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Protesting in Pakistan

By Sonya Rehman Mohammad Jibran Nasir is a young Pakistani activist from Karachi, leading the popular #ReclaimYourMosques campaign in Pakistan after the brutal Peshawar attack in which more than 130 children were killed in cold blood by the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP). Nasir’s movement was initiated after the Lal Masjid’s imam, Abdul Aziz, refused to condemn the…

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The MMA Roadshow comes to Pakistan

By Sonya Rehman Synergy MMA Academy in Lahore, Pakistan, is almost empty this morning. But it’s early, and besides, it’s a Sunday. Sitting on the mats with a friend, the gym’s owner, Bashir Ahmad, is dressed in a black robe with the belt loosely tied around his waist, revealing a toned chest and defined abs.…

The faces of RPTW: Sadaan and Faizan

The Return of Pakistan’s Premier Theater Group

By Sonya Rehman In the closing months of this year, after a seven-year hiatus, the family-run Rafi Peer Theater Workshop (RPTW), Pakistan’s best-known theater group, has put on a number of festivals at public locations in both Lahore and Islamabad. With the beautiful Mystic Music Sufi Festival, the Youth Performing Arts Festival, and the Dance…

Old City, Lahore.

Dear Workhorse

By Sonya Rehman I am wondering how, It’s possible, To burn the midnight oil, And still feel a sense of connection, To the ones you love, Ah, Dear workhorse, Don’t fill each hour with to-do lists, And micro plans, Those little accomplishments, What’s it leading to? What are you leading to? Got your blinkers on,…