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Ishaq Dar interview: PEMRA issues notices to channels after uproar

December 3rd, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Following criticism from journalists and PFUJ, PEMRA has issued show-cause notices to news channels for broadcasting excerpts of former federal minister Ishaq Dar’s interview despite a ban on broadcasting speeches of proclaimed offenders.

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Ishaq Dar interview: PEMRA issues notices to channels after uproar

December 3rd, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Following criticism from journalists and PFUJ, PEMRA has issued show-cause notices to news channels for broadcasting excerpts of former federal minister Ishaq Dar’s interview despite a ban on broadcasting speeches of proclaimed offenders.

Protests in front of Balochistan Assembly prompt FIR over killing of youth

A 17 year old youth was killed due to firing by the FC Corps at the Pak-Afghan border town of Chaman, leading to even more protests by the already agitated public. The problem only quelled after a protest at Balochistan Assembly led to the filing of a FIR - albeit vague - against the FC personals.

LHC stops govt from arresting Ammar Ali Jan

December 1st, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Today, CJ Lahore High Court called arrest orders issued against political activist Ammar Ali Jan by Deputy Commissioner Lahore 'unconstitutional' while hearing a petition filed by senior lawyers. Ammar termed the judgment a blow to the current regime & it's backers.

Tired but happy, Baba Jan begins life outside prison

December 1st, 2020; By Umar Bacha; HUNZA; Awami Workers’ Party leader Baba Jan, was released on November 27th after having spent around 9 years in prison over flimsy terror charges. He was the last of 14 activists to be released after massive protests in Hunza in early November.

Empowering humans with words of laws

November 30th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Graduates receive certificates for paralegal training from the Asma Jahangir Legal Aid cell (AGHS) and explain how the paralegal course has helped make a difference in their community.

Sindh Bar Council elections back on track after protests die down

According to the notification released on Friday in Karachi, RO Salman Talibuddin, also the Advocate General (AG) Sindh, said that no member would be allowed entry to cast votes in the polling area without wearing a mask and will have to provide satisfactory evidence of being enrolled with the SBC.

شمالی وزیرستان میں نا معلوم افراد کی فائرنگ سے چار قبائلی عمائدین شہید

تحریر: فرزانہ علی; پشاور; شمالی وزیرستان میں تین سالوں میں ٹارگٹ کلنگ کے 275 واقعات ہو چکے ہیں۔ مقامی افراد کے پاس تو اسلحہ نہیں پھر یہ کون لوگ ہیں جو نان کسٹم پیڈ گاڑیوں میں اسلحے کے ساتھ گھوم رہے ہیں اور لوگوں کو مار رہے ہیں۔شمالی وزیرستان کے مقامی افراد کا سوال

Rani Bibi: Condemned to be Free

Rani was arrested and charged with the murder of her husband. Even though the police found no physical evidence connecting her to the crime, she was still arrested and even convicted. The only reasons given were that she was last seen with her husband before his disappearance. Not only did the legal system pin the crime of murder on a minor girl and jailed her for so long, it also ignored her appeals.

Arrest order against Ammar Jan sparks outrage

The arrest order against Dr Ammar Jan has sparked condemnation and fury across the board. Human rights defenders and students bodies have raised their voices against this act by the government and say the demonstration had been peaceful with no reason for any police crackdown or arrests.

Civil society not satisfied with Karachi incident report

A statement issued by the ISPR said that there was intense public pressure on the ISI and the Rangers' officials to take immediate action on the incident of desecration of Mazar-e-Quaid and therefore, the officers acted overzealously, creating an unwarranted situation that led to a misunderstanding between the two state institutions.

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A candid conversation with Nisha Rao

November 21st, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Nisha Rao transwomen in her late 20s shot to fame when she became the first most successful practicing transgender lawyer in the country. We sat down with Nisha for a candid conversation about her experiences in the legal profession.

An unbearably long wait for a missing father

November 14th, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; To mark a year since rights activist Idris Khattak's Enforced Disappearance Voicepk talks to his daughter Talia Khattak who details a rare meeting with her father last month.

Elections meaningless if mandate not honoured: Latif Afridi

November 5th, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; The newly-elected president of SCBA, Latif Afridi strongly hints to actively participate in PDM rallies to ensure the supremacy of law in the country. He says that the process of elections becomes a joke if the mandate is not honoured.

Terror charges unfounded, says Gulalai and father

Human rights activist and Pashtun Tahuffaz Movement (PTM) leader Gulalai Ismail and her father Prof Ismail have denied terrorism charges against them saying the charges were unfounded and fabricated.

‘He is gone but his narrative is alive’: How Mashal Khan’s parents survived their loss

October 1st, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; "-Imagine raising a child, giving him love, educating him only to have to bury his mutilated body in the prime of his youth. -I will never get Mashal back but if he gets justice then maybe this environment of impunity will end"- Mashal's father

Parents of APS martyrs ‘reject’ commission’s findings

September 29th, 2020; By Hamid Riaz & Haider Kaleem; LAHORE; Fazal Khan Advocate states "That he & several other parents are deeply unsatisfied with the report and that It seems as if the report was made somewhere else & the Judge merely rubber-stamped it"

COVID Watch | 3rd December 2020

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10 doctors succumb to COVID-19 in past 5 days, six of whom breathed their last on November 29. The Pakistan Medical Association revealed that so far 18 doctors have fallen victim to the novel coronavirus disease in the second wave.
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Rights Watch | 3rd December 2020

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Sindh High Court orders simplified SOP for investigative practices in rape and assault cases. While the Supreme Court had earlier called for reforms in existing investigation methods for sex crimes, the order has yet to be implemented.
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Rights Watch | 2nd December 2020

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New anti-rape laws will ensure fair investigation, speedy trial: Ali Zafar

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December 2nd, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; Watch our debate on the new anti-rape laws with PTI leader and lawyer Ali Zafar, executive director Asma Jahangir legal aid cell Nida Aly and Omar Maniar.

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