Indian Bride Walks out of Marriage Ceremony after Groom Fails Math Test

A marriage ceremony in India ended in a most unconventional of ways: the bride tested the groom’s math skills, and he failed, police confirmed. The groom-to-be was allegedly asked what 15 plus six is, to which he incorrectly answered 17. The bride then left, and despite all the best efforts of the groom’s family to coax her into returning, she …

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Afghan men don burqas to highlight women’s rightsReuters

Burqa clad Afghan men (Credit: fedgeno.com)

KABUL, March 8: A group of Afghan men marched through Kabul on Thursday to draw attention to women’s rights by donning head-to-toe burqas. The men marched under a leaden sky, with the bright blue burqas falling over their heads down to muddy sneakers and boots. The demonstrators, associated with a group called Afghan Peace Volunteers, said they had organised the …

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Every woman has a storyAhsan Raza, Dawn Newspaper

Women driver in Saudi Arabia (Credit: saudiwomendriving.blogspot.com)

Islamabad, March 8 – Challenging male dominated politics in Jhang was not an easy step. Taking a lead role in a conservative Afghan society was not a bed of roses. Speaking against female genital mutilation was no simple task. Branding women’s transformed role through advertisements was not a welcome step. Putting women in active political roles in Sri Lanka was …

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‘Nothing will stop us’: Afghan women cycling team pushes past roadblocksReuters

Afghan women cyclists (Credit: mountain2mountainwordpress.com)

Kabul, March 7: Malika Yousufi lined her bike up alongside her teammates on a lonely road outside the Afghan capital, getting ready for her weekly training ride away from the disapproving stares of Kabul. Yousufi is part of Afghanistan’s Women’s National Cycling Team, a group that has been breaking new ground for women’s sports in Afghanistan and pushing the boundaries …

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Afghan refugee on 1984 National Geographic cover embroiled in ID rowJon Boone, The Guardian

Sharbat Bibi (Credit: tribune.com.pk)

Islamabad, Feb 25 – The image of Sharbat Gula that featured on the cover of National Geographic magazine in 1984. In 1984 a photo of a green-eyed girl staring out of the front cover of National Geographic became an icon of the plight of Afghan refugees forced by war into Pakistani refugee camps. Three decades on and a new picture …

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Saudi Oil Blurs Criticism of its Human Rights ViolationsFaraz Talat, Dawn Newspaper

Michelle Obama in Saudi Arabia (Credit: facebook.com)

It is clear that any attempt to draw the West’s attention to Saudi Arabia’s history of glaring human rights violations, would require an urgent amendment to the terminology we regularly use to describe the Saudi regime. The most genial words have been pouring in from across the world for King Abdullah, the “reformer”. President Obama cancelled his trip to the …

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Parveen Rahman – Symbol of Resistance against Land mafiaBy Hasnaat Malik | The Express Tribune

Late Parveen Rahman (Credit: expresstribune.com)

ISLAMABAD, Nov 12: Sindh Police have started probing land grabbers allegedly involved in the murder of Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) former director Parveen Rahman. “A questionnaire has been sent to the Board of Revenue Sindh to find out the details of Katchi Abadis, record of land grabbers and land mafia,” Deputy IG west zone Karachi has said in the progress report …

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Why I can’t celebrate Malala’s Nobel Peace PrizeMiddle East Revised

The Nobel Peace Prize was awarded this Friday to India’s Kailash Satyarthi and Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai for their struggles against the suppression of children and for young people’s rights, including the right to education. That is great news, and it might almost mean Nobel Peace Prize makes sense again, after being awarded to Barack Obama in 2009 “for his extraordinary efforts …

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Malala Yousufzai: the pride of Pakistan, but she can’t go homeBy Kamila Shamsie | The Guardian Newspaper

Malala wins Nobel peace prize
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Take that, Islamic extremists, anti-Muslim bigots, Pashtun-bashers and misogynists! Malala Yousufzai has become the youngest person to win any Nobel prize and, fittingly, did not appear before the media to respond for several hours because it was a school day, and the girl’s got priorities. A year ago the Guardian sent me to interview Malala in Birmingham, where she still …

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The Inimitable Educator, Prof. Anita Ghulam Ali Passes AwayBy Hassan Mansoor | Dawn Newspaper

Anita Ghulamali
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KARACHI, Aug 9: Anita Ghulam Ali, one of the country’s most famous teachers who served twice as education minister of Sindh, died in a hospital here on Friday after protracted heart problems. She was 76. “She had been in the hospital since July 28 for cardiac problems and breathed her last at about 2.20pm today,” said one of her colleagues …

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Struggling to Keep Afghan Girls Safe from HarmBy ROD NORDLAND | The New York Times

laiba Hazrat, a six-year-old Afghan refugee in Islamabad, Pakistan.

