A powerful earthquake in Pakistan's southwestern province of Balochistan has killed 400 people, and effected more than 300,000 over a month ago. Weeks on, the disaster–and the Pakistani government's response to it–have exposed a silent war, and state violations against the Baloch people.
There is something wrong in Pakistan with daughters. But with Friday prayers at the mosques this week, the tag line "my daughter is a blessing, not a curse," is the official message that Imams across Pakistan have been preaching.
Pakistan's history with fast-food isn't as long as in other parts of the world. And for a long while, it was too expensive for average Pakistanis. So to most Pakistanis, people who could eat fast food burgers were the rich and wealthy. And suddenly, the rich and wealthy were being called Burgers themselves.
When Pakistan goes to the polls, their ballots will not have the names of any contesting parties on them. Using symbols on ballots has been standard procedure in Pakistani elections for decades, because over 40 percent of adult Pakistanis are illiterate.
Pakistan's government likes to ban things. On New Year's eve, it instituted bans on particular ways of using motorbikes. But that's perhaps one of the milder bans. On several occasions this year, the government has banned the use of cell phones, social media and even motorbikes entirely.
The Parsis, who fled Iran in the face of the country's Muslim conversion centuries ago, settled across India and Pakistan. But in recent years, the prominent Karachi religious minority is declining, to the portion where the community may totally disappear.
Pakistan has shut off the US supply route into Afghanistan after a US airstrike last week killed 24 Pakistani soldiers. As reporter Fahad Desmukh tells us, truckers who ferry supplies for the US military are actually applauding the move.
A TV show is also making headlines in Pakistan. The show's anchor was fired for producing a program in which she raided a public park in Karachi, hounding young dating couples and questioning their morality.
Incest is the least likely form of abuse to be reported. That's because relatives are often reluctant to tarnish family reputation. An "official" reluctance to investigate incest allegations is also to blame. Both are part of the problem in Pakistan.