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In Pakistan’s coal rush, some women drivers break cultural barriers

ISLAMKOT: As Pakistan bets on cheap coal in the Thar desert to resolve its energy crisis, a select group of women is eyeing a road out of poverty by snapping up truck-driving jobs that once only went to men. Such work is seen as life-changing in this dusty southern region bordering India, where sand dunes cover estimated coal reserves of 175 billion tonnes and yellow dumper trucks swarm like bees around Pakistan’s largest open-pit mine. The imposing 60-tonne trucks initially daunted Gulaban, 25, a housewife and mother…

Cab-hailing company ‘Careem’ introduces ‘women drivers’ in Pakistan

KARACHI/LAHORE: Taxi-hailing service Careem introduced women drivers in Pakistan on Wednesday, a rare initiative in a country where women account for only 22 per cent of the workforce. Careem has a larger market share than rival Uber in most of the 32 cities in the Middle East, North Africa and Pakistan region in which it operates. Now it has a new idea for Pakistan: taxis driven by women, who will pick up both male and female customers. The start-up operates in the Pakistani cities of Lahore, Islamabad and Karachi.…