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Juveniles get right to bail if trials exceed 6 months

The SC has declared a juvenile accused of a heinous crime has the right to be released on bail if the trial does not conclude in six months, clarifying that said period begins from the date of arrest.

“The LHC verdict today is a mischievous generosity”: PTI leader

Legal and political experts are of the view that the LHC’s verdict regarding Punjab CM elections could lead to another constitutional crisis in the province.

Rights Watch

Rights Watch | 4th July 2022

Concerned neighbours on Sunday rescued three children from their abusive father in Usman Town, Faisalabad. Rescue 1122 shifted the minors to Allied Hospital for therapy while the father has been arrested.

Rights Watch | 2nd July 2022

A young man and his friends murdered his mother, a local political leader, and her alleged paramour for 'honour' in Jacobabad on Friday. Police believe the suspects have escaped to Balochistan.

Rights Watch | 1st July 2022

The Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM), along with the Hindu community and civil society organizations held a protest against the June 28 abduction of an eight-year-old son of a Hindu trader and non-cooperation of police in registering a case.

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Khairpur police fail to recover Hindu boy abducted 5 days ago

Police have failed to recover a Hindu boy kidnapped five days ago in Ranipur town of Khairpur district. Surprisingly, no case has been registered regarding the incident as of yet.

Juveniles get right to bail if trials exceed 6 months

The SC has declared a juvenile accused of a heinous crime has the right to be released on bail if the trial does not conclude in six months, clarifying that said period begins from the date of arrest.

Rights Watch | 1st July 2022

The Jeay Sindh Qaumi Mahaz (JSQM), along with the Hindu community and civil society organizations held a protest against the June 28 abduction of an eight-year-old son of a Hindu trader and non-cooperation of police in registering a case.

“The LHC verdict today is a mischievous generosity”: PTI leader

Legal and political experts are of the view that the LHC’s verdict regarding Punjab CM elections could lead to another constitutional crisis in the province.

Military strongly condemns enforced disappearances: Rana Sanaullah

Interior Minister Rana Sanaullah says that Pakistan's military leadership strongly condemns the practice of enforced disappearances, and urged an end to it through dialogue with stakeholders

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

Parliament has become ineffective in enacting law against torture: Farhatullah Babar

Speaking in the Voicepk.net webinar on custodial torture, former PPP senator Farhatullah Babar has lamented that Parliament has become ineffective in enacting legislation to criminalise torture despite several attempts over the years.

Parliament has become ineffective in enacting law against torture: Farhatullah Babar

Speaking in the Voicepk.net webinar on custodial torture, former PPP senator Farhatullah Babar has lamented that Parliament has become ineffective in enacting legislation to criminalise torture despite several attempts over the years.

COIED is a burden on exchequer, must justify its existence: IHC

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has said the Commission on Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances (COIED) had not been able to effectively achieve its object of bringing an end to the impunity against ‘enforced disappearances’ despite a decade of its existence.

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.

Parliamentarian Ali Wazir detained at Jinnah hospital Karachi, claims 2 attempts made on his life

PTM leader and parliamentarian Ali Wazir was pictured detained barefoot with torn clothes at Jinnah Hospital Karachi. The images generated public outcry, with civil society and human rights activists demanding his release and condemning the still-undecided 16-month-old charges against him.

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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Journalism for Human Rights in Pakistan. Most popular stories you must read today!

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

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"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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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

‘نا پسندیدہ’ داوڑ کا سیویلین حکومت کو کڑا پیغام: اب یا کبھی نہیں

منیزے جہانگیر سے بات کرتے ہوئے محسن داوڑ نے شکوہ کیا کہ نئی حکومت نےاب تک علی وزیر خلاف مقدمے واپس لینے کا کوئی اشارہ نہیں دیا- ساتھ ہی ساتھ انہوں نے یہ انکشاف بھی کیا کہ فوجی اسٹیبلشمنٹ وزارت کے لئے ان کا نام دیے جانے پر نا خوش تھی-

20 years on Mukhtar Bibi revisits her ordeal with Munizae Jahangir

20 years on Mukhtar Bibi talks to Munizae Jahangir about the gaps in Pakistan's judicial system which enabled her tormentors to walk free Free to threaten her life even today

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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.

Baloch women speak out in aftermath of Sindh police brutality

BY XARI JALIL: The return of Karachi University students Doda Elahi and Gamshad Baloch on Tuesday, June 14, has spread a wave of relief across the protesting Baloch community.

SUICIDAL SINDH: Why are so many from Scheduled Castes killing themselves?

BY XARI JALIL: The suicide rates in Sindh especially among the Scheduled Castes are at an alarmingly high rate. Our investigative report finds out the reasons why so many people in this community resort to killing themselves. The answers are grim.

Workers' Right

‘All South Asian countries share similar labour issues’

By Beena Sarwar, Sheeba Aslam Fehmi & Priyanka Singh: “All our countries share a common history of struggle against global systems of exploitation - colonisation, racism. These power relations exist even today.”

50 Years of Statelessness: The Bengalis of Macchar Colony

Half a century on - 50 years after West Pakistan lost its eastern counterpart - those who had taken the painstaking journey all the way to present-day Pakistan, travelling in a state of starvation and poverty, and hoping for better times to come – are living today in a country that has not even declared them its own. They live hopeless lives, scarred by frustration. Whatever little they earn is not enough to feed their families.

Dire reality hits sanitary workers hard in festive times

Faisalabad’s sanitary workers have not been paid salaries for the last 2 months. With Christmas approaching many of the workers don’t have money to buy basic amnesties let alone celebrate.

Provinces need to expedite amendment of harassment laws: activists

Though the National Assembly has passed an amendment bill to widen the scope of workplace harassment in the federal territory, similar legislation in provinces remain stalled due to the respective governments' apathy, say women's rights activists

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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PM will appear before IHC if missing persons not produced by Sept 9: CJ

IHC has directed PM Shehbaz Sharif to appear before the court on September 9 if the federal government fails to produce missing persons listed in a petition.

Juveniles get right to bail if trials exceed 6 months

The SC has declared a juvenile accused of a heinous crime has the right to be released on bail if the trial does not conclude in six months, clarifying that said period begins from the date of arrest.

“The LHC verdict today is a mischievous generosity”: PTI leader

Legal and political experts are of the view that the LHC’s verdict regarding Punjab CM elections could lead to another constitutional crisis in the province.

Parliament has become ineffective in enacting law against torture: Farhatullah Babar

Speaking in the Voicepk.net webinar on custodial torture, former PPP senator Farhatullah Babar has lamented that Parliament has become ineffective in enacting legislation to criminalise torture despite several attempts