Amber Rahim Shamsi

Amber Rahim Shamsi is an award-winning multimedia journalist who hosts the Newswise news and current affairs show on Dawn News. She has worked with the BBC World Service as a bilingual reporter, presenter and producer. Twitter: @AmberRShamsi

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September 27, 2020

Eight bullets

COVID-19, an improvised explosive device, eight bullets, and a photograph of a blood-soaked young man bracketed by his parents. This is how dreams have died in a series of events that appear random but are not.

September 03, 2020

Democracy in Pakistan: time to shake up the status quo?

If revolution is a word from the 17th-century, then one of the buzzwords of our age must be disruption: a disorder or a disarrangement, a shakeup or a shakedown, both destructive and creative.

May 31, 2018

Would Pakistan’s 'troublemaker' be supported today?

It was February 1947, the struggle for independence from the British and the civil disobedience movement was at its peak. 

March 06, 2018

Imran Khan versus Nawaz Sharif: two parties’ game of political death

Once, during an informal meeting with Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal, I asked him why the ruling party Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz’s central executive committee hadn’t yet endorsed Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif as the party’s next prime ministerial candidate.

February 19, 2018

Honor killings no more than cold-blooded murder

Honor killings in Pakistan are so commonplace they have become something of a media cliche. There are nearly a thousand reported cases every year and, eventually, each becomes a number stripped of humanity.

February 07, 2018

How a few thousand protesters hold a capital city to ransom

When an Islamabad court gave the government 24 hours last Friday to deal with protesters led by a group of religious parties occupying one of the main entry points to the capital city, the residents of Islamabad and its twin city, Rawalpindi, held their collective breath.

November 22, 2017