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Two killed over Karo-Kari in Shikarpur

SUKKUR: The tradition of Karo Kari has claimed two more lives in Sindh as Illahi Bux Shar of village Lal Khan Shar in Shikarpur district shot his wife Kalsoom over suspicion of extra-marital relations and Ali Murad of Ghotki strangled his wife Ghulam Fatima, alleging her of having an extra-marital affair. Locals say Ghulam Fatima […]


Woman lodges FIR against holders of jirga

SUKKUR: An FIR has been lodged at the Ghotki police station against holders of a jirga here on Thursday. Seven people, including the convener of the jirga, Hafiz Siddique Samejo, former district president of the PML-N, have been nominated in the FIR. The jirga was convened to settle a dispute which emerged after a free […]


‘Anti-women customs’

THIS is apropos of your editorial ‘Anti-women customs” (Nov 17). Surely, as explained in the passed bill, the criminal law amendment was a welcome move and a praiseworthy step towards women’s rights. However, law on domestic violence yet remains to be passed. Four out of every five women in Pakistan face some form of domestic […]


Give divorced women more rights, take suggestions from the UAE, urge experts

KARACHI: Ever since the Hudood Ordinance was amended in 2006, no woman has gone to jail on adultery charges in Pakistan, said Anis Haroon at a conference on Wednesday. The social activist was addressing the audience at an event focused on the UN’s ‘International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women’ organised by the […]


Rebels of ‘marriage with Quran’ cry for help

By: Raja Riaz LAHORE: A Baloch couple that entered into a marriage contract against the will of their families has appealed to authorities to help save their lives and rescue the man’s kidnapped sister from the possession of their parents. The couple, Fahad Amin (Jam Baloch) and wife Shahnila Naz (Kuriai Balach), both 28 years […]


Violence against women campaign going on in 14 countries

ISLAMABAD: A global campaign ‘We Can, End All Violence Against Women’, currently going on in 14 countries. The campaign’s underlying belief is that personal attitudinal change becomes agent for social change. In Pakistan the campaign is functional with its core group, provincial and district partners and presently has over 440,000 Change Makers (persons who pledge […]


Two killed over Karo-Kari

SUKKUR: Two people were killed in Sukkur over Karo Kari here on Thursday. According to police some accused shot dead Janib Ali and Shafiq Mahar both sons Muhammad Panah Mahar at Sukkur Road in the limits of Lakhi Ghulam Shah over Karo Kari issue when they were going to their village. Police said there was […]


Educational system favourable to poor women urged

Karachi: The Sindh Education Foundation (SEF) organised a certificate distribution ceremony at a local hotel on Wednesday for acknowledging the pupils and teachers of the WomenÂ’s Literacy and Empowerment Programme (WLEP). The WLEP envisions the “creation of a peaceful society in which women are equal partners in development and progress,” said Managing Director SEF Professor […]


‘To protect women, get rid of Hudood OrdinanceÂ’

Karachi: Lauding the recently-passed Anti-Women Practices Bill in the National Assembly, speakers at a panel discussion suggested on Wednesday that the state must also do away with the Hudood Ordinance 1979. The conference on gender-based violence, organised by the US Consulate General, Karachi, had prominent speakers representing different aspects of the law. They, apart from […]


City to have bus service for women, says CM

LAHORE: Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif on Wednesday announced starting a separate bus service for women in the provincial capital. For a brief journey, the chief minister boarded one of the new CNG buses run by the Lahore Transport Company (LTC). He was accompanied by the LTC chairman and some commuters. Passengers acknowledged the chief minister’s […]


Marriageable age should be increased to 20 years: seminar

Karachi: Experts at a workshop on Monday called for declaring child marriages a human rights violation in Pakistan and recommended enhancing marriageable age to 20 years, for both girls and boys. They also urged the media personnel to highlight the issues related to underage marriages and describe these as a crime and violation of basic […]


Cable Operators’ Association blocks BBC over documentary

Pakistan Cable Operators Association blocked the airing of British Broadcasting Company television broadcasts following the airing of BBC’s two-part documentary ‘Secret Pakistan’ which explored accusations that Pakistan was failing to live up to its alliances in the war on terror. Khalid Arain, the Chairman of All Pakistan Cable Operators Association (APCOA) announced a phase-wise shut […]


Discrimination against girls

Sir: The discrimination against girls is not only prevalent in Pakistan but is a universal phenomenon. However, girls in Pakistan especially have been the victims of a lot of discrimination. Why can we not see the helpless agony of the girl child in our society? In some areas, a male child is regarded as more […]


Nurses in hot waters for informing media about baby theft

Karachi: The Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) administration on Tuesday issued show-cause notices to nurses’ representatives on charges inviting the media to the National Institute of Child Health (NICH) following the abduction of an infant from the children’s hospital. Those who were issued show-cause notices included Young Nurses Association (YNA) President Muhammad Iqbal Arain, YNA […]