Aneeqa Ali, besides running an NGO, is a member of Critical Mass Lahore, a group which gathers women on bike every Sunday morning and explores different parts of the city of Lahore. Aneeqa Ali loves to wander on her bike in the streets of Lahore and explore some beautiful and amazing facts about her city. But, recently, on a fine Sunday morning, she was harassed, hit and injured by a group of men. This incident as a consequence invoked women in all over Pakistan to protest against it, but they find a different way to show their solidarity with Aneeqa. All of the women gathered together and ride their bikes and cycles in the streets of Lahore. They gathered at the roundabout opposite Jalal Sons and peddled their way towards Main Boulevard as onlookers looked on. The gathering was organized by Critical Mass Lahore and Girls at Dhabas to speak out against harassment women face in public places. According to them, the main purpose was to increase acceptability for women being on the roads and to make them feel more comfortable with this idea as well in our patriarchal society.
The recent news that Holi & Diwali are going to be declared national holidays has been received with considerable warmth all over the country. The progressive sections of the society are hailing this act as a step towards a more tolerant Pakistan and a victory for the liberal sections of the Pakistani society.
There used to be a time in Pakistan when having fun wasn’t outlawed, when your enjoyment wasn’t always marked by blood, when your happiness did not incur the wrath of the misguided religious fanatics, when every single source of happiness wasn’t un-Islamic. Pardon me for the dark beginning, but these words just reflect the sorrow that I harbor in my heart ever since Basant got banned in Pakistan. As spring approaches, let us take a walk memory down the lane.
The Indian sub-continent was once one of the wealthiest regions in the world, which is why many of Pakistan’s modern cities trace their roots to centuries back. It gives these cities rich histories, and a quintessential old city that residents regard as the “genuine” part of their home. Tripkar brings you interesting information regarding the old cities in Pakistan:
Lahore is considered by many to be among the most culturally rich cities in South Asia. One of the oldest cities in the region, Lahore has seen war, invasions, sieges, coups, sultanates, democracy – all of which has borne its mark on the city. The city has older, walled parts, a huge fort and majestic mosques and gardens. With all this culture and heritage, there is naturally a need for some kind of a platform that could bring forth all this beauty and allow it to take center stage in the tourism scene of Pakistan. Here is some interesting information regarding Lahore sightseeing bus for you to experience: