Much of the footage that I have been collecting for VBB’s Pakistan Live Broadcast” (with the help of my sister Beena) has been at moments when people come over to eat at our house and we grab a camera and capture conversations. Much of the talk moves between what’s happening in Gaza to more pressing local issues such as India, and of course, the continuing collapse of the north, especially in Swat.
This week, I spent some time at the Lyceum School and interviewed the Principal, Scherezade Asdar, as well as some students who participate in the school’s travel club. One student talked about how the school’s rowing club’s trips to India have been canceled because of all the ongoing tension between Pakistan and India. In a visit to the Indus Valley School of Art and Architecture, the teacher Ayesha Dar directed the students’ attention to Swat, and how militants have threatened a complete ban on girls’ schools starting today.