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Madiha R. Tahir


Essential Readings: Reading Pakistan

[Protest in Karachi against drone strikes. Image from EPA/The Express Tribune]

Here are the stripped down facts: Pakistan is roughly 165 million people. Most of us are young: 69 percent of the population is under age 30. And we’re poor. Almost a quarter of the people here live below the poverty line. As I write, the quarter-finals for the cricket world cup are underway. Pakistan’s unpredictable and occasionally magnificent team is playing the West Indies. The sport, which was a kind of civilizing project to teach Victorian mores, has become a ...

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Madiha R. Tahir


Madiha R. Tahir is an independent journalist based in Pakistan. Her work has appeared in Foreign Affairs, The National, The Columbia Journalism Review, Global Post as well as on Democracy Now!, PRI's "The World" and other venues. She is also co-editor of a forthcoming volume, Dispatches from Pakistan, with Vijay Prashad and Qalandar Bux Memon. You can find her work at