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Engin Akyürek in action during an episode of the Turkish soap opera Fatmagül'ün Suçu Ne?. (YouTube)

Turkish Soap Operas and the Pakistani Mothers Who Watch Them

I was clueless why my mother, from her home in Karachi via Skype, suddenly started calling my two-year-old son “Engin.” His name is Elias. She revealed that this was a tribute to her current favorite actor, Engin Akyurek of Turkey. more
Pakistani demonstrators shout anti-US slogans during a protest in Multan on January 8, 2013, against the drone attacks in Pakistan's tribal areas. (S.S Mirza/AFP/Getty Images)

Are Drone Strikes Killing Terrorists or Creating Them?

After the publication of an interactive website visualizing drone strikes in Pakistan, Asia Society Senior Advisor Hassan Abbas analyzes the difficulty of assessing whether drone strikes are actually an effective terror-fighting tool. more
The first batch of "Peace Rickshaws" sponsored by Pakistan Youth Alliance, ready to hit the road in Karachi. (Pakistan Youth Alliance)

Photos: 'Peace Rickshaws' Promote Colorful Message of Tolerance in Pakistan

The Pakistan Youth Alliance (PYA) is on a mission to use a very visible form of street art to counter the intolerance, and worse, being spread by right-wing groups in Pakistan. more
People celebrate Holi with colored powders at the Banke Bihari temple in Vrindavan, India on March 26, 2013. (Daniel Berehulak/Getty Images)

Photos of the Day: Celebrating the Festival of Colors with a Splash

Dusted with shocking pink, vibrant green, opulent purple and every other color under the sun, people in Asia take to the streets to celebrate Holi, the Festival of Colors in March 2013. more
A meandering stream weaves its way through the mountains of Baltistan, Pakistan on March 25, 2013. (norbakshi world/Flickr)

Photo of the Day: The Rugged Rocks of Pakistan

A meandering stream weaves its way through the mountains of Baltistan, Pakistan on March 25, 2013. (norbakshi world/Flickr) more
Pakistani musicians Zebunnisa Bangash (L) and Haniya Aslam (R), who perform as the duo Zeb and Haniya. (Nida Rehman)

Interview: Pakistani Duo Zeb and Haniya Cross Musical and Geographic Borders Alike

Pakistan's folk duo open up about finding success across the border in India and when their long-awaited second album will finally arrive. more
Supporters of Malala Yousufzai, the Pakistani teenager shot by the Taliban for promoting girls' education, displayed portraits of her at a ceremony marking "Malala Day" in Karachi on Nov. 10, 2012. (Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images)

Could a Nobel Prize for Malala Yousafzai Inspire Pakistan to Stand Up to Extremism?

Pakistan's "Malala moment” may have passed, but there's no telling what effect a Nobel win would have on a polarized country. more
Pakistani Shiite Muslims carry a coffin during the funeral procession of bomb blast victims in Karachi on March 4, 2013. (Rizwan Tabassum/AFP/Getty Images)

Hassan Abbas: Sectarian Violence in Pakistan Result of 'Bigotry, Ignorance'

In an interview with World Politics Review, Asia Society Senior Advisor Hassan Abbas discusses the reasons behind the recent wave of ethnic violence in Pakistan. more
In 2013, the Karachi Literature Festival grew to three days' worth of events and attracted approximately 15,000 attendees. (Annie Ali Khan)

In 2013, Literature Festival Provides 'Healing Touch' for Troubled Karachi

A literature festival becomes a political statement in a city where bomb blasts, like thunderstorms, have become part of the natural order. more
L: American cover art for "How to Get Filthy Rich in a Rising Asia," the forthcoming novel by Mohsin Hamid (R), shown here at an Asia Society India Centre event in Mumbai in Dec. 2012.

Interview: Novelist Mohsin Hamid Wants You to Get 'Filthy Rich' in a Rising Asia

Introducing new novel at the Karachi Literature Festival, one of Pakistan's leading younger writers says, "You have to find new ways of telling stories." more