Pakistan has been reeling from the shooting of 14 year old schoolgirl activist Malala Yousafzai. The day after she was shot by the Taliban, I wrote a piece for the New Statesman about the response:
It takes a lot to shock Pakistan, given the frequency of bomb attacks, targeted killings, and other violence. But the shooting of 14-year-old schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai by the Taliban yesterday has left the nation reeling. Popular talk show host Hamid Mir summed up the mood last night when he said: “I can see the whole nation’s head bowed in shame today. I want to ask those who shot a girl, who only wanted to go to school: do you think you are Muslims?”
I was interviewed about the response to the attack on Monocle 24. The podcast is available here.
Separately, I wrote a piece for the Independent about a very different threat: brain-eating amoeba in Karachi’s water.
I also reported on the attempt to save a historic school facing demolition, for Dawn, Pakistan’s leading English-language newspaper.