Kashmir’s Heroin Highway

URI, Kashmir—A hand-painted truck carrying a load of Pakistani almonds pulled over in Uri, a lonely, picturesque mountain town in Kashmir, on the afternoon of Jan. 17, 2014. Customs agents had searched the driver’s multicolored vehicle at least 30 times over the previous few years without any trouble. Plus the agents liked the driver. On multiple occasions they had shared a sweet, lightly spiced local tea called kahwa with the man, and they knew about his kids, his wife, and his neighbors on the other side of the line of control in Pakistani-controlled Kashmir.

Border control is a lonely line of work, especially in an isolated region where it often feels like there are more guns lying around than people to carry them, and the agents considered the driver something like a friend. So when he begged the customs agents to speed up their search because he was running behind on his route, they wanted to accommodate him. And they might have even acquiesced politely, were it not for the suspicious eye of Kameshwar Puri of the Jammu and Kashmir State Police.

“The man looked nervous to me,” Puri, 30, recalls of the driver. Puri was about to make the biggest heroin bust in Kashmir’s history.

Read the full story by Pulitzer Center grantee Micahel Edison Hayden and Sami Siva for Roads and Kingdoms and Slate. 

Pakistani woman dies after husband beats and sets her on fire for leaving house to visit her sister without his permission. x 
Hundreds of women are murdered by their relatives in Pakistan each year through domestic violence or on the grounds of defending family “honour”.

“Whoever slays a soul, unless it be for a manslaughter or for mischief in the land, it is as though he slew all men; and whoever keeps it alive, it is as though he kept alive all men.” (Surah al-Mā’ida 5:32)

Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji'un

Black and white from Babusar Top (14000 feet) in far distance lies Nanga Perbat, the Killer Mountain which is 8000m. 

More photos and prints: http://www.awaisyaqub.com/Photography/Black-and-White

pakistan365 art-in-the-heart artphotocollector documentary mountaineous newsweek newyorker natgeotravel

Muslim’s Wife Left The House Without ‘Permission,’ So Here’s What He Did

A young Pakistani woman wanted to go visit her sister but failed to run it by her Muslim husband before doing so, and it didn’t end up being the best decision she could have made. Muhammad Siddique wasn’t happy once he found out that his wife left the house without permission, Yahoo! News rep…

Continue reading at http://madworldnews.com/muslim-wife-left-house/

“But ‘Paki’ is just the short form of Pakistani!”

So no, it is not “just” the short form of Pakistani. It’s a racial slur you prick, don’t use it if you’re not reclaiming it. 


Khalil Chishtee (Pakistani, b. 1964, Pakistan, Brooklyn-based) - 1,2: Pursuit (+detail), 2007 Life Size, White Trash Bags  3: Collector, 2007 Life Size, Black, White Trash Bags  4: Unbearable Lightness Of Being II, 2011 Life Size, White Trash Bags  5: Out Of The Frying Pan, 2007 Life Size, Black, White Trash Bags  6: Winged Loser, 2008 White Trash Bags + Other  7: You Believed In Me And I Had Faith In The String, 2009 White Trash Bags  8: Ladder, 2011 White Trash Bags  9: Your Success My Failure (detail), 2007 White Trash Bags