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tv   Our World  BBC News  December 28, 2019 9:30pm-10:00pm GMT

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this is bbc news. this is bbc world news, the headlines... dozens of people have been killed in the somali capital, mogadishu, in a massive explosion in the southwest of the city. ambulance staff say more than seventy people died. the dead included university students on their way to classes. riot police made arrests and fired pepper spray in a hong kong border town after about 100 masked demonstrators gathered in a shopping mall. they were protesting against shoppers from mainland china. a list of more than 1,000 addresses of new years honours recipients, including those of grease star, 0livia newtonjohn, has been accidentally published by the uk government. the file was uploaded to the official website, but has since been removed.
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nasa has unveiled its latest martian rover ahead of a seven—month voyage to the red planet, scheduled forjuly. fueled by a mini nuclear reactor, the car—sized vehicle will search for traces of past life in an area thought to have water. at ten o'clock rachel schofield will be here with a full round up of the day's news. now it's time for our world and one of their most striking programmes of 2019. in 2016 pakistani social media sensation qandeel baloch was murdered in her bed, the victim of a so—called honour killing. in november, as the court prepared to deliver its verdict in the case, hani taha returned to qandeel s home town to discover how her life and death have changed pakistan. this film contains adult themes right from the start.
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qandeel baloch was pakistan's first social media superstar. she was both loved and loathed. for conservative pakistan, her videos were provocative. too provocative. injuly 2016, she was murdered for bringing shame on herfamily. six men, one of them her brother, stood trial for the killing. my name is hani taha and for the last three years, i have been filming with the parents as they seek justice for their daughter. as the trial concludes, i'm returning to multan for the verdict and to find out how qandeel‘s life and death have changed the country.
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multan high court, central pakistan. qandeel‘s parents have been coming here almost weekly for the last three years. waseem, qandeel‘s youngest brother, confessed to killing her sister straight after the murder. anwar, qandeel and waseem's mother, is in court for the verdict.
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he is too good, my god. also standing trial for the murder are five other men including mufti abdul qawi, a local celebrity cleric. qandeel had taken selfies with him in a karachi hotel room. it was after these now—infamous selfies that mufti qawi lost his high—profile job on pakistan's religious council. mufti abdul qawi! as he arrives at court, it is clear that mufti qawi still has a lot of support. barely 10 minutes later, the verdict is announced. and mufti qawi emerges from the courtroom a free man.
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qandeel‘s youngest brother, waseem, is given 25 years for her murder. the remaining five accused are acquitted. while qandeel‘s mother slips out the back of the courtroom to avoid the media, mufti qawi holds audience outside. but has justice really been done?
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atiya jafri was the investigating officer for the multan police. 1,000 women are murdered in pakistan every year in the name of honour. as a woman, atiya made it her mission to catch qandeel‘s killers. but having pressed charges against six men, including haq nawaz, the alleged accomplice, she now finds that there has only been one conviction. but atiya also feels hopeful. qandeel‘s case was the first to be tried under a new law, section 3.11. previously, families had been able to forgive those responsible for honour killings but section 3.11 removed that right. in conservative pakistan, that's a huge change. it was passed four months after qandeel‘s death and became known as qandeel‘s law.
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mufti qawi was back to his old life teaching at the madrassah,
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having been acquitted of inciting qandeel‘s murder. i hadn't been to his mosque in three years and i have to say, i was a little nervous. i wanted to know how he felt about the police investigation into him.
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even since qandeel‘s death, selfie scandals are never far from mufti qawi. here he is in a video with a trans person, sara shayyan. the story went viral and again, mufti qawi's behaviour as a cleric was being questioned. when i last interviewed him in 2016, our interview took a surprising turn. after our interview finished, and with the camera not running, mufti qawi touched my face.
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for a man to touch a woman in pakistan — especially for a cleric to do so — is a massive deal. it was completely uncalled for. there was no reason for him to come this close and touch me, for whatever reason. when this incident went public, once again, mufti qawi was again in the news for all the wrong reasons.
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even as we were leaving, mufti qawi is trying to defend his attitude.
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you don't know what to make of him. he's just... it's not about misreading the situation. it's about the fact that my body is my temple, you do not have a right to come close to it until i allow you access to it, that's what it is. and that is what women are fighting for day in and day out today. that's what the metoo movement is about. ask me if you can cross this boundary. when qandeel was murdered, her family, especially her dad, pushed hard for the killers to be punished. but during the trial, it transpired thatjust months after her death, and contrary to what they were telling the press, the parents had been trying to get
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the court to forgive their son. qandeel‘s dad has lost his eyesight and is barely mobile. the last three years have taken their toll. when qandeel did eventually make it into showbiz, she became the breadwinner, appearing on tv channels across the country. she was earning enough to rent a house for her parents in multan. now, with qandeel dead and her brother in prison, the parents have had to move back to the village and are struggling to survive. mum has had to go back to work in the fields.
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after qandeel‘s death, supporters of the family helped them financially. the media called forjustice. but as time went on, that financial support dried up. the parents felt betrayed by the media who, by calling for justice, had pushed for section 311 to be enforced, sending their son to prison.
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qandeel‘s parents may not feel they got the justice they wanted, but what has their daughter's death meant for my country? cheering and applause in karachi in 2018, the first aurat, or women's march, took place in pakistan. women from every walk of life came together demanding equal rights. for many, this was the first time they had marched.
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in 2019, the idea spread and marches took place in every major city across the country. many women were afraid of being seen at the march in case they would be punished by their families, so whose face did they decide to use to hide their own? it was qandeel‘s. i'm on my way to meet the women artists who played an integral part in that march. hi! how are you? nice to meet you. nice to meet you too! thank you so much for having us. not at all. samya is one of the artists who took part in that first aurat march in karachi. so, this was like a series of artworks i did and the title for this was fast girls, and it's this term that is often used to describe girls which don't fit, you know, the conventional or the traditional sort of picture that society has for us, and... what's happening on the cover?
