Pakistani author Bina Shah discusses the reactions to her novel Slum Child including the views of the “Denialistanis,” individuals who deny accountability and refuse to accept any criticism about Pakistan and its citizens.
Bina Shah discusses the problem of acid attacks against women in Pakistan. The recent suicide of Fakhra Yunus, an acid attack survivor, has led to an open discussion of the crime in Pakistan, and many hope that Fakhra will be avenged.
On April 17, the Sindh High Court issued a stay order against the blocking of web sites by the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority, a temporary victory in the fight against arbitrary Internet censorship. But the threat remains.
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