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First FATA tribal woman files nomination for general election in Pakistan 2013

Posted by sadiahaidarig on March 31, 2013

tribal womanIn an unprecedented development, a female candidate from Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) NW Pakistan has submitted her nomination
form to participate in the upcoming general elections.

Badam Zari from Bajaur Agency has become the first woman from tribal areas to submit a nomination form in a bid to contest for a national assembly seat, NA-44.

Earlier, the tribal traditions disallowed women to exercise their right to franchise.

Badam Zari said she was contesting as an independent candidate in aneffort to serve women from her area.

“I want women to prosper in all fields and stand side by side with men.” Zari added that she would actively campaign and keep herself informed with problems being faced by the residents of her area despite the law and order situation in the agency.

She praised the residents of Bajaur Agency in FATA and said they hold women in high regard. “In my opinion the residents of the area will support me.”

All of the FATA’s adults were legally allowed to vote in the Majlis-e-Shoora of Pakistan under the “adult franchise” granted in 1996.

However, Ian Talbot in Pakistan ,a modern History states that elders and religious leaders attempted to prevent female participation by threatening punishment against tribesmen whose women registered, leading to under-registration in the female population.

In 2008, the Taliban ordered women in the FATA of NW Pakistan regions of Bajaur,Kurram and Mohmand Agencies not to vote under threat of “serious punishment,” while Mangal Bagh,cheif of the Lashkar-e-Islam, forbade women to vote in the Jammrud and Bara subdivisions of the Khyber Agency.

The FATA is the poorest, least developed part of Pakistan. Literacy is only 17 percent, compared to the national
average of 56 percent, and among women it is 3 percent.

At least 3,299 civilian have been killed including women and children in north-west Pakistan consisting of Bajaur Agency in US drone strikes since 2004-2013.

More than thousands of females were living without their males under poverty line in the tribal areas of northwest Pakistan.


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Angry mob burn 100 Christian houses in Lahore alleged blasphemy

Posted by sadiahaidarig on March 9, 2013

mob-blasphemy-afp-670A highly-charged mob of thousands burnt more than 100 Christian houses in Badami Bagh area of Lahore city in Pakistan on Saturday to “take revenge of the blasphemy” allegedly committed by a Christian two days earlier.

According to some news sources the angry mob attacked on the Christian community in Joseph Colony!

The leader of the mob is one “Shafiq Ahmed”. We know his name, we know this is an enormous atrocity, we know these were innocent victims and yet we are willing to silently sweep this under the carpet,local media sources.

The SHO was allegedly “forced” to register an FIR against the “accused” to “placate” the mob. The Law Minister announced that the “accused” is in police custody. The “accused” being the poor Pakistani Christian, rather than those devils who whipped the mob into a killing frenzy.

Eyewitnesses said that the mob broke into the houses, looted them and burnt the remaining belongings on the roads.

Human rights activists claim the laws are often used to settle personal vendettas and last year two prominent politicians were assassinated apparently for speaking out against the legislation.This is a crime against humanity and the culprits should be brought to justice.

Blasphemy is an extremely sensitive subject in Pakistan – a nation of 180 million people, 97 per cent of whom are Muslims, and those convicted of defaming Islam or desecrating the Quran can face life imprisonment or even the death penalty.

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Peshawar Mosque Bombing leaves 6 martyred,30 Injured.

Posted by sadiahaidarig on March 9, 2013

At least 6 people martyred and 30 other were injured in LED blast inside Bilal mosque in Mina bazar area of Peshawer,NW Pakistan.
mos4At least 30 injured people were shifted to Lady reading hospital where four injured are in serious condition,lady doctor Rashda told the media.
Blast took place at 1.00 pm local time during prayer inside Bilal mosque located in Mohala Baqir Shah near the Meena Bazaar in Peshawar. The mosque is surrounded by shops, and most of the shopkeepers offer their prayers at the Bilal mosque,Peashawar .Imama mosque also Shaeed in the blast.
Khalid Hamdani SP City Peshawar confirmed that six people were killed and remaining 30 injured.Six kg explosive used in led,he added.
According to the IG Bomb Disposal Unit in Peshawar, the bomb was a ball bearing based device, with 3 to 4 kilograms of explosive material.
Mosque was damaged in blast

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