Lifestyle / Entertainment / Film by Press Association 17/08/2018, 5:50 pm FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Send us a story Sign up to our Daily newsletter An award-winning Pakistani producer has said she has found that being a woman has not disadvantaged her in the country’s growing film industry, in contrast to some of her western peers. Momina Duarid, 47, is the creative head of the country’s television network Hum TV, which provides over 800 hours of television worldwide. Her new film Parwaaz Hai Junoon (Soaring Passion) seeks to challenge perceptions that women in Pakistan are largely suppressed in a conservative society and are not allowed to follow their ambitions. The coming-of-age tale follows the story of a girl who joins the Pakistan Air Force as a pilot to help in the country’s fight against terrorism. Duraid told the Press Association: “I feel the film is a true depiction of women in Pakistan. There would be certain places in New … [Read more...] about Producer Momina Duraid says being a woman helped her in Pakistan’s film industry
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8 May 2018 PakistanReligion Pervez Hoodbhoy is one of South Asia’s leading nuclear physicists and an eminent Pakistani academic and intellectual. He talks to Andy Heintz about why the word ‘liberal’ is so unpopular in Pakistan and the troubled legacy of international actors in the region Do you think veiling is mostly an autonomous choice made by Muslim women in Pakistan? Or is it something forced upon them because of pressure from Islamists? Pressure from Islamists to cover up is a fact. The extent varies from culture to culture. It is strongest in Saudi Arabia. Turkey was relaxed about it until Erdo˘gan took over. As for Pakistan, it was once a non-issue but the pressure has steadily increased from the 1980s onwards as people have become more pious. The mullahs want every woman in burqa. In 2007, I brought a radio broadcast from Islamabad’s Red Mosque to the attention of the authorities at Quaid-e-Azam University. The two institutions are … [Read more...] about What drives young men to embrace religious extremism in Pakistan?
Sima Kamil is a reluctant role model in Pakistan.The 61-year-old chief executive officer walks into a 21st-floor meeting room at United Bank Ltd.’s headquarters in Karachi and right away says she doesn’t want to be viewed as a “token” woman and would prefer to discuss the bank’s strategy. Yet she recognizes that as the only woman heading a private sector lender in Pakistan -- and one of the very few women leading companies in the country -- she has a responsibility that goes beyond her job.“It’s a privilege and a burden at the same time,” she says in an interview in a building overlooking the sandstone school her father attended, amid the urban sprawl of the nation’s largest city. “They roll you out. I’ve tried to avoid that and it’s not always easy; some people feel I should do it because it’s part of my duty, so there’s a balance to be struck.’’Kamil’s rise through the ranks of … [Read more...] about This CEO Is a Reluctant Role Model in Pakistan’s Male-Dominated Banks
When Marvia Malik made her debut as a news anchor for the private broadcaster Kohenoor TV on March 23, it was more than a first for her -- it was a first for an entire community. Members of Pakistan's "third gender" community -- which can include transsexuals, transvestites, eunuchs, and hermaphrodites -- are often shunned, pushed to the fringes of a conservative society. But even as the community has made notable advances -- for example, "third gender" was granted official status in 2011, earning members the right to vote, and earlier this month a bill was passed in the Senate protecting people's right to determine their own gender identity -- Malik debuting as the country's first transgender news anchor can be seen as a leap forward. It has been a long journey for Malik, a 21-year-old transgender woman who has gone from makeup artist to catwalk model to the face of her community. Malik, who was moved to tears when she landed her new job, is clearly proud of her achievement. "I have … [Read more...] about ‘Ray Of Hope’: Transgender News Anchor Marks New First In Pakistan
Mingora, Pakistan (AP) -- A Pakistani women's activist says Malala Yousafzai, who is back in Pakistan for the first time since the Taliban shot her in 2012, is hoping to visit her Swat Valley hometown but that the trip depends on security clearances from the government.Security was visibly beefed up on Friday in Mingora, Yousafzai's hometown, but authorities wouldn't confirm whether the Nobel Peace Prize laureate would be arriving there.Activist Adnan Tabassum, also from Swat, says she met with Yousafzai on Thursday in Islamabad and that Malala told her she wants to travel to Swat to see her former schools friends and relatives.According to Tabassum, 20-year-old Malala has asked authorities to allow her to go to Shangla village in Swat, where a school has been built by the Malala Fund. … [Read more...] about Security High in Pakistan’s Swat But Malala Visit Uncertain