By Zofeen Ebrahim
LAHORE, Sep 25 (IPS) - Few in Pakistan believe that a presidential ordinance, passed earlier this month, regulating organ transplantation will stop a flourishing but gruesome trade in human kidneys.
''The trade will go on as long as there are poor and healthy donors around as well as rich patients needing a kidney and ready to pay the price. It will only go underground,'' Shahzad Rizwan, 30, told IPS. Rizwan should know. He sold one of his kidneys four years ago to pay off a loan of 22,000 rupees (366 U.S. dollars) that he took when his wife underwent a caesarean section.
Zofeen T Ebrahim
KARACHI — The questions ‘Who are you wearing?’ and ‘Who is doing your wedding?’ may be construed by the uninitiated as bending the syntax of modern English a bit too much. For those in the know, however, these are the two most important and pertinent questions to be asked of the bride and the groom, just before the seasonal wedding blitz hits Karachi every December.
“When you hang out in a certain crowd, there are expectations,” 23-year-old Ume Hani explained.
Hamid Mir, bureau chief of Geo television, was the first to break the news about the collapse of the Margalla Towers in Islamabad on Oct. 8 at 9:10 am, about 17 minutes after the quake.
They may be fledgling players in Pakistan, where the military remains a dominant force, but the electronic media stuck to the Oct. 8 earthquake story all the way. Zofeen Ebrahim looks back at how they did in recent months, in this report for the Asia Media Forum.
By Zofeen Ebrahim
KARACHI (IPS) - A fortnight after the devastating October 8 temblor hit the Kashmir region, the survivors are huddled down under plastic sheeting, cardboard or rocky overhangs, sheltering as best they can against a mercilessly cold and wet Himalayan winter.