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Marvel's Muslim teenage girl superhero spurs mixed Pakistani reactions

Marvel's Muslim teenage girl superhero spurs mixed Pakistani reactions

Some Pakistanis look forward to a new comic-book superhero modeled on a Pakistani Muslim teenage girl living in the United States, while others express doubts.
By Shehryar Warraich, Written for UPI

Social media offer Pakistani young a new forum for debate

Pakistani youth comment via social media on issues ranging from the killing of Pakistani Taliban chief Hakimullah Mehsud to support for Imran Khan's PTI party.
By Filza Khurram, Written for UPI
Young Pakistanis give entrepreneurial loan program mixed reviews

Young Pakistanis give entrepreneurial loan program mixed reviews

Young Pakistani entrepreneurs have greeted a new program to encourage young people to start small businesses with mixed reactions.
By Sumeera Riaz, Written for UPI

Cemetery for Lahore's Hindus to open in Pakistan

Lahore Hindus are to get a cemetery, reclaiming a Partition-era graveyard in this Muslim-majority area, after a decision by Pakistan's Supreme Court.
By Ihsan Qadir, Written for UPI
Activists, legal experts lament Pakistani girls still pawns in inter-family feuds

Activists, legal experts lament Pakistani girls still pawns in inter-family feuds

Pakistani laws banning a centuries-old custom of giving girls away to settle a feud continue to be ignored, activists and legal experts say.
By Fazal Khaliq, Written for UPI
Despite HIV/AIDS risks, female condoms rare in Ugandan district

Despite HIV/AIDS risks, female condoms rare in Ugandan district

Despite some of Uganda's highest HIV/AIDS rates, female condoms are not being embraced or easily accessible to women in Gulu District in the country's north.
By RONNIE LAYOO, Written for UPI
Militancy inspires fear in Pakistan's FATA region

Militancy inspires fear in Pakistan's FATA region

Militancy in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas has forced hundreds of tribal people to change jobs or even flee the country.
By Ashrafuddin Pirzada, Written for UPI
Holy month violence brought fear to Pakistan

Holy month violence brought fear to Pakistan

The holy month of Muharram brought fear to Pakistan after violence claimed 11 lives and left 70 injured, according to the Punjab chief minister's office.
By Ihsan Qadir, Written for UPI
Relief efforts after earthquake in Pakistan lagging

Relief efforts after earthquake in Pakistan lagging

Pakistani relief efforts following an earthquake in Baluchistan are lagging, while international aid organizations say the government has refused their help.
By Syed Zubair, Written for UPI
PML-N, partners seen leading in Baluchistan vote in Pakistan

PML-N, partners seen leading in Baluchistan vote in Pakistan

Early results in Baluchistan provincial elections show Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz and two partners in the coalition governing the province ahead.
By Abdul Malik Achakzai, Written for UPI
Pakistanis in Baluchistan province prepare for historic vote

Pakistanis in Baluchistan province prepare for historic vote

More than 50,000 security personnel are deployed to secure the balloting process as the Pakistani province of Baluchistan is set to hold historic elections.
By Abdul Malik Achakzai, Written for UPI
Sexual abuse of Pakistani children linked to social factors

Sexual abuse of Pakistani children linked to social factors

The Lahore gang rape of a 5-year-old girl has shaken Pakistanis, and psychologists and social scientists cite social factors in rising sexual abuse of children.
By Ihsan Qadir, Written for UPI
Major Pakistani juniper forest in danger of vanishing

Major Pakistani juniper forest in danger of vanishing

A large Pakistani forest of juniper trees, some thousands of years old, is in danger from a dearth of conservation efforts and villagers' felling of the trees.
By Abdul Malik Achakzai, Written for UPI
U.S. drone strikes put Pakistan-Taliban talks at risk

U.S. drone strikes put Pakistan-Taliban talks at risk

Last month’s killing of TTP chief Hakimullah Mehsud by a U.S. drone strike, and ongoing drone strikes in Pakistan put prospective Pakistani peace talks with the Taliban group at risk.
By Sumeera Riaz, Written for UPI

Pakistanis fear cut in U.S.-funded radio could aid militants

The closure last May of three U.S.-funded community radio stations in Pakistan's militancy-hit tribal areas may strengthen militants' voices, residents fear.
By Inam Ullah Khan, Written for UPI
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