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Civil society expresses reservations on severe penalties in child sexual abuse cases

October 22nd, 2020; Bureau report; PESHAWAR; The KP govt has proposed amendments to the Child Protection Act to include harsher penalties, such as public executions, which civil society activists say is unconstitutional

PTI’s former ‘music guru’ DJ Butt sets the mood for PDM rally amidst reports of harassment

October 18th, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; From crackdowns to shop closures vendors have had to face arrests and shop closures in the past and during the current PDM Jalsa as well. Sources told voicepk.net that DJ Butt himself received threats from ‘agency personnel’

Nawaz Sharif Uncensored : the speech transcribed in English

October 17th, 2020; By Asra Haque; LAHORE; General Qamar Javed Bajwa, these are all your ‘gifts’. You are the root of this nation’s problems and grievances. General Qamar Javed Bajwa, you ruined our properly functioning government and laid ruin to the hopes and dreams of the nation

Lawyers insist only govt can lodge sedition cases

October 16th, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; The legal fraternity strongly disagrees with Punjab law minister Raja Basharat's statement that any citizen can file a sedition case against anyone. They say the law is clear that only federal or provincial govt can lodge such FIR.

The ‘Ticking’ bomb of internet clampdowns

October 13th, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; “Blanket bans are never the solution. The government should sit down with all relevant stakeholders to chart out standard operating procedures. I am sure everyone will cooperate. Nobody supports the dissemination of immoral content,” posited viral TikTok influencer, Hareem Shah.

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Hafeez Centre: Fire Safety Provisions 2016 go unheeded

October 22nd, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; The fire in Hafeez Centre in Lahore is a stark reminder to provincial governments and city governments of not enforcing the Building Code of Pakistan Fire Safety Provisions 2016, say experts

افغانستان میں امن کے قیام کے لئے تمام خطّے کی انسانی حقوق کی تنظیمیں اپنا کردار ادا کریں: افغان عورتوں کا اعلامیہ

تحریر: حامد ریاض; لاہور; اعلامیے میں پشاور میں آرمی پبلک اسکول پر حملہ، کابل میں زچہ بچہ ہسپتال پر حملہ، سرلنکا میں ایسٹر کے موقح پر چرچوں پر حملہ اور ممبئی پارلیمنٹ پر حملوں کا خصوصی طور پر حوالہ دے کر کہا گیا کہ انتہا پسندی کی آگ نے پورے خطّے کو اپنی لپیٹ میں لے رکھا ہے- اس انتہا پسندی کے خلاف علاقے کی انسانی حقوق کی تنظیموں کو ایک مشترکہ لائحہ عمل تشکیل دینے کی ضرورت ہے-

Civil society expresses reservations on severe penalties in child sexual abuse cases

October 22nd, 2020; Bureau report; PESHAWAR; The KP govt has proposed amendments to the Child Protection Act to include harsher penalties, such as public executions, which civil society activists say is unconstitutional

Baloch students reach Lahore to protest funding squeeze

October 21st, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; A caravan of Baloch students from Bahauddin Zakriya University has arrived in the provincial capital, around 12 days after setting off from Multan on foot to push for the restoration of scholarships to students from Balochistan.

Sindh Bar Council calls for suo motu over ‘creeping martial law’

October 21st, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE; The Sindh Bar Council has called upon the Chief Justice of Pakistan to order a judicial inquiry into the reported military intervention in policing in the province.

“خدارا میرے لاپتا بیٹے کی ایک جھلک دکھا دیں تاکہ اُس کی بیوی کو بتا سکوں کہ اسکا شوہر زندہ ہے” پشاور ہائی...

چارسدہ سے تعلق رکھنے والی حلیمہ بی بی پچھلے چار سال سے اپنے لاپتا بیٹے سہیل کی بازیابی کے لئے دربدر کی ٹھوکریں کھا رہی ہیں. ان کے بیٹے کو 2017 میں اس کے ولیمے دن نا معلوم افراد گھر سے اٹھا کر لے گئے تھے

TikToK removes 6.4m videos as Pakistan lifts ban

October 20th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; TikTok has removed about 6.4 million videos from Pakistan in the first six months of this year as PTA lifts a ten-day ban on the platform over indecent content.

Toiling coal miners have no safety regulations

October 20th, 2020; By Umar Bacha; SHANGLA; With the growing demand for fuel in winters, coal miners looking to make a living risk life and limb to toil in dangerous conditions, while the government turns a blind eye.

Lady Health Workers conclude seven day sit-in after successful negotiations

October 20th, 2020, By Ayesha Mir; LAHORE; Braving the cold, sans any food and water, Lady Health Workers have finally ended their seven-day long protest at D-Chowk after the federal government finally capitulated to their demands.

Safdar freed on bail after arrest for desecrating Quaid’s tomb

October 19th, 2020; By Shaukat Korai; KARACHI; Karachi police raided the hotel where Safdar was staying with his wife Maryam. According to a tweet by Maryam Nawaz, police had barged into the room to arrest her husband while the couple was sleeping

COVID Watch | 22nd October 2020

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8,272 healthcare workers infected by COVID-19 till date, including 5,046 doctors and 927 nurses; Lahore police steps up coronavirus SOPs at police stations amidst fears of a second wave; NCOC warns of reinstating a country-wide lockdown if people continue to flout SOPs; three educational institutions in Islamabad and one school in Lahore sealed over infections among students.
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COVID Watch | October 20th 2020

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COVID Watch | 19th October 2020

Rights Watch | 22nd October 2020

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Trans protection centers planned, ward set up in PIMS to cater to health needs of trans community; ten Kakrali policemen booked for murder and illegal detention in a case regarding the death of a youth due to alleged custodial torture. Elderly man appeals to the Prime Minister to bring back son who has been languishing in an Indian jail despite completing his fourteen-year prison term.
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Rights Watch | October 20th 2020

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Rights Watch | 19th October 2020

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Leaders reiterate importance of people’s rights at PDM jalsa in Karachi

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October 20th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; A major theme of the PDM Jalsa in Karachi was concerning the rights of people. Voicepk has compiled some important quotes from the speeches of several leaders on October 18.

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