I am a journalist based in Pakistan covering climate, technology and human rights.

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Scams are ruining Pakistan’s digital economy

WIRED, March 2023

Pakistan’s three-day Wikipedia ban sends a “dangerous” message

Rest of World, February 2023

Amazon finally authorized Pakistani sellers. A wave of scammers followed

Rest of World, January 2023

Inside the Pakistani city at the heart of Alibaba’s global expansion strategy

Rest of World, September 2022

How to buy a sari in Lahore

Rest of World, July 2022

Who will be Pakistan’s first unicorn?

Rest of World, May 2022

Asia’s largest food delivery platform Foodpanda stumbles in Pakistan, too

Rest of World, March 2022

Airlift Mafia: Pakistan’s buzziest startup has created a new class of founders

Rest of World, March 2022

Digital Rights & Feminist Futures

Goethe Institut, December 2021

Pakistan’s tech ecosystem is booming. Here’s why it will slow down in 2022

Rest of World, November 2021

How the platform economy sets women up to fail

Rest of World, SEPTEMBER 2021

Amazon finally opens its marketplace to merchants from Pakistan

Rest of World, May 2021

Amazon banned merchants from Pakistan, but they’re still finding a way onto the platform

Rest of World, April 2021

With No Formal Sex-Ed, Pakistanis Turn to The Internet

The Juggernaut, November 2020

Pakistani Women Said #MeToo — Now They’re Getting Sued

The Juggernaut, October 2020

Pakistan Is Using a Terrorism Surveillance System to Monitor the Pandemic

Slate, July 2020

Human Rights

Pakistan faith groups restricted from supporting Afghan refugees

Devex, October 2021

Pakistan’s Blasphemy Laws Are Politically Toxic—and Often Lethal

World Politics Review, October 2021

In Pakistan, Legacy of Fake CIA Vaccination Programs Leads to Vaccine Hesitancy

VICE, March 2021

Protest and Purdah in Pakistan

Foreign Policy, January 2021

Pakistani Women Said #MeToo — Now They’re Getting Sued

The Juggernaut, October 2020

Harassment scandal at girls’ school spurs Pakistan #MeToo movement

The National, July 2020

In Pakistan, the Army Tightens Its Grip

Foreign Policy, July 2020

In Pakistan, the pandemic exacerbates precarious conditions for journalists

Ethical Journalism Network, June 2020

Doctors without Armour

Himal Southasian, April 2020

Is Abortion Legal in Pakistan?

Soch Writing, February 2020

Afterlives of the Empress

Soch Writing, February 2020

Karachi’s Missing Children

Soch Writing, September 2020

China Is Trying To Spy On Pakistan’s Uighurs

Buzzfeed News, June 2019

For Afghan Refugees, Pakistan Is a Nightmare—but Also Home

Foreign Policy, May 2019

Firebranding the Frontier: The Women of the Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement

Jamhoor, May 2019


Many Pakistanis dig the cultural nods on ‘Ms. Marvel’ but are mixed on casting

National Public Radio, June 2022

A Border Apart: Stories of Families Divided by Partition

The Juggernaut, October 2021

Why Most Pakistanis Can’t See The Film Pakistan Is Submitting For An Oscar Nod

National Public Radio, February 2021

Pakistan’s Trans TikTok Stars

The Juggernaut, January 2021