In Meesha Shafi’s case, what mattered to people was the fact that a beloved male pop-star was the accused.
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In the past months, the Pashtun Tahafuz (Protection) Movement has been mobilizing in Pakistan’s major cities to demand basic rights for the Pashtun minority community, including the “right to live without fear” of extrajudicial killings. The Pashtuns (or Pathans) are an ethnic minority group who mostly live in Pakistan and Afghanistan. Discrimination and violence are constant
“Naqeeb Teray Khoon Se, Inqilab Aye Ga,” (Naqeeb from your blood we will bring about a revolution) chants a crowd outside the National Press Club in Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan. Thousands of ethnic Pashtuns from the Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and elsewhere in Pakistan have staged a sit-in in front of the National Press
Azhar was about to the call the event off as the situation of the city was unstable just a few days before the event, but decided against it.
The smear campaign against Gulalai has been especially fierce on Twitter. In the past week, even her family, including her sister, an international squash champion, have been attacked. The tone of the comments point to the nasty and insidious problem of misogyny in Pakistan.