Nazar ul Islam is a freelance journalist based in Islamabad, Pakistan. He was previously a producer at TRT World.
For religious scholars and local visitors, the sight of plants and trees mentioned in the Quran has been uplifting this Ramadan.
In 2017, Islamabad constructed a fence along its more-than 2,600-kilometre border with Afghanistan in a bid to quell terrorism, leading to soaring school dropout rates in the area. Still, some continue to fight for their education.
As Pakistan observes Kashmir Day on February 5, TRT World visited the Muzaffarabad district in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, home to tens of thousands of Kashmiris who were separated from their loved ones either in 1947 or post-1989.
Several thousand Pakistani soldiers lost their limbs fighting terror groups. With the help of the local community, they are slowly rebuilding their lives.
The young Pakistani student's murder by a mob on a university campus was another "blasphemy killing," one of the dozens since the 90s. A year on, his family struggles to reconcile with the tragedy.
Pakistanis desperate to escape poverty and crime leave everything behind after paying thousands of dollars to migrant smugglers in a bid to reach the EU. But with greater border controls, Turkey ends up as their temporary home.
Pakistani national Muhammad Akram and his wife Sighra Bibi escaped eastern Ghouta, leaving behind several family members, including Akram's children from his second wife, who was a Syrian.
Saba Maqsood was 18 when her family tried to kill her for marrying a man of her choice — their first attempt at taking her life. Not willing to wait for their third attempt, she has fled the country with her husband and two children.
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