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July 31, 2017 Saima Baig no responses

IN THE NAME OF HONOUR

(Published in Sedaa – Our Voices) “Honour” is the property of the men in our society. It is their honour that gets maligned when their other property, their women do something of their own free will. I say property of men because this is a patriarchal society and men make the rules of morality […]

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Council Of Thieves: There Is No Place For Panchayats In The 21st Century

Published in Dunya News In the 21st century, there is no place for these panchayats anymore. Anyone who supports them and romanticises their utility is either misguided or a criminal himself. Traditions and cultures are not static. They evolve with new information, technology and time. Holding on to practices such as […]

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We have been silenced into submission because we don’t want to be the next Mashal

(Published in The Nation Pakistan) While terrorists are given the benefit of the doubt, activists and writers are taken to task in the worst possible manner. And what better way to do so than to use blasphemy. It is a time honoured tactic. And it has again been successful. Journalists […]

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April 18, 2017 Saima Baig domestic violence,Islam,Quran,VAWG no responses

How to beat your wife

(Published in SEDAA – Our Voices) If you want people to respect your religion, then accept that there are problematic verses in the Quran and reform them. Do not try to tell us that we are making a big deal. Let me reiterate, it’s not that these commands are not […]

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Pakistan: The land of bigotry, misogyny and violence with blasphemy allegations as its raison d’etre

(Published in The Nation Pakistan) Freedom of speech is an important characteristic of civilized society. Censoring content and threatening people just ensures that the only kind of progress you make is in oppressing people. Using misogyny as a counter argument does not make you macho; it just shows your pathetic […]

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PAKISTAN: WHITHER FREEDOMS AND WHITHER RIGHTS?

(Published in Sedaa – Our Voices) People in Pakistan and around the world have been thinking (read: hoping), that there has been a paradigm shift in the military’s policy and that now we would see more democratic decisions, extermination of Islamic extremists and more freedoms. This is clearly not the […]

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Quetta blast: How dare you give precedence to a road over human lives?

(Published in The Nation) It is like you have so little regard for our intelligence that you think this rhetoric will still work. No, it won’t. We do not want you to rally us around with your hyper patriotic flag waving and your sponsoring of propaganda songs and movies. We […]

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MUSLIMS: REFORM YOUR RELIGION

(Published in Sedaa – Our Voices) You cannot secretly revere the doctrine that promotes Jihad, endorses misogyny, homophobia and other singularly inhumane aspects and then say that it does not endorse these things. Accept it, reform it and join the rest of the world in the 21st century. Other religions have done […]

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No CII, I do not want Sharia to dictate my rights

(Published in The Nation Pakistan) Muslims have this tendency of explaining to others that Islam provided rights to women in an era where they did not have those rights. I tend to disagree with that but that is a whole other debate. Let’s assume that they were provided with these […]

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May 25, 2016 Saima Baig Pakistan,Trans Rights,Transgender no responses

TRANSGENDER PEOPLE IN PAKISTAN: DEMONISATION OF THE ‘OTHER

(Published in Sedaa-Our Voices) Transgender people have long been a part of the history of South Asia. Their stories are told in the Kama Sutra and they have existed in the Indian sub-continent for centuries. They were part of the courts of both Muslim and Hindu emperors and performed various spiritual and […]

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