December 19, 2020

Police officer arrested for, allegedly, raping a complainant

A policeman allegedly raped a woman at his house in Sadiqabad, and has been arrested since. The rape survivor had registered a criminal case with police last month, and had been going to the police station for this purpose, according to Dawn. The woman stated, that the policeman had assured her of his assistance in […]

December 16, 2020

Art and representation: challenging the negative perception of Pashtuns one painting at a time

The portrayal of Pashtuns in mainstream media and art in Pakistan is both tinged by an undercurrent of racism, and a misunderstanding born out of disconnection from them. Pakistan’s involvement in the ‘War on Terror’ had a disproportionate impact on its Pashtun citizens, as the northern province of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) was used as […]

December 7, 2020

Pakistan’s alternate history: how Taxila and the Margalla Hills were named after a Serpent King

The lush green hills around Islamabad hide many ancient wonders, like the cave of Bari Imam where the sufi saint is said to have been visited by Jinns, Fairies and wild animals while he lived there for 12 years. Legend as has it that Bari Imam turned a deviant snake into a rock, which is […]

December 3, 2020

PTI calls out ‘corrupt’ journalists on its Twitter account – here’s why that’s problematic

In the latest chapter of the PTI government’s drive to muzzle all criticism of its performance it has decided to try to name and shame journalists on Twitter. Just last month, the PTI government installed a new PTV chairman who said the opposition would get no screen time on PTV. The PTI government seems to […]

December 3, 2020

Tinder may be banned but Pakistanis are swiping away on Bumble

Online dating has become a firm fixture of the Pakistani dating scene, despite some dating apps like Tinder and Grindr being banned. Far from decreasing the popularity of online dating the Pakistani government’s ban only propelled Pakistanis to migrate to other dating apps, like Bumble. In 2020, between the months of January to September, Bumble […]

December 1, 2020

Naeem Bukhari’s PTV appointment is just another instance of cronyism

Lawyer, TV personality, and PTI member Naeem Bukhari was recently appointed as head of the Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV). But, Bukhari’s appointment is just another instance of cronyism in Pakistan. PTV’s new chairman Naeem Bukhari says there will be NO coverage of the opposition parties on taxpayers funded PTV pic.twitter.com/3YETeNICJm — Murtaza Ali Shah (@MurtazaViews) […]

November 27, 2020

Here’s how a small political movement like the Student March became a mainstream player

Pakistan is set to witness its third consecutive student solidarity march today, on the 27th of November. The march is taking place across multiple major cities, and if last year’s turnout is to relied upon for prediction then thousands will be in attendance. The resurgence of student politics in the last three to five years […]

November 26, 2020

Ahmadis were vital in the creation of Pakistan yet the country still refuses to accept them

Ahmadis are reviled and persecuted in Pakistan, ironically, both for not being muslim enough or trying to be too muslim. The extent of their persecution is such that it is enshrined in the law. The state has forcefully stripped them of the right to call themselves muslim, and it has all its citizens participate in […]

November 21, 2020

Children to be tracked and Imams given an ultimatum– Is France going too far in its quest to stamp out ‘radical Islam’?

President Macron recently presented a bill to combat, what he terms as, ‘Islamist separatism’. It is a wide ranging bill, but its predominant focus is the children of the country. Under this bill, homeschooling will be banned, children will be tracked and their school attendance monitored through special identification numbers. This bill will come into […]

November 20, 2020

Chinese store labels large size women’s clothing ‘rotten’, proving the institutionalisation of body shaming

A store in China recently came under fire for labeling large size women’s clothing as rotten. In a photo posted by a netizen the sizing chart of the store had extra labels in front of different sizes. Large (L) was labelled ‘rotten’, Extra Large (XL) was ‘extra rotten’ and Extra-Extra Large (XXL) was ‘rotten to […]

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