Zainab Aqdas

Zainab Aqdas

Is a freelancer and recently got done with her O levels. She enjoys reading South Asian writers and hopes to pursue a career in International Relations. She tweets @zainab_aqdas

An open letter to Ban Ki Moon

Mr Ban Ki Moon, Secretary General, The United Nations. January 16, 2013.   Your Excellency, I am not Hazara – my gene pool is not affiliated with the descendants of the great Mongol Genghis Khan, who now inhabit Quetta. But I am writing this to inform you of a pressing issue that has shaken the international community as protests erupt worldwide regarding Jan 10, 2013 bomb blasts on Alamdar Road. Since the past decade, over 1100 Hazaras have fallen prey to attacks of ethnic cleansing carried out by radical militants claiming to eradicate all those who do not adhere to their brand of Islam. In September 2011, ...

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Paraded naked: Duly deserved?

Whilst the world quickened its pace along the path of progression and enlightenment, a mother and her sister were paraded naked in the streets of Muzzafargarh for having the audacity to approach a ‘superior tribe’ for its daughter’s hand in marriage for her son. One would expect a zealous outrage directed towards the oppressors of this unfortunate mother. However, several fractions of Pakistan’s populace believe the one to blame is the woman and that the humiliation she has endured is justified. Ironically so, women are marginalised within a nation that prides itself on having installed the world’s youngest female foreign minister, that ...

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