A cross-border friendship puts women in the driving seat

An Indo-Pak friendship born in the United States underlines the shared value of women’s empowerment Aman ki Asha | Dec 2, 2015 Imaduddin Ahmed Sightings of women driving pink rickshaws around Lahore have seized global media attention about the initiative to enfranchise women, those seeking to supplement their livelihood as well as those seeking safe…

Lambs to the slaughter

The Friday Times | Imaduddin Ahmed meets the family of Nadeem, a victim of Basant Spring fesitvals celebrate fertility, birth and renewal. Basant, for some families, is different. This year Akhtar Bibi and her family will be marking the first year death anniversary of their son, Nadeem Pasha, who would now be 19. On 26th…

When kites turn lethal

The New York Times Also published in The Boston Globe By Imaduddin Ahmed  |  February 21, 2007 LAHORE, Pakistan SKIES FILLED with kites, rooftop parties, bright yellow clothes, laughing children, family get-togethers, good food, and good times have been associated for several hundred years with a spring festival in Lahore, one of South Asia’s culture…

High on teak

Imaduddin Ahmed | The Friday Times Lahore’s MM Alam Road is as divorced from the bottom 95 percent of the population as Tehmina is from Khar. What’s truly dismaying though is that good money is buying trash. The street is being taken over by bland multinational junk food chains. Small mercies, however, come courtesy of…

Utopia for a day

The Friday Times | Jan 19, 2007 Imaduddin Ahmed’s  week Regular readers will know that my luck runs short when I enter public spaces in Lahore. Ironically enough, I’ve never had trouble at protests or elections. Yet I found myself to be the proverbial moth to the incandescent flame last Sunday as Annie Aunty, Sarah…

Against the odds

Imaduddin Ahmed | The Friday Times Sana Khurshid has been an eye catcher since I can remember. Active, outgoing, good-humoured and pretty, she was she was the subject of my first serious crush. I know I have not been in exclusive company. If you’ve recently seen a young, attractive woman driving her electric wheelchair around…

I remember – Nighat Said Khan

The Friday Times I remember that as a girl, we hardly ever had access to a car, but at the same time, I felt freer because I was mobile. I don’t think I was ever stopped from riding my bicycle to wherever I wanted to. Before the car, the distance between the younger generations and…

My library was dukedom enough

Imaduddin Ahmed | The Friday Times Salim Ansar owns many rare books and perhaps the largest signed book collection in the world In the midst of the sleepy verdant avenues of Lahore Cantonment lies a trove that not a lot of people know about. It has been here since 2000. Home to a claimed 100…

Alcoholics Anonymous

Imaduddin Ahmed | The Friday Times Sadaqat clinics fill a neglected niche in the medical world “Why are you running ads on curing alcoholism when alcohol is banned in the Land of the Pure,” wrote in one inquisitive reader. Why indeed? I decide to set up an appointment with Dr Sadaqat Ali, project director of…

Degrees of mediocrity

Imaduddin Ahmed | The Friday Times Pakistan’s newest university has a campus in cyber space Mention ‘online university’ and conjure up images of illiterate Pakistani politicians with degrees worth as much as their rhetoric, earned by exercising a MasterCard. This is an image that Universitas21Global will fast overcome. New marketing challenges, however, await the online…