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Mariyam Suleman Anees

Mariyam Suleman Anees

Mariyam is a development specialist and a freelance writer from Gwadar. She tweets at @mariyamsuleman

Mariyam Suleman Anees is a development specialist, freelance writer, and researcher from Gwadar. She completed her masters in Gender and Development Studies at the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Sussex. Her main focus is Gwadar and the Balochistan region, and she writes on politics, the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), and gender and development issues. Her work has appeared in Dawn, Herald, and Global Editors’ Network Den. She is also a scholar of the British High Commission’s Chevening program.
Follow her on Twitter @mariyamsuleman.
Posts by Mariyam Suleman Anees
September 22, 2023

Why Is the US Ambassador’s Visit to Gwadar Important?

By Mariyam Suleman Anees
After staying away from Balochistan for over 15 years, the United States is showing increasing interest in the China-funded and operated strategic port of Gwadar.

August 25, 2023

Religious Intolerance is Burning Pakistan

By Mariyam Suleman Anees
The recent mob violence against Christian minorities in Punjab province is just the latest reminder of how deep and wide the roots of religious intolerance have grown.
July 27, 2023

What Do 10 Years of CPEC Mean for Gwadar’s Residents?

By Mariyam Suleman Anees
Even as governments celebrate the "successes" of CPEC, Gwadar’s residents want to be included in its benefits.

June 08, 2023

Pakistan, Iran Seal Energy Deal to Power Gwadar

By Mariyam Suleman Anees
Some Pakistanis are worried about Gwadar’s considerable reliance on Iranian electricity, especially in the context of U.S. opposition to trade with Iran.

May 25, 2023

Where Are the Women in Pakistan’s Politics? 

By Mariyam Suleman Anees
As the country gears up for fiercely controversial polls in October, what are the prospects for women’s political participation in Pakistan?

May 02, 2023

Pakistan’s Economic Crisis: What Went Wrong?

By Mariyam Suleman Anees
The country is currently running on foreign loans taken on high rates of interest. It will have to repay $80 billion in the coming three years.
March 27, 2023

Women Join the Fight for Rights in Pakistan’s Gwadar

By Mariyam Suleman Anees
Fishing is a male domain, but thousands of women are on the streets demanding implementation of laws against trawling and for inclusive development.

March 01, 2023

Pakistan’s Plans for Poverty Eradication in Most Impoverished Districts

By Mariyam Suleman Anees
Twenty of Pakistan’s poorest districts have been chosen for implementation of the Ministry of Planning’s development plan for 2022-2027.

January 27, 2023

Iran-Pakistan Border Trade: Flourishing Against the Odds

By Mariyam Suleman Anees
Much of the trade, especially of oil and LPG, is illicit but crucial for both the regional economy and the livelihood of families living along the border.

December 15, 2022

How Realistic Are China’s Plans to Expand CPEC to Afghanistan?

By Mariyam Suleman Anees
The profits may be high, but the risks involved are higher, especially in the context of attacks on Chinese nationals and interests in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

November 18, 2022

Why Are Some Pakistanis up in Arms Against the Film ‘Joyland’?

By Mariyam Suleman Anees
The critically acclaimed film depicts transgender people as normal – something unacceptable in Pakistani society, which has traditionally treated transgender people as outcasts.
November 15, 2022

Iran’s Mass Protests Are Impacting Lives in Pakistan

By Mariyam Suleman Anees
Baloch in Pakistan are watching the crackdown on their sisters across the border with dismay.

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