Minerwa Tahir

“Are you so scared of educated people now?”

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: Are you so scared of educated people now? Classical dancer and human rights activist Sheema Kermani asked this question while addressing a press conference at the Karachi Press Club on the mysterious death of philosopher Prof Dr Hasan Zafar Arif. Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), headed by Asad Iqbal Butt,…

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Vlog: Some things you should know about Prof Dr Hasan Zafar Arif

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: The body of Prof Dr Hasan Zafar Arif was found in Karachi’s Ibrahim Haidery area early Sunday morning. Initial news reports said that “some” Hasan Zafar Arif’s body had been found. Then, when his family reached the hospital where the body was taken, it was reported that the body was that…

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Webology Ep 2: Why we need to speak out on child sexual abuse

KARACHI: Celebrities such as Nadia Jamil, Farieha Altaf and Maheen Khan have recently spoken out on the sexual abuse they suffered as children. The revelations come in the wake of the heinous crimes committed against children in Kasur as well as the global campaigns surrounding #MeToo and #TimeIsUp. Whether one speaks about abuse then and…

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Doctors want President Trump’s head examined

NEWS DESK: President Donald Trump is “in excellent health,” White House physician, Dr. Ronny Jackson, said following his physical Friday, reported CNN. But it’s not clear whether any mental health tests were conducted, despite urging from mental health professionals. Jackson received an urgent letter from dozens of doctors and health professionals Thursday urging him to…

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Break the taboo, talk about child abuse

A protest was staged at Karachi press club on Thursday to denounce the horrific molestation and killing of seven-year-old Zainab in Kasur. Participants of the protest stressed on the need to make people aware that child abuse is not a taboo anymore. Our reporter Minerva Tahir has more on the issue.

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Sexual abuse awareness stressed at protest in Karachi for Zainab

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: A large number of activists and members of the Pakistani drama and film industry swarmed to the Karachi Press Club on Thursday to raise their voice against the abuse that Zainab suffered in Kasur. From the talented Mahira Khan and philanthropist Shehzad Roy to civil society activist Jibran Nasir, everyone at…

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Here’s how a street vendor feels about #JusticeForZainab

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: Everyone speaks to famous people about their take on an issue. We spoke to Bashir, a man who sells fresh juice outside the Karachi Press Club. Watch what he says about #JusticeForZainab:

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Jibran: Are we facilitating the rapes of our children in some way?

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: We need to ask ourselves if we are in some way facilitating the murderers of Faizan and Zainab and abusers of numerous children. Civil society activist Jibran Nasir raised this important question while speaking to Samaa at the Karachi Press Club on Thursday. “Are we responsible for this society in which the…

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Kasur rape case: Model and actor demands capital punishment for culprit

KARACHI: Pakistani model and actor Tooba Siddiqui demanded that capital punishment should be awarded to the culprit in the recent Kasur rape and murder case. “It’s really, really sad to see this state of Pakistan when we can’t provide protection to children,” she said while speaking to Samaa during a protest at Karachi Press Club…

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Shehzad Roy: 90% abused children know the abuser personally

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: Pakistani singer and social worker Shehzad Roy said that 90% of the children who are abused know the abuser personally. “I think this injustice [that happened with Zainab in Kasur] is happening with every fifth child,” he said. “Ninety per cent of the times it’s someone the child knows.” It is…

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Mahira Khan on the need for sexual abuse awareness. Watch here:

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: Pakistani film star Mahira Khan lamented over the fact that people have had to come out to demand justice for Zainab. She stressed the need for educating children as well as parents about sexual abuse. “It’s sad that we have had to come here,” she said while speaking to Samaa during…

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COMMENT: There is no hope for #JusticeForZainab

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: We saw the federal capital choked for almost three weeks when people felt strongly about a certain amendment to an oath. The police failed to take any concrete action to contain the violent protesters while some others refused to fight their “own people”. Now, when a seven-year-old child from Kasur has…

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Careem raises fare. It’s “for the captains”

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: Careem in Pakistan has just announced that it has increased its fares. According to the cab service, it’s because “with multiple price hikes, there has been a direct and indirect impact on our Captains’ cost of doing business”. As a result, they have “implemented a cost adjustment in Karachi, Lahore and…

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COMMENT: Why silence on #MeToo in Pakistan and India?

KARACHI: Visit any mainstream Western media website and you will find at least one story on sexual harassment on a daily basis. The same is not true of Pakistani or Indian mainstream media websites. Why is that so? Is harassment not happening in our countries? Or some other factor(s) are at play? Last year, we…

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Year-ender: Social media and hate campaigns across 2017

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: Nearly half of the total Pakistani population has access to internet. According to Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA), there are 47 million 3G/4G subscribers, 50 million broadband subscribers and 3 million fixed local line subscribers registered with the authority. Taking a glance at the year that has passed, it seems like two-thirds…

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Year-ender video: Check out the 7 most significant visits to Pakistan in 2017

NEWS DESK: The year is about to end but it definitely gave us some important memories. 2017 will be remembered as the year in which the London mayor as well as other influential figures visited our country. Let’s take a look at 7 of the most significant guest visits that Pakistan hosted this year:

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We have done enough and cannot do more for anyone except Pakistan: ISPR

By Minerwa Tahir NEWS DESK: We have done enough and cannot do more for anyone except Pakistan, said DG ISPR Major Gen Asif Ghafoor while addressing the media in Rawalpindi on Thursday. Instead, he said, the United States (US) and Afghanistan should be asked to do more. According to the army’s spokesperson, there is no…

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Year-ender: 7 important visits to Pakistan in 2017

NEWS DESK: The year is about to end but it definitely gave us some important memories. 2017 will be remembered as the year in which the London mayor as well as other influential figures visited our country. Let’s take a look at 7 of the most significant guest visits that Pakistan hosted this year: 1….

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Women hold up half the sky? Not so in Sindh, Balochistan and FATA

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: While the lion’s share of the last two annual budgets in Sindh was allocated to education, it seems that the funds are not being steered into the right direction. The fifth annual District Education Rankings, launched in Islamabad by Alif Ailaan last week, paint a not very rosy picture in the…

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70% women don’t post pictures online out of fear of misuse: report

A majority of the complaints the helpline received pertained to non-consensual use of information, which include pictures, videos and personal data. By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: If you’re a woman, you’re aware of the daily struggle. Harassment is part and parcel of the daily life of women, be it the public sphere of life or online…

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Nawaz Sharif lashes out at judiciary’s years old ‘nexus’ with military dictators

NEWS DESK: Ousted Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said that the judiciary has been hand in glove with the dictators for the past 70 years, adding that he will organize a movement for restoration of justice in the country. He was addressing the media after his 10th appearance before the accountability court, which is hearing NAB…

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