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Afghan Taliban target women

By: Golnar Motevalli THE number of civilian casualties in Afghanistan has decreased for the first time in six years, said the UN, but targeted killings by insurgents — particularly of women, girls and government employees — increased dramatically. In its annual report on the protection of civilians in armed conflict, the UN recorded 2,754 Afghan […]

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Indian writer calls for end to atmosphere of animosity

Karachi: Saaz Aggarwal, a writer and biographer from India, visited the Karachi Press Club (KPC) on Wednesday evening. Aggarwal’s book ‘Sindh: stories from a lost homeland’ was launched at the 4th Karachi Literature Festival (KLF), which ended on February 17. While Aggarwal refers to herself just as an Indian, with no ethnic trappings, her book […]

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Siemens contributes to women handicraft centre

KARACHI: Siemens Pakistan wrapped up its relief efforts for the 2010 and 2011 floods by donating Rs0.4 million towards a women handicraft centre in District Sujawal, bringing the company’s total flood relief efforts for Pakistan to Rs267.5 million. The donation was handed over by Siemens Pakistan CEO Guenter Zwickl to Commander Jaffar of the Pakistan […]

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Three women killed over Karo-Kari

SUKKUR: Three women were killed over Karo Kari on Wednesday. Police said a man Ghulam Sarwar Jalbani axed to death his wife Shabnam on the charge of illicit relations in the limits of Ratodero and absconded. Police shifted the body to a local hospital, but failed to arrest the killer. In the case of other […]

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Militants blow up girls’ school

MARDAN: Suspected militants blew up a primary school for girls in the limits of Katlang Police Station late Tuesday night, the police said. The explosives planted in the building of the Govt Girls Primary School in Taja Koroona, Shero village, went off at around 11:30pm. The explosion destroyed a room and veranda and partially damaged […]

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Honour killing: Body of a woman found

BATTAGRAM: The body of a woman was recovered from a drain here on Wednesday. Police said the deceased’s brother shot dead her husband few months back. According to the police, they recovered the bullet-riddled body of a woman from a drain near Kosir Masjid. The body was shifted to District Headquarters Hospital, where the deceased […]

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Women’s struggle for human rights commended

The Pakistan Peoples’ Party Human Rights Cell has commended women’s struggle for human rights on the National Day for Women. The cell members recounted that many women have made the nation proud. “Women of Pakistan have defined, strived for and worked towards a rights-based polity. Madar-e-Millat Fatima Jinnah, Shaheeed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto, Begum Nusrat Bhutto […]

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Psychology of ‘honour killing’

KARO-Kari is a type of premeditated honour killing, which originated in rural and tribal areas of Sindh. The homicidal acts are primarily committed against women who are thought to have brought dishonour to their family by engaging in illicit pre-marital or extra-marital relations. To restore the so-called honour, a male family member must kill the […]

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No honeymoon for these newlyweds, only trips to court

By Naeem Sahoutara / Creative: Anushay Furqan KARACHI: Nazeer Ahmed and Razia tied the knot by tying a thread at the shrine of a saint but two months into their marriage, the matrimonial bliss has taken back seat to the constant fear of being separated by death. “We liked each other and wanted to marry. […]

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Survey finds 77% of marriages made in traditional exchanges

By Sehrish Wasif ISLAMABAD: In a first-of-its-kind household survey of 5,000 women, the Rutgers World Population Foundation has found that more than 77% of marriages were settled under some kind of customary practice such as vanni, swara, sang chatty or watta satta. The survey was conducted in Dera Ghazi Khan, Muzaffargarh, Jacobabad, Kashmore, Jafferabad and […]

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MPAs call for women’s empowerment

Karachi: The provincial assembly on Monday unanimously passed a resolution calling for the empowerment of women in connection with the National Women’s Day. The resolution moved by Minister for Women Development Tauqeer Fatima Bhutto was supported by several other legislators. It reads: “Every year, Women’s Day brings a reminder of the movements launched and the […]

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If separate polling stations set up: Mohmand women to cast vote in polls

Fauzee Khan Mohmand GHALANAI: The residents of Mohmand tribal region have said that they will allow female members of their families to cast votes in the upcoming general elections if separate polling stations are set up for them. The tribesmen would allow their women to cast votes if government ensured their security and established separate […]

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Minor raped girl demands justice

KARACHI – The rape of a seven-year old poor girl in the camps of the flood affected people, set up at the Super Highway, has once again exposed the brutality and callousness of our social system, while the helpless father of the victim demands unprecedented punishment for the criminals. Addressing a press conference at the […]

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Government girl’s school blasted in Bannu

BANNU: Anti-literacy militants blew up a government run girls school with explosives in the wee hours of Friday but no causality was reported. According to details, unknown militants had planted explosives material in Government Girls High School of the Bannu city which exploded with a loud bang. As a result of blast the school building […]

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