Is piddarshahi a feminine noun?

Content warning: descriptions of abuse, incitement to violence and rape HIBA REMEMBERS WAKINGup to the front page of Dawn on March 9 last year with a feeling of jubilation. The day before she had sung, marched, and danced her way from the Lahore Press Club to Alhamra Hall with her fellow women...

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Apocalypse babies

WHEN MY SONwas three, he was obsessed with dinosaurs. This was to be expected. For reasons I haven’t ever understood, prehistoric lizards are one of the first introductions our children have to science, so liking them is practically a prerequisite for going to school. A friend of mine was...

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Is abortion legal in Pakistan?

SAMAN WAS 21when she found out she was two months pregnant. She told her sister, her mother and her partner at the time. Her mother swiftly made arrangements: the next day, after dusk, she drove Saman to an informal abortion clinic on the outskirts of Islamabad and paid Rs50,000 for the procedure....

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Alchemy in a Pakistani classroom

ON THE DESKin my office, in the university where I have taught literature and writing for almost three years, I have pinned up one of my most favourite poems. It is called Don’t Hesitate by American poet Mary Oliver and it reads: If you suddenly and unexpectedly feel joy,don’t hesitate....

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