Faiza Iqbal

Faiza Iqbal

A law graduate from King's College, London Nottingham Law School. Having worked at Mandviwalla & Zafar as an Associate, she now writes freelance articles and is trying to qualify as a barrister in Canada.

I am very glad that Shireen Mazari’s daughter voted for PML-N

Recently, news emerged that the Central Information Secretary for Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Shireen Mazari, and her daughter voted differently in the local body elections. Her daughter, Imaan Hazir, created quite a stir by voting for Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Democracy, by its very definition, proposes that the freedom to vote is a wholly individual choice. It is not something that a person can be coerced into doing otherwise there would be scant difference between democracy and dictatorship. But what happens when a prominent member of a famous political party faces mutiny amongst her domestic ranks? Just an FYI: I voted for minorities & PMLN. — Imaan ...

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Will the amendments to the Diyat and Qisas laws make any difference to the Shahzeb Khans out there?

When murder is committed within Pakistan, the victim’s family is usually offered blood-money by the perpetrator’s family as a way of pardoning the punishment of the crime itself. Diyat or ‘blood-money’ differs from Qisas which is the pardoning of the crime by the victim’s family without any monetary compensation being paid. These two concepts have courted controversy recently since they have been abused in practice by the wealthy to rid themselves of any culpability, as seen in the Shahzeb Khan and Zain Rauf cases. The purpose of accepting financial compensation following murder is to espouse forgiveness and mercy in people’s hearts. But in Zain’s case, where the victim’s family ...

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‘Americanised’ school uniforms and misuse of religion for political gain

Uniforms are imposed upon students to encourage unity and harmony.  They aim to encourage solidarity with one’s school over and above individual expression.  So the news that emerged this week of Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) objecting to the trouser and shirt uniform for boys in government schools was enough to make my eyes roll.  They argue that shalwar kameez for boys should also be available, as an alternative, so parents can choose which one is more American or Pakistani.  The imposition of the trouser/shirt combination is, according to JI, an ‘Americanisation’ of our system.  On a grand scale of things, with all ...

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Shah Rukh Khan did what he does best – the lungi dance

Today is Shah Rukh Khan’s 50th birthday. The man, who is essentially the face of Bollywood, continues to inspire and delight people all over the world. Khan has had a career spanning nearly three decades and has encapsulated billions of people worldwide with his tear-jerkers and childlike antics.  He is, no doubt, one of India’s most revered artists and is considered to be amongst the ‘greats’ like Dilip Kumar and Amitabh Bachchan.  Most people growing up in the 80s would have watched his movies and he is probably more popular (in numbers at least) than Brad Pitt or George Clooney. ...

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Can Djinns commit murder?

Djinns are an entity that most Muslims, no matter how devout, do believe in.  They are a whole different species, which cannot be seen by the naked eye, who apparently inhabit the earth commensurately with humans.  All kinds of theories are sprouted about djinns and their characteristics with some stating that they live in trees, therefore vegetation should not be cut and possess personality characteristics like anger, jealousy as well as love and obsession just like humans do. Whether or not you believe in the existence of djinns, they do form a potent source of horror stories for misbehaving children, as well as ...

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Do billboards plastered with pretty women cause road accidents?

Billboards have always been a bone of contention amongst the religious in Pakistan. They have resorted to throwing stones and other paraphernalia to register their protest at the image of pretty female models advertising various products from mobile phones to lawn prints. On the other scale, you get celebrities proudly posting images of billboards with their face on them with hashtags on Instagram as a way of showing just how cool they really are. This week, however, a Supreme Court judge in Karachi ruled that female models on billboards are responsible for road accidents. Yes, on roads that are packed with sputtering rickshaws, a never-ending ...

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Are British Pakistanis uncivil and lacking basic common courtesy?

According to a leaked email by Paul Sabapathy CBE, the former Lord Lieutenant of the West Midlands, the British Pakistani community must be taught basic ‘common courtesy and civility’, after he attended the August 14th celebration in Birmingham. His comments caused uproar amongst the British Pakistani community, who demanded an apology from him, which he promptly offered, followed by a hasty resignation after serving eight years in this post.  He was the first member of the Asian community who held a prestigious post. At the event celebrating independence, he was apparently dealt in a manner which was unbecoming and disrespectful after which he vented in ...

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Religion and abortions do not make a pretty mix

Abortions and the Catholic Church have always been a very contentious issue. The formal stance taken by the Catholic Church is that abortions are completely disallowed and any pregnant woman whoever undertakes one is excommunicated, which requires the pardon of a bishop for it to be lifted.  It is a very serious offence amongst followers of the Catholic Church. In 2012, an Indian dentist, Savita Halappanavar living in Ireland, suffered a miscarriage and repeatedly requested an abortion, which kept getting denied. Doctors did not consider her to be in ‘medical’ danger, which is a prerequisite to obtaining a legal abortion. The lady’s foetus’s heartbeat ...

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From Lahore to London – From Karachi to Kensington

London held a host of activities highlighting Pakistan and the cultural vibrancy it has to offer to the world. This weekend saw the launch of Suzali, a platform showcasing Pakistan’s most well-renowned designers which included Mehreen Noorani, Nida Azwer, Naureen Arbab, Lalarukh, Shirin Hassan, and Sarah Anees.  Although these designers are well-established in Pakistan and Dubai, they are not so accessible to Pakistanis living in London. Suzali aims to provide a bridge between renowned Pakistani designers and potential customers in England who have limited access to high-quality Pakistani clothes. Sana Habib, the brainchild of Suzali, was inspired to create the name using the ...

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The day he took my love away

She never expected her marriage to come to an end. No woman ever does. She distinctly remembers the day she was betrothed and how excited she was. Her mother kept telling her not to smile for she had to make it look like she was genuinely sad about leaving her father’s home, but secretly she was over the moon. He was perfect; good looking, professionally accomplished, lived abroad and came from a good family background, and to top it off, he loved her wholeheartedly. What a beautiful union it was. Everyone was smiling and everything was going to be completely perfect. And yet, here she was ...

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