Zia Ur Rehman is a freelance journalist and researcher and has, mainly, been writing for the New York Times, Nikkei Asia, and Voice of America, among others. Until recently, he was associated with The News International, as a senior reporter. His work has also been published in different national and international media outlets including TRT World, Times, The National, CTC Sentinel, Jamestown Foundation, Dawn, and The Friday Times.
Rehman has also worked with the United States Institute of Peace (USIP), Management Systems International (MSI)-USAID, Chemonics International, Open Society Foundation, DW Akademie, and Sustainable Development Policy Institute (SDPI), and Labour Education Foundation (LEF).
His book ‘Karachi in Turmoil’ was published in 2013, containing a detailed coverage of the ethnic violence in Karachi and the presence of Taliban militants. He also contributed a chapter on Pashtuns in Karachi in the book ‘Cityscapes of Violence in Karachi: Publics and Counterpublics’ published in 2017 by the C. Hurst & Co. In his chapter, Rehman highlights multiple pressures experienced by the politics of the Pashtun community in Karachi. According to a book review published in Herald magazine, one of the interesting features in his very cogent analysis is how the jihadi groups in Karachi appropriated criminal methods of extortion in order to raise funds and in doing so ended up harassing their own core ethnic group — Pashtuns, specifically wealthy transporters and businessmen in the community
Specialties: Electoral politics, Conflict resolution, Organised Crime, Religious and ethnic movements, Minorities, Religion, Human rights, and Social justice.