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To combat climate change, youth is integral, experts

By Xari Jalil: Youth is the biggest stakeholder in climate action because of the intergenerational nature of climate challenges and deserves to be at the forefront of all planned policies and action.

Residents in Swat hold protests against Taliban resurgence

Residents and civil society representatives have held demonstrations in Kabal and Khaza Khela areas to voice their concern at a possible reemergence of Taliban militants in Swat.

Message of love to Pakistan from Pune peace pilgrims

BY Beena Sarwar/Priyanka Singh: This is part of a long tradition of celebrating the two countries’ independence days together, started by activists like the late Dr Mubashir Hasan, Nirmala Deshpande, Asma Jahangir, Kuldip Nayar, and others. 

MILNE DOU: 75 years and activists still fight for Pak-India people to people contact

By Rehan Piracha/Xari Jalil: "It is our governments that have to decide whether they want to keep it the way it is, or if they want a border with free people-to-people movement."

Rights Watch

Rights Watch ∣ 16th August 2022

A mentally challenged 16-year-old girl was gang-raped in the Manawan area in Lahore.

Rights Watch ∣ 13th August 2022

Three people were arrested for filming women passersby and harassing them by uploading their videos on social media in Lodhran.

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Extremism in India is affecting Pakistan too, say religious leaders

Advisor to Prime Minister and Chairman Pakistan Ulema Council Allama Tahir Mahmood Ashrafi has said that forced marriages and forced conversions of religion are 'not allowed in Islam', and that various successive incidents of religion based terrorism in India had begin to provoke Pakistan as well.

To combat climate change, youth is integral, experts

By Xari Jalil: Youth is the biggest stakeholder in climate action because of the intergenerational nature of climate challenges and deserves to be at the forefront of all planned policies and action.

Residents in Swat hold protests against Taliban resurgence

Residents and civil society representatives have held demonstrations in Kabal and Khaza Khela areas to voice their concern at a possible reemergence of Taliban militants in Swat.

Period Matters

“Menstrual hygiene is a necessity, not a luxury. Even the government has looked upon sanitary napkins as luxury products and has imposed taxes on them. Women should be getting essential products such as sanitary pads free of cost, and if not entirely free then they should not be taxed.”

ARY News official discharged in sedition case

A court in Karachi has discharged Ammad Yousuf, director of news of ARY News channel, in a sedition case arising out of a statement made by PTI leader Shahbaz Gill on the channel.

“No one cares about our protests”

A sit-in by families of missing persons in Balochistan has entered its third week of protest outside the Governor’s House in Quetta.

“Political will to curb gender-based crimes lacking”

In a roundtable discussion organized by the YGA, stakeholders presented remedies to existing lacunae in the criminal justice system, and urged authorities to take an active approach to ending gender-based crimes.

Tension in area as case of Muslim woman cohabiting with Hindu man surfaces

A local court has granted bail to a Hindu man and a Muslim woman arrested in an alleged case of cohabitation in Mirpurkhas district after the woman retracted her earlier statement to police that she was married to him.

Protest against N. Waziristan target killings enters fourth week

A district-wide protests by North Waziristan locals against growing incidents of target killings have entered their fourth week.

Federal cabinet to send reference to SC for PTI’s dissolution

The federal cabinet has decided to send a reference to the SC for PTI’s dissolution in light of the ECP regarding the foreign funding case. PTI held protests to call for CEC’s resignation.

حق مہر کے تنازعات کا فیصلہ لکھوائی گی شرائط کی اصل نیت کو مدنظر رکھ کر کیا جاے: سپریم کورٹ    

سپریم کورٹ نے قرار دیا ہے کہ حق مہر کے تنازعات میں عدالتیں نکاح نامے کی عبارت کی بجاۓ فریقین  کی جانب سے لکھوائی گی شرائط کی اصل نیت کو مدنظر رکھ کر کریں 

COVID-19 WATCH

COVID Watch | 31st March 2021

28 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses manufactured by India under the WHO's COVAX programme have yet to leave the country due to India’s new export restrictions owing to a surge in national cases. For more stories on the pandemic situation, keep reading.

COVID Watch | 30th March 2021

The NCOC revealed on Monday that 26 cities of Punjab, Peshawar and Azad Kashmir reported a case positivity rate of over 8%. Meanwhile 100 patients reportedly succumbed to the novel coronavirus disease. An overall positivity rate of 8.83% was recorded with 4,084 fresh infections. For more, keep reading.

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Less than 10% women in STEM in Pakistan: gender stereotypes or choice?

In a country where only 13% of the girls are still in school by the time they reach the ninth grade, it is not surprising that families do not focus on their education and career.

