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Kabul: Firoza, a woman commonly known as Hajani, is an Afghan Local Police (ALP) commander in Sistani, a small town on the outskirts of Marjah, a district once considered a Taliban stronghold in southern Helmand province, has been fighting against Taliban for years. People of her locality call her Hajani to show her respect but

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  Peshawar: Khyber Agency: After nearly a decade of turmoil, conflict, and displacement that robbed the region of culture and education, a group of young people in Khyber Agency have started a public library at Jamrud – the first in the agency. The youth say this is a significant development because of the threats to

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Lahore: “Religious leaders have failed in their moral obligation to create awareness about climate change, scholars in a wide range of religions say. Pakistan was awakened to the adverse effects of climate change in 2011when a massive flood drowned nearly half of the country. Last year 1,200 people died in a heat wave in Karachi.

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Lahore: In Pakistan, almost 93 percent women face sexual harassment of various forms but most of them are afraid to complain because responses are always stalled, according to rights organizations and activists. Since the inception of Anti-Harassment Act for Women Protection at Workplace passed in 2010, only 79 women have filed complaints to the ombudsman in

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Bannu: When the Pakistan government announced a military operation against militants in North Waziristan on 15th June, 2014, over a million people left the tribal district helter-skelter to keep up with the deadline for evacuation. Thousands of the displaced found refuge in the neighbouring cities of Bannu, Lakki Marwat and Dera Ismail khan. Others wandered

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Peshawar: The ongoing repatriation and deportation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan has not only compelled them to sell valuable property and businesses for very little but also abandon spouses with Pakistani nationality. Pakistani women married to Afghan men are in a fix as they don’t want to leave their families in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province

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PESHAWAR: The gemstones and antique jewelry businesses depend on imports from Afghanistan and Afghan traders who dominate the industry in Peshawar, but the ongoing repatriation of Afghan refugees has hit the sector hard, say gemstone dealers. Peshawar’s Namak Mandi bazaar, known for its sizzling, delectable mutton karahi, is also famous for traders that deal in

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  Peshawar: Transgender woman Paro, 24, has been performing at weddings for nearly 12 years. Dancing at festive occasions is the only job she could find when her family threw her out for being transgender. It was also the only job she had the skill for when she left her home in Mansehra in Pakistan’s

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 Bannu: The love of weapons runs in the blood of tribesmen. It is reinforced by a traditional justice system that upholds an “eye for an eye” law. In the absence of government writ and courts, the culture of revenge serves as a deterrence to crimes and misdemeanours. But government security forces seem to have achieved

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Lahore: Cultural patriarchy and ongoing lawlessness has driven a surge in the harassment of women online in Pakistan, say digital rights activists. Nighat Daad, head of the Digital Rights Foundation (DRF), said women experiencing harassment rarely report it. “Women are bearing online harassment and blackmailing, but seldom turn to external sources especially law enforcing agencies,”

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