Pakistan

Women openly harassed in Pakistan

Article published in Göteborgsposten
27 August 2018
By Rina Saeed Khan
Photos: Muhammad Furqan

Pakistan. In Lahore, many women are scared of using public transport because of sexual harassment. The organisation Environment Protection Foundation is trying to counteract this by an initiative in which women are trained to drive rickshaws.

Ghulam Fatima, a widow, says the decision to drive a rickshaw is the best she has ever made.

“I’m so happy to no longer have to rely on my inlaws to support my children. I used to not even be able to ride a bike, and now I’m driving my own vehicle around Lahore!”

Full article (in Swedish) here: http://www.gp.se/nyheter/v%C3%A4rlden/kvinnor-trakasseras-%C3%B6ppet-i-pakistan-1.7849486

Pakistan – the world’s best kept secret

Article published in Fönstret
#3, 2018
By Rina Saeed Khan

Pakistan.  Less consideration is being shown in Pakistan to the Islamists who have been trying to stop everything from book fairs to kite-flying. Rina Saeed Khan writes about her often criticised country.

Article published in Fönstret, #3 2018. Full article (in Swedish) herehttps://www.fonstret.se/artikelarkivet/kulturland/ny-sida/

 

Ikea is so desirable that shops sell their own imports

Article published in Market
15 August 2018
By Rina Saeed Khan

Islamabad. Ikea is hugely popular in South Asia. In  Hyderabad, India, 40 000 people flooded in when the furniture giant first opened its doors there last week. In neighbouring Pakistan, shops deal with their own imports – and Ikea signs.

-I love Ikea products, especially things like storage boxes and kids’ furniture. But this shop that sells their things is way too expensive, says Uzma Khan, mother of three in Pakistan’s capital Islamabad.

Full article (in Swedish) here: https://www.market.se/premium/har-ar-ikea-sa-hett-att-butiker-kor-egen-import

Cricket star favourite candidate in Pakistan elections

Article published in Göteborgsposten
23 July 2018
By Rina Saeed Khan
Photos: Muhammad Furqan

Pakistan. Pakistan’s former Prime Minister was recently imprisoned following a corruption scandal. A cricket star can become the new leader. GP reports from the fragile democracy preparing for elections.

Full article (in Swedish) here: http://www.gp.se/nyheter/v%C3%A4rlden/kricketstj%C3%A4rna-favorittippad-i-pakistanska-valet-1.7274018

Taliban attacks on Sufism

Article published in Svenska Dagbladet
4 September 2017
By Rina Saeed Khan
Photos: Muhammad Furqan

Islamabad. Over 200 people have died in suicide attacks on sufi shrines in Pakistan. The Taliban view Sufism, the mystical interpretation of Islam, as heresy and want to eradicate their way of living.

The Bari Imam temple outside of Islamabad is an important sanctuary for first and foremost sufists. 12 years ago, the temple was attacked by a suicide bomber and around 25 people were killed. The attack was the first in a string of attacks on sufi shrines. According to Center for Islamic Research Collaboration and Learning, at least 209 people have been killed and 560 injured in 29 terrorist attacks on shrines for sufi saints in Pakistan.
The last attack, in February this year, was the deadliest yet. Over 80 people lost their lives in a suicide attack in the 800 year old Shahbaz Qalandar shrine in south Pakistan, where Christians, Sikhs and Hindus also go on pilgrimage.

Full article (in Swedish) here: https://www.svd.se/en-attack-mot-hjartat-av-sufiska-tolkningen-av-islam

Polio is getting eradicated

Article published in Göteborgsposten
21 December 2015
By Rina Saeed Khan
Photos: Muhammad Furqan

Islamabad. At the health clinic in the G-9 district of Islamabad, free polio vaccine is given in drips. Doctor Zeenat Mahtab says that a lot of people refuse the drops because of rumours and false information spread by the taliban.

“It is rumoured that the polio vaccine causes infertility in children and that it makes them sick. Now we’ve finally been able to get religious leaders to publicly state that there are no issues with the polio drips and that they actually are very important for a child’s health”, she says.

Full article (in Swedish) here:  http://www.gp.se/nyheter/v%C3%A4rlden/nu-%C3%A4r-polion-p%C3%A5-v%C3%A4g-bort-1.179351

Climate change threatens the Kalash people

Article published in Göteborgsposten
15 November 2015
By Rina Saeed Khan

Pakistan. “What choice do I have? This is the only piece of fertile land I own, even if it’s covered in blocks of stone right now. I must get it in order so I can plant my crops”,  says Mohd Faizi, a villager from Ayun in the Chitral district, whilst removing stones and digging in the sand covering his corn fields and fruit orchards.

Chitral has been badly affected by floods the last few years – especially in 2010 when all of Pakistan was hit – but the extent of this year’s flooding is unprecedented. Normally the monsoon never reaches Chitral, and many experts say that the floodings are because of climate change.

 

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