Taliban Massacre School Children in Blow Back to Operation (See Reports)
  • About The Author

    Nafisa Hoodbhoy was staff reporter for the English daily Dawn newspaper from 1984-2000. As the only woman reporter under Gen Zia in Karachi, Pakistan, she went on to write thousands of news reports and lead articles on the nation’s transition to democracy, alternately spear-headed by civilian leaders Benazir Bhutto and Nawaz Sharif. During this period, she researched and featured in video films on women..... Read More

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    The Present is the living sum-total of the whole Past.
      ~Thomas Carlyle, Characteristics

    This website gives a glimpse into my motivation for writing ‘Aboard the Democracy Train’ – on why millions of people in Pakistan have been thwarted from bringing about meaningful change inside the country. As the only woman reporter in Pakistan’s leading newspaper, Dawn ....
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TTP's Umar Mansoor (Credit: wsj.com)

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: The most hated man in the country is a 36-year-old father of three and volleyball enthusiast nicknamed “Slim”. His real name is Umar Mansoor and the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan say he masterminded this week’s massacre of 132 children and nine staff at a school in Peshawar – the deadliest militant attack in Pakistan’s history. A video posted on Thursday …

Peshawar student wounded by Taliban (Credit: theagecom.edu)

“We were in the education hall when militants barged in, shooting,” said Zeeshan, a student, speaking at a hospital. “Our instructor asked us to duck and lay down and then I saw militants walking past rows of students shooting them in the head.” Mushtaq Ghani, the information minister for Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Province, confirmed that most of the victims had been killed …

Guantanamo Bay (Credit: telegraph.co.uk)

On Tuesday morning, the Senate intelligence committee released an executive summary [1] of its five-year investigation into the CIA’s interrogation and detention program. (Read the executive summary here. [2]) Among the report’s most striking revelations is that CIA interrogators were often untrained and in some instances made up torturous techniques as they went along. The CIA was “unprepared” to begin …

Grieving Sarwech mother (Credit: awamiawaz.com)

Sarwech Ali Pirzado’s grave stands out in the ancestral Pirzado graveyard in Balhreji, Larkana district. A red Jeay Sindh Muttahida Mahaz (JSMM) flag is spread over the grave. Another party flag flutters beside it. Known as ‘little Moscow’, Balhreji has seen many socialist and communist movements, evidence of which is found on the main entrance to the street where the …

Sobho Gianchandani (Credit: dawn.com)

Sobho Gianchandani, one of Pakistan’s last leaders from its first generation of Marxists, has died at the age of 94. He suffered a heart attack and was cremated in his native village near the southern city of Larkana on Tuesday. Gianchandani was a member of the Communist Party of Pakistan and stayed active after it was banned in 1954. He …

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney (Credit: handbill.us)

Start with Wal-Mart in America, where the goods are cheap because they have low manufacturing costs, sustained by overseas workers earning small wages. With high consumer spending by Americans, Wal-Mart amasses big profits. That has enabled the corporation to get on par with the GDP of the 25th largest economy in the world, surpassing 157 smaller countries. We’ve found 25 …

Adnan Shukrijumah (Credit: newsasiaone.com

WANA, Pakistan — Pakistani helicopter gunships swooped on a militant hideout in a predawn raid on Saturday and shot dead a top al-Qaeda operative who was wanted in the United States for planning to bomb the New York subway system, the military said. The Federal Bureau of Investigation had offered a $5 million reward for the capture of Saudi national …

London Mayor Boris Johnson (Credit: lcc.org.uk)

Boris Johnson’s has the unique ability to be ridiculous and charming at the same time. The London mayor and his inexplicable haircut can offend entire cities, get stuck on zip lines in front of crowds of journalists and be sacked from government for lying about an affair (“an inverted pyramid of piffle,” he claimed), yet still somehow end up one of Britain’s most important and beloved …

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    "A story of a courageous journalist who defied conventional norms during times when very few other women were in this...

    Hassan Abbas
    Author and Quaid-i-Azam Chair Professor

    "Nafisa Hoodbhoy’s detailed reporting helped me look at the complex world of Pakistani politics differently. Hoodbhoy’s proximity to key players...

    Karen Frillmann
    Managing Editor - Newsroom, New York Public Radio

    "A powerful and courageous voice that represents the best of Pakistan’s emerging journalism… The first insider view of developments in...

    Shuja Nawaz
    Author and Director South Asia Center

    "It was her fierce independence and commitment to her country that inspired [Hoodbhoy’s] decision to become a newspaper reporter –...

    Frances Stead Sellers
    Deputy National Editor, Health, Science and the Environment, The Washington Post

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