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Islamabad: An Indian-American man was offloaded from a Qatar Airways flight at Islamabad airport in Pakistan on Friday after he allegedly raised a “false alarm” claiming that there was a bomb on the aircraft.

Ajit Vijay Joshi, travelling to Washington via Doha, was offloaded at the Benazir International Airport around 3 am in the morning after Qatar Airways refused to board him on its plane for raising a bomb threat which turned out to be a hoax, The Express Tribune reported.

Joshi was reportedly kept under detention by the airport security in Islamabad and was only released after the flight landed safely in Doha, the newspaper reported.

Security has been tightened around the world on various airports in the wake of deadly terror attacks in Paris on November 13 and downing of a Russian plane on October 31, killing 224 people.

On November 19, a passenger plane flying from Poland to Egypt has made an emergency landing in Bulgaria, after it was reported that a bomb was placed on board the aircraft.

“A 64-year-old passenger reported about the bomb and is already being questioned by law enforcers,” Xinhua news agency quoted Bulgaria’s Nova TV as saying.

The passengers were evacuated from the plane flying from Warsaw to the Egyptian resort city of Hurghada.

On November 18, a woman on a Boston-bound British Airways flight, who tried to open an exit door mid-flight, was taken into custody after the plane landed in Boston, police said.

Investigations had determined that the 30-year-old woman was intoxicated, Efe news agency quoted Massachusetts State Police as saying.

No known nexus to terrorism, however, was found, police said.

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Women of Pakistan Protest Against Workplace Harassment, Child Marriage

Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif lauded "the incredible work our women are doing to strengthen their families, communities and the country"

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On the occasion of International Women’s Day, women took to the streets across Pakistan on Friday to protest against sexual harassment in the workplace, child marriage ‘honour killings, wage inequalities and limited political representation.

Organisers hope that the “aurat march” (women’s march) and “aurat azadi march” (women’s liberation march) will draw attention to the struggle for reproductive, economic, and social justice across in Pakistan, reports the Guardian.

The first “Aurat March” was held last year in Karachi; this time, the rally has been extended to more cities, including Lahore, Multan, Faisalabad, Larkana and Hyderabad.

The aim is to reach ordinary women in factories, homes and offices, says Nighat Dad, an “aurat march” organiser in Lahore.

“We want an organic movement by women demanding equal access to justice and ending discrimination of all kinds.”

Speakers at the Lahore march ranged from a woman fighting to reform marriage laws to the women who worked on the landmark Punjab Domestic Workers’ Act — a legislation that outlaws child labour in homes and provides maternity benefits to workers.

Another activist, Leena Ghani, noted that Pakistani women have a history of taking to the streets, famously during military dictator Zia ul-Haq’s martial law in the 1980s.

Krishna Kumari works in her office in Hyderabad, Pakistan, Feb. 12, 2018. VOA

While Pakistan has made major strides towards gender equality, poorer, marginalised women and transgender citizens continue to struggle, Ghani added.

Designer Shehzil Malik created a series of striking posters for the “aurat march” that counter typical representations of Pakistani women as docile and subservient.

Women are also protesting against discriminatory policies in universities, where male and female students are afforded different levels of freedom, the Guardian said.

A Pakistani university recently caused a furore on social media by banning women from wearing skinny jeans and sleeveless shirts.

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In his message on Friday, Prime Minister Imran Khan reaffirmed his government’s commitment to providing women a safe environment so that they could contribute to the country’s development, Dawn news reported.

“We reaffirm our commitment to ensuring women a secure and enabling environment to play their rightful role in our nation’s development.”

Leader of the Opposition Shahbaz Sharif lauded “the incredible work our women are doing to strengthen their families, communities and the country”. (IANS)