Author Archives: Shabana Mahfooz


Whither women?

Declining female representation in upper echelon Despite a marked increase in women voters’ in this year’s election and also in women contesting on general seats, the number of women showing their presence


Tea without biscuits

Naya Pakistan in the making Shabana Mahfooz First day at work in a jogging attire, oath taking ceremony in reportedly record low budget, first address to nation comprising an array of expected


Journey to Pakistan

Memories of the creation of a homeland In his spacious and tastefully decorated home at Karachi, Iqbal Jafar, retired from service with the government of Pakistan and column writing, views the developments


The measure of humanity

A dire need exists for refugee resettlement Every day, we see tear streaked faces of Rohingya Muslims or Syrians escaping injustice. Often in the background of their poignant photographs, we see rubbles


Being reserved

Proportional representation of minorities taking its toll While occasional incidents of blasphemy charges, vandalism, forced conversions and even life threatening situations for non-Muslims in Pakistan continue to be heard, the minorities of


Eid under the shadow of fear

How Muslims celebrated as persecuted minorities? As Muslims around the world celebrated Eid with feasting and gift-giving, festivities were marred by prolonged conflict in hot spots such as Syria, Afghanistan, Yemen and


No more silence

For women, revolution has just begun For women, #metoo movement is gaining recognition across the world as a source of not only creating awareness, but also for breaking barriers by talking about


Alternate choices

Why Pakistan lags behind in promoting solar, wind energy projects? The day Orange Line Metro Train thundered in Lahore on its first test run, a massive power breakdown hit large swathes of

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