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Virus pushes Pakistan’s transgender dancers out of their homes

Before the virus shutdown, dancer Adnan Ali had carved out a comfortable living performing at parties for newlyweds and newborns, avoiding the financial hardship faced by many in Pakistan’s transgender community. But the closure of wedding halls and scrapped celebrations where she would twist and twirl in front […]


Pakistan’s ‘biggest feminist’ under fire after sexist tirade

He calls himself “Pakistan’s biggest feminist”, but soap-opera writer Khalil-ur-Rehman Qamar sparked a national row this week after he hurled abuse at a women’s rights activist on live television. The invective-laden diatribe came just days before thousands of people are expected to march in cities across Pakistan to […]

Pakistani court to hear petition terming women’s rights movement ‘anti-state’

LAHORE, Pakistan – A major women’s rights movement in Pakistan is facing a legal challenge over a march scheduled for next month over allegations that the organisers’ activities are “anti-state”. The event, known as the Aurat March, using the Urdu word for ‘women’, has been held in multiple […]

Pakistan’s top court to rule on controversial extension for army chief

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan’s top court will rule on Thursday whether to grant an extension to the country’s army chief, in a rare case that pits the judiciary against the government and the military. The cabinet of prime minister Imran Khan approved a three-year extension for General Qamar Javed […]

Pakistan grapples with drug-resistant typhoid outbreak

KARACHI, Pakistan – Early this year Muhammad Haider Sajjad, a thin bespectacled boy of 15, was hospitalised in Karachi, Pakistan’s commercial capital. Doctors suspected typhoid, but when the most common antibiotics failed to work, the boy’s family began to panic. Sajjad is one of more than 11,000 people, […]

India, Pakistan contacts at ‘zero’ despite border cooperation

KARTARPUR, Pakistan – Contacts between India and Pakistan are “zero”, Pakistan’s foreign minister said, even as the old rivals prepared to open a border crossing for Indian pilgrims to visit a Sikh temple, one of their most significant acts of cooperation in decades. The border crossing pact between […]

Pakistan to let ex-PM Sharif go abroad for medical treatment – foreign minister

LAHORE, Pakistan – Pakistan will allow Nawaz Sharif to leave the country for medical treatment in the United Kingdom, its foreign minister said on Thursday, though he warned the former prime minister against seeking a second period of exile to escape corruption charges. “Doctors are recommending that he […]

Kartarpur ready to welcome Sikh pilgrims for 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev: Imran

Islamabad, Nov 3: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on Sunday shared some of the dazzling pictures of the Kartarpur complex and Gurdwara Darbar Sahib, saying the revered venue is ready to welcome the Sikh pilgrims for the 550th birth anniversary celebrations of Guru Nanak Dev. The pictures were shared […]

Nawaz Sharif remains critical, platelets again: personal physician

Lahore, Nov 2: Former Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s health condition remains critical as his platelet count has dropped again, a day after it rose to 51,000, his personal physician said on Saturday. Sharif, 69, was admitted to the Services Hospital on Monday night from Pakistan’s anti-graft body’s custody […]

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