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Sherry Rehman: NUST should take back degree of student who said Gul Bukhari should be ‘sexually tortured’

Opposition Leader in the Senate Sherry Rehman tweeted to NUST, saying that it should revoke the degree of a student who demanded “sexual torture” on Gul Bukhari. Political analyst Gul Bukhari was abducted and released on Wednesday. As news of her abduction spread on social media, a Twitter user, Mursaleen, tweeted: “Sexual torture would be…

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Women motorcyclists ditch the side-saddle in Pakistan

Perched proudly on their brand new pink motorcycles, the recruits take to the road, the latest batch of women to demolish boundaries set for them by men in Pakistan. It is not uncommon to see women on motorcycles in Pakistan — but usually they are sat in the dangerous side-saddle position behind a male driver…

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Meesha Shafi lawyers up as #MeToo battle goes to court

Meesha Shafi has hired Barrister Ahmad and Nighat Dad as her lawyers with the #MeToo battle heading to court.  “I have appointed Barrister Ahmad and Nighat Dad as my legal counsels to look after all issues pertaining to my sexual harassment claim against Ali Zafar. Media is requested to contact them to get any update on…

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Statement from Aurat March Lahore, 2018

By: Nighat Dad LAHORE: International Women’s Day 2018 was marked by the Aurat March Lahore that brought together individuals and collectives from across Lahore to march in solidarity to women’s rights and the feminist movement in Pakistan. Similar marches were also conducted in Islamabad and Karachi. The march commenced from Hamdard Hall, Lytton Road, for…

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Shahid Masood and the age of #FakeNews

NEWS DESK: The State Bank of Pakistan found no bank accounts under the name of Imran, the accused in Zainab rape and murder case. The central bank had launched a probe into reports of multiple bank accounts allegedly held by the suspect Imran, a claim made by Dr Shahid Masood. Dr Shahid Masood was the one…

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Nighat Dad selected as a TED Fellow

NEW YORK: Pakistan’s Nighat Dad has been selected as a TED Fellow, joining a class of 21 change makers from around the world who will each deliver a talk from the TED Global stage this August in Arusha, Tanzania. Fellows will join leading policymakers, business-people, academics and activists from across the African continent and around…

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Women harassed online find savior–Nighat Dad

LAHORE: When Pakistani social media starlet Qandeel Baloch was found strangled, a crime to which her brother proudly confessed, thousands of women posted messages denouncing her murder — only to face abuse and threats themselves. Nighat Dad, a human rights activist who founded Digital Rights Foundation, which advocates for free speech and against harassment, said…

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Pakistan’s Nighat Dad wins Human Rights Tulip 2016

The Human Rights Tulip 2016 has been awarded to the Pakistani internet activist Nighat Dad. Foreign minister Bert Koenders will present her with the prize on Saturday 10 December, Human Rights Day, in The Hague. The Human Rights Tulip is an annual prize awarded by the Minister of Foreign Affairs to human rights defenders who…

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