How India, Pakistan and Bangladesh were formed

Pre partition India mainly consisted of British controlled areas and sovereign princely states which were not fully and formally part of British India. In a call for independence from British Rule, Cyril Radcliffe, who had never been to India was given less than 40 days to draw up the new borders based on outdated mapsContinue reading “How India, Pakistan and Bangladesh were formed”

Why can’t Pakistan eradicate polio?

After a four month hiatus, Pakistan is set to restart its polio vaccination drive in the highest-risk regions in the country. Health officials aim to vaccinate over 800,000 children over five days in the districts of Karachi, Quetta, Faisalabad, Attock and South Waziristan. The vaccination drive will start initially in these areas where the polioContinue reading “Why can’t Pakistan eradicate polio?”

Fake pilots and heroin smuggling; PIA is unfit for purpose

Once a well-respected international airline with a burgeoning reputation, recent years have seen Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) condemned as a corrupt organisation; bereft of real leadership and values. In its formative years in the mid 1980’s, Emirates sought help from PIA to procure planes and train its staff. In the decades that followed, the twoContinue reading “Fake pilots and heroin smuggling; PIA is unfit for purpose”

Zohra Shah & Pakistan’s Child Labour Laws

Trigger warning: mention of child abuse Behind the gates of Pakistan’s most affluent neighbourhoods, an estimated 8.5 to 12 million children work as servants. Some of them are treated with kindness like an unpayable favour; second-hand clothes, eating from the same plates and sleeping in the same house. Others are not so ‘blessed’, leaving theirContinue reading “Zohra Shah & Pakistan’s Child Labour Laws”

Pakistan charter flights to return thousands of stranded Brits

The British High Commission has come under fire recently over their treatment of British Nationals stranded in Pakistan. Around 6,000 Britons continue to be stranded in Pakistan and while some can rely on family support, many are in dire financial straits. With £70 million being announced to repatriate stranded citizens from India and the PhilippinesContinue reading “Pakistan charter flights to return thousands of stranded Brits”

Worshippers clash with police at Rawal Pindi over lockdown measures

Despite a national lockdown and added restrictions, worshippers clashed with police to congregate at mosques for Friday prayers. PM Imran Khan has been relying on restricting the size to 5 people attending mosques and advice to stay at home from religious groups such as the country’s Islamic Ideology Council. However, some religious leaders in PakistanContinue reading “Worshippers clash with police at Rawal Pindi over lockdown measures”

Cases in Pakistan on the rise with first confirmed COVID death

Pakistan’s confirmed number of COVID-19 cases has reached 270, and the first related death – the most ominous record in South Asia. Neighbouring countries, China and Iran, have been crippled by the recent pandemic – and it seems Pakistan awaits a similar fate. More than 60% of confirmed cases are those who were released fromContinue reading “Cases in Pakistan on the rise with first confirmed COVID death”

Aurat March (Women’s March)

On Sunday 8th March, thousands rallied for the subversive Aurat March (Women’s March) in cities across Pakistan. Many men and women were seething with anger, calling the movement anti-religion and anti-state. A resultant petition calling for its ban was filed in Lahore High Court and ultimately dismissed by Chief Justice Mamoon Rashid Sheikh as ‘unconstitutional’.Continue reading “Aurat March (Women’s March)”