Recent dispatches from Karachi

Demonstrators in Islamabad.

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.


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