Benazir Bhutto: Gone But Not Forgotten

“It is not easy being a woman anywhere. Moreover, for woman leaders, the obstacles are greater, the demands are greater, the barriers are greater and the double standards are greater”. Benazir Bhutto

“Is it true that the prime minister of Pakistan is a woman?” asked the female Afghan protagonist of Samira Makhmalbaf’s 2003 film “At five in the afternoon”. Benazir was the first woman to rise to such high power in a country that had just passed a law that gave half as much importance to a woman’s testimony as that of a man.

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GB: A Step In The Right Direction

In a recent announcement the Prime minister of Pakistan, Imran Khan, announced to elevate the status of Gilgit-Baltistan as the fifth province of the country. Keeping in mind the powerful historical background, and the strategic, economic, and cultural importance of Gilgit-Baltistan, it is surprising that such a move has taken so long to materialize nevertheless it is indeed a welcome one that should bring great benefits to the region and the country. Gilgit-Baltistan, which covers an area of 72,971 km2 (28,174 sq. mi), and has a population of approximately 1.5 million, comprises of three divisions, namely Chilas, Gilgit, and Baltistan that are further divided into ten districts. Surrounding the region are China and Afghanistan in the north, Indian occupied Kashmir in the south and southeast, and Chitral in the west.

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