The New York Times Columns

Art Buchwald, My Father, and Me June 16 2018

In Pakistan, Yoga Rises Above its Indian Origins
Yoga has become increasingly popular in Pakistan, in ways that disassociate it from Hinduism/December 8, 2017

Afghan Women: What the West Gets Wrong

Defeating cruelty requires a homegrown agenda/April 28, 2016

In Pakistan, a Final Push to Wipe Out Polio

Last year, Pakistan’s 51 cases of wild poliovirus represented the bulk of all 70 cases reported in the world. This year just might see the disease vanquished there/Jan. 20, 2016

Journalism in Pakistan: Fear and Favor

Big money tells the media what to report, and the state warns it what not to/Sept. 28, 2015

Can Soccer Bring Equality to Pakistan?

A Karachi club looks to the Beautiful Game as the great democratizer/Aug. 28, 2015

Pakistan, the Next Software Hub?

It’s becoming a destination for freelance programmers, software coders and app designers/Aug. 10, 2015

How High Can Pakistan’s Air Force Women Fly?

Hundreds are officers, but there’s no telling when they will be eligible for command/June 8, 2015

Pakistan’s Loss: A Beacon of Free Thought

Sabeen Mahmud’s business was opening minds. She paid with her life/May 6, 2015

A New Language for Pakistan’s Deaf

Can sign language and the web brighten the lives of 1.25 million children?/April 1, 2015

Aiding Pakistan’s Mentally Ill

With all its traumas, the country has just one psychiatrist for every 333,000 people/Feb. 19, 2015

Pakistan’s Competing Narratives

Don’t let a good story get in the way of truth/Feb. 1, 2015

The Legacy of Benazir Bhutto

Seven years after her assassination, the Pakistani leader remains an inspiration to women/Dec. 26, 2014

Flying Feckless in Karachi

A malaise has struck Pakistan International Airlines, once a national asset with crack pilots and sound management/Nov. 18, 2014

A ‘Homeland’ We Pakistanis Don’t Recognize

Hollywood invents a complex woman and sends her to a land of monsters who lack our own complexity/Oct. 15, 2014

A Letter From Containeristan

After weeks of upheaval, the giant boxes litter the capital, Islamabad/Sept. 18, 2014

The Fate of Feminism in Pakistan

A nation formed on both Islamic and secular principles needs a feminism that blends these two traditions/Aug. 20, 2014

Pakistan’s New Fear of Flying

Jinnah International was the one place we felt safe from Karachi’s woes/July 22, 2014

From an Indian Muslim’s Brush …

Art, itself a form of worship, can spread truths where religions divide/June 20, 2014

Teaching Liberation to Pakistan’s Girls

We can transform “sex education” from something dirty into a vital tool of progress/ May 13, 2014

Trying to Dam a Digital Sea

Pakistan’s ban on YouTube has exposed a struggle over freedom of expression/ April 10, 2014

Pakistan’s Culture Wars

A literature festival reflects the battle for Pakistanis’ hearts and minds/March 18, 2014

Generosity Amid Want

A culture of charitable giving strives to fill Pakistan’s vacuum of social services/Feb. 13, 2014

Pakistani Cinema’s New Wave

Filmmakers are fashioning nuanced portraits of their country — and cultivating national pride/Jan. 14, 2014

A Changing Terrain of Love

In Pakistan, where arranged marriage is still common, tension rises between tradition and new ideas/Dec. 18, 2013

Reviving an Interfaith Legacy

Pakistan’s leaders need to rediscover their moral compass and back minorities/Nov. 06, 2013

Did Malala Teach Us Anything?

To the surprise of many Pakistanis, change has begun to penetrate the religious establishment/Oct. 16, 2013

Violating the Saints

Sufism is under attack, but it can counter terrorism only on its own terms/Jan. 25, 2011