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'We’ll fight for you and what you believed in': Mariyam Nafees posts an emotional tribute to Noor Mukadam

'We’ll fight for you and what you believed in': Mariyam Nafees posts an emotional tribute to Noor Mukadam

The actor posted a heartfelt note to express support for Mukadam and every other woman left unprotected by state and society.
26 Jul, 2021

Actor and model Mariyam Nafees recently took to Instagram to share some thoughts after attending a vigil held for the late Noor Mukadam in Islamabad on July 25. Mukadam was brutally murdered in Islamabad on July 21.

She posted a picture of herself lighting a candle at the vigil alongside a long note addressed to Mukadam herself. "Noor, I had a lot to say for the last five days and now that I’m here at the vigil held for you, I don’t know what to say because nothing I say will bring you back," the actor wrote.

"I can’t even say “sorry, we couldn’t protect you” — been saying that quite often lately and situation just keeps getting worse. One by one, we’re ending up becoming a hashtag begging for justice.

"Somebody just told me that your mom kept saying: 'Allah ke hawalay' (I leave it to Allah), 'Allah ke hawalay' (I leave it to Allah) at your funeral. Unbelievably brave of her to say that at her bright 27-year-old daughter’s funeral. She’s right. She said those things because truly there’s no greater power than Allah and nobody serves justice like He does."

The actor wrote on to express her lack of faith in Pakistan's justice system. "To tell you the truth, I don’t have much faith in this system," she said. "I’m scared. I’m scared for my mother, my sister, every single daughter of my country to the point that I’m scared for my dog too," she said.

"Thinking about your last moments gives me shivers. My heart aches for you and your family. We’re thinking about you, praying for you and we’ll fight for you and what you believed in!"

In the end Nafees said she is "hoping and praying that these recent heinous murders become the wind of change this country desperately needs."

The actor also shared a picture of Mukadam's final resting place as well as a social media post that describes a timeline of reported rape, kidnapping and murder acts committed by men against several women since July.

