Sheema Khan

The writer is a freelance journalist based in Karachi. She has written for Khaleej Times, Global Citizen magazine, Global Voices, The News on Sunday and The Express Tribune.

Breaking news in the era of social media

  Imagining the global conversation that has developed over the past few years because of social networking websites like Facebook and Twitter might have been unimaginable for most people at the beginning of this decade. But social media has overpoweringly changed our lives and how we interact with one another and the world around us….

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Ridiculing— a national problem

Whether one is a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) supporter or not, the insulting remarks made by Defense Minister Khawaja Asif against the PTI MNA Shireen Mazari were not fair ones. Just to recall what really happened: during a National Assembly (NA) session last week, Minister Asif used derogatory language targeted at Mazari. “Someone make this tractor…

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Care for animals and birds in the heat wave

  In a tragic incident, a camel reportedly killed its owner after being left in high temperatures with its legs tied up all day. This happened in the Indian state of Rajasthan last week during a record-breaking heat wave that saw temperatures reaching 43 degrees Celsius. The owner had forgotten to untie his camel during…

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The Never-Ending White Skin Dilemma In Pakistan

“Shakal dekhi hai apni? Kitni kaali hogayi ho. [Have you seen your face? You’ve become so dark].” What a lovely way to start a conversation. This happened with a 17-year-old girl, yes just seventeen, when a woman decided to discuss her skin color with her, and that too, publicly. But that wasn’t all. “Itni creamein…

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Ambreen’s killing: another attempt to restore ‘lost honour’

By Sheema Khan Honour. Which does not have a humane definition in Pakistan at least. Honour, where killing a female of whichever age is key to bringing back the ‘lost honour’. Which honour killing cases do you recall that have literally helped restore honour for those cowardly and barbaric men who have the guts to…

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