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Samina Khawar Hayat: 200 kilos of Reason Why The Pakistani Reservation System Is Flawed

The Fat Woman Under Attack Is Samina Khawar Hayat


Till General Zia-ul-Haq came to the scene in 1980s,  Pakistan had made great strides for the uplift of women.  Since the mobilization of women had been instrumental to the creation of Pakistan , especially in All India Muslim League’s election campaigns and the civil disobedience campaign in Punjab and NWFP through out the 1940s (during which no less a religious personage than Pir of Manki in NWFP endorsed women coming out without the veil as perfectly Islamic),  the fondest hopes of women politicians like Mumtaz Shahnawaz and Shaista Ikramullah was complete equality regardless of gender and in those first few decades, they had managed to clinch that legally.  (Click here to read more about Pakistan’s founding mothers. ) Continue reading


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Mukhtar Mai’s marriage – an alternative view

mukhtar1By Aisha Fayyazi Sarwari

Mukhtar Mai, Glamour Magazine’s woman of the year 2005, ties the knot, for reasons she defines as “to support women’s rights.” I hope that this woman who has not backed down in the face of oppression in the name of culture, tradition and religion will continue to hold on tight to that principle even when the honeymoon is over. There are some troubling signs in this new relationship. One is that the groom, Mr. Gabol is an unstable character, younger and indelibly lacking in the maturity she possesses, and was a little too quick to commit suicide with sleeping pills when she turned him down in 2007. Continue reading


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