Bina Shah

Bina Shah is a writer living in Karachi, Pakistan. The author of several novels and collections of short stories, she holds degrees from Wellesley College and the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Her latest novel, A Season For Martyrs, will be published in early 2014.

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A Pakistani woman weeps as she waits at a hospital, where victims of a Taliban attack are being treated in Peshawar

#illridewithyou: A simple but elegant display of humanity, that today in Pakistan we need more than ever

It’s not about Muslims versus non-Muslims. It’s about violence versus peace

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(Top row) Akhtar Dogar, Anjum Dogar, Kamar Jamil; (Bottom row) Assad Hussain, Bassam Karrar, Mohammed Karrar and Zeeshan Ahmed

Oxford sex abuse: 'Victorian' misogyny is evident in all cultures which emphasise female purity

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Targeted by militants, Pakistan’s women push back

In Pakistan, women occupy a difficult place in society. They are the receptacles of society’s expectations and never allowed to be human beings, or individuals

Objectivity, not a helping hand, is what Pakistan needs from the West

We Pakistanis do not need foreigners arguing our case to the International Court of the Media. We need to pull up our boots and transform ourselves

Don't tell me it's a 'fact' that all Muslims in South Asia are descended from rapists

Some Pakistanis and Indian Muslims claim Arab ancestry, which is often a huge source of contention.

Malala Yousufzai, the Taliban's reign of terror, and the brutal cost of cowardice in today's Pakistan

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