I'm a freelance journalist, researcher, and author, and I write about culture, urban life, human rights, religion, and food. My work has appeared in the New York Times, the Guardian, Marie Claire, Roads and Kingdoms, and on the BBC. I've reported features from Jordan, Lebanon, the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan, and Afghanistan. I speak English, Arabic, Urdu, Persian, and Punjabi. I've worked as a full-time reporter — and as a stringer, fixer, translator, TV show host, radio jockey, and a scriptwriter.
In 2014, I published my first novel Karachi, You're Killing Me! (Penguin Random House India), which was adapted into an Indian feature film called Noor in 2017. I'm currently working on a non-fiction book - No Team of Angels (First Draft Publishing) -- on the urban conflict in Karachi, Pakistan.
I received an International Reporting Project fellowship to report on gender and LGBTI rights in 2017. I studied Arabic at Middlebury Language School’s Intensive Summer Program in 2016 as a Kathryn Davis Fellow for Peace. I was a Visiting Carnegie Fellow at New America’s National Security Program in Washington D.C. in 2014, where I researched a report on urban militancy in Pakistan.
You can reach me at sabaimtiaz[@]eml.cc or on Twitter @SabaImtiaz.