Taboos KO’d by Pakistan’s mother-daughter boxing duo
Oct31

Taboos KO’d by Pakistan’s mother-daughter boxing duo

Slim, powerful, and with an unwavering gaze, 19-year-old Razia Banu jabs at the face of her opponent — her own mother, a widow inspired to join her daughter in smashing taboos in Pakistan’s sultry port city Karachi. Mother and daughter are both dressed in loose athletic gear, with scarfs wrapped around their heads instead of helmets, as they punch one another in an exhibition bout at the Pak Shaheen Boxing Club in Lyari,...

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Pakistan radio show confronts ‘endemic’ ogling of women
Oct27

Pakistan radio show confronts ‘endemic’ ogling of women

For many women in Pakistan, the simple act of leaving the house can be uncomfortable, even intimidating — the probing gaze of the opposite sex is never far away. Fed-up with the constant unwanted attention, broadcaster Anila Ansari decided to bring the touchy subjects of harassment to the airwaves, by launching an “anti-ogling campaign” on her national radio show. The idea — unprecedented in this conservative...

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Islamist militants kill 60 in Pakistan police attack
Oct25

Islamist militants kill 60 in Pakistan police attack

Heavily-armed Islamist militants wearing suicide vests stormed a Pakistani police academy, killing at least 60 people and wounding dozens more, officials said today, in one of the deadliest extremist attacks this year. Three gunmen from a Pakistani Taliban-linked group burst into the sprawling academy, targeting sleeping quarters that are home to some 700 recruits, sending terrified young men fleeing. “I saw three men in...

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Pakistan’s ‘cat-eyed’ tea seller sparks national soul searching
Oct20

Pakistan’s ‘cat-eyed’ tea seller sparks national soul searching

A Pakistani tea merchant with velvet eyes saw his life changed this week when his portrait spread around the Internet, sparking ardent debates on class, objectification, and the place of ethnic Pashtuns in society. Arshad Khan had no idea he had set the Internet alight from Pakistan to India and beyond: he has no phone, and cannot read. “It was a real surprise,” the young “chai wala”, or tea seller, told AFP....

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In escalation, India says launches strikes on militants in Pakistan
Sep29

In escalation, India says launches strikes on militants in Pakistan

India said today it had conducted “surgical strikes” on suspected militants preparing to infiltrate from Pakistan-ruled Kashmir, making its first direct military response to an attack on an army base it blames on Pakistan. The cross-border action inflicted “significant casualties”, the Indian army’s head of operations told reporters in New Delhi. It was not immediately clear whether they involved any...

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