Courting disaster

Dawn | August 18, 2017 Imaduddin Ahmed SIXTEEN million people in Pakistan lack access to safe water. Scarcity of clean water and poor sanitation claim 19,000 children under five years of age in Pakistan annually, according to WaterAid. Per FAO/World Bank data, Pakistan’s internal renewable freshwater per capita is less than that in Syria, whose…

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…

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…

I remember – Nahid Siddiqui

The Friday Times I remember when my Urdu teacher at primary school in Karachi asked class to write an essay on what we wanted to be when we grew up. Seeing my mother, Tallat Siddiqui, as a role model, I wrote that I wanted to be an actress. She showed my essay to the entire…

Long day’s journey

Imaduddin Ahmed and Ume-Laila Azhar | The Friday Times The Women’s Action Forum celebrates its silver jubilee; it started in a blaze, but where has it gone? In September 1981, women came together in Karachi in an emergency meeting to oppose the adverse effects on women of martial law and Gen Zia ul-Haq’s Islamisation campaign….

Swatting about

The Friday Times | Nov 10, 2006 Imaduddin Ahmed finds a good holiday in off-season Swat   As a resident of Turkey, where they have faith in the science of astrology, Bade was able to pinpoint that the Eid holidays would come at the end of October. Perfect timing for an off-season break to northern…

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…

Eid Mubarak, Balakot

The Friday Times | Oct 6, 2006 Imaduddin Ahmed On my second visit to Balakot – the first was made three weeks before the October 8th earthquake – I found the city levelled. The shop where my father had bought his cigarettes, on the left side of the bridge across the bank, was gone. If…

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…