8 Pakistani women you should follow on Twitter

Published: 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.

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.

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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Reader Comments (15)

  • saad
    May 19, 2015 - 11:51PM

    NOn of them is scientist, Doctor, Top professional, philospher, Well known writer. Why woul somebody follow them?Recommend

  • Hassan Ali
    May 20, 2015 - 12:07AM

    Where is Reham Khan our Bhabhi in this article. Writter is blind or what?Recommend

  • Hassan Ali
    May 20, 2015 - 12:08AM

    Reham Khan is only women worth following on twitter . She is National Bhabhi.Recommend

  • Rashid Qureshi
    May 20, 2015 - 1:18AM

    Ok, I started following all of them. thanks for the list Recommend

  • Animal Farm
    May 20, 2015 - 1:19AM

    and please limit your following on twitter only…or else you would arrested for stalkingRecommend

  • Parvez
    May 20, 2015 - 2:43AM

    Putting all these women in the same class is a bit unfair………the one who lives in the lions cage and dares to look at it in the eye deserves more respect than the one who watches the lion on an i-pad and goes ‘ bad kitty, bad kitty ‘………yeah !Recommend

  • May 20, 2015 - 10:05AM

    Yess I follow many of them but there are many others which you should follow…Recommend

  • Blunt
    May 20, 2015 - 10:53AM

    Nice list. But I think Mehr Tarar also deserves to be there.Recommend

  • Farhaj
    May 20, 2015 - 4:02PM

    Find some real and reasonable reason, so people follow these womenRecommend

  • Ayesha
    May 20, 2015 - 4:38PM

    Many good ones are missingRecommend

  • May 20, 2015 - 8:47PM

    No doubt these all are women of courage and passion but one should also follow Reema Omer as her services for humanity are countless and she is a fearless and courageous lady writing on important human rights issues.Recommend

  • Farhan
    May 21, 2015 - 2:27AM

    Why are you all so incredibly asinine to think accomplished people are only doctors and scientists or that writers with awards are only the writers worth talking about? There is a reason why Pakistanis are so hated in the world: We abandon our own because we are obsessed with status markers like awards and conventional degrees for science and medicine. Have you ever thought that these women have been doing great work in their own communities with their writing? The fact that they are women of Pakistani heritage who aren’t bogged down by you patriarchal idiots is enough to merit praise. You should be ashamed of yourselves, all of you, who pretend to care about women in Pakistan while degrading them because they don’t have the title of a doctor or a scientist. Especially “saad” whoever he is. What are you? A nobody.Recommend

  • Farhan
    May 21, 2015 - 2:28AM

    Why are you all so incredibly asinine to think accomplished people are only doctors and scientists or that writers with awards are only the writers worth talking about? There is a reason why Pakistanis are so hated in the world: We abandon our own because we are obsessed with status markers like awards and conventional degrees for science and medicine. Have you ever thought that these women have been doing great work in their own communities with their writing? The fact that they are women of Pakistani heritage who aren’t bogged down by you patriarchal idiots is enough to merit praise. You should be ashamed of yourselves, all of you, who pretend to care about women in Pakistan while degrading them because they don’t have the title of a doctor or a scientist.Recommend

  • Vidya
    May 21, 2015 - 7:53AM

    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,……….Recommend

  • doom
    Aug 13, 2015 - 9:32PM

    @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? Recommend

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