Sanya.Shiraz

Sanya Shiraz

An A level student at Nixor College, Karachi who studies law and is interested in world history and politics.

“Firing in Saddar! Turn on the TV!”

I live near Saddar, and every single act of violence that affects Saddar affects me too. I was waiting for my mom to come pick me up, obliviously laughing with my friends over some lame joke, unaware of what I was going to go through in the next ten minutes. I was at my school, waiting for my mom to come pick me up – and for a second, I thought I’d lost her forever. A guy came rushing up to us and said: “Firing in Saddar! Turn on the TV!” Normally, being a helpless Karachiite, I would have watched the news and ...

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They don’t regret murdering their husbands…

As I entered Karachi’s Central Jail for Juveniles and Women, I felt surprise. I was expecting to see rows of tall metal bars and darkness – but I realised that the Hollywood concept of jails was nowhere near reality. The place looked like more like a college hostel. Beds were placed in neat rows and there was a television in each barrack. I was pleased to see that my preconceived notion of jail did not apply here. Despite the jail’s pleasant appearance it was one of the worst days of my life and the visit was a life-changing experience. A college grad ...

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