8 Pakistani women you should follow on Twitter

Following them is a must for those looking to gain added perspective to the rather male-dominated public opinion


Farahnaz Zahidi May 19, 2015
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Though expansive in its content, a recently combined list of Twitter accounts belonging to Muslim women from around the world lacked representation from Pakistan.

Here at The Express Tribune, we compiled our own list of 8 Pakistani women that we believe you must follow. Our list consists of Pakistani women from all walks of life: journalists, activists, academics, actors and authors. Following these women is a must for those looking to gain an added perspective to the rather male-dominated public opinion.

1. @MehreenKasana


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Her bio is three words long: one woman army. And that is precisely what Mehreen Kasana is. Not only is she one of Pakistan’s top bloggers, but it is her unique take on things that makes her a top choice for our list. She is an activist and a progressive, through and through. She speaks loudly and bravely against racism and Islamophobia and truly thinks outside the box. Mehreen is one of those who build bridges between extremes.

https://twitter.com/mehreenkasana/status/592581594944294912

2. @SanaSaleem


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Though Sana is widely known as a rights activist, her humour and her anecdotes with her Daadi are worth a read. Director of “Bolo Bhi”, Sana is a fearless voice against state censorship, and an expert in digital rights and security. She says what she has to by cloaking it in biting wit.

https://twitter.com/sanasaleem/status/594224678295613441

3. @SheikhImaan


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With the wittiest sense of humour, hands down, Imaan is an entertainer and wins over tweeps with her charm. Agree with her or not, you cannot ignore her. Reading any tweet by the Buzzfeed author is either time well spent or time well wasted.



4. @SamarMinallahKh


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She makes us proud simply with all the good work she does. Anthropologist and documentary film-maker, Samar’s work for women’s rights, especially child marriage, has changed many lives for the better. Her roots are firmly planted in indigenous sensibilities of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa from where she hails, and her work is thus respected both locally and globally.



5. @Mehreen Zahra-Malik


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The Reuters correspondent for Pakistan is a great source for the latest rumblings in Islamabad. She might get a few details wrong here and there, but for the most part Malik tackles stories that local media can't or won't.



6. @Zofeen28


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As one of Pakistan's most respected feature writers and journalists, she brings to the fore issues that need to be highlighted. If you want to read human interest stories, this is the account to follow.



7. @NJLahori


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Nadia Jamil, darling of the people, is as popular on Twitter as she is otherwise. The activist-actor, and self-claimed foodie, brings to you the much-needed zest of Lahore.



8. @RafiaZakaria


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Attorney, political philosopher and the author of The Upstairs Wife: An Intimate History of Pakistan, Ms Zakaria is popular not without reason. She gives a less myopic and more global picture of issues that face present day Pakistan and the world.

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COMMENTS (15)

doom | 5 years ago | Reply @saad: Well...this is a list of people we should, according to author, follow on twitter. Presumably because their tweeting is very good. Maybe people from "traditional" professions are bad at the twittering?
Vidya | 6 years ago | Reply wao, to top th list, you have to be anti America, anti drones, pro all the facilities west has introduced, anti all the days west commemorate and anti so called aunties. I would rather follow Sherry Rehman, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar, Dr. Ayesha Siddique,..........
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