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Stories about Pakistan

6 November 2019

#iamrabipirzada campaign supports Pakistani actress Rabi Pirzada after nude photos leaked

The Rabi Pirzada incident shows how people are personally attacked for their freedom of expression in Pakistan.

5 November 2019

Amidst denial, Pakistan's smog issues pose serious health risks to the city of Lahore

Many Pakistanis are wondering when the Pakistan government will realize the magnitude of the degradation of air quality in Pakistani megacities and take steps for a solution.

Why is Pakistan trying to broker Iran-Saudi peace talks?

Despite many unresolved domestic issues, Pakistan's role towards brokering an Iran-Saudi peace talk is being widely criticized at home and abroad.

9 October 2019

A burqa controversy in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Pakistan

The government needs to come out of the thinking covering women in an abaya or chadar will protect them from harassers.

29 September 2019

Censorship and online threats against the press spell trouble for the future of Pakistani journalism

The Committee to Protect Journalists says as many as 61 journalists have been killed in Pakistan since 1992; in most cases, the perpetrators could not be identified.

19 September 2019

In a Pakistani town, Hindu-Muslim relations are tested after a Hindu temple is vandalised

"[The] government ought to arrest those ruined the Temple and school, no one has the right to harm other religious places."

14 September 2019

Muharram in Pakistan: Daring to observe Ashura

Sectarian violence against Shia Muslims and Shia Hazara communities are common in Pakistan. Yet people came out in their numbers once again this year for Muharram, amidst tight security.

8 September 2019

Reading Kashmir: Understanding the conflict through its fiction and memoirs

Want to really understand the Kashmir conflict from an insider's perspective? Global Voices presents a list of essential reading by Kashmiris and authors with first-hand knowledge of the region.

22 August 2019

Netizen Report: The shutdown in Kashmir continues

Advox

Kashmir's communications blackout continues, Russia goes after 'illegal' protest videos online, and Google re-opens its office in Egypt.

19 August 2019

Pakistan's government suspends relations with India in show of solidarity with Kashmiris

After Narendra Modi's government in India scrapped Article 370, many Pakistanis asked the ruling party to take action.

17 August 2019

In Pakistan, it's an uphill battle for women who report sexual harassment

In the past few years, Pakistan saw an increasing number of harassing women on the street by means of indecent exposure or exhibition. Police already arrested three men.

16 August 2019

Indian government asks Twitter to remove accounts ‘spreading rumours’ about Kashmir

Advox

With the communication blackout inside Kashmir, netizens elsewhere resorted to Twitter to speak out against India's revocation of the region's autonomous status.

Indian-administered Kashmir is like an ‘open prison’, says observers

"What is happening in Kashmir is 'normal' in the sense that state-backed violence, deceit and lies, gag on civilian voices, and govt propaganda have always been a 'normal' in Kashmir."

14 August 2019

Oral historians and archivists fill in the record of the 1947 partition of India

Historians are working on getting the remaining survivors of the Partition to recall the events so their stories can be preserved.

9 August 2019

#MeToo catches on in Pakistan's entertainment industry

Amidst the #MeToo movement, Pakistani showbiz has been caught up in a hurl with accusations of sexual misconduct, domestic violence and much more.

6 August 2019

Indian government abolishes Kashmir's special status, announces bifurcation

"It's basically like England walking into Scotland with troops and getting rid of the Scottish Parliament and arresting all the Scottish nationalists. This is just not acceptable."

4 August 2019

Hashtag campaign against Pakistani religious minority group during PM Khan's US visit

An online hate campaign targeting the Ahmadiyya community in Pakistan started after an 82-year-old Ahmadiyya Abdul Shakoor shared his community's ordeal in a meeting with US President Trump.

29 July 2019

Lack of diverse media ownership leads to censorship in Pakistan says new report

In Pakistan, a small number of companies dominate the country's media landscape in terms of both ownership and audience share.

25 July 2019

Twitter campaign by Pakistani ruling party warns media against anti-state criticism

Advox

According to the government, the idea behind the series of tweets was not to ridicule but to ‘educate’ the media. However, the activists feel otherwise amidst troll attacks.

9 July 2019

‘A dangerous trend': Pakistani journalists critical of the government and military targeted in Twitter campaign

Advox

As if threats from the authorities against press freedom in Pakistan were not  enough, online nationalist vigilantes are also on the pry against journalists.