An Electrical Engineer by profession who always wanted to be a sociologist or a college teacher. Always wishing to be a book-a-day bibliophile, he is seldom successful in prioritizing things in life. He is good at nothing except escapism and meaningless meandering in cyber-sphere. His interests include religion, philosophy and subcontinental studies. Non Skeptical Essays is his personal blog. He is also a co-editor of PTH.
Aisha Fayyazi Sarwari is a new media professional who writes to create awareness of gender related issues in Pakistan
As a student of contemporary political history, BQ is tremendously interested in politics. In his words: “I am also fascinated by the relationship between Pakistan, the country of my birth, and the United States of America. Therefore, I make every effort to read major newspapers in Pakistan and what is being said about Washington, while staying fully alert to the analysis and the news being reported in the American press about Pakistan.” As a graduate student in America, BQ started using his free time to write letters to various Pakistani & American papers in an effort to clarify whatever misconceptions he noticed in the press, especially about Washington & Islamabad. Now, he writes, edits and runs a blog about Pakistan managed by Foreign Policy Association. BQ is a graduate of Virginia Tech, USA, an official Pakistan blogger for Foreign Policy Association of New York (www.fpa.org). Politically, he is secular, progressive and wants a bigotry-free Pakistan.
D. Asghar is a Pakistani American, physically away from Pakistan but mentally always roaming around the Sohni Dharti. A Mortgage Banker by profession, loves to write. To him writing is almost equivalent to breathing.
Naqvi is a Lahore based lawyer who regularly writes in national and international media. He is a partner in a leading law firm and was trained at the Universities of Yale and Princeton, USA.
A writer, blogger and journalist who currently makes his living as a technical writer. He edited several magazines and newsletters, in Pakistan and in the US. Amongst recent publishing credits are “Spider,” Pakistan’s Internet magazine and a cover story for the Siliconeer. He blogs at iFaqeer, WadiWallah, and Rickshaw and contributes extensively at Urdu-ke-Naam; and PakistanFutures.
Dr Ahmed is a professor of political science and a visiting senior research fellow at the Institute of South Asian Studies (ISAS), National University of Singapore.
In a world beset by internecine violence, this not so angry/young man has chosen to bury himself in the cheesy cultural smorgasbord that is Dubai. Following a lifetime spent mainlining faux western culture, he believes that he is now in a position to comment, from the safety and security of his dubious domicile, on things he knows little or nothing about, including the trials and tribulations of our good-for-taking godforsaken Land Of The Puritanical. He has been known to strut his stuff at mine kampf is your campfire and Poetry in Notion. Minos is also a co-editor at PTH.
He has little to offer the world, save for a few bits of wisdom stolen from jum’a khutbas. In the meantime, Mozaffar is trying to purge himself of the assorted variety of Nifaq-nuggets he keeps finding in his system. Otherwise, he is completing a doctorate in Islamic Intellectual History. Mozaffar’s Moments is the personal blog of this contributor.
A pukka Karachi-ite who blogs on Zindagi-ki-Diary that is a compilation of tales from everyday life while trying to connect the two worlds he is trying to naviagte!
A writer and blogger from Lahore, Pakistan: He maintains ahis personal blog Jahane Rumi , edits Pak Tea House and manages Lahore Nama and Development Industry blogzines. He is also a regular writer at the Pakistani weekly Friday Times, a weekly Pakistani publication and contributes to Pakistani publications such as The News, DAWN, and to Himal Southasia. His day job entails working as a policy adviser and development practitioner. As a policy expert, Raza works with international development institutions, government agencies and leading Pakistani NGOs. He is an adviser to an Asia Pacific governance network and also on the editorial board of Journal of Administration and Governance; and contributes to various publications in Pakistan and abroad.
Raza is the founder and chief editor of Pak Tea House.
Raza Habib Raja
RHR is an economist and currently is working for a leading development finance institution. He has been writing regularly for various internet publications including PTH. His interests include Pakistan affairs, reformation of religon and development disciplines. His believes in a tolerant and democratic Pakistan. He is also a co-editor at PTH.
Soniah Kamal is an established creative writer. At college she received the Susan Irene Roberts award for her thesis based on Vikram Seth’s acclaimed ‘A Suitable Boy’. Since then, her short stories have appeared in various literary journals. She blogs at the blogger and Desilit, reviews books at ReadySteadyBook; and publishes a newsletter Peaks ‘n’ Peeves.
Yasser is a lawyer based in Lahore who is interested in writing, blogging and advocacy on the ground. Yasser believes in the secular and democratic vision of the Quaide Azam and strives to join citizens’ movements to fight obscurantism and absolutism. He is a co-editor at PTH.
Zia Ahmad has until now sold his soul to advertising, sitcoms, offshore call centers, and cold, heartless retail chains. Along the way he redeemed himself with an MA in Film from Kingston University. He is prejudicially fond of films, listens to music that radio stations play late at night and has read all of Kurt Vonnegut. Zia is currently stationed in London.