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This was my first voting experience during the local government Elections in Karachi in 2007. All I wanted to do was cast my vote to the party whose Mayor had performed extraordinarily during his tenure. Interestingly or unfortunately, the person demanding my ballot paper belonged to the very same party. Much to my dismay, I was forced to give my ballot paper in front of the staff that was present there, the personnel of security agencies and Election Commission of Pakistan. These institutions later claimed that the election process was totally “free and fair”. That made me so upset that I decided never to cast my vote again.
Date28.04.2013 | 14:06
What does it take for a woman in Pakistan to leave her house, take her children along and attend a political rally? I say, more than commitment. Apart from support from the men of her house, she needs to feel safe, among men, that is.
Date05.04.2013 | 9:58
Balochistan is one of the 5 provinces of Pakistan. It’s important for not only its geographical location but for its vast natural resources. Quetta is the capital city of Balochistan and is home to different communities including the Hazara.
For the last two to three years, Quetta has been under a severe security threat and thousands have lost their lives due to the significant level of terrorism. In the beginning of 2013, a suicide blast took the lives of hundreds of people in Quetta. Again, very recently another suicide attack killed more than 90 people.
Date10.03.2013 | 11:47
Samar Minallah is a prominent human rights activist and documentary film maker from Pakistan. Her documentary “Swara: bridge over troubled waters” analyses the Swara tradition, according to which a family gives one of its girls as compensation to an aggrieved family instead of blood money. Minallah actively speaks out against what she calls “culturally sanctioned forms of violence against women” and condemns the “patriarchal mindset” behind such violence.
Date09.03.2013 | 9:50
TagsAfghanistan, blood money, compensation, FATA, Manasi Gopalakrishnan, Pakistan, Samar Minallah, Swara, women
Mukhtaran Bibi, now also known as Mukhtaran Mai, was repeatedly gang raped by six men; they did it to punish her family and they didn’t stop until they were convinced she had paid for her brother’s crime. Mukhtaran took up her case with Pakistani courts and sought help from activists in her country and around the world. Only one of her perpetrators was sentenced to life imprisonment, but she continues to fight for the cause of women in her district. Mukhtaran Mai spoke to DW on the occasion of the International Women’s Day, 2012.
Date06.03.2013 | 13:43
Tagsinternational women's day 2013, Manasi Gopalakrishnan, Mukhataran Mai, Pakistan, rape, violence, women, womens day
The lights in the hall grew dim as German writer Sarah Khan began reading an excerpt from her latest book Die Gespenster von Berlin or The Ghosts of Berlin at the Annemarie Schimmel Cultural Institute in Lahore, Pakistan’s second-largest city.
Date25.02.2013 | 10:37
I met them at a coffee shop. They were already waiting for me when I entered. The steam from the four cups of coffee on their table made patterns in the air. Coffee had just been served and I knew I wasn’t late.
Date08.02.2013 | 13:37