Mohammed Hanif

Mohammed Hanif

The author has worked for Newsline and The Washington Post, along with BBC. He has written plays for the stage and the screen. After living for 12 years in England, in 2008, he returned with his family to live in Karachi, Pakistan. He is currently working on a novel and librettos for two operas, “Bhutto” and “The Dictator’s Wife.”

The dirty old men of Pakistan

In the world we live in, there is no dearth of pious men who believe that most of the world’s problems can be fixed by giving their women a little thrashing. And this business of a man’s God-given right to give a woman a little thrashing has brought together all of Pakistan’s pious men. A few weeks ago, Pakistan’s largest province passed a new law called the Punjab Protection of Women Against Violence Act. The law institutes radical measures that say a husband can’t beat his wife, and if he does he will face criminal charges and possibly even eviction from ...

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