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Pakistanis who continue to use 'Khuda hafiz' see the phrase as 'part of an ideological battle to retain what they see as a more pluralistic approach towards religion'. Photograph: M. SAJJAD/AP
On January 17, 2012, a morning show was broadcast on Pakistani news network Samaa TV where its female host, Maya Khan, and a group of middle aged women were seen scouring the parks of Karachi. Their sole objective was to hold accountable couples visiting the parks in order to be on a date together without their guardians’ knowledge. During this show the group was seen chasing the couples around the park , forcing many of them to flee, cornering one and then recording them without their consent. As they repeatedly asked for the camera to be switched off, they were told it was, but the Samaa Team continued to film discreetly with sound. During this episode couples were also asked to prove they were married to one another and produce their marriage certificates for the host Maya Khan.
It would be hard for me to picture the tents of an election campsite set up for a woman running for any public or political office in Saudi Arabia. Four years from now in Riyadh, would such a site be possible? Who is going to run them? Who is going to vote? Fund-raise?
Prof. Zeba Bashiruddin "I have come not to disturb any faith but to reaffirm each one's belief, so that a Muslim may become a better Muslim ..." After reading these assuring words of Baba, who would like to proclaim that mankind is lost?