Burka Avenger
Catwoman and Supergirl now have a Pakistani counterpart in the form of the Burqa Avenger.

Supergirl and Wonder Woman may soon be hanging up their capes in deference to a Pakistani superheroine who will take on the bad guys - and show a lot less flesh while she is doing it.

Armed with pens and books, Burka Avenger is a mild-mannered teacher who uses her Muslim costume to hide her identity as she prrotects the community.

She uses her lethal martial arts skills to fight local thugs seeking to shut down the girls' school where she works, in a clear reference to Taliban campaigns against female education.

The cartoon series is the brainchild of one of Pakistan's biggest pop stars, Aaron Rashid who said he wanted to emphasise the importance of girl's education.

Hundreds of schools have been blown up in Pakistan's northwest by the Taliban. In 2012, militants shot Malala Yousafzai, a 15-year-old schoolgirl activist, in the head in a murder bid.

"Each one of our episodes is centred around a moral, which sends out strong social messages to kids," Rashid told Associated Press. "But it is cloaked in pure entertainment, laughter, action and adventure."

Burka Avenger
The Urdu language show was created by one of Pakistan's biggest pop stars, Aaron Haroon Rashid in a bit to bring attention to the importance of educating young girls.

He also explained that a burka was chosen as her disguise not for religious reasons but to give a local feel to the show.

"It's not a sign of oppression. She is using the burka to hide her identity like other superheroes," said Rashid. "Since she is a woman, we could have dressed her up like Catwoman or Wonder Woman, but that probably wouldn't have worked in Pakistan."

The show's main villains are Vadero Pajero, a balding, corrupt politician, and Baba Bandook, an evil magician who is meant to resemble a Taliban commander.

Burka Avenger is scheduled to air on Pakistani channel Geo TV in early August.