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Women builders of Pakistan

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07.03.2019

THE question as to what has kept Pakistan afloat despite its inept and self-centred rulers’ efforts to sink it has never been decisively answered. The most commonly accepted theory is that Pakistan’s survival is due to Allah’s infinite mercy, benevolence and His capacity to forgive what the Pakistanis do to themselves. But Allah dispenses mercy for humankind through the agency of human beings and many of those who have built and sustained Pakistan have been women.

The roster of Pakistan’s women who have done their country proud is getting longer by the day. They have diligently shouldered the tasks assigned to them by the ruling patriarchs and have defied the heaviest of odds to create places for themselves in men’s strongly guarded world.

Today, we can count a large number of Pakistani women who have distinguished themselves in different walks of life. We have had a woman as head of government, women have held high positions in the civil service, in education, in business, in journalism and in the fine and performing arts. They are coming up in defence services and have learnt to fly fighter planes. Some of them have benefited from the state’s benevolence but most have struggled unaided by it. Their achievements are known. Behind these successful women stand rows upon rows of the ordinary women builders of Pakistan.

We meet one of such women in Hamra Khalique’s autobiography, Kahan Kahan Se Guzar Gaye, one of the most absorbing memoirs published in Urdu........

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