Dossier: Pakistan

Imran Khan attends the unveiling of his party's manifesto for the 2013 general election, Islamabad, 9 April 2013 (photo: Aamir QureshiAFP/Getty Images)

Portrait of Pakistani politician Imran Khan

Flirting with the Taliban

For several years now, support for cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan has been growing in Pakistan. Nevertheless, opinion about one of the country's greatest sporting heroes is still divided. His supporters point to the progress made in the province ruled by his Movement for Justice Party, while liberal Pakistanis have criticised his opposition to military operations against the Taliban. By Shamil ShamsMore

Superheroine Kamala Khan aka Ms Marvel (photo: picture-alliance/dpa/Adrian Alphona/Marvell/Auschnitt)

Marvel comics

New Muslim superheroine

A pubescent Muslim immigrant girl in the USA endowed with super powers? Only in the wonderful world of comics! Great things are expected of the small girl from New Jersey with the large "S" on her chest. By Rachel BaigMore

A road leading into Harban Valley (photo: Reuters)

Book review: Jürgen Wasim Frembgen on Kohistan

With the wild men of Kohistan

Very few foreigners have ever ventured into Kohistan in the north of Pakistan, where the locals have a reputation of being barbarians. In his book "Das verschlossene Tal" (The Sealed Valley), the German ethnologist Jürgen Wasim Frembgen paints an exhilarating portrait of this mountain region. By Marian BrehmerMore

Pakistan's deposed Chief Justice Iftikhar Mohammed Chaudhry, center, is greeted by lawyers after the government announced to reinstate him at his residence in Islamabad, Pakistan on Monday, March 16, 2009 (photo: AP Photo/Anjum Naveed)

Pakistan's Supreme Court

Ambiguous Ambitions

Pakistan's Supreme Court has become increasingly active in the past decade. While the judiciary must uphold fundamental rights, it must also let the executive and legislative branches of government do their jobs. By assuming too much executive and legislative power, Pakistan's top judges are obstructing democratisation. By Maryam S. KhanMore

Students shout anti-government and anti-U.S. slogans as they protest against the national gathering called a "loya jirga", in Jalalabad, eastern Afghanistan November 19, 2013. The students expressed their concern about a proposed Bilateral Security Agreement (BSA) between Afghanistan and the U.S. (photo: REUTERS)

The Afghan Muddle

Farewell to Power Politics

Afghanistan's neighbours must not play power politics within the country, in the hope of gaining some slight advantage over one another. That path leads only to chaos, from which no country benefits. By Jaswant Singh, former long-time serving minister in IndiaMore

Film Poster Burka Avenger (Source: picture-alliance/AP)

"Burka Avenger"

Pakistan's Female Muslim Superhero

A burqa-wearing superhero? The first episode of Haroon Rashid's animated "Burka Avenger" has been shown in Pakistan. The creator of the series says he wanted to create a role model for girls in his country. Rachel Baig reportsMore

New York and the Twin Towers under attack on 9/11 (photo: AP)

"The Clash of Civilisations"

Where Huntington Got It Wrong

The Clash of Civilisations would bring about a division between East and West. Or so went the thesis put forward twenty years ago by the American political scientist Samuel P. Huntington. His essay was to become a classic – but it would also be abused to stir up hatred against Muslims. It is obvious today that the world is in an even bigger mess than Huntington could ever have realised. A commentary from Nicolas RichterMore

Mohsin Hamid (photo: Jilian Edelstein)

Interview with the Pakistani Writer Mohsin Hamid

"The Markets Have Taken the Commons Over"

Mohsin Hamid's new novel tells the tale of a man's journey from impoverished rural boy to corporate tycoon. In this interview with Claudia Kramatschek, he talks about universality, his belief in the city, and how commodities like water have become an object of speculationMore

Screenshot of the Facebook fan site of the Burka Avenger (source: DW)

Pakistani Cartoon Series

Superhero in a Burqa

A burqa-wearing superhero? The first episode of Haroon Rashid's animated "Burka Avenger" has been broadcast in Pakistan. The creator of the series says he wants to create a role model for girls in his country. By Rachel BaigMore

Fauzia Shaheen (photo: private)

Interview with Pakistani Media Expert Fauzia Shaheen

How Pakistan's Media Is Defending Democracy

Fauzia Shaheen is a media expert, women's activist and president of the Women Media Centre in Pakistan. She would like to promote equal opportunities for women in Pakistan's media by training female journalists. Julie Schwannecke spoke to her about the current role of the media, press freedom and democracy in PakistanMore

Soldiers of the Afghan National Army are being trained by German Armed Forces in Camp Pamir near Kunduz (photo: dpa)

Afghanistan as the Western Troop Withdrawal Nears

The Failure of Dialogue

The end of the NATO mission in the Hindu Kush, scheduled for 2014, is fast approaching. The results to date are sobering. Mistrust and even mutual dislike between locals and representatives of the West in Afghanistan are striking and widespread. By Stefan BuchenMore

Young Islamists take part in a demonstration led by the controversial preacher Pierre Vogel in Frankfurt on Main (photo: dapd)

Interview with Matenia Sirseloudi

What Drives Young People to Jihad?

What is behind the Islamicisation and radicalisation of young people in Europe? To what extent do European foreign policies and military interventions abroad play a role in this? Albrecht Metzger spoke to sociologist Dr Matenia Sirseloudi about politically motivated violence and radicalisation processesMore

Activists in Lahore holding placards at a rally on International Women's Day (photo: REUTERS/Mohsin Raza)

Woman and Social Networks in Pakistan

Hostility on the Internet

Women in Pakistan are being harassed and are encountering hostility via social networks on the Internet. At the same time, many women's rights activists see the web as a new way to further their work. By Marcus MichaelsenMore

Pakistani writer and Taliban expert Ahmed Rashid (photo: AP)

Interview with Ahmed Rashid on Mali

''Worse than Afghanistan''

Pakistani writer and Taliban expert Ahmed Rashid reports on the failures of the international community in Mali and how Islamist Al-Qaida affiliates have been able to establish themselves there. He spoke to Silke MertinsMore

Tahir ul-Qadri (photo: AFP)

The Pakistani Religious Cleric Tahir ul-Qadri

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Manic Street Preacher

His call for a "million man march" in favour of reforms and against corruption has propelled cleric Tahir ul-Qadri to the status of champion of Pakistan's middle classes. Although the protest in Islamabad apparently achieved little, it casts a spotlight on the population's growing displeasure and its dwindling faith in Pakistan's mainstream political parties. By Marcus MichaelsenMore

A Pakistani female supporter of a political party Muttahida Quami Movement (MQM) shouts slogans during a protest procession against the assassination attempt by Taliban on child activist Malala Yousafzai in Karachi on October 14, 2012 (photo: AFP/Getty)

Pakistan at a Crossroads

A People's Uprising against the Taliban?

Pakistan's Taliban have for a long time been extending their influence on society by way of intimidation, brute force and terror killings. Now, however, people seem to be ready to confront the militants, drawing from the memory of Pakistan's liberal society in the early 70s. Ashraf Khan reports from KarachiMore

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