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In Naya Pakistan, human beings are forced to live in caves

September 26th, 2020; By Farzana Ali; RAJGAL VALLEY; Around 12,000 families from the Rajgal valley in Tirah have been living in caves for the past decade, displaced by the long and arduous war against militants. They are not recognized as IDPs & therefore do not benefit from govt’s aid program.

Gujranwala Rape Case: Woman retracts her accusation of rape

September 25th, 2020; By Haider Kaleem; GUJRANWALA; In Pakistan victims of rape often go back on their testimonies. Pressure exerted by powerful and well connected perpetrators and deeply patriarchal societal norms are often too much for victims to bear. Even in this case, it is not hard to conceptualize the power imbalance between the victim, a naïve girl from a downtrodden family, and the accused, an officer of the law.

CORONAVIRUS IMPACT: No mercy for katchi abadi dwellers

September 25th, 2020; By Ayesha Mir; ISLAMABAD; ‘In the blink of an eye, a health crisis became an economic crisis, a food crisis, a housing crisis, a political crisis. Everything collided with everything else. In other words, we’ve been set back about 25 years in about 25 weeks.’

Gilgit-Baltistan eagerly awaits gaining provincial status

September 24th, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; The people of Gilgit Baltistan eagerly await gaining Provincial Status & citizenship under the Constitution of Pakistan. But similar promises were made in the past and never fulfilled. Is it real this time around?

Rape suspect gets bail after marrying victim in Pindi court

September 24th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; In another instance of a rape victim withdrawing her case, a suspect has been released on bail by a Rawalpindi court after he married the victim in the courtroom.

In Naya Pakistan, human beings are forced to live in caves

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September 26th, 2020; By Farzana Ali; RAJGAL VALLEY; Around 12,000 families from the Rajgal valley in Tirah have been living in caves for the past decade, displaced by the long and arduous war against militants. They are not recognized as IDPs & therefore do not benefit from govt’s aid program.

Families not content with Baldia Town court judgement

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September 25th, 2020; By Shaukat Korai; KARACHI' A report released by a JIT, working on the Baldia Factory Case, contained concrete evidence against the MQM. The report names MQM leader Hamad Siddiqui as the mastermind of the incident. To this day, Hamad remains at large.

FIA didn’t lodge cases against journalists, clarifies Mazari

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September 25th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha & Ahmed Saeed; LAHORE; Shireen Mazari, Federal Minister for Human Rights, clarified that the FIA did not lodge FIRs against journalists and social media activists under the country's cybercrimes law, adding though that the agency has received a complaint against 12 journalists.

FIA charges 49 journalists, activists with anti-state acts

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September 24th, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE: FIA has charged journalists Aizaz Syed, Umar Cheema, Ammar Masood, Asad Ali Toor, Ihtisham Afghan, Murtaza Solangi among 49 media activists under PECA for activities ‘found detrimental against the state institutions, especially against the security forces of Pakistan’.

Health authorities struggle to plug polio immunization gap in Qilla Abdullah

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2 children in Qilla Abdullah, Balochistan, have contracted polio since the beginning of the year. Authorities are racing to close the immunity gap before more children fall prey to the disabling & deadly disease

TTP splinter groups unite to launch offensive on Pakistan

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September 21, 2020 A high-level meeting of banned outfits with a history of targeting Pakistan has united under TTP banner in Afghanistan and has vowed to launch attacks on Pakistan, particularly Mian Iftikhar Hussain (ANP) and Aftab Khan Sherpao. LEAs are war of the merger....

COVID Watch | September 26th 2020

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--2 female students of govt girls higher secondary school in DG Khan test positive for COVID-19 --5 more teachers in various institutions in Rawalpindi contract virus, infected individuals isolated while schools remain open --409 infections from schools & colleges in Balochistan reported so far --Coronavirus re-infections reported in Karachi, patients suffering more severe symptoms
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Rights Watch | September 25th 2020

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--HRCP condemns unverified reports of FIA cases against 49 journalists --Punjab Ombudsman Against Harassment in Workplace, releases Workplace Harassment toolkit --Multiple rapes & Gang Rape incidents involving women & children reported in Okara, Toba Tek Singh, Chiniot & Sialkot --Woman gunned down by father-in-law in Jamshoro in Honour Killing incident.

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