For over two decades, I have worked in the media in various capacities – media manager for international humanitarian organisations in conflict areas as well as corporate communications, spokesperson and a working journalist. I have written and published hundreds of news reports, conducted interviews and contributed opinion pieces to various newspapers in south Asia region and internationally.
My interests include reporting of Islam and Muslim issues in euro-american news outlets, Islamophobia in media and entertainment industry and rampant anti-Muslim hate that is now independently being produced by dedicated groups via social media outlets such as Facebook or WhatsApp.
I have edited a book on the London bombings of 2005 to wide acclaim. 7/7: Muslim Perspectives received positive reviews for its representation of the Muslim reactions to the London bombings in the British mainstream press and European publications.
I have done MA in Mass Communication and Journalism from the University of Srinagar, Kashmir for which I was awarded a gold medal. I have also done journalism courses from the University of Westminster, London and diploma in film making from the London Film Academy.
Later, I acquired MSc. in Violence, Conflict and Development from the University of London. I have also studied a diploma course each from the University of Madrid, Spain, and University of Poona, Maharashtra, India.
|MSc||Violence, Conflict and Development||School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London||2008|
|Special Course for Journalism||Journalism||University of Westminster, London||2001|
|MA (First position/gold medal)||Mass Communication and Journalism||University of Kashmir, Srinagar||1997|
|BA||English Literature, Education, History||University of Kashmir, Srinagar||1993|
|Writer/Op-Ed columnist||Jang (Urdu), and The News (English), Pakistan||03/2017 – 09/2021|
|Lecturer||Riphah Institute of Media Studies, Riphah International University, Islamabad, Pakistan||08/2016 – 12/2017|
|Public Information Officer||United Nations, Islamabad, Pakistan||03/2014 – 03/2015|
|Head of Communications||United Nations Development Programme, South Sudan||11/2011 – 12/2013|
|Associate||Linstock Communications, London, UK||03/2010 – 09/2011|
|Public Affairs and Media Officer||Muslim Council of Britain, London, UK||03/2009 – 02/2010|
|Customer Relations Officer/Manager||Transport for London, UK||05/2004 – 10/2006|
|Programme Officer||Islamic Aid, London, UK/Iran||11/2003 – 03/2004|
|Researcher||MDUK Media, London, UK||05/2002 – 11/2003|
|Consultant International Committee||Red Cross (ICRC), New Delhi, India||03/1995 – 11/2000|
|Field Officer International Committee||Red Cross (ICRC), Srinagar, Kashmir||03/1995 – 11/2000|
|Correspondent||Monthly Surya India, New Delhi, India||03/1990 – 02/1995|
|1||7/7: Muslim Perspectives (book), London: Reflections of British Muslims on the London bombing that securitized the Muslim presence on the British island. It won wide appreciation from a wide audience across Europe.|