KUNDUZ, Afghanistan, July 19 — It was bad enough that the alleged rape took place in the sanctity of a mosque, and that the accused man was a mullah who invoked the familiar defense that it had been consensual sex. But the victim was only 10 years old. And there was more: The authorities said her family members openly planned …

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Girl wants husband punished for chopping off her noseDawn Newspaper

MINGORA, July 4: A teenage girl, whose nose had been chopped off by her husband on May 16, wants the accused punished under the Qisas (retribution) laws. Talking to reporters here, Shahida, 18, said that was only seven years old when she was married to the accused, Sahibzada, after his sister married with her brother. She alleged that she had …

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North Waziristan Father of 36 Wants More ChildrenAFP

Gulzar Khan & children
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BANNU: The ongoing military operation may be making headway in clearing militant hideouts, but it has shattered the dream of one father of 36 children — to take a fourth wife. Gulzar Khan is one of hundreds of thousands of people who have fled the North Waziristan tribal area since the army moved in to clear longstanding bases of Taliban …

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Hindu Marriage Bill Demeans Status of WomenBy Peter Jacob | The News International | July 11, 2014

Personal laws that govern matters related to marriage, divorce, custody of children and inheritance have been an issue of great concern and debate in Pakistan. There have been demands for decades now for new legislation because personal laws did not exist for some religious minorities, whereas for others they were outdated and incompatible with standards of gender equality and justice. …

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Women cops defy stereotypes, take on terrorists in violence-hit KarachiAdil Jawad (AP) | Khaleej Times

SHO Syeda Ghazala
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Just days into her job running a police station in Pakistan’s largest city, Syeda Ghazala had to put her training to the test: she opened fire with her .22-caliber pistol at a man who shot at police when they tried to pull him over during a routine traffic stop. It’s not clear whether it was Ghazala’s shots that wounded the …

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Women Correspondents Shot Reporting Election in AfghanistanBy MATTHEW ROSENBERG and FAROOQ JAN MANGALA

Anja Niedringhaus
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KABUL, April 4— For the two seasoned war correspondents, it was not an unusually risky trip. Getting out to see Afghanistan up close was what Anja Niedringhaus, a Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer for The Associated Press, and Kathy Gannon, a veteran reporter for the news agency, did best. The eastern province of Khost, where Ms. Niedringhaus and Ms. Gannon traveled to …

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Before MalalaBy William Dalrymple - The New York Times

William Dalrymple (Credit: emel.com)

NEW DELHI — Ever since Malala Yousafzai recovered from her shooting by the Taliban last year, she has been universally honored: As well as a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize, she has been given everything from the Mother Teresa Award to a place in Time Magazine’s “100 Most Influential People in the World.” Malala’s extraordinary bravery and commitment to …

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Pakistan’s women police fight criminals, militants and scornReuters

Pak women police (Credit: thenews.com.pk)

ABBOTTABAD, Oct 20: When Shazadi Gillani, the highest ranking female police officer in Pakistan’s most conservative province, wanted to join the force she had to defy her father, forego marriage and pay for her own basic training. During the next 19 years, Inspector Gillani and her faithful sidekick Rizwana Zafar, brought up as a boy after becoming her frustrated father’s …

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Taliban Bullet Shoots Malala into LimelightBy Agencies

Malala Yusufzai
(Credit: ynaija)

MINGORA / LONDON, Oct 8: Iconic teenage activist Malala Yousafzai on Monday said she wanted to change the face of Pakistan by venturing into politics in future. The 16-year-old activist has also backed dialogue with the Taliban, despite repeated death threats by the militants. “I will be a politician in my future. I want to change the future of my country …

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Next stop was Hyderabad

Meeting in Hyderabad (Credit: Sahar Gul Bhatti)

Hyderabad, Aug 21: ATDT author was feted at a gathering of the Women’s Action Forum, hosted by Sindh University lecturer and media personality Irfana Mallah in Hyderabad. The gathering, which included male contemporaries, discussed the situation pertaining to Sindh and the expectations that have evolved since this year’s election. Speakers said that the PPP’s set-back nationwide had confined them to …

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