Why is Pakistani Society so Divided on Malala?

First published on Medium. Why is Pakistani Society so Divided on Malala? Everyone has an opinion. I never thought watching The Daily Show would leave me misty-eyed… Nor did I think Jon Stewart could ever be left speechless.But watching Malala sitting calmly next to Jon Stewart recalling her innocent thought-process of what she’d do if she ever confronted a Talib was …

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Pakistan and the Social Contract

Written for and originally published in PakVotes Pakistan celebrated 66 years of Independence on August 14th. Green and white flags hoisted throughout the country spoke of a patriotic nation that is proud of its people. Campaigns like #14ActsforPakistan revived a spirit of activism for the motherland. Television channels showcased marching parades and national anthems. Sparkling …

“Beyond the Ideas of Rightness or Wrongness”: Ambreen Butt

“Beyond the Ideas of Rightness or Wrongness”: Ambreen Butt By Maha Kamal A Pakistani artist with long, jet black hair works carefully in a suburban studio in Lexington, Massachusetts. Shades of ochre and maroon seem to come alive on one wall. On closer inspection, the colors are revealed to be a body of ants, representative …

Interfaith Harmony in Pakistan?

The first week of February was World Interfaith Harmony week. On Wednesday, as part of interfaith services at Boston University, I participated in a celebration of interfaith harmony, and it was one of the most spiritually uplifting experiences I have had.  The theme was justice, and representatives across different faiths said a few words and prayers (Specifically …

Hangzhou

I’ve always been on the other side of the desk, trying to focus my attention on the professor while scribbling notes at the same time. So as I stepped into the second floor classroom of Hangzhou Entel Foreign Language School, I was a bit nervous. I found myself facing a group of 14-16 year old …