Columnist

Rafia Zakaria

Rafia Zakaria is the author of “The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan” and “Veil.” She writes regularly for The Guardian, the Boston Review, the New Republic, the New York Times Book Review and many other publications.
Twitter: @rafiazakaria

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Flight anxiety: A traumatized Pakistan

The air was already heavy with tragedy and portent. 
On Friday, PK-8303 took off from Lahore, Pakistanis weary and worn after a month of fasting and lockdowns had only just begun thinking about Eid Al-Fitr, a small glimmer of hope in a long journey of tribulation. 

May 27, 2020

The worth of war metaphors in pandemic are limited to the West

“We are at war with a virus – and not winning it. This war needs a war-time plan to fight it,” declared the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guttierez at the recent G20 virtual summit held to discuss developed nations response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

April 19, 2020