STATE OF LIMBO: The Forgotten Mentally Challenged Prisoners of India & Pakistan

17 prisoners, believed to be of Indian origin, have been languishing in Pakistan's prisons for over a decade. Due to their mental state, the Interior Ministry and the Indian High Commission have so far been unable to identify their nationality

OPINION: Missing Policies on Missing Persons

By Lateef Johar Baloch: Does anyone remember the mass graves with dozens of bodies that were discovered in Jan 2014, when PML-N was in power? But instead of investigating and carrying out the forensic procedures, the bodies were forcibly reburied.

ANALYSIS: The BLA Must Not Use Women In Its Fight

By Malik Siraj Akbar: In a nutshell, the Pakistani State is pushing the Baluch youth to extreme levels, and so are the Baluch insurgents. There is an immediate need to defeat these two extreme positions to save the young Baluch. 

In memoriam Sara Suleri Goodyear

With the passing of celebrated author Sara Suleri on March 21, her friends and loved ones, in a moment of grieving, recall their fondest memories of her.

The Kids are Alright?

By Xari Jalil & Ahmed Saeed: A VOICEPK INVESTIGATIVE REPORT The case will be presented in a series of reports

Protecting Journalists on Paper Only

VoicePk discusses "Media monopolies & Financial security of media professionals" with senior journalist Hamid Mir & lawyer Umer Gillani The duo was asked to submit research reports on these issues by the IHC

٢٠٠٩ کی طرف واپسی ؟

"بھتہ کی ادائیگی میں تاخیر پر پشاور انڈسٹریل سٹیٹ کے ایک یونٹ مالک کو نامعلوم لاش کا تحفہ موجودہ حکومت باہر کے انوسٹر کو ملک میں لانے کے دعوے کرر ہی ہے لیکن اپنے انوسٹر کو محفوظ ماحول دینے میں ناکام ہے،" پشاور کے صنعتکار کا شکوہ

The CJP’s way of tackling Nawaz

By Asha'ar Rehman: Kurd had brutally removed the veneer of academic discussion from and unveiled it with its potential as a popular subject in today”s Pakistan.

Editorials

An Ode to the Vulnerable

Nazim Jokhio’s righteous anger may just have stemmed from the fact that these rich foreign guests swoop down like their own hunting falcons, to exploit these areas, leaving little behind besides death and destruction.

PESHAWAR ATTACK: A grim reminder of our own pain

Representatives of PTI’s government have been at the forefront of advocating for the world to recognize the Taliban’s invasion and have tried very hard to get them some sort of legitimacy, attempts that have failed so far.

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The Battle for Balochistan

Is the Pakistan Army ready for renewed negotiations with Baloch separatists? Rather than a military solution, is there a political solution to the crisis in Balochistan? These questions and more are the focus of Voicepk.net's special webshow on the Balochistan question.

Karishma Ali: Goal driven & Unstoppable

In an interview with Voicepk, national women's footballer Karishma Ali reveals how the struggle for female athletes does not end at just making it to the big leagues

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MILNE DOU: 75 years and activists still fight for Pak-India people to people contact

By Rehan Piracha/Xari Jalil: "It is our governments that have to decide whether they want to keep it the way it is, or if they want a border with free people-to-people movement."

Period Matters

“Menstrual hygiene is a necessity, not a luxury. Even the government has looked upon sanitary napkins as luxury products and has imposed taxes on them. Women should be getting essential products such as sanitary pads free of cost, and if not entirely free then they should not be taxed.”

Citizens queue in scorching heat for ghee pouches but return empty-handed

Soaring prices of ghee and edible oil in the market have forced people to queue for long hours in hot weather at state-managed Utility Stores but many of them return empty-handed as the daily stock of the commodity runs out in a couple of hours.

Workers' Right

ربڑ کے پائپ کے تشدد سے گھریلو ملازم ہلاک، پانچ افراد گرفتار

لاہور کے علاقے ڈیفنس میں مالکان کے تشدد سے ہلاک ہونے والے کم سن گھریلو ملازم کامران کی ہلاکت کے کیس میں پولیس نے پانچ افراد کو گرفتار کر لیا ہے. لڑکوں کا تعلق بہاولپور کے گاؤں سے ہے مگر ابھی تک پولیس کا ان کے گھر والوں سے رابطہ نہیں ہو پایا

Home-based women workers vulnerable to exploitation: WB report

Home-based women workers face some of the most challenging working conditions and remain highly vulnerable to exploitation, says a recent World Bank report

It’s the same old demand: unite

Speakers in Voicepk.net's web show on Workers' Rights: The Big U-Turn call on workers to chalk out a united plan of action against the new challenges of contract-based work and freelancing by reaching out online to counterparts in other countries.

