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Posts tagged "Pakistan"

Gay Pakistan: Where sex is available and relationships are difficult

By Mobeen Azhar

Pakistan is not the kind of place that most people would associate with gay liberation. But some say the country is a great place to be gay - even describing the port city of Karachi as “a gay man’s paradise”.

Underground parties, group sex at shrines and “marriages of convenience” to members of the opposite sex are just some of the surprises that gay Pakistan has to offer. Under its veneer of strict social conformity, the country is bustling with same-sex activity.

Pakistani society is fiercely patriarchal. Pakistanis are expected to marry a member of the opposite sex, and the vast majority do.

The result is a culture of dishonesty and double lives, says researcher Qasim Iqbal.

"Gay men will make every effort to stop any investment in a same-sex relationship because they know that one day they will have to get married to a woman," he says.

"After getting married they will treat their wives well but they will continue to have sex with other men."

Gay Pakistan: Where sex is available and relationships are difficult

India hits out at Pakistan for calling separatists ‘stakeholders’

India on Wednesday strongly hit out at Pakistan for describing Kashmiri separatists as “stakeholders” in the resolution of Kashmir problem, saying as per Simla Agreement it was a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and any other approach will “not yield results”.

It also criticised Pakistan for making assurances that “had no meanings”, be it on not allowing the country or territories under its control to be used for anti-India terrorism or investigations and trials of Mumbai terror attacks, which were conspired, hatched and carried out by Pak-based terror outfits.

Asked about Pakistan high commissioner Abdul Basit’s remarks justifying his meeting with Kashmiri separatists, spokesperson in the external affairs ministry Syed Akbaruddinsaid, “After 1972 and the signing of the Simla Agreement by the Prime Ministers of India and Pakistan, there are only two ‘stakeholders’ on the issue of Jammu & Kashmir—the Union of India and the Islamic Republic of Pakistan.
“This is a principle which is the bedrock of our bilateral relations. This was reaffirmed in the Lahore Declaration of 1999 between Pakistan prime minister Nawaz Sharif and prime minister Vajpayee”. Earlier, Basit told foreign journalists “We strongly believe that our interaction (with Kashmiri separatists) is helpful to the process itself. It is helpful to find peaceful solution to the problem. It is important to engage with all stakeholders. So that is the bottomline for us.

“We need to engage with all stakeholders. It is not a question of either, or as far as we are concerned. We are engaging with India to find peaceful ways,” Basit said while reacting to India’s stand that Pakistan should either choose dialogue with separatists or Indian government.

India had called off the talks between foreign secretaries slated for 25 August, telling Pakistan bluntly to choose between an Indo-Pak dialogue or hobnobbing with the separatists.

Asked why did India permit meetings between Pakistan and the Hurriyat in the past, the MEA spokesperson said,“Pakistan assured us, at the highest level, that they were committed to a peaceful dialogue on the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and would not allow Pakistan or territories under its control to be used for terrorism against us.

“We know now, particularly after the Mumbai terror attacks and the manner in which Pakistan has pursued subsequent investigations and trials, that this assurance had no meaning and that an approach that is different to the one laid down by the Simla Agreement and Lahore Declaration does not yield results”.

AIB: When India Spoke to Pakistan

On Independence Day, AIB tried to get strangers from India and Pakistan to speak to each other over the phone. We found out why Indians and Pakistanis should never talk to each other. 

mehreenkasana:

This second part of “My Body Is Not Your Battleground” is a result of my Kickstarter-funded trip to Pakistan where I focused on what it means to be a young woman growing up in Pakistan. I held open discussions about femininity and existence as a young woman in the Pakistani environment and photographed various young women, in the hopes to shatter the image of the oppressed young Pakistani woman we often see in the West. The key issue I engaged with here was education, as it seemed to be central to all of their lives, as well as my own engagement with women’s issues in a space I have never personally experienced.

My Body is Not Your Battleground by Sanaa Hamid 

Please sign this petition from the Asian Human Rights Commission

I’ve been seeing a little bit here and there on tumblr about the Pakistani-American cardiologist that was murdered earlier this week during a trip to Pakistan to provide free medical services to needy people. I haven’t seen anyone link a petition yet, so I thought I’d help out.

He was killed solely because he was an Ahmadi Muslim, a persecuted religious minority forced to “live under something really resembling an apartheid-like system subject to severe legal restrictions,” according to the chairman of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom. If you want to read more about the case, you can do so here: http://www.humanrights.asia/news/urgent-appeals/AHRC-UAC-079-2014

And please take a moment to sign this petition that will be sent to Pakistani government officials:

http://www.urgentappeals.net/support.php?ua=AHRC-UAC-079-2014