No wedding, Eid or other festivity is complete for Pakistani as well as Pashtun women without applying Hina (Mehndi) on their hands and feet. The elderly women often apply it plainly to their feet, hands and dye hair, however, girls prefer to make special designs on their hands and feet with it.
Like other parts of the country, the eunuchs in Swat are living a difficult life due to countless problems. They said everyone tease them and police also do not allow them to live peacefully in one place. About 120 eunuchs are living in Swat and most of them live in Mulla Baba area of Mingora. The local eunuchs said whenever a new police officer is deputed to the area, he ask them to leave the area citing public complaints.
Bara Bazaar of Khyber Agency, which was closed due to military operation for the last seven years, was reopened for business activities on Friday. Many traders suffered huge financial losses due to the long closure of the bazaar and now they don’t have enough resources to re-establish their businesses. One among them is Firdous Jamal, who is now indebted by lakhs of rupees after sustaining huge losses due to closure of the bazaar.
The people belonging to Ismaili community are celebrating traditional festival ‘Pathak’ in Garam Chashma area of Chitral. People from Ismaili community celebrate this festival in the first week of February in the memory of Pir Nasir Khusro. They believe that Pir Nasir Khusro came to Garam Chashma 1,100 years ago through the route of Badakhshan and their forefathers accepted the religion due to his preaching.
It is a natural phenomena that every human being particularly youth wants to be good-looking and handsome. Comparatively, the womenfolk are more conscious about their outlook.
It has been observed that male members of our society generally excel in jobs in the security forces and women tend not joining such jobs.
Like other cultural identities of Pakhtuns, music is also witnessing regular changes in its style and presentation over the years.
It is a common practice world over that people usually express grief and sorrow over the death of loved ones. However, the Kalash tribe of Chitral handles the death quite differently and instead of mourning, it celebrates the deaths with festivities and dances.
Salampur area of Swat, which is now commonly known as Islampur, is famous in the world for its warm woollen shawls, chaddars and waistcoats.
The FATA Parliamentarians tabled the bill in the National Assembly seeking merger of FATA with KP.
Sawera Foundation, a welfare institution, has opened a centre for women belonging to the minority community affected by terrorism to train them in different skills to enable them to support their families.
Breast cancer kills about 40,000 women in Pakistan every year. The World Health Organisation (WHO) says previously only the older women complained about the disease but now it is also spreading quickly among the younger women in developing countries, including Pakistan.