Naila Inayat

Pashtun women in Pakistan hold posters of their missing family members

Is Pakistan poised for a Pashtun Spring?

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Pashtuns are an ethnic minority group composed largely of about 30 million people in Pakistan. They have also gone missing by the thousands.

Protesters gather to condemn the killing of university student Mashal Khan, after he was accused of blasphemy, during a protest in Peshawar, Pakistan, April 20, 2017.

Pakistanis say their government has ‘weaponized’ its blasphemy law

Brides sit together during a mass wedding ceremony in Peshawar, Pakistan, April 25, 2014.

Pakistan cracks down on men trading young daughters to settle debts and disputes

An Afghan refugee woman sits with her sleeping child as they wait with others to be repatriated to Afghanistan, at the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees office on the outskirts of Peshawar, Pakistan, Feb. 2, 2015.

Pakistan wants millions of Afghan refugees gone. It’s a humanitarian crisis waiting to happen.


Being gay in Pakistan: Where anti-gay serial killers are applauded

The job market for terror recruits is booming

And the competition for their membership is fiercer than ever.

Tabassum Adnan (face pictured) leads a women’s jirga in the Swat Valley in northern Pakistan. Along with a male attorney, she is advising the group as women detail crimes against them such as robbery and physical abuse.

Pakistani women formed a council of their own to prevent more girl killings


Rural Pakistan’s male jirga councils keep ordering revenge killings against girls. Some women have chosen to join their own assembly to stop the violence.