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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
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.

October 31, 2022

Why China Could Tighten its Purse Strings on CPEC Projects

By Mariyam Suleman Anees
Pakistan’s inability to pay off its existing debt to China, and the slowdown of the Chinese economy, could make Beijing cautious about lending more to Pakistan.

October 20, 2022

The Anatomy of Pakistan’s 2022 Floods

By Mariyam Suleman Anees
Pakistan just experienced one of the most devastating floods in its history. Could the government have prevented some of the losses?

September 22, 2022

Will Canada’s Barrick Gold Corporation Boost Business at Gwadar Port?

By Mariyam Suleman Anees
It could. But past experience underscores the importance of Pakistan and Barrick Gold being transparent on the terms of the deal they struck.
August 17, 2022

Why Do Floods Devastate Balochistan So Intensely?

By Mariyam Suleman Anees
Sixty percent of the houses destroyed across Pakistan in recent floods were in Balochistan. Poor infrastructure and extreme poverty increase vulnerability.

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