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Sana Saleem

The author is a blogger at The Guardian and Dawn. Her archive of published and unpublished work can be found on her personal blog.

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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."

9 August 2016

In Hospital Bombing, Pakistan Lost a Whole Generation of Lawyers in Balochistan

"The number of junior lawyers, who are the sole bread winners of their homes and who are now unemployed runs into hundreds. Most of those who died were first-generation educated"

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."

14 June 2016

A San Francisco Vigil for Orlando Shooting Victims Promises To Combat the Hate With More Love

The Bridge

'"Not in our name," they said. Each one of the speakers committed to not let this incident be used to further target Muslims in America and around the world.'

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.

12 May 2016

Where Is Zeenat Shahzadi? Missing Journalist Is Suspected Victim of Pakistan's Enforced Disappearances

"It is getting to the point when anyone of us can disappear for seeking or speaking the truth..."

22 April 2016

The Most Powerful Man in Pakistan Just Did Something ‘Unprecedented and Bold’

In a move that's being called both “unprecedented and bold,” the most powerful man in Pakistan has dismissed half a dozen army officers over allegations of corruption.

20 April 2016

Pakistan Deploys Tanks Against Military Farm Tenants Protesting Peasant Leaders’ Arrests

"Stop using anti-terror policies to quash the voices of peaceful and unarmed peasant protesters #PeasantsNotTerrorists #FreeOkara5"

Meet the Pakistani Security Expert Saving Lives in 140 Characters

Norbert Almeida is a security expert who for the past several years has provided security updates and security guides to the public via Twitter and his blog.

Pakistan Confronts Qadri Protestors, But It’s Anybody’s Guess How, Thanks to Media Blackout

The government maintains that limiting or even eliminating media coverage of civil unrest helps curb violence. But not everyone agrees with this approach.

19 April 2016

University Students in Pakistan Bring Conversation About Menstruation Out in the Open

"Realise that you have internalized concepts of misogyny...and instead of policing how they should resist, or debating whether or not this is effective, support them."

4 April 2016

#PanamaPapers Tell a Familiar Tale of Rich Political Elites in Pakistan

One of the biggest leaks in journalistic history reveals shady offshore dealings of Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's family, amongst other world leaders.

27 March 2016

Blood Donors Crowd Lahore Hospitals Following Devastating Park Bombing on Easter Sunday

Following the attack, scores of citizens began coordinating efforts to donate blood and provide support to the families of the victims.

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