Maira Sheikh

  • Harassment is really just a misinterpreted compliment. People, women in particular, should relax and learn to appreciate someone appreciating them. This is what the countless perpetrators of street harassment would like us to feel. If our presence or the presence of our bodies in a public place ...

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  • Over the past few weeks, stories of British, American and Australian youth leaving their homes to join ISIS have littered the headlines. Their actions are not easily digested by the public-at-large and as a result, people are deeply uncomfortable with the implications. What compels someone in the ...

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  • It is premature to say that the events that transpired within Lahore on the 17th of June shall be preserved in infamy in our collective public conscience forever. Several persons were killed and countless injured, but we are a fickle people and today’s atrocity is tomorrow’s vague ...

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  • The failure of democracy is proclaimed both vehemently and frequently in Pakistan. In the face of rampant corruption and seemingly insurmountable odds, democracy is identified as a Trojan horse at best, meant only to facilitate the backdoor manipulation of the political sphere and to suppress ...

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  • Sunday night marked the debut of Pakistan’s much talked about series, Burka Avenger. The show, conceived by Pakistani singer Aaron Haroon Rashid, is Pakistan’s first original animated series and first series with a female superhero. It stars Jiya, a mild-mannered school teacher, who ...

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  • Recently, I witnessed something remarkable. My cousins, ages four and five, played “election day”. They debated the accomplishments of PML-N and PTI and cast their ballots in front of their older sister, who played the part of a polling officer. I was stunned by what I witnessed. These ...

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