Zahra Kazmi is a journalist from Pakistan residing in Islamabad. She works as an investigative journalist on terror, militancy, missing persons, minorities, and marginalized community issues. Kazmi currently works as a freelance journalist for Independent Urdu, NayaDaur Media and the Daily Times. As a current fellow of the Berlin Scholarship Program Zahra learns how to protect herself better digitally and how to provide more security for her journalistic work and research.
Before starting her job as a journalist, Zahra worked for non-government organizations to better understand social, cultural, and political issues and contributed to different local newspapers writing about diverse topics. In 2017, Zahra wrote an investigative story exposing major corruption in Pakistan’s tobacco sector.
She holds a master’s degree in political science and published academic research papers on different topics such as war and peace in Pakistan. In 2018, Zahra co-authored a research paper on 'The Nexus of Governance and Conflict in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas'. The paper was presented at an International Conference by the Hans-Seidel-Foundation and published in their annual journal.