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Popular Female Pakistani Singer Gunned Down

PAKISTAN TODAY, THE NEWS INTERNATIONAL (Pakistan)

PESHAWAR – Ghazala Javed, a popular Pakistani singer was shot and killed along with her father near Peshawar in northwest Pakistan.

According to initial medical examinations, Javed, still in her 20s, was shot by unidentified gunmen on a motorcycle, who fired a total of six bullets into her chest, hand and back, Pakistan Today reports. The father of the Pashto singer, who was standing behind her, was also killed in the drive-by shooting.

Police have launched an investigation to see whether the Taliban were involved in the murder –Javed famously defied the Islamist group's decree against singing and dancing.

Authorities are also looking to see if her former husband had any role in the incident, the Pakistani website The News International reports. Last year Javed made headlines when she asked for a divorce from her husband --a rare decision in Pakistan's deeply conservative and male-dominated society.

Watch Ghazala Javed perform in the video below.


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Poland's "Family Values" Obsession Squashes The Rights Of The Individual

Poland's political parties across the spectrum prioritize the family in every area of life, which has a detrimental effect on everything from social services to women. But the state should support a dignified life for every citizen, not just those who in long-term unions.

Photo of an empty stroller in the middle of a crowded square in Warsaw, Poland

In Warsaw, Poland

Piotr Szumlewicz

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WARSAW — Social policy in Poland means family. Both left and right, major parties boast that they support the idea of family, act in the favor of families, and make sure that families are safe.

Everyone seems to have forgotten that, according to Article 32 of the Polish Constitution, "everyone is equal before the law" and "everyone has the right to equal treatment by public authorities."

What's more, "no one shall be discriminated against in political, social or economic life for any reason." In other words, the state should take care of all citizens, regardless of whether they live alone or are part of large families, have childless marriages or informal unions.

Unfortunately, for many years, Polish state policy has been moving in a completely different direction. The subject of government social policy is not the individual, but the traditional family. Even sadder: this policy is also supported by the entire parliamentary opposition. This actually means supporting Christian Democrat social policies that discriminate against women, single people, or those living in informal relationships.

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