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Stories about Pakistan

6 November 2016

Shehzil Malik Draws the Harassment She Experiences on Pakistan's Streets

“Seeing a woman outside should be normal...It shouldn’t matter. But the fact that it does means this conversation needs to happen."

13 October 2016

As Politicians Beat the Drums of War, Ordinary Indians and Pakistanis Call for Peace

"'Patriotism' that propagates HATE is not patriotism. United we RISE. Divided we fall. Politicians polarise to rule not serve society."

12 October 2016

Will Pakistan Carry Out a Threat to Expel 2.5 Million Afghan Refugees?

After decades of mixed hospitality, Islamabad says it can no longer host refugees from its war-torn neighbour.

Following a Big Scoop, Prominent Journalist Cyril Almeida Is Barred From Leaving Pakistan

"Am concerned, possibly convinced, more than 24hrs after the travel ban was imposed that govt is planning to take further, uglier actions."

30 September 2016

Pakistani Actors in Bollywood Become Targets of Hate as the India-Pakistan Tussle Escalates

"...culture and art and sport should be without boundaries and borders. These are the two areas which bring people together and encourage understanding of other cultures."

10 September 2016

Kashmir: Where ‘Digital India’ Ends

Global Voices Advocacy

Two months without internet is a long time. For Kashmiris, rather than a security measure, it feels more like collective punishment.

3 September 2016

Body Shamers Beware: These Pakistani Women Aren’t Going to Take It Anymore

"This is us taking back our own bodies, and owning our own skins. We are enough. I am enough."

20 August 2016

The Week That Was at Global Voices Podcast: The Status Quo Has Got to Go

This week we tell you tales of protest, tragedy, and discrimination from Ethiopia, Egypt, Pakistan, Trinidad and Australia.

12 August 2016

‘Limited Bandwidth': Where Is the Reporting on Kashmir?

The Bridge

"For partisan commenters on both sides, compromise seems impossible. Kashmir is like Solomon’s Baby, except both of its prospective mothers are happy to cut it in half."

6 August 2016

Porn, Prostitution, or Death: Being Trans in Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

"We know our rights and we are standing up to claim them.its just the beginning. We are a movement, we are pink warriors. There is no going back. "

The Disappearance of Literary and Social Activist Wahid Baloch

"A man who fought to eradicate the menace of forced disappearances became a victim of the very crime."

17 July 2016

Pakistan’s Latest ‘Honour Killing’ Victim Is Social Media Celeb Qandeel Baloch

"Rest in peace Qandeel. Thank you for showing us the filth we are wallowing in."

23 June 2016

Iconic Pakistani Sufi Singer Amjad Sabri Is Murdered in Broad Daylight

"If you're looking for a reason as to why he died. You won't find one, if someone asks you 'Why', just say 'Because...Pakistan'."

11 June 2016

Pakistani Senator Threatens Activist With Rape on Live Television

"[Hamdullah] called me a whore and said, "I will take off your trousers and your mother's!"

9 June 2016

Body Shaming on the Floor of Pakistan's Parliament: ‘Someone Make This Tractor Trolley Keep Quiet’

"The weakest of the weak; the ones who have no clue what intellect or intelligence is...usually indulge in name-calling or nasty jibes."

Pakistan's Censor Has a Thing or Two to Say About ‘Immoral’ Television

The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority recently issued a "show-cause" notice to a TV channel regarding a drama series that portrays the issue of sexual abuse against children.

4 June 2016

One Young Couple's Mission to Save Athletics in Pakistan

Their day job? Actuaries. But the rest of the time, Jawwad Farid and Fawzia Salahuddin turn into superheroes, helping young Pakistani athletes pursue their dreams.

2 June 2016

The One-Woman Army Fighting Thalassemia in Pakistan

"Being a thalassemia major I know how life gets hard at times. Arranging blood, patying for multiple tests, x-rays, scans & then paying huge amount for iron chelation medicines."

Islamic Council's Endorsement of ‘Light’ Domestic Violence Doesn't Go Over Well With Pakistani Women

Pakistan's Council of Islamic Ideology is at the center of a national scandal, thanks to controversial legislation it's proposed that would legalize “light” domestic violence.

28 May 2016

Pakistani University Tells Its Students ‘No More Hanky Panky’

Earlier this month, the students of University of Sargodha, Lahore Campus, were shocked to receive a bizarre notice from the school's administration: no more hanky panky.

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