Burka Avenger is a multi-award winning Pakistani animated television series created and directed by famous Pakistani rock star and social activist, Aaron Haroon Rashid (AKA Haroon). It was produced at Unicorn Black Studios in Islamabad, Pakistan and currently airs on Geo Tez of Geo Network TV. The show features Jiya, an “inspirational teacher” whose alter ego is a burka-wearing superheroine. Jiya uses “Takht Kabaddi”, a special martial art that incorporates books and pens, to fight crime. “Smart, colorful and provocative, this Pakistani-produced television program about a super-heroine sends a clear message about female empowerment that has the potential to affect an entire generation.“The Urdu language series first aired on 28 July 2013. It will also be aired in India on ZeeQ.
Burka Avenger is set in the fictional town of Halwapur in northern Pakistan. It features a superheroine who wears a burqa as a disguise to conceal her identity while fighting villains. Her alter ego is Jiya, an “inspirational teacher” at an all-girls’ school. Jiya fights corrupt politicians and vengeful mercenaries who attempt to shut down girls’ schools, using “Takht Kabadi”, a martial art that involves throwing books and pens. Together with children ‘Ashu’, ‘Immu’ and ‘Mooli’, the Burka Avenger fights the evil magician ‘Baba Bandook’, his henchmen and corrupt politician ‘Vadero Pajero’.