Pakistan

Beyond The Scars

Fearless women stand up against acid attacks By Meera Pattni “I saw my dad, I hugged him and his entire shirt got burned, even after twenty buckets of water were poured on me,” says Laxmi Agarwal. Agarwal was attacked with acid in 2005 while she was on her way to Delhi’s Khan Market. The reason? She

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This Week in History: December 14th – December 20th

Key events that shaped our social, political and cultural history By Arfa Shahid  December 16, 1971: Bangladesh Celebrates Victory Day After the British rule ended in the Indian subcontinent in 1947, East Pakistan was declared as part of West Pakistan’s territory, despite the fact that the two regions were separated by more than 1,000 miles of

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Pakistan Names New Military Intelligence Chief

ISLAMABAD, Dec 12 – Pakistan has named a new head of its powerful military Inter-Services Intelligence agency (ISI), two weeks after replacing the chief of army staff in a significant shift for the military that wields huge influence. Lt. Gen Naveed Mukhtar was appointed as director-general of the ISI, replacing Lt. Gen Rizwan Akhtar, who

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After Air Crash, Pakistan Fights Over Legacy of Rock Star-Turned-Cleric

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Dec 8 – The death of Junaid Jamshed, a Pakistani rock star-turned-evangelist, in a plane crash on Wednesday has stirred debate over his legacy, raising questions that cut to the heart of Pakistan’s widening cultural schisms. Jamshed, 52, was one of Pakistan’s first rock stars before abandoning music to advocate a

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Pakistan Mourns 47 Killed in Air Crash, as Investigators Seek Answers

By Asad Hashim ISLAMABAD, Dec 8 – Pakistan on Thursday mourned the 47 victims of its deadliest plane crash in four years, among them a famed-rockstar-turned-Muslim evangelist, two infants and three foreigners, as officials sought to pinpoint the cause of the disaster. Engine trouble was initially believed responsible, but many questions remain, stirring new worries

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No Survivors’ After Plane Crash in Northern Pakistan Mountains

By Jibran Ahmed and Asad Hashim PESHAWAR/ISLAMABAD, Pakistan, Dec 7  – There were no survivors after a plane carrying 48 passengers crashed into a mountain in northern Pakistan on Wednesday, the airline’s chairman said, as recovery operations continued late into the night at the remote crash site. The military said 40 bodies had been recovered

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Cab-Hailing Company Careem Launches Women Drivers in Conservative Pakistan

By Waseem Sattar and Mubasher Bukhari KARACHI/LAHORE, Pakistan, Dec 7  – Taxi-hailing service Careem introduced women drivers in Pakistan on Wednesday, a rare initiative in a deeply conservative Muslim country where women account for only 22 percent of the workforce. Careem has a larger market share than rival Uber in most of the 32 cities

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In the Line of Duty

Pakistan’s new Army Chief Gen. Qamar Bajwa has to deal with the challenges left behind by Gen. Raheel Sharif By Ejaz Haider Sometime ago, before writing an article on civil-military relations, I decided to do a simple experiment. I asked whoever I met that day to name Pakistan’s air force and navy chiefs. Except one, a

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