In the Indian and Pakistani community, an arranged marriage doesn't involve one or both parties being forced to make the decision against their will. Nor does it mean the bride and groom don't set eyes on each other until the wedding day.
Can the country reinvent itself with a clear eye on the challenges and opportunities it faces in South Asia -- at the age of 65 in its new political incarnation -- even as it is flanked by Afghanistan and India?
Twelve Pakistani women are in D.C. this week to meet with US policymakers to propose solutions for how the US can help end extremist violence in Pakistan, a country that has lost 35,000 civilians to terrorism since 2001.
The alliance of the educated Pakistani women against religious extremism is an extraordinary and heartening development in a country where women face stringent restrictions and enjoy minimal freedom of choice.
The urban lower- and middle-class of Pakistan is fast becoming a hostage to Islamists. In recent years, numerous Islamic organizations have been set up, many of which cater to average Pakistani urban women.