Trade unions, home-based workers reject IMF policies

Trade unionists, home-based workers and blue-collar workers on Sunday registered their strong protest against inflation, and called for a repeal of anti-poor policies under the IMF deal

Press Releases

SAHR urges the new premier and the government of Pakistan to act upon its obligations towards preserving the constitutional rights

South Asians for Human Rights, a regional network of Human Rights Defenders urges the new premier and the government of Pakistan to act upon its obligations towards preserving the constitutional rights

Civil society slams PECA Ordinance

The Joint Action Committee, a coalition of civil society organisations, has condemnedthe Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (Amendment) Ordinance, saying it would lead to unprecedented censorship and chilling of free speech in digital spaces.

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Tension in area as case of Muslim woman cohabiting with Hindu man surfaces

A local court has granted bail to a Hindu man and a Muslim woman arrested in an alleged case of cohabitation in Mirpurkhas district after the woman retracted her earlier statement to police that she was married to him.

Federal cabinet to send reference to SC for PTI’s dissolution

The federal cabinet has decided to send a reference to the SC for PTI’s dissolution in light of the ECP regarding the foreign funding case. PTI held protests to call for CEC’s resignation.

PDM, PTI lock horns over ECP ruling

The PDM coalition leaders want govt should file a reference in SC for PTI’s dissolution, while a PTI leader warned that a ban on party chief Imran Khan was beyond the coalition’s control.

JCP audio: Data finds ignored judges more competent than nominees

Justice Tariq Masood, with the support of comparative data, argues in the JCP that senior judges ignored by CJP Bandial are far more eligible and competent than the nominees.

Freedom Of Expression

ARY News official discharged in sedition case

A court in Karachi has discharged Ammad Yousuf, director of news of ARY News channel, in a sedition case arising out of a statement made by PTI leader Shahbaz Gill on the channel.

Mis/disinformation in Pakistan’s media landscape

What is fake news? Is the state worried about social media? How is media transforming to keep up an information influx? Join Ramsha Jahangir, Nighat Dad and Matiullah Jan, with host Usama Khilji, as they discuss disinformation trends and narrative-building in Pakistan.

International Stories

CJP terms allegations against Teesta Setalvad “preposterous”

Trustees of the Indian human rights organization Citizens for Justice and Peace on Tuesday issued a statement condemning the arrest of Indian activist and journalist Teesta Setalvad by Gujrat Police, which the organization held is an attempt to target her work with victims of the post-Godhra riots of 2002.

مودی کے خلاف بیس سال تک جد و جہد کرنے والی انسانی حقوق کی کارکن تیستا ستلواد گرفتار

گجرات فسادات میں موجودہ انڈین وزیر اعظم نریندر مودی کے کردار خلاف بیس سال تک جد و جہد کرنے والی صحافی اور انسانی حقوق کی کارکن کو سپریم کورٹ کے فیصلے کے بعد جعل سازی اور مجرمانہ سازش کے الزام میں گرفتار کر لیا گیا ہے.

22 years behind bars – A Pakistani jailed in India awaits repatriation

By Xari Jalil: Muhammad Waris who has been in an Indian prison for 19 years but and even after being ‘technically released’ continues to languish for three years in a UP police station waiting to be repatriated.

STATE OF LIMBO: The Forgotten Mentally Challenged Prisoners of India & Pakistan

17 prisoners, believed to be of Indian origin, have been languishing in Pakistan's prisons for over a decade. Due to their mental state, the Interior Ministry and the Indian High Commission have so far been unable to identify their nationality

An Ode to the Vulnerable

Nazim Jokhio’s righteous anger may just have stemmed from the fact that these rich foreign guests swoop down like their own hunting falcons, to exploit these areas, leaving little behind besides death and destruction.

Media curbs, extrajudicial killings, pervasive corruption in Pakistan: US report

US State Department has listed gross human rights violations committed against various groups, including journalists in Pakistan, according to the annual Pakistan 2021 Human Rights Report released recently.

Convict in Goraya-murder plot gets life; more probe to reach his handler

A British Pakistani-origin man has been jailed for life for plotting to assassinate Pakistani blogger Ahmed Waqas Goraya as police continue their investigations into establishing the identity and whereabouts of his handler.

Role of judiciary in upholding democratic rights and processes

Full transcript of Supreme Court Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s address on Role of Judiciary in Upholding Democratic Rights and Processes, delivered as a guest of honour of the Asma Jahangir Lecture 2022, hosted by SOAS Pakistan Society and Bloomsbury Pakistan in London on March 8.

Conflict in Ukraine reminiscent of 1965 war, says billionaire expatriate

Mohammad Zahoor, the richest Pakistani-origin expatriate in Ukraine, says the conflict in his adoptive homeland reminds him of the 1965 war between India and Pakistan.