Posted on May 2, 2012 by beenasarwar
Constable cradles Apache, a dog she rescued while she was embedded with Marines in Fallujah, Iraq. Photo: Chris Borouncle
I wrote this book review for the Brown Alumni Magazine, Nov 2011 issue, and didn’t get around to posting it earlier. This is a slightly longer version than the one BAM published.
Playing with Fire: Pakistan at War with Itself by Pamela Constable (Random House, 2011).
When it comes to Pakistan, veteran journalist Pamela Constable certainly ‘gets it’. Her latest book, ‘Playing with Fire: Pakistan at war with itself‘ is readable, thoughtful and nuanced. A veritable ‘Pakistan 101’ with much to offer even insiders like myself.
As Kabul bureau chief and then deputy foreign editor at the Washington Post, Constable travelled extensively around the country. Her interactions with ordinary folk and newsmakers yield empathy and human faces often missing from discussions about Pakistan. Continue reading
Filed under: Pakistan | Tagged: book review, democracy, Gender, justice, law and order, Pakistan, pamela constable | 5 Comments »
Posted on June 23, 2011 by beenasarwar
Unable to walk on his own anymore, Dr Chishty is carried to court in Ajmer. Photo: Times of India
DR CHISHTY CASE UPDATE
June 21: The expected release of an elderly Pakistani academic imprisoned in India for nearly two decades was delayed as the Governor of Rajasthan raised further queries instead of signing the mercy petition recommended to him by the Chief Minister of Rajasthan – flouting the constitutional provision that requires the Governor to act upon the advice of the Chief Minister, making his signature a mere formality. Continue reading
Filed under: Pakistan-India | Tagged: ajmer, aman ki asha, Dr Chishty, humanitarian grounds, India, justice, markandey katju, pakistan prisoners, rajasthan | 1 Comment »
Posted on March 8, 2011 by beenasarwar
Pakistani women demand their rights. Photo: courtesy Nasir Mansoor, LPP
WOMEN’S DAY RALLY IN KARACHI: Thousands of working class women, many of them home based women workers, with red flags in their hands marched on roads of Karachi, chanting slogans against ‘mullahism’, religious extremism and for their democratic rights. The march started from Karachi Press Club and culminated at the Arts Council of Pakistan where a seminar was held in the open air theatre followed by songs, theatre and documentaries. They demanded: *End all discriminatory laws against women and minorities *End religious fundamentalism *Recognize home based women workers as workers in law, extend social security cover to them *Equal opportunity to women in all fields of life
Also see: Dedicated to Pyari Pakistanis: Happy Women’s Day, y’all! – a delightful sum up of the situation of Pakistani women, with statistics and action points, by blogger and cartoonist Mehreen Kasana. Check it out 🙂
Karachi rally speakers and demands: Continue reading
Filed under: Gender | Tagged: cartoonist, Education, Gender, health, humour, justice, mehreen kasana, Pakistan, stereotype, Violence against women, women, women's day | 1 Comment »