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Zara Abid: Model presumed dead in Pakistan plane crash abused online
By Saira Asher BBC News
  • 26 May 2020
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Image caption Abid's choice of clothing has led some to shame her posthumously
A top model, presumed dead in a plane crash in Pakistan last week, has been attacked by online trolls, accusing her of having led an immoral life.

Zara Abid's social media accounts were deactivated after comments poured in criticising her clothes and lifestyle.

The 28-year-old was on board a PIA flight when it crashed in a residential part of Karachi on Friday, according to the manifest and her friends.

Victims have not been named but authorities said only two men survived.

Initial reports she had survived led her brother to issue a plea to people to stop spreading fake news, media reports said.

Her Instagram, Twitter and Facebook accounts are no longer visible, though it is unclear if they were taken down by the social media sites or her family and friends.

In conservative Pakistani society, women are expected to be modest and many of those in the public eye are subjected to moral policing on social media.

Zara Abid worked with some of the biggest brands in Pakistani fashion and in January this year won "Best Female Model" at the Hum Style Awards.

Leading designers paid tribute to her professionalism and style. She was set to make her debut as an actress later this year.

As news spread that she was thought to have been on the ill-fated flight on Friday, hundreds of comments were posted on her social media accounts by religious radicals questioning her faith and adherence to Islamic practises.

Many of the comments suggested that she would be punished in the afterlife for her choices.

Pictures of her wearing clothes that would be considered revealing in Pakistan were being posted online as examples of her "sinful" behaviour.

One Twitter user said, "Allah Pak doesn't like those women who are showing their body parts to everyone and jannat [heaven] is only for pure men and pure women".

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Prominent women can face abuse and even rape or death threats online in Pakistan in the name of morality or religious piety.

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There were of course also many tributes to her from fellow models, designers and actors who called it a "tragedy for the fashion industry".

Some said she had redefined conventional beauty standards with her tanned complexion. In Pakistan, like in much of South Asia, fair skin is considered beautiful and idolised.


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Now pakistani comments online make headline news... Ever seen comments on YouTube from the West against blacks in America??? Or comments from Indians against the civilians killed make headline news...


Seems like whenever a Pakistani male farts... It's breaking news!!

Bs
 

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Now pakistani comments online make headline news... Ever seen comments on YouTube from the West against blacks in America??? Or comments from Indians against the civilians killed make headline news...


Seems like whenever a Pakistani male farts... It's breaking news!!

Bs
Whataboutism
 

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May Allah swt give our Muslim sister Jannat, forgive her for her mistakes, and give hidayat to Pakistanis.

A Muslimah has perished, please make dua for her.

One Twitter user said, "Allah Pak doesn't like those women who are showing their body parts to everyone and jannat [heaven] is only for pure men and pure women".
Shame on such people. No one knows what Allah decides. She may surpass us in inward faith, that is not our call.

Make istighfar for her and all Muslims. We are all capable of mistakes.
 

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Now pakistani comments online make headline news... Ever seen comments on YouTube from the West against blacks in America??? Or comments from Indians against the civilians killed make headline news...


Seems like whenever a Pakistani male farts... It's breaking news!!

Bs
Agreed and it sickens me too that nobody reported on the Indian abuse of all the aircrash victims, however, the abuse of Zara Abid is still absolutely disgusting.

This imbalanced morality standard is unfortunately how the BBC south Asia section functions.
 

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No it isn't, the world over the internet allows people to troll and make outrageous comments because of being able to be hidden.

There was a report about western female politicians receiving death and rape threats through twitter, just google it.
 

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Agreed and it sickens me too that nobody reported on the Indian abuse of all the aircrash victims, however, the abuse of Zara Abid is still absolutely disgusting.

This imbalanced morality standard is unfortunately how the BBC south Asia section functions.
It reminds me of the controversy of Veena Malik, she posed in a negative manner in an Indian magazine and tarnished ISI name, but she asked forgiveness and changed her lifestyle.

So actually this was good for her inner peace and to reach Allah swt.

Yet some Pakistanis who think they are Rabb did not accept her apology.

They did the same with Junaid Jamshed, Allah be pleased with him, when he made an honest mistake about Hazrat Ayesha, they even attacked him in the airport.

What kind of savages are these people? Government needs to rein them in. Social media should not be free of accountability.

Making takfir is a major sin and punishable according to Fiqh. If the victim is innocent, then the accuser becomes a Non-Muslim and must renew his shahadat.

UK is looking to partnering up with India after brexit. So this is expected from them, and BBC has always been biased towards india.
BBC invented many false stories about the Taliban also. They functioned in their capacity to mislead the world and prepare for the invasion of Afghanistan, this was before even 2001.
 

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