Tag Archives: Pakistan

On Pakistan’s YouTube ban

YouTube is still banned in Pakistan. I wrote this article back in September 2012 when the ban was first put in place by the Government of Pakistan. Islamabad – When Prime Minister Raja Pervaiz Ashraf ordered a ban on the video-sharing website, YouTube, on Sept 17, it was the sixth time in seven years a […]

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Pakistan lagging behind in child survival, maternal health development

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Sept 27, 2012. Islamabad – Pakistan is lagging behind in its pursuit of two Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) related to child survival and maternal health, according to a new report launched by a United Nations (UN) review group. The report titled […]

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Challenges for Access to Information in Pakistan

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Sept 6, 2012. Islamabad – A complicated application process, blanket exemptions from disclosure and the absence of an independent informationcommission for handling complaints have reduced the effectiveness of the Freedom of Information Ordinance 2002, according to members of the Centre for Peace and Development […]

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Amateur football on the rise in Pakistan

  An edited version of this article was first published in the T Magazine on Aug 26, 2012. Islamabad – Ammar Zaheer puts on his football shoes in a hurry. He’s needed on the field. It’s a scorching, 43-degrees afternoon in Islamabad. The heat feels omnipresent at this point; it’s like an invisible torrent crashing […]

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Strong education sector before tech investment

Interview with Intel Pakistan Country Manager Naveed Siraj An edited version of this story first appeared in The Express Tribune on February 1, 2014. ISLAMABAD – The time when Intel Corporation, a world leader in computing technology, starts to invest in Pakistan for local manufacturing and assembly of its products might come about in the […]

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On Literature for Social Change

An Interview with Indian writer Noor Zaheer, the daughter of Sajjad Zaheer An edited version of this story first appeared in The Express Tribune on January 19, 2014. Islamabad – There is certain fearlessness and optimism around Noor Zaheer, when she speaks. To the left-leaning activists, writers and intellectuals assembled at her book’s launching ceremony […]

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