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Pakistan's superwoman Burka Avenger

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MUMBAI: A country where women are not allowed to have many rights, a change is about to happen with the coming of the Burka Avenger, the country's first cartoon superwoman who stands against crime and injustice. The cartoon series will be aired on Geo Tez in Urdu and is produced by Unicorn Black that is owned by Pakistan's biggest pop star Haroon Rashid. He is the creator of the cartoon, the first animated series ever produced wholly in the country.

Burka Avenger is a mild-mannered school teacher who is fighting against thugs, who represent the Taliban, who are intent upon closing down the school where she teaches. She actually is Jiya, who also is trained in a fighting style called Takht Kabaddi, taught by her adopted father, using pens and books to attack. The character was created to send positive messages to the youth in the country.

The series will be of 13 episodes of 22 minutes each. The show will begin from 28 July on Geo Tez at 6 p.m. Pakistan time. They have created a mobile application that can be downloaded for free and are currently working on an android application. The Facebook page has already got more than 8000 likes.

The Ninja-like character wears a burka while fighting against the villains in the series. It follows the story of three kids in the imaginary city of Halwapur. The trailers are available on their website which are in Urdu and English, though it is now yet known where the English version will be aired. "Don't mess with the lady in black" goes the title track with some amazing music by artists like Ali Zafar and Ali Azmat and a good quality picture.

The whole series has been developed by a team of 22 people operating out of an office in Islamabad in a span of just a year.

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