Lifting the veil: Queer life undercover in South Asia

Originally posted on Journeys to democracy:
“Secret” – fine art photo by Ali Mehdi Zaidi The struggle of Muslim homosexuals in Pakistan, South Asia, or as expatriates is not just about LGBTQ rights but part of the larger fight for inclusion and pluralism within Islam. My essay published in The Boston Globe Ideas section (July 31, 2016)  on…

The Aga Khan Development Network Statement at the Sixth Regional Economic Cooperation Conference on Afghanistan

Since its restoration by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, the Bagh-e-Babur has attracted over 400,000 visitors annually. AKDN has mobilised over US$ 1 billion for economic, social and cultural development in Afghanistan. Photo: AKTC Statement delivered by Mrs. Nurjehan Mawani, AKDN Diplomatic Representative, Afghanistan Mr. Chairman, Excellencies, Honoured colleagues, On behalf of the Aga…

New Book on Heritage of the Mughal World: The Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme by Philip Jodidio (Editor)

some images inside this book This beautifully illustrated book explores the historic cities, buildings, and gardens that flourished during the Mughals’ three-century rule, highlighting valuable conservation and restoration projects in Afghanistan, India, and Pakistan. From 1526-1857, the Mughal Empire presided over an extended period of peace, prosperity, and unprecedented artistic achievement in the Indian subcontinent….

PHOTOS: Humans Of South Asia — Global Voices online org

In 2010, photographer Brandon Stanton began photographing strangers on the streets of New York, asking them a few questions, and sharing their story online. After three years, he put together the Humans of New York (HONY) Facebook page, and as the project grew in popularity, professional and amateur photographers across the world began to replicate…

Video: Afghanistan VS Pakistan Friendship Football Match / مسابقه دوستانه فوتبال میان افغانستان و پاکستان

Afghanistan VS Pakistan Friendship Football Match on 20th August 2013 at AFF Stadium, Kabul, Afghanistan. مسابقه دوستانه فوتبال میان افغانستان و پاکستان به تاریخ ۲۹ اسد ۱۳۹۲ در استدیوم فدراسیون فوتبال افغانستان – کابل Source: afghanpremierleague· ->>>>><<<<<-

Senior citizens visit Yasin and Gupis valley — Pamir Times Net

The visitor’s posing in front of the mazar of Shaheed Lalik Jan, Nishan-e-Haider Gilgit, June 12 (PR): Eighty senior citizens visited the scenic Yasen and Gupis valleys in Ghizer district, as part of a two-day outing programme organized by the Aga Khan Social Welfare Board for Gilgit. The tour aimed to encourage and enable seniors…

“Germany is committed to Afghanistan” — Federal Foreign Office

The International Contact Group on Afghanistan and Pakistan convened in Berlin on 14 May. This group comprises more than 50 states and organizations. Topics of the meeting included good governance and the long term support of the international community for the continued stabilization of Afghanistan. Meeting of the Contact Group in Berlin © Photothek/Trutschel Federal…

Pakistan: New Patient-care Building on Campus — Aga Khan University

April 27, 2013 ​The Aga Khan University inaugurated the Jenabai Hussainali Shariff Building on its sprawling 84-acre Stadium Road campus in the hub of Karachi today. Located right next to the main Hospital entrance to the campus, the six-floor, approximately 132,000-square-foot JHS Building – part of an ambitious expansion plan that envisages a series of…