Produced by VOA Urdu Service
October 21, 2018
Pakistani Women Prove They Can Build as Well as Men
Carpentry is traditionally considered a man’s job in Pakistan, but a few brave women are changing that mindset, from carving unique wooden utensils to building an entire house. VOA spoke to several women who wanted to hammer home the point that not only are women integral to their community and the economy, they can also build things as well as men. This report, produced in the remote Hunza Valley in Northern Pakistan by VOA's Urdu Service, tells their story. It is narrated by Bezhan Hamdard.
September 24, 2018
Pakistan is Home to a Shrine Holy to Hindus and Muslims
Terrorists in Pakistan have carried out a string of attacks on religious centers, killing more than 80 people in a single incident last year in Sindh province. Now a group of worshippers from different religions have banded together to protect one center in particular, one where both Hindus and Muslims gather to pray. VOA Urdu Service takes us there in a report narrated by Bezhan Hamdard.
August 23, 2018
Female Elite Force Commandos in Pakistan Play Vital Role in War on Terror
"To serve and protect" — police forces around the globe live and die by this motto. Pakistan's police force is no different. But in a religious and conservative country where women are often relegated to the role of homemakers, a few are joining the police force. And not just any police force. As VOA's Urdu Service reports, these brave young women are rising to the occasion to serve their country and become the newest members of Pakistan's Elite Commandos. Bezhan Hamdard narrates.
August 21, 2018
The Hazards of Working in Pakistan's Ship Demolition Industry
The Pakistani coastal town of Gadani, on the outskirts of Karachi, is one of the largest ship demolition yards in the world, and it is a very dangerous place to work. In November 2016, more than two dozen workers were killed when a decommissioned oil tanker caught fire. This report produced in Pakistan for VOA's Urdu service looks at the challenges workers face every day in Gadani. Bezhan Hamdard narrates.