Haneen Rafi

Reporter and Senior Sub Editor, Dawn Newspaper

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Writer and editor

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DAWN.COM
08/18/2018
Culture dept calls for time to shift National Museum from Burnes Garden

KARACHI: There is growing pressure from the Supreme Court of Pakistan to remove encroachments from all parkland, market centres and roads of the city. The new directives in particular have clearly included all parkland to be clear of any kind of encroachment and construction so that urban forests can be established for the public and to help the environment.

DAWN.COM
03/08/2016
Footprints: From Germany, with love

Borders may be well-defined, but once in a while we hear of epic journeys that help blur them just a little. The drive to Pakistan by German nationals Christian Nieth and Elisabeth Hartmann, over dusty, unpaved roads and through corrupt bureaucratic frameworks, is one tale worthy of mention in this regard.

DAWN.COM
11/19/2018
Heritage experts sceptical of Empress Market's 'beautification' plan

KARACHI: In the past few weeks, thousands of shopkeepers of the Empress Market witnessed the demise of their livelihood after the Supreme Court directed the authorities to take action against encroachments that resulted in their shops being razed. Now heritage experts have raised alarm over the government's decision to start a mission of sandblast cleaning on stone materials of the heritage monument.

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12/03/2018
Pakistan seems to have returned to the glorious days of censorship: Mohammed Hanif

Mohammed Hanif, the author, journalist and unwilling social and political commentator, was his usual engaging self at the launch of his latest book, Red Birds, at the British Council library on Sunday. Red Birds, Hanif's third novel, was described by him as a "family story living in a post-war type world, which we all are.

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09/30/2018
This baker-turned-fitness instructor created a haven of sisterhood right in her driveway

There is a driveway in Karachi that has seen more women toiling away than any other. It is a place where sweat and tears are a constant, where the demons of fear and uncertainty are fought, friendships are forged that stand the test of time, illnesses are discussed and embraced, and the weakest are given hope of gaining strength.

DAWN.COM
05/10/2016
Footprints: The hill of silence

Dead men tell no tales. Makli, however, seems not to come within the ambit of this idiom as each king, queen, scholar or saint buried within its environs has a distinct voice, a story to tell if you just make the time to hear them.

DAWN.COM
11/12/2017
CURTAIN CALL: A WORLD OF UNSAID TRUTHS

Is what we see unfold a carefully contrived interview between a journalist and a solitary writer? Or are we being sucked into a seemingly innocuous conversation that is set to reveal a tumultuous connection between the two?

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12/21/2018
This Pakistani documentary is about saving the snow leopard

Among the snow-capped mountains, and a rugged and unforgiving terrain, only the fittest survive and that is the very home and hunting ground of the snow leopard. At the PACC on Wednesday, a documentary titled The Pursuit of Phantom showcased the work of a group of dedicated conservationists who painstakingly tracked the snow leopard in the Khunjerab National Park and adjoining areas in Gilgit-Baltistan.

DAWN.COM
07/23/2017
FICTION: TILL DEATH DO US PART

Love, revenge, tragedy and salvation - K.R. Meera's novel The Poison of Love has it all. Stripping away all the pretence that lovers, in both ancient and contemporary times, have cultivated of this exhilarating emotion, Meera's latest work is a testament to her prowess as a brilliant storyteller.

DAWN.COM
04/05/2016
Footprints: Rebuilding history, one brick at a time

AFTER crossing the Ravi bridge which offers a depressing sight of a drying river that has partly been reduced to toxic sludge, through a small winding road among several congested ones, past a humble neighbourhood and bazaar, one catches sight of the domineering gates of the Akbari Sarai, a rectangular enclosure which was during the reign of Shah Jahan a state guesthouse comprising 180 cells.

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