Anadolu Agency/ Basmuhabir (Senior Journalist)/ October 2014 - present
Main responsibilities include editing stories and handling pitches from Turkey, Europe, Africa and Asia regions for the English service of semi-official Turkish state news wire, Anadolu Agency. This is a high pressure job where the task is to get stories out quickly that are not only accurate and free from perils of libellous content, but also the copy is expected to meet high standards of professional English news style guidelines that satisfy the requirements of AA's global clientele. AA's news coverage is based not only on AA's dedicated correspondents for the English service in the field, but also the challenge for editors is to glean news-worthy information from translations of AA's Turkish/Arabic services. On average, I meet the challenge of editing between 10 to 20 stories per 8-hour shift, every day.
Gulf Times/ Staff Reporter/ February 2013- September 2014
The Gulf Times, established in 1978, is Qatar’s oldest and leading English newspaper. As one of the main reporters on the national news desk, I covered a wide range of beats for the paper, including diplomacy, culture, arts and business. I covered issues of global importance such as the opening of the Taliban office in Doha and plight of migrant workers in Qatar. I also had dozens of front page byline stories for covering numerous world leaders, business deals and internationally-renowned artists.
U.S. McClatchy Media/ Special Correspondent/ June 2014 – September 2014
The McClatchy Company is a publicly traded American publishing company based in California. Although I worked only for a few months for McClatchy while I was in Qatar, I have the experience of writing for the U.S. media where my dispatches appeared in 29 regional newspapers in 15 states.
The Express Tribune/ Investigative Reporter/ March 2010 till Nov 2012
The Express Tribune is an English language daily published by the Express Media Group in collaboration with the International Herald Tribune. I was one of the main investigative reporters of the group based in Karachi where I produced over 300 in-depth reports. Although my main focus was on security-related issues, specifically terrorism and crime, I also produced numerous reports on political, social and health-related issues. I also did extensive coverage of disasters such as the ‘super floods’ that wreaked havoc in rural Sindh/Balochistan provinces during 2010 and 2011; and also ventured as far as Waziristan to get the facts right.
Agence France-Presse/ Stringer/ May 2012 till Jan 2013
I worked for AFP, the international Paris-based news wire agency, as a stringer based in Karachi. My job included giving quick news updates on major incidents in the mega city and the Sindh province region. I was fully responsible for news in Sindh on weekends and assisted the AFP correspondent for the region during his weekdays. Whether it was a major terrorist act like a bomb blast or a drive-by shooting incident involving a UN official, I met the challenge of breaking the news first for AFP.
Dawn daily/Dawn.com/Senior Reporter/ January 2008 till March 2010
Dawn is the biggest English media group in Pakistan. During this period my responsibilities included producing investigative stories, daily reporting and occasionally I also worked as a ‘shift in-charge’ responsible for managing the online news desk. My reporting assignments took me all across Pakistan, including to rural Sindh and Punjab provinces, and the Pakistani capital Islamabad. Some of my stories were also aired on the media group’s TV channel, DawnNews. I also produced a wide range of multimedia content, including picture galleries and audio/visual slideshows.
Dawn daily/Senior Subeditor and Reporter/ December 2006 till January 2008
During this period, I was assigned on the main national desk of the daily Dawn newspaper that was responsible for editing the front, back and national pages. Apart from editing stories and supervising an assigned page during the layout phase, I was also writing features and stories for the metropolitan and weekly magazine sections of the newspaper.
Dawn.com/ Content Coordinator cum Subeditor-March 2005 till November 2006
This was the period when the new layout of the news portal Dawn.com which we see today was being designed. The work scope involved editing news; drawing up poll questions; managing daily and weekly e-newsletters; brain storming/planning/writing reports for the new version of the site and managing the epaper (epaper.dawn.com).
SPIDER/Reporter-June2003 till November 2004
Spider was the first Internet and Telecom industry focused monthly magazine coming out of Pakistan. My work scope involved writing news features, conducting interviews, drawing up an outline for the magazine’s website www.spider.tm and blogging. Major accomplishments included writing more than 40 features, cover page stories and interviewing various diversified personalities during this period.
I have also written features for monthly investigative news magazines in Pakistan such as Herald, Newsline and popular online sites such as Chowk.com. I have also contributed to the Tolonews portal in Afghanistan.
In June 2014, I appeared on the U.K.’s Channel 4 and the American news network NBC from Doha as an expert on militant groups in news packages about the release of five Taliban leaders in Qatar in exchange for the American soldier, Bowe Bergdahl. In Pakistan too, I frequently spoke as an expert and also gave ‘audio beepers’ during live transmissions at key events in Karachi to local channels. Earlier, my stories were also featured on Dawn News flagship programme News Eye during the days when the channel did broadcasts in English. Also, I gave live updates to the U.K.’s Sky News network when the Mehran naval base in Karachi came under attack in 2011.
Multimedia and Online Journalism certificate / Berlin/ 2008
I did a two-month long journalism course at the International Institute for Journalism.
Bachelors of Science/ Karachi/ 2004
I have a four-year graduation degree in science from the University of Karachi.
Intermediate college/ 2000
I cleared my HSC exams from DJ Science College in Karachi.
Matriculation high School/ 1998
I passed my SSC exams from Happy Home School in Karachi.
Carmel School Kuwait/ 1985-1990
I did my primary education at an Indian convent school in Kuwait - a country which I and my family left after the breakout of the first Gulf War of 1990.
Personal website and blog:
Channel 4 news clip in which I appear as an expert
NBC news clip in which I appear as an expert
Express Tribune newspaper articles links:
Sample of Dawn newspaper article links: