Pakistani transgender woman finds a niche in tailoring

As Pakistani transgender woman Jiya measures customers at her tailoring shop in a brand new Karachi market, her eyes gleam with the prospect of a busy Ramadan season and her ambitions to expand. Already, Jiya, 35, who goes by a single name like many trans people in Pakistan, has broken ground by opening a public […]

Pakistan police tear gas thousands of anti-France protesters

Pakistan police used tear gas and water cannon on Monday on thousands of supporters of an Islamist anti-blasphemy party after the arrest of their leader, who has called for the expulsion of the French ambassador. Anti-French sentiment has been simmering for months in Pakistan since the government of president Emmanuel Macron expressed support for a […]

Pakistani human rights activist I A Rehman,90, dies

INDIA-BORN Pakistani human rights activist and Magsaysay award winner I A Rehman, 90, died on Monday (12), his family said. He was a strong voice for the country’s minorities including Christians and Hindus and was an advocate of peace between India and Pakistan. Rehman was born in 1930 in Haryana, India. He was editor for […]

Pakistan’s Hazara women strike back with martial arts

Hundreds of Pakistani Hazara women are learning how to deliver side kicks and elbow blows as martial arts booms within the marginalised community. Hazaras, who are mainly Shia Muslims, have faced decades of sectarian violence in the southwestern city of Quetta, living in two separate enclaves cordoned off by checkpoints and armed guards to protect […]

British-Pakistani terrorist Omar Sheikh shifted from Karachi to Lahore jail

BRITISH-BORN Al-Qaeda terrorist Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh has been shifted to Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail from Karachi, officials said on Friday (9). He was on death row for 18 years before his acquittal last year in the kidnapping and beheading of US journalist Daniel Pearl. Pearl, the 38-year-old South Asia bureau chief for The Wall […]

Mass grave of kidnapped miners unearthed in Pakistan

The decomposed bodies of 16 miners kidnapped nearly a decade ago in northwestern Pakistan have been found in a mass grave, officials said Friday. The miners went missing in December 2011 in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province — once a stronghold of Pakistan’s Taliban, who raised funds by kidnapping workers for ransom. Members of Pakistan’s Rescue 1122 […]

‘The less he speaks the better’: Imran Khan’s second wife on his rape remarks

PAKISTAN prime minister Imran Khan’s second wife Reham Khan has hit out at him on on his recent remarks about rape. She tweeted a link to the 68-year-old’s comments along with the message: ‘The less he speaks the better it will be for all’, reported The Daily Mail. She also responded to another tweet which […]

US blacklists ‘human smuggling’ Abid Ali Khan transnational criminal organization

THE US has imposed sanctions on an alleged Pakistan-based human smuggling organisation, accusing it of being involved in smuggling migrants to the US, including foreign nationals that may pose a national security risk. The move comes as a sharp increase in apprehensions on the US-Mexico border has posed one of the biggest political challenges to […]

Mrs Sri Lanka beauty queen injured after past winner snatches crown

MRS SRI LANKA beauty pageant saw some drama with the winner allegedly suffering head injuries on the stage. Beauty queen Pushpika De Silva won the title in a ceremony on national TV on Sunday (4). But moments later, the 2019 winner Caroline Jurie seized Mrs De Silva’s crown, claiming she can’t be the winner because […]

Imran Khan accused of ‘baffling ignorance’ as he links rape to how women dress

PAKISTAN rights campaigners have accused prime minister Imran Khan of ‘baffling ignorance’ after the former playboy cricketer blamed how women dress for a rise in rape cases. In a weekend interview on live television, Oxford-educated Khan said an increase in rapes indicated the ‘consequences in any society where vulgarity is on the rise’. “The incidents […]

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