Marvi Sirmed (Urdu: ماروی سرمد) (born 11 June 1961) is a Pakistani feminist and analyst. She started her career as a journalist in 1990. … Marvi escaped various assassination attempts.
Born: 11 June 1970, Pakistan
Spouse: Sirmed Manzoor
Marvi Sirmed (Urdu: ماروی سرمد) (born 11 June 1961) is a Pakistani feminist and analyst. She started her career as a journalist in 1990. She raised voice for repeal of Hudood Ordinances, amendments in the Blasphemy Laws, and karo-kari. She has been very actively raising voice for the rights of religious and ethnic minorities, against the forced conversions of Hindu & Christian girls in Pakistan. She has been a target of harassment, hate speech, abuse, and intimidation. Marvi escaped various assassination attempts.
Marvi Sirmed was born on June 11, 1961 in a family from agricultural background. Her father, Chaudhry Anwar-ul-Haq was bureaucrat and retired from Directorate General of Public Relations, Punjab in 2003. Her grandfather Chaudhry Abdul Rehman was a farmer from Bahawalpur (Punjab). Her great grandparents with their clan were invited by Nawab of Bahawalpur to help till the barren lands of the state of Bahawalpur. Part of their family settled in above mentioned areas of the Punjab and Sindh while the rest remained in Jalandhar when Pak India partitioned happened.
She has two brothers who have politically divergent views. Both are ardent supporters of Imran Khan and his Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf. The elder brother, Naveed Bin Anwar, is a very active leader in PTI Canada, while the younger brother Nabeel Bin Anwar is a dynamic worker in PTI Lahore, where he works in NA 120. Both her parents are leading retired life and are struggling with a number of ailments.
She was married on May 3, 1997 to Sirmed Manzoor and during his professional life spanning over 25 years, he has worked with The Frontier Post Lahore, The News Lahore and South Asian Free Media Association. She is a freelance journalist currently.
Pakistan is a very complex country, Says Marvi Sirmed | 10tak