March 17, 1997 |
A young bride who disappeared two days after a court sanctioned her contested "love marriage" is safe and living at a women's shelter, the shelter director said. Saima Wahid, 22, came to the shelter in Rawalpindi seeking refuge, Syeda Rehman said by telephone. "She's fine and safe, but she doesn't want to see anybody," Rehman said. Wahid disappeared shortly after she reported having been threatened by relatives.
March 16, 1997 |
A young bride who defied tradition and strict Islamic restrictions to marry the man she loved has disappeared, just two days after a court sanctioned her "love marriage." In a landmark decision, the Lahore High Court ruled Tuesday that Saima Waheed's marriage was valid and rejected her parents' arguments that Islamic law required that they choose their daughter's spouse.
October 13, 1996 |
Shamaila and Wamiq fell in love and decided to wed despite her parents' objections. One hot day in May, she and her sweetheart signed the formal contract that is the centerpiece of the Muslim ritual of marriage. It should have been the beginning of a happy union between the 19-year-old Lahore student of nursing and the accountant eight years her senior. But it wasn't.
March 29, 1994 |
In the many lands where people worship Allah, few torments can be as bittersweet as ambling through a bazaar in the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. You can look. You can touch. You can even buy. But until the sun goes down and it grows so dark you cannot tell a white thread from a black, you cannot eat or drink and call yourself a pious Muslim.
November 7, 1992 |
Unlike many popular singers who have wildly animated styles, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan performs seated, as implacably planted on the stage floor as a bean-bag chair. But though he may be rooted to the spot physically, the Pakistani singer's voice launches into incredible, propulsive flights of melismatic abandon as he strains to embody the content of his songs, and his hands and arms often gesticulate and fly with the emotion of his singing.
May 2, 1990 |
It was a typical night at the movies in this fundamentalist capital of Pakistan's North-West Frontier province. Women in the street outside the Naz Cinema were covered head to foot in the traditional burkha . Most of the men were bearded and wore caps in the tradition of strict Islam. Almost everyone was observing Ramadan, the Islamic month of fasting that has just ended.