Beena Sarwar

Post date: Monday, July 8, 2013 - 13:37

“I lost my friend, Ernestas. All day long I tried to stay in touch with the concerned people with the hope that he’s safe, but we lost him. He was a very dear friend and a die-hard lover of Pakistan. Every time we used to communicate, he tried his best to speak in Urdu. His messages, emails and phone conversations were filled with love for Pakistan and its culture. I never knew that it was going to be his last call when he called me from Islamabad.

Sorry, Erni, we couldn’t save you. As he always said, ‘Salaam, dost.’ Tonight, I say: Salaam forever, Erni. RIP.”

Post date: Tuesday, June 4, 2013 - 15:26

I remember a black and white photo from my childhood — laughing boys and girls of varying ages, perpetually frozen in mid-stride, playing musical chairs at a birthday party in our

Post date: Monday, May 13, 2013 - 14:18

As the world felt Boston’s pain and prayed for the dead and injured, another collective prayer arose from many hearts: “Please don’t let the bombers be Muslim, don’t let this have a Pakistani connection.”
Beena Sarwar Boston 

Post date: Tuesday, September 6, 2011 - 14:40

Will it be possible to write about the tragedy of Karachi...?” asked my editor. 

Possible, yes. Easy, no. In two words: turf wars. But behind that is a long, complex history, bound up in money, crime, politics, power and greed. 

The half-a-million households dependent on daily wages in Karachi go hungry when the city shuts down during a strike or if their bread-earners don’t go to work due to violence. Staying home means hunger; going out is risky. 

Post date: Monday, August 1, 2011 - 13:06
In Lahore for an Indo-Pak conference on environment, climate change and cooperation organised by Young Global Leaders (YGL) alongwith various organisations, I was again struck by the camaraderie

Post date: Monday, July 4, 2011 - 14:54
It’s never boring to be a journalist in Pakistan, even though it can be deadly, as the condemnable murder of investigative journalist Saleem Shahzad last month highlighted.

Post date: Wednesday, June 1, 2011 - 15:00

The simmering rage brewing in Pakistan since the American Seals landed in Abbottabad and 'took out' Osama Bin Laden (OBL) is not just about the growing anti-Americanism in the country.

Post date: Tuesday, May 3, 2011 - 14:38

The case of Dr SM Khaleel Chishty, a retired Pakistani virologist currently in Ajmer prison hospital, has been making the news in India and Pakistan lately.

Post date: Monday, April 4, 2011 - 12:59

I was roped recently into moderating a panel on Faiz at the Left Forum after the original moderator, David Barsamian, well-known radio journalist/producer, couldn't make it at the last minute.

Post date: Friday, March 4, 2011 - 13:04

I admit it. I'm addicted to Twitter. Like many others, the first time I heard about this 'social networking tool', my initial response was, "What's the point?" 

Post date: Monday, January 31, 2011 - 17:30

The assassination of Punjab Governor Salmaan Taseer has been termed a 'watershed moment' for Pakistan - not just because a sitting governor of the country's wealthiest and most populous province wa

Post date: Friday, December 31, 2010 - 15:18