Pakistan’s Literati Explore Repression on the Down Low
Speak softly and carry a big book. Thousands gathered over the weekend at the annual Karachi Literature Festival to talk books, music and free expression in a country where writers and activists are regularly seized by the state. It’s a chance to debate sensitive topics — through art and coded language — like Pakistan’s security situation, government corruption and even the #MeToo movement and sexual harassment. While the 9-year-old festival pushes boundaries, some think it doesn’t go far enough, hoping for more outright politicization despite the dangers.