Pakistani couple Sidra Qasim and Waqas Ali escaped small-town life in Punjab to become the founders of Atoms, a New York-based footwear brand known for its quarter sizes and comfortable trainers. It was not an easy journey. She met Waqas at her aunt’s house in Okara. Waqas asked her to join him in Lahore and become her business as well as life partner. They soon landed in NY and launched Atoms.
Ali Muhammad Khan’s dream Pakistan is a strong, progressive, sovereign Islamic state with good educational institutions, universities, basic facilities, industries and employment. A die-hard Imran Khan follower, Ali Muhammad Khan is a lawyer by profession. Always known for his fiery speeches, including TV discussions, he was the lone ranger who held his own in the National Assembly when all his other PTI colleagues walked out of the House after they resigned from their NA seats.
When Droupadi Murmu, 64, was elected as India’s president recently with the backing of the ruling party, she made history as the first person from the marginalised community to occupy the country’s top post. Murmu is from the Santhal tribe. She got the position with the support of more than half the electorate of MPs and state legislators. She was nominated by Modi’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party.
If there is a voice for Islamophopbia in the US Congress, it is that of Ilhan Omar, the Somali-American Muslim representative from Minnesota. Her opinions may not be as noticeable on world forums as that of Imran Khan but she is at least aware of the treatment Muslims get in the West. Her recent visit to Pakistan perhaps helped in bringing things into more focus.