Blackmail, harassment forces Pakistani women from university

"From his words, I could tell his intentions were not good," Rahila, 20, said. "I felt so strange about it. I used to call him 'sir' with so much respect to his face, and he turned out to be this creepy, inappropriate person. At that point, I lost confidence in myself."

(Al Jazeera, January 2020)

Let Me Show You the World

Aladdin's origins are in a story about stories: telling, listening to and immortalizing them through a centuries-long chain of transmission.

(Longreads, November 2019)

Why an installation about police killings faced censorship

The exhibit memorialized 444 people killed by Rao Anwar, a cop who extrajudicially murdered civilians by staging fake encounters in which he claimed to fire in self-defense, but no police officer was killed or injured.

(Hyperallergic, November 2019)

PAAK Legion

This comic introduces 12 characters from different parts of Pakistan, who possess superpowers. The series will explore their lives, struggles, journeys and enemies.

Reviving Lyari's lost arts heritage

“I was a kid from this community too, I live in Lyari too, I was offered guns and told [by gangsters] they wanted to work with me,” Shad said. “But I had consciousness, my family told me we’re peaceful people. So why would I go do crime?”

(The Big Picture, October 2019)

The Legacy of the Real Black Panther, Huey P. Newton 

While history remembers Huey the prisoner or Huey the armed soldier, it often erases Huey the scholar from the narrative.

(Playboy, February 2018)

Living with Change: Pakistanis face inflation in everyday life

The Ellahis have been artisans in gold jewellery for generations, tracing their craft back to the time of the Mughals. What was once their primary source of income today fails to sustain their family due to the recent instability in the dollar.

(Dawn, February 2019)

What Trump's win means for Pakistani-Americans 

On the night of the election, 15-year-old Sophia Qureshi woke up to her parents calling the police to report a break-in. She switched on the lights in her room to find glass shards everywhere. The window in her room had been broken.

(Dawn, January 2017)

Desi America United

A young, working class, and politically conscious desi America has always existed and is steadily mobilizing. 

(Jamhoor, June 2019)

On Trump, Parades and What It Means to Be An Eagles Fan This Week

But traditions are meant to be broken. And Philadelphia, the city that the Eagles represent, testifies that ages-long American tradition of breaking traditions.

(Playboy, February 2018) 

How Young Brits Took Down the U.K.'s Version of Donald Trump 

"On the 21st of January, there was the Women's March. And these protests are big. And they're separate from the organized left. That's why you saw so many homemade placards."

(GOOD Magazine, October 2017)


Iman Sultan is a Pakistani-American writer and journalist, who covers politics and culture. She grew up near Philadelphia with frequent trips back to Karachi, where she is currently based. Her work has appeared in Al Jazeera, Longreads, Playboy, Dawn and GOOD Magazine. While Sultan’s writing encompasses reportage, criticism, personal narrative, and fiction, she dabbles in photography and video as well. Keep up with what she’s doing on Twitter and Instagram, and say hi to her here.

Sultan in Cairo, Egypt in winter 2018. (Photo credit: Amina Masood.)