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so that's me actually smoking a cigar, and ifaced a lot of backlash from my family when they found out i smoke, and so this was a sort of tongue—in—cheek kind of an artwork that i made. and so, it was just about girls being girls and then being labelled, you know, fast girls, for something so ordinary. this one's with a girl saying no to marriage, and so she has, like, sort of stomped on the groom's headgear. you've got the qandeel masks! yes! where did they come from? so, these are from the aurat march. yeah. and this was the first march that i've attended of any kind, and it was a beautiful experience and it was really awe—inspiring. and then someone randomly asked if i wanted a qandeel mask, and it was really beautiful because it felt like she's there, or she's part of the march with us. and a lot of the things that we were talking about were a lot of issues that also have a lot to do with qandeel, so it was really good to have these
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masks there and have her be part of the entire march with us. ok, i'm calling her now. awesome! so, we're here, we werejust talking about your masks. samya's friend raheema is the pakistani artist whose illustration became the mask. currently in berlin studying for her masters degree, we spoke to her online. that image really became the symbol of all our collective angst about the situation. how does that all make you feel?
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what does qandeel mean to a young woman like you? why are you so impacted by her death? do you think qandeel has changed pakistan for the better? this is insane — she has 11.9
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million views on this one. while we're filming, another young social media star finds herself in the middle of a scandal. she walked into the foreign office and went and sat in the prime minister's chair, and the media just went ballistic. touted as the next qandeel, hareem shah is a young woman from the north of the country. she was abroad when the scandal broke and decided not to return for security reasons, so we're going to speak to her online. hello!
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i'm heading to qandeel‘s village to go see her mum and dad for the last time. theirson is injailand, with no money to fund an appeal, he may just stay there. qandeel‘s mum made
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one last plea to me. i really did not know what to say to their mother. she was really just. ..
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i think she was begging me to understand her position. i could sense what she was trying to tell me was my son has been more dear to me and i don't want my baby to grow old in a prison. i just feel really defeated. the thing that i didn't want to believe is that the value of a woman will always be less than that of a man. the value of a daughter will always be less than a son. even though there is great sadness in qandeel‘s story, women across my country are standing up. we are beginning to see a face of pakistan that no—one ever imagined. it is hard to believe that a girl from a village in rural punjab has changed my country for ever.
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hello once again, thanks forjoining me. let's see how we're going to close out the old year and bring in the start of the new. first of all, let's not get too far ahead of ourselves, let's see how sunday is shaping up.
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not a great deal of change to a saturday in that we have a weather front still there across the north and north—west of scotland and it doesn't look as though the pattern further south is that much different to saturday other than we think there's a better chance of there being somewhat drier air coming into the south—eastern quarter of the british isles which will help to break up some of the cloud so a better chance of seeing a bit of sunshine. 8—10c here, but under the more complete blanket of cloud over the north of scotland you could be looking at 12, 13, possibly even 1a degrees. there are signs of a change as we go into monday in that that weather front will slowly begin to show signs of wanting to come a bit further south, a lot of cloud around during the course of monday night so relatively speaking for the time of year those temperatures are still going to be above the seasonal norm so it will not be a cold start to monday. but what we will see on monday,
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the first signs of the mild air that so many of us have seen over recent days, gradually giving away behind that weather front as it slips its way down through scotland and northern ireland and eventually just brings enough cloud to the north west of england at the north—west of wales for the odd spot of rain. to the south of that, i think the air will certainly be drier and it could be a sunny day with temperatures 13 or 1a, but something slightly cooler and fresherjust beginning to show its hand into the north—western quarter of scotland and through monday night and into tuesday we almost complete the process of bringing in those somewhat fresher conditions across much of the british isles, save for the far south. the front rather dying a death as the pressure begins to build in, so a lot of cloud through the channel and the south—west, but elsewhere a decent sort of day with a lot of dry weather. more cloud over the north and north—west of scotland, and there no more the widespread ten, 11, 12, we are into the upper single figures but by no means cold. tuesday, and this is new year's eve, a lot of dry weather around, high pressure dominant,
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so things fairly settled if you have new year's eve party plans, but there could be some mist and fog around, and if you are on the move on new year's day first thing, this is wednesday, fog could be an issue, but otherwise it is dry and those temperatures again upper single figures for those parts of the british isles. the high pressure will dominate in the middle part of the week, it fits into that dome in the jet stream and there's another one lurking behind me but in between, something slightly different, you get that nick in the jet stream and into that we have to slot an active weather front which will dominate the scene across northern and western parts of the british isles through thursday. but look at this again, it is a mild south—westerly ahead of that feature, so again for the time of year those temperatures are well above the seasonal norm. once we take what is left of that trailing weather front through the british isles, there comes the dome again of high pressure, and so it is a rinse and repeat
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of where we were in the middle part of the week, this time next weekend the high pressure will still be doing its stuff, so the themes of the first few days of january, a slow change if any, mostly mild conditions, little sign of wintry weather, with just a few fronts containing a wetter and windier spell.
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recognised in the new year honours list, but the cabinet office apologises, after the home addresses of more than a thousand recipients were accidentally published online. one of the recipients was taekwondo world and double olympic champion jadejones — who was upgraded from an mbe to an 0be. i put my life and everything to taekwondo, so to be recognised at the highest level and to be going to the palace again to receive an honour, it's just amazing. a woman whose husband and two children drowned, on christmas eve, in a swimming pool in spain, says all three could swim


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