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Condemned to Death for Blasphemy in Pakistan, She Lives a Life of Poverty in Exile

Blasphemy Laws and Life on the Margins

In 2010, Asia Bibi became the first woman in Pakistan to be sentenced to death under the country's controversial blasphemy laws, in a case that sparked global outrage. After eight years on death row, she escaped to Canada in 2019 following her acquittal. She tells New Lines how she has since lived a life of poverty in exile.

The Myth of Pervez Musharraf’s ‘Liberal Dictatorship’ in Pakistan

The 'Liberal' Musharraf Myth

Since the demise of Pakistan’s former president and military dictator Pervez Musharraf, both admirers and critics have used a peculiar adjective to describe him: “liberal.” In reality, Musharraf’s actions and policies suggested otherwise, exposing a “liberal Pakistan” facade created by the political circumstances of the time.

Finding the Gaps in Stories of Sex Workers in Pakistan

Finding the Gaps in Stories of Sex Workers in Pakistan

The popularity of the Indian film “Gangubai Kathiawadi” — the story of a sex worker turned brothel madam in Pakistan highlighted the gaps in the representation of sex workers in its pop culture. While “courtesans” are glamorized for representing an old-world charm, the reality of sex work in the country is different.

A Peshawar Bombing Reveals Pakistan’s Worsening Terrorism Predicament

A Peshawar Bombing Reveals Pakistan’s Worsening Terrorism Predicament

The recent suicide attack in Peshawar serves as a cruel reminder of terrorism’s resurgence and heralds a new phase of asymmetric conflict in Pakistan, placing its counterterrorism campaign at a crossroads.

Anti-Army Sentiments Simmer in Pakistan

Anti-Army Sentiments Simmer in Pakistan

While Nawaz Sharif’s premature exit as Pakistan’s prime minister led him to confront the military leadership, it is Imran Khan’s departure that has seen anti-army sentiment explode across the country.

Pakistan’s Cholera-Hit Town Left to Go Thirsty

Pakistan’s Cholera-Hit Town Left to Go Thirsty

As the Pakistani government develops Balochistan’s Gwadar into a deep sea port under the China Pakistan Economic Corridor, the problems faced by the rest of the province get brushed under the rug. This year, even before the devastating floods, Balochistan's water needs were sidelined leading to multiple epidemics.

Pakistan Takes Stock of Damage by Floods

Pakistan Takes Stock of Damage by Floods

The commute from Karachi to Lasbela in Balochistan takes around three hours, but after the floods and damage to infrastructure, it is taking much longer. Relief camps dot the road as thousands return home to take stock of the damage.