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IDs and vaccines – Rafia Zakaria

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PAKISTAN is once again on the brink. The past several days have seen rising death tolls — increasing to the point that they are...

Numbers paint a cruel reality – Rafia Zakaria

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The writer is an attorney teaching constitutional law and political philosophy. PAKISTAN is a country in which the accident of birth determines everything. The household...

The perils of being a journalist – Rafia Zakaria

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BEING a journalist in Pakistan is a dangerous proposition. A noose is put around your neck when you begin and it is tightened gradually...

Women during the pandemic – Rafia Zakaria

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ONE year ago, the world ran on different rules. The rhythm of day was different, the management of time was different, people behaved differently...

Workers and FIFA in Qatar – Rafia Zakaria

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IF you happen to be one of the many Pakistanis who work and live in the Gulf, say in Dubai or Doha or Sharjah,...

The forever struggle – Rafia Zakaria

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ANYWHERE one casts a glance, women are in turmoil. Even in the year 2021, where DNA is revealing the secrets of human illness, where...

The dream of ending poverty – Rafia Zakaria

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ONE short decade ago, I happened to read an article about Westerners arriving in China to adopt abandoned baby girls. Written by a...

Reviving a moral universe – Rafia Zakaria

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IN or around the year 1210 a poet was born in the Persian city of Shiraz. Not unlike now, those years were a...

Ordinary killings… – Rafia Zakaria

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A COUPLE of weeks ago a man named Shakil — a resident of Sheikhupura had an argument with his family members. When his mother...

The price of ‘youth’ – Rafia Zakaria

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IT is not exactly a new trend, but it is newly widespread. Over the past decade the world had seen women’s faces chiselled...