Asif Shahzad
For Asif Shahzad's latest contributions to The Japan Times, see below:
Afghan refugees arrive in a truck at a holding center as they prepare to depart for Afghanistan, in the town of Landi Kotal, Pakistan, on Wednesday. Hundreds of thousands of Afghans living in Pakistan faced the threat of detention and deportation on the day, as a government deadline for them to leave sparked a mass exodus.
WORLD / Society
Nov 2, 2023
Pakistan rounds up undocumented foreigners, mostly Afghans, early
The interior ministry said 140,322 people had already voluntarily left after days in which trucks full of people have jammed roads out of the country.
Japan Times
Jun 6, 2023
Repeated arrests and filthy cells: Inside Pakistan's crackdown
All the leaders who have been set free have publicly distanced themselves from Imran Khan, denounced the protests and praised the military.
Japan Times
Nov 3, 2022
Ousted Pakistan PM Imran Khan shot in shin in what aides call assassination attempt
Khan was six days into a protest procession bound for Islamabad, standing and waving to thousands of cheering supporters from the roof of a container truck, when the shots rang out.
Japan Times
Oct 31, 2022
Alarmed by suicide attack, China and Pakistan join hands in probe
A female suicide bomber targeted nationals from Pakistan's most important partner, seeking to undermine a relationship on which Islamabad's financial survival largely depends.
Japan Times
Sep 7, 2022
Pakistan tries to avert lake overflow as U.N. warns of more misery
Flooding, brought by record monsoon rainfall and glacier melt in the north, has impacted 33 million people and killed at least 1,325, including 466 children.
Japan Times
Sep 2, 2022
South Pakistan braces for yet more flooding as waters flow down from north
Record monsoon rains and melting glaciers in northern mountains have triggered floods that have killed at least 1,208 people, including 416 children.
Japan Times
Aug 24, 2021
China, Pakistan and India jockey for position in Afghanistan's new 'Great Game'
When the Taliban captured Kabul last week, Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan said Afghans had broken the "shackles of slavery."
Japan Times
Apr 15, 2021
India and Pakistan held secret talks in bid to break Kashmir impasse, sources say
Kashmir has long been a flashpoint between India and Pakistan, both of which claim all of the region but rule only in part.
Japan Times
ASIA PACIFIC / Science & Health
May 3, 2019
Monstrous rumors stoke hostility to Pakistan's anti-polio drive
His bearded face was half-covered by a shawl, but Hameedullah Khan's fear and ignorance was on full display as he delivered a chilling message for anyone who tries to vaccinate his children against polio. "I will stab anyone who comes to my house with polio drops," Khan growled, refusing to be filmed or photographed as he shopped in a fly-blown bazaar on the outskirts of Peshawar, a city scarred by years on the front line of Islamist militancy in Pakistan.


Tokyo Healthcare University professor Takayuki Mifune explains how he is trying to re-create bonito broth from 1,300 years ago.
The quest to re-create what the Japanese ate 1,300 years ago