Mahnoor Sherazee

Mahnoor Sherazee

A reporter for the Karachi pages of The Express Tribune.

Speak now or there will never be peace

In Pakistan it takes a great deal of commitment and training to not have a black or white opinion on any given issue – on any given day. Some call me naive but I have always believed in the millions of shades of grey in the world and the people around us. As a journalist, I always felt the need to keep my perspective on situations, and personal opinion about people, guarded and especially never allow them to influence my work. In doing so over the years, the practice became a habit, allowing me to avoid many unpleasant situations. But it ...

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Callousness towards rape

Perhaps the intensity of my anger towards rape and rapists is linked to my gender. If this were true, I am certainly not the only woman living in Pakistan, by that rationale at least half the population, if not more, should be as livid as I am. The treatment meted out by some members of the media, as well as politicians and the police towards the ‘alleged’ rape of a woman in her mid 30s in Karachi was appalling. So perhaps the reason why I’m so enraged is because I live in a developing country where feudalism and the feudal mentality ...

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Posing for peace

Is the semblance of prosperity better than the stark truth of being stagnant? Similarly, is the ‘image’ of good relations with India worth the ‘costs’ we sometimes endure? Some say our nuclear neighbour will perhaps never become our best friend but good regional relations, or at least the assumption of them, definitely have economic benefits for both countries. But India hasn’t made it that easy. Six years since the much-trumpeted composite dialogue was initiated to thaw frosty relations, the trust deficit is as high as ever. In this light, one wonders what good initiatives by the South Asian Free Media ...

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