All posts by Zubeida Mustafa

پاکستان کے نظام تعلیم میں زبان کی افسوس ناک کہانی

کالم: زبیدہ مصطفیٰ

جس ملک میں 70 سے زیادہ زبانیں بولی جاتی ہوں اور 75 برس میں اس کے حکمران یہ فیصلہ نہ کر پائیں کہ بچوں کو کس زبان میں پڑھایا جائے تو اس ملک کے نظام تعلیم میں بہت سی خامیاں پیدا ہو جاتی ہیں اور پاکستان کا بھی یہی حال ہے۔

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Home thoughts

By Zubeida Mustafa

IN South Asia’s patriarchal societies, writings by women giving their perspective on sociopolitical issues in the early 20th century are not easily available. Diaries are even rarer. Happily, we now have a valuable addition to this genre. It is a diary introducing us to the views of a 24-year-old woman from Hyderabad Deccan, who went to England for further studies. It was my privilege to have a trained preforming artist, Shama Askari, read it out to me.

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‘Maraka’ truths

By Zubeida Mustafa

SUICIDES by young men and women have been periodically reported from Gilgit-Baltistan (GB). Authentic figures are not available in the absence of scientific surveys and forensic facilities, which allows ‘honour’ killings to be masked as suicide. Neverthe­less, the suicide rate in this region is, arguably, higher than the average in Pakistan (8.9 per 100,000).

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A calamity

By Farnood Alam

MORE than two hundred suicide cases have been reported from Gilgit Baltistan in the last five years. There are approximately 120 men and 105 women who have committed suicide. Keeping the River Gilgit on your right if you exit the city, you enter the district of Ghizer. In this district alone there have been approximately 115 deaths. Less than 40 percent are men, and more than 60 percent are women. In the last forty days there have been more than 17 suicides. As I write these lines, news of another suicide from Yasin, an area in Ghizer reaches me, making the total 18.

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Gender rights

By Zubeida Mustafa

IT goes to the credit of gender rights leader Bindiya Rana that Pakistan is counted among the 20-odd states to have given legal recognition to the ‘third sex’ — non-binary people. They were counted in Pakistan’s 2017 census and are entitled to ID cards. Conservative Pakistan can now be regarded as enlightened in the matter of gender legalities — but not in terms of transgender people’s acceptance and inclusiveness in society.

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The unheeded

I LISTEN to a transgender woman speak and my mind starts to churn.             

 I keep wondering what I would do if I had a transgender child? Keep her hidden from prying eyes? Hidden from my in-laws, or my own parents for that matter who might insist I send her away? Let my own inhibitions translate into something that my child would see as shame, which would make her hate herself? What would I do if I had to take her to the doctor?

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Money mania

By Zubeida Mustafa

WE live in a bizarre country. That is the most appropriate term I find to describe Pakistan. It has some laws and official practices that are not only irrational, but actually absurd when seen in the context of their implementation. They cannot be explained and no sane-minded person would justify them. The elites are the beneficiaries and so they are pro-status quo.

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Women in poverty

By Zubeida Mustafa

AS Pakistan goes through turbulent times on the political and economic fronts, women sink deeper and deeper into poverty. No one seems to care, least of all those leaders who are responsible for the public chaos, the economic uncertainty and insecurity they have created by their casual stance on serious issues.

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