Zia Ur Rehman is an award-winning journalist and researcher and has been working as a senior reporter with The News International, one of the Pakistan’s leading English newspapers. He has also been writing for New York Times and The National. Besides it, his work has also published in different national and international media outlets including, CTC Sentinel, Jamestown Foundation, Dawn and The Friday Times.
Rehman has also worked with Management Systems International (MSI), Open Society Foundation, Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI) and Labour Education Foundation (LEF) .
His book ‘Karachi in Turmoil’ was published in 2013, containing a detailed coverage of the ethnic violence in Karachi and presence of Taliban militants. He also contributed a chapter on Pashtuns in Karachi in the book ‘Cityscapes of Violence in Karachi: Publics and Counterpublics’ published in 2017 by the C. Hurst & Co. In his chapter, Rehman highlights multiple pressures experienced by the politics of the Pashtun community in Karachi. According to a book review published in Herald magazine, one of the interesting features in his very cogent analysis is how the jihadi groups in Karachi appropriated criminal methods of extortion in order to raise funds and in doing so ended up harassing their own core ethnic group — Pashtuns, specifically wealthy transporters and businessmen in the community
Specialties: Conflict Resolution, Peace, Regional Security, Militancy, Democracy and Political Economy, Parliamentary Affairs and Practices, Human Rights and Social Justice.