Let’s accept it, the year 2020 didn’t start off well. Seeing our world, “a global interconnected village” fall to a complete lockdown was something no country, international committee or organization could have predicted. Globally, continents, countries and cities are increasingly sealing their borders as a reactive yet precautionary way to deal with the outbreak of COVID-19. The only known cure for this pandemic is to practice “Social Distancing” – a recently coined and trending term which has forced our global economy to come to a complete standstill.Read more
In collaboration with Anam Jalil Sheik
The upper middle class and elite of Pakistan lounge in appropriately furnished homes with full fridges and a large bag of chips next to them while they worriedly watch the news about increasing cases of COVID-19. Amongst these people are those who have a fixed salary and are somewhat relieved that they are getting two weeks off without doing any work, those who work from home, and those who have enough money to last them a few generations and aren’t really concerned about not being able to step outdoors for a few days. Most of these people are using their free time to catch up on their favorite shows, to message crushes and potential future partners and to strengthen their dating/flirting game.Read more
Lawyers protest by storming into a hospital in Lahore, Pakistan.
Pakistan, a country previously climbing the ladder of development at a snail’s pace, is now progressing very quickly with an increase in the literacy rate, a decrease in terrorist activity, and perhaps a better standard of living for some social classes. Additionally, the number of people in the country using the internet is now at a massive 35.1 million, and 25 million Facebook users.Read more
When we look at our children, we see hope for a future that is yet to come. Regardless of the things we have seen in our lives, we want the future generation to have a safe and sheltered life that is free from all kinds of harm. The only trouble a child should ever have is deciding who toy to play with. But when you come across cases of rape and murder, this time of a 7-year-old, it breaks your faith in humanity. It makes you realize that not everyone out there has the same thoughts and the same heart as you. Where you want to protect the young and innocent, there are people out there in the world who would do unspeakable things to them and destroy them forever for the world.
On New Year’s Day, President Trump published a tweet in which he accused Pakistan of trickery for taking $33 billion from the US in the name of aid while providing shelter to Taliban terrorists that the United States is fighting against in Afghanistan. The White House declared that most security assistance that was given to Pakistan would be suspended. This suspension of hundreds of millions of dollars of aid is basically meant to pressure Pakistan into taking action against these Taliban and militant groups. As with previous statements, Pakistan is accused of harbouring terrorists from the Haqqani Network and of upholding relationships with the Afghani Taliban.
Sometimes a story comes to light that makes you look at the world differently, bare and exposed for what it has become. There are those among us who sit behind their fancy TVs and sitcoms and rarely ever pay attention to the real world, and then there are those who are out there standing next to families like the one of Zainab’s to strive for the justice that she has been denied. Read more
We often hear stories about successful working women and the hardships they have faced in a male-dominant society, excelling, and setting up examples for the rest. In Pakistan, women in urban areas are an indispensable part of working-class. Women work side-by-side with their male counterparts in almost every walk of life. But in the vast abandoned area of southwestern Pakistan, there lies a place which specifies women as merely slaves or victims of acrimonious rituals. The barbaric tradition called Zhagh.
Pir Wadhai is an extremely busy bus station situated between Rawalpindi and Islamabad, which are two major cities of Pakistan. This bus station has about 1200 buses that regularly generate traffic from all over the country, going in and out of the station several times a day. Someone looking at this bus station from the outside would assume there is nothing out of the ordinary about it, but locals know better. It’s the front for child prostitution.
The word transgender is loosely used in Pakistan. In this nation, transgender people are referred to as individuals of the third gender. There are 500,000 estimated transgender individuals in Pakistan. The list includes eunuchs, hermaphrodites, crossdressers, and transvestites. For the better part of the last century, transgenders in Pakistan have lived in hiding. These people were never considered an equal part of the society and, even to this day, transgenders are fighting tooth and nail to receive basic human rights in this nation.
Laws in Pakistan like the Child Marriage Restraint Act of 1929 makes it illegal for men and women under the age of 16 to get married. 21% of Pakistan’s young women under the age of 18 are forced to be child brides to men far older than them. Young girls, who are far too innocent to even understand what a marriage is, are forced into unknown terrain. Without any sex education, they allow their husbands to treat them in whatever manner they see fit simply because they don’t know their rights.