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Rafia Zakaria

New America In Sight

MANY of the senators voting `no` on President Barack Obama`s proposal to attack Syria had already spoken by the time Marco Rubio, the Republican senator from Florida, had the opportunity to speak and register his vote. One of the youngest…

Precision Wars

THE month of September has brought war before. It was on Sept 7, 1940, that the sustained bombing of London by Germany`s Nazi regime began. Known now as the Blitz, this bombing campaign would last 267 days, or nearly 37 weeks. Night after…

The Shadows Of Hate

AS the rains waned and the sodden ground re-emerged from under the waters, the rising din of war drums echoedthroughoutthe country. Adm Mike Mullen, America`s top military official, hurled towards Pakistan a tremendous accusation. In a…

No Room For Dreams

A SEVEN-year-old from Karachi was asked by her teacher to write an essay on where she would most like to go; it can be any place the teacher said, anything you can imagine, real or make-believe. The little girl wrote out her wish and handed…

The Transformed Private Sphere

EVERY Pakistani child hailing from a family of modest but respectable means knows that he or she must get serious about a career around the age of 11 or 12. As these children prepare for secondary school, important decisions have to be made…

Tragedy Of Two Countries

IT has been a time of competing tragedies, where the epitaphs of those killed that September morning a decade ago must rival the body count of those slain to avenge them. An unassuming Iraqi peasant sitting down to a meal, some Afghan…

The Price Of ‘Nice’

THE doorbell rang at five in the evening the day before Eid. The ritual had begun 10 years ago when Nabila, a hesitant new mother and harried schoolteacher, had caved in and hired the woman who washed dishes for the rest of the building.…

Entitled To Eid

THE Eid milan party at the Khan mansion is expected to be as resplendent as always, perhaps even more so to camouflage with opulence the dreary news in the world around it. Hundreds are expected — bejewelled women, starched men, the very…

City Of The Almost-Dead

IN the centre of Karachi is a well-guarded grave under a dewy white dome. The latter rises up, untouched and pristine, in a sea of encroaching squalor, and forms a backdrop to the busy drivers going past, their gaze averted. Under this dome…

Feminisation Of Faith

THE lady cooking a new version of chicken curry is wearing a mint green hijab. In the midst of adding spices and emptying out bowls of beaten yoghurt and thinly chopped ginger, she pauses to narrate a hadith. Within the hour, viewers have…