Imran Khan still has an important role to play
By Sadiq Khan - 23 May 17:09

The UK has long enjoyed a rich relationship with Pakistan.

Tash Aw.
Tash Aw: "It's a very complex form of bigotry"
By Philip Maughan - 10 May 15:01

The Malaysian novelist on fiction, immigration and the Shanghainese.

On tour with Imran Khan, Pakistan's wildcard candidate
By Samira Shackle - 08 May 14:18

With Khan laid low by an accident at a rally, Samira Shackle reports on his campaign so far.

Lubna Lal in her home in Jhelum.
Politicians of the third gender: the "shemale" candidates of Pakistan
By Samira Shackle - 07 May 10:35

The Pakistani trans community is unlike the West's: hijras, as they are known, consider themselves a third gender, neither male nor female, and refer to themselves as "shemale". Samira Shackle meets Pakistan's first hijra electoral candidates.

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Chaudhry Zulfiqar Ali, prosecutor over Benazir Bhutto assassination, murdered in Pakistan
By Samira Shackle - 03 May 10:43

Ali was gunned down in Islamabad’s G9 area this morning as he drove to a court hearing for the Bhutto case.

A placard is seen as demonstrators participate in a protest in Allahabad.
Child abuse: can India afford to remain in denial?
By Priya Virmani - 25 April 12:13

Traditional notions of the Indian family allow child abuse to happen with impunity.

It is time for Turkey to recognise the historical fact of the Armenian Genocide
By Benjamin Abtan - 20 April 10:02

It is now 98 years since 1.5m Armenians were systematically massacred. Recognising what happened is the only way to help us all move forward.

Forty years on, Bangladesh is still in the shadows of war
By Aisha Gani - 19 April 13:21

A focus on unity and closure is desperately needed.

Pakistan Calling: Still hope at the end of the line
By Salman Shaheen - 10 April 9:08

DFID and British Council reports underline the existential crisis Pakistan is facing, but its people are rallying to save the nation. Salman Shaheen looks at Pakistan Calling, a new RSA project seeking to galvanise the British Pakistani community and the

Manoeuvres and rallies as Pakistan's election campaign heats up
By Samira Shackle - 25 March 11:32

It's set to be a tight race, and nothing - not even assassination - is beyond the realms of possibility.

Historic moment as Pakistan's elected civilian government completes full five year term
By Samira Shackle - 19 March 11:27

There are still challenges to be overcome, but merely surviving is something of an achievement.

Khuram Shaik, who died in an attack in Sri Lanka on Christmas Day 2011.
The Rochdale Red Cross worker who continues to haunt Sri Lanka
By Simon Danczuk - 19 March 9:08

Travelling to Sri Lanka to try and find out about his constituent's murder, Simon Danczuk learned that when politicians are implicated, justice is kicked into the long grass.

How Britain can avert a human rights disaster
By Geoffrey Robertson - 14 March 15:21

A case in Sri Lanka demonstrates that leaving justice in the hands of politicians cannot be countenanced.

The Kafkaesque reality of Pakistan's blasphemy laws
By Samira Shackle - 28 February 13:23

Sherry Rehman, Pakistan’s ambassador to the US, is under police investigation for alleged blasphemy after making the case on television for the law to be re-examined and for the death penalty to be removed.

Cambodia: How the dead live
By Nicholas Shakespeare - 21 February 9:39

Nicholas Shakespeare returns to the scene of a childhood trauma.

Kraftwerk performing at Tate Modern in London.
Back to the future – Kraftwerk at the Tate and Iraq war regrets
By Jason Cowley - 21 February 8:27

Divisive arguments and musical nostalgia.

Boys ride on a motorbike as people gather at Seaview waterfront to celebrate Pak
The story of a kidnapping
By Samira Shackle - 18 February 16:46

"I gave up hope that I would ever see my wife and children again."

Afghanistan's female cricket dreams
By Tim Wigmore - 12 February 10:57

Despite objections from Afghan society, a women's cricket team is emerging.

A girl holds a placard during protests following the bombing in Quetta
The secret war in Balochistan
By Samira Shackle - 29 January 12:02

The Pakistani province is beset with violence.

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Indian men wear skirts to halt violence against women
By Rae Boocock - 16 January 16:56

Skirt the Issue says that mentalities, not clothes, must change.

Mohammed Tahir ul Qadri's supporters hold placards during the march
This election would be a milestone for Pakistan's democracy. But will it go ahead?
By Samira Shackle - 15 January 10:49

As protesters demanding delayed elections gather in Islamabad, a warrant for the PM's arrest is issued and sceptics call foul play.

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Are Delhi lawyers jeopardising justice?
By Catriona Harvey-Jenner - 14 January 9:29

The Lawyers Association's refusal to defend the men accused of the Delhi gang rape might be one step too far.

Will the Delhi gang-rape case actually change women's lives in India?
By Samira Shackle - 11 January 12:17

Translating "watershed" moments into action is almost impossible in a misogynist society with an under-equipped police force.

Indian activists take part in a candlelight vigil
By candlelight, a nation confronts its dark heart
By Soumya Bhattacharya - 03 January 5:33

It won’t be so easy to change the deeply entrenched patriarchal mindset that lead to the rape of a 23-year-old woman in Delhi.

Will the protests against the Delhi gang rape reach rural India?
By Priya Virmani - 31 December 11:46

In the backwaters of India, in rural areas still governed by feudal mindsets, rapes and gang rapes continue with impunity. The candle flame wave being carried through Delhi’s foggy, winter nights is not reaching this India.