Pakistani Participants Cover Local Culture and Foreign Elections During U.S. Attachments

Jun 242013
  • Pakistani journalist Muhammad Ali worked at the New York Daily News. Photo by Anthony Delmundo, New York Daily News

The most recent group of Pakistani journalists to participate in the U.S.-Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism has returned home. During their time in the United States, the journalists were placed at news organizations around the country, and they were published extensively by their host newspapers as well as their own.

They covered a wide range of subjects, most notably the groundbreaking elections and democratic transfer of power in Pakistan this May. They also focused on the local issues and cultures of American cities and towns, including San Antonio, New York and Louisville.

Election puts Pakistani democracy on the line
By Sohail Ahmed, News Journal in Wilmington, DE

Ahmed took advantage of the opportunity to cover the groundbreaking elections in his native Pakistan from abroad, at the News Journal in Delaware.

Watchmaker Rolex sues Brooklyn’s ‘Roll-x Deli’ over name
By Muhammad Ali and John Marzulli, New York Daily News in New York, NY

Ali focused on local business issues in the popular New York tabloid, including a lawsuit against a Brooklyn deli.

New e-hail taxi app is an e-failure – at least until more cabbies get it
By Rich Schapiro, with research assistance by Muhammad Ali (also in a photo), New York Daily News in New York, NY

Ali also wrote about the shortcomings of a new taxi app!

Measles ‘outbreak’ hits two Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn
By Muhammad Ali and Simone Weichwelbaum, New York Daily News in New York, NY

Ali covered an outbreak of measles in Brooklyn in this article.

Bridging growing trust deficit: US must encourage people-to-people contacts
By Muhammad Ali, Business Recorder, Karachi, Pakistan

In an article published after Ali's return to Karachi, he wrote about how he learned that meeting Americans face to face is the best way to overcome differences between the two countries.

Milwaukee Pakistanis set goals for country’s new government
By Mohammad Ashfaq, Journal Sentinel in Milwaukee, WI

Ashfaq interviewed Pakistanis living in Wisconsin for the Journal Sentinel in Milwaukee.

An encouraging horizon for Pakistan
By Usman Cheema, News-Press in Ft. Myers, FL

The News-Press in Fort Myers, Florida published this optimistic piece by Cheema about the future of Pakistan after the elections.

In Pakistan, election nears
By Rashid Khattak, Philadelphia Inquirer in Philadelphia, PA

Khattak also wrote multiple stories about the upcoming election in Pakistan, and the challenges ahead for the country.

Border issues threaten region
By Rashid Khattak, Philadelphia Inquirer in Philadelphia, PA

Khattak detailed the history of tension on the Afghan-Pakistan border.

Challenges face Pakistan
By Rashid Khattak, Philadelphia Inquirer in Philadelphia, PA

Khattak wrote a post-election article, looking to Pakistan's future under Nawaz Sharif's leadership.

Visiting journalist marks World Press Freedom Day
By Gonila Gill, The Courier-Journal in Louisville, KY

In this article, Gill explained how World Press Freedom day is celebrated in Pakistan, as well as chronicled her distinguished career in journalism.

Visiting journalist: US food as diverse as the people, the country
By Gonila Gill, The Advertiser in Lafayette, LA

Gill also raved about regional U.S. cuisine, especially her Louisiana favorites, Cajun and creole.

Arcadiana Press Club to host Pakistani journalist
By KATC-TV about Gonila Gill, Lafayette, LA

During her placement, Gill spoke at the Arcadiana Press Club in Lafayette, Louisiana about her experience as a Christian, female journalist in Pakistan.

Anwer Sumra: My visit to Minnesota
By Anwer Sumra, Pioneer Press in St. Paul, MN

Sumra described his reaction to a very foreign culture in St. Paul, Minnesota.

Alabama and its residents’ hospitality have made a lasting impression
By Nader Khan, Montgomery Advertiser in Montgomery, AL

Khan told of how welcome he was made to feel in Montgomery, Alabama.

Pakistanis here have stake in vote
By Faisal Kamal Pasha, Journal Sentinel in Milwaukee, WI

In Pasha's story for the Journal Sentinel, he wrote of the strong opinions of Pakistani Milwaukeeans about the election in their mother country.

Living together, and yet apart
By Faisal Kamal Pasha, Journal Sentinel in Milwaukee, WI

Pasha also explored the culture of the suburban Milwaukee Pakistani community.

City authorities practice evacuating a large venue
By Sheharyar Rizwan, San Antonio Express-News in San Antonio, TX

Rizwan chose to focus on local news stories in his coverage from San Antonio, Texas.

City departments advise against bat exposure
By Sheharyar Rizwan, San Antonio Express-News in San Antonio, TX

Here Rizwan spoke with a local health department spokeswoman to outline the risk of getting rabies from bats.

Historic Pakistani elections will affect U.S.
By Sheharyar Rizwan, San Antonio Express-News in San Antonio, TX

In this opinion piece, Rizwan illustrated the importance of the recent elections in Pakistan, with its high turnout despite threats of violence.

Challenges awaiting new government in Pakistan
By Muhammad Taqi Akhunzada, Courier-Journal in Louisville, KY

Courier-Journal readers in Louisville, Kentucky read Akhunzada's account of his country's historic democratic transfer of power.