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Niha Dagia

Niha Dagia

Niha Dagia is a multimedia journalist covering health, social issues and politics in South Asia. Follow her on Twitter at @nhd00.

Posts by Niha Dagia
October 13, 2021

South Asia’s Fight Against COVID-19 Gathers Momentum

By Niha Dagia
Despite vaccine hesitancy and a shortage of doses, South Asian countries have fared fairly well in vaccinating their populations.

September 29, 2021

Pakistan’s Fake Vaccine Certificates

By Niha Dagia
As in many other parts of the world, Pakistan’s anti-vaxxers are turning to fake vaccine certificates to dodge government restrictions on unvaccinated individuals.
September 22, 2021

Does the Afghan Debacle Signal Declining US Influence?

By Niha Dagia
Experts say to maintain influence Washington “will need at a minimum to recognize the Taliban government.”

September 15, 2021

Afghan Women Footballers Flee to Pakistan

By Niha Dagia
The Afghan National Girls Youth Football team, its coaches, and their families were facing threats from the Taliban.

August 16, 2021

The Taliban Ride Back to Power in Kabul

By Niha Dagia
Kabul’s fall to the Taliban is more the result of the Afghan government’s ineptitude and corruption than the Taliban’s strength.

August 13, 2021

Can Pakistan’s Mangoes Sweeten Souring Ties with the US?

By Niha Dagia
Mangoes have always been in the frontline of Pakistan’s politics and diplomacy.
July 29, 2021

How Far Can Raw Talent Take South Asian Athletes at the Olympics?

By Niha Dagia
The performance of South Asian athletes at the global level is hampered by poor infrastructure and training facilities at home.

July 19, 2021

Terrorists Target Chinese Nationals Working on a CPEC Project

By Niha Dagia
Initially, Pakistan’s foreign ministry wrote it off as an accident, but China has described it a terror attack.

July 12, 2021

Vaccine Passports: Ticket to Freedom or Path to a Divided World?

By Niha Dagia
Gulf and Western countries require incoming foreign workers to have received vaccines that are in short supply in several developing countries.

June 23, 2021

Bilateral Bond Between Pakistan and Russia Deepening

By Niha Dagia
Both countries believe that a political settlement in Afghanistan is necessary for regional peace and stability.

June 21, 2021

Why Isn’t Pakistan’s COVID-19 Death Rate Falling as Quickly as Infections?

By Niha Dagia
The fatality rate trails behind infections, so Pakistan’s morbidity rates will take awhile to fall.
May 31, 2021

Pakistan Seeks to Punish Criticism of Army

By Niha Dagia
A new bill, if it were to become law, would further damage the Pakistani media’s ability to hold the military to account.

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