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Qasim Jul 26, 2021 05:09pm
Pakistanis must progress, by making our society safe for those most vulnerable. What did Nur believe in, exactly? The right to visit a psychopath's house alone, late at night. *Please* let this be something we learn from, these kinds of illicit relationships are not a part of our society, and let's not blame 220 million people when the illicit partner turns out to be a psychopath.
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M. Saeed Jul 26, 2021 05:11pm
She said, "hoping and praying that these recent heinous murders become the wind of change this country desperately needs." As always, this is what we all desperately need and pray for. But, why is our law so weak against these savage and brutal criminals that, they are always going scot-free after such heinous crimes?
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Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Jul 26, 2021 05:14pm
United we stand, divided we fall.
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A. ALI Jul 26, 2021 05:35pm
Am in to stand for helpless women without lighting candles as it unnecessary. She was a Muslim lady let's pray for her.
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Fastrack Jul 26, 2021 05:35pm
State? How many women does your favourite state protect? Okay with the true Islamic laws that will minimise these crimes? Sadly, the focus is on everything but the real issue.
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Fastrack Jul 26, 2021 05:38pm
She held placards against men but CHOSE TO lie to her poor, sincere, parents to illicitly be with a man with a very dangerous history.
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Mansur Ul Haque Jul 26, 2021 07:00pm
We don't care if killer is American nationality or from any other country. He should be prosecuted and hanged.
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UHD Jul 26, 2021 07:27pm
These animals are everywhere, whether India , Pakistan or in any corner of the world. they commit such heinous acts every where. They must be eliminated immediately by vigilantes justice or by an ' encounter ' by police. I feel sorry for the victim.
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GoodOne Jul 26, 2021 08:29pm
@Qasim, she was adult and had the right to take her own decisions not the society. It ended up however in a tragedy.
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tQ Jul 26, 2021 09:16pm
@Fastrack, presumptions are also "mother of all ills". Let investigation comes to a conclusion.
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Truth be told Jul 26, 2021 10:05pm
Don't take advantage of a very painful situation to your own advantage and earn a few days of fame.
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Chrís Dăn Jul 26, 2021 11:07pm
@Qasim nothing justifies a murder.
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Ibrahim S Jul 26, 2021 11:47pm
Now we will understand better what “Aurat March” was about . Shame on those people who label progress women as “vulgar”
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Quresh Jul 27, 2021 12:11am
@Qasim Well said. most of Pakistanis are missing this point.
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Gur chawala Jul 27, 2021 12:15am
How? The perpetrators are dangerous and powerful people.
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Zeeshan Ahmed Jul 27, 2021 02:04am
@Qasim very valid point and needs to be discussed to ensure safety of women.
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Zeeshan Ahmed Jul 27, 2021 02:05am
@Chrís Dăn nobody is justifying it. Qasim has a valid point which needs discussion to ensure complete safety of women.
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Irfan Jul 27, 2021 03:05am
@Qasim: Its people like you who need to change their mindset so that Pakistan becomes a safer place for women. Barbaric minds and what you are insinuating result in barbaric behaviour.
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Robin Mitha Jul 27, 2021 05:03am
Very Sad ..... incidents like this question our belief in human nature. No woman deserves to be treated as such whatever the circumstances. What is heartening is that social media is highlighting such incidents that pressure the authorities in particular an facility in general to punish the perpetrators. I remember the casevof Nina Aziz in Islamabad many years ago, another young woman beheaded .... no one was convicted of that crime. Let's hope this time it's different.
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Khan Jul 27, 2021 06:08am
@Qasim Shame on you. These problems exist because of victim blamers like you.
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Saira Jul 27, 2021 10:08am
What was Noor doing in his home? You can not blame state if you visit some monster home alone at night, parents are to be blamed for giving so much freedom.
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Nk Jul 27, 2021 11:09am
Fight for strict law and punishment, fight against free for all Social Media, fight and strive for a good tolerant society, fight and find the reason what is the actual cause of this disintegration of the society. Remember the wheels of our society is different than the western world.
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Nk Jul 27, 2021 11:27am
"It would not be an exaggeration to describe Pakistan as no country for women. " Dawn editorial quotes. A very exaggerated statement. Crimes against women is very common among the most advanced nations in the world. Rapist., Psychopaths, Serial killers are present in every society.
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Chrís Dăn Jul 27, 2021 11:52am
@Saira no justification of the murder.
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Chrís Dăn Jul 27, 2021 11:54am
@Zeeshan Ahmed limiting human freedom is not to ensure security. This pretext does not justify murder.
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Salman Jul 27, 2021 05:42pm
@Qasim Wow.
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Aliya Abbasi Jul 27, 2021 11:49pm
@Qasim can we just please stop victim blaming and focus on bringing criminals to justice. There can be no justification or excuse for such crimes. Stop this moral policing please.
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Shezi Jul 28, 2021 11:41am
Can anyone answer what was she doing in his house? was she dragged there or she was there by her will? No one asks this question. Maybe by purpose to avoid another March.
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MA Jul 28, 2021 04:34pm
@Qasim Stop blaming the victim, you are part of the reason why these things keep happening. As long as misogynists keep blaming the victim, the murderers will go off scot-free. What was the crime of Quratulain beaten to death by her husband? What was the crime of a woman in Hyderabad who was seven months pregnant and set on fire by her husband. Stop it, I am tired of men like you. I will not stay quiet, I will call out people like you that make it easy for these murders to happen.
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MA Jul 28, 2021 04:38pm
@Fastrack And? Victim blaming doesn't excuse the heinous crime but it sure does excuse the misogynists who keep doing these things over and over. Please do some introspection on why you felt the need to say what you did. Why you felt that any of Noor's personal relationship (which is none of your goddamn business you appointed moralists of society) will excuse what happened to her and what has happened to countless women in Pakistan, ones who were married or single or were children when they were raped and killed.
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MA Jul 28, 2021 04:50pm
@Saira . Well done!! Thank you, you solved the problem for women, by victim blaming. Why did it not occur to me that if she was pure and innocent like a child (you have no reason to insinuate that she went there because she was having a relationship---that is her personal matter, we don't know the details and the details are unimportant. She died, give her some respect, you don't give women respect in their lifetime at least give some now), she would not have been raped and murdered, you know, the thing that also happens in this country all the time, child sexual abuse is a problem in this country too. Who appointed you moral police of your own gender? You and your victim blaming are the problem.
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MA Jul 28, 2021 04:52pm
@Nk That is not helpful when we are literally discussing Pakistan and a specific case here. I don't care if cases are high in any other country, I live here, I want this country to be better. It is not. Stop wearing rose tinted glasses. Accept the problem because you cannot change something you won't even accept.
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MA Jul 28, 2021 04:54pm
@Shezi Because it literally is irrelevant to the case. The case is a man butchered a woman. Why are you not questioning why the man did it and why society allowed him to do it? And no, it wasn't mental health. he was of sound reason when he was arrested according to the authorities.
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Wazir Jul 29, 2021 04:33pm
Am in to stand for helpless women without lighting candles as it unnecessary. She was a Muslim lady let's pray for her
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