To many the name of Pakistan calls up images of Islamic extremism, religious intolerance, state corruption and the long years of terror. It’s probably safe to say that single malt whisky, half a dozen brands of beer and a 120-year-old brewing tradition are unlikely to be near the top of anyone’s word association list. By Philipp BreuMore
It is his third novel – and the darkest one to date: in "Red Birds", Mohammed Hanif, the well-known Pakistani novelist and author, makes us re-think our Western notions about everyday life in a conflict setting. Interview by Claudia KramatschekMore
India and Pakistan are currently embroiled in their most serious crisis in several decades. While a nuclear exchange between the two sides is highly unlikely, the possibility nevertheless remains, says Michael KugelmanMore
Clad in traditional shalwar kameez and rolling rosary beads in his right hand, Pakistanʹs new prime minister, Imran Khan, recently took office. He promises change, yet what form will such change take? Afshan Subohi has the detailsMore
When Pakistanis vote in this month's general election, more women will be on the ballot than ever before. But the percentage of women casting votes will remain low, as cultural and religious obstacles continue to impede gender equality in the country's political process. By Quratulain FatimaMore
What's at stake in Pakistan's upcoming parliamentary elections? Should the West be concerned about a possible military-backed government and its impact on Afghanistan's security and South Asia's geopolitics? An analysis by Shamil ShamsMore
In spite of strict moral regulations, plastic surgery is allowed in Iran. More than 60,000 Iranian women per year get nose surgery. Such contradictions have informed Tehran-born artist Homa Arkani's work since 1983.