics, not economics- Rafia Zakaria

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VIEWED from afar, Pakistani women seem to be doing quite well. The rates of urbanisation in the country have risen and more women than...

A fair-trade world- Rafia Zakaria

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RECENTLY, the World Bank authorised a loan of Rs84 billion to Pakistan. The money was apparently disbursed from the Resilient Institutions for Sustainable...

The pandemic depression- Rafia Zakaria

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IN the midst of a crisis, whether it’s battle or crime or, in the case of most of the world, a pandemic, there is...

Procuring vaccines- Rafia Zakaria

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ADAR Poonawalla and his father Cyrus Poonawalla are betting big on vaccines. Even before the vaccine being developed by researchers at Oxford University has...

End of an era?- Rafia Zakaria

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IT seemed that the age of Trump would never end. In January and February and most of March, the American economy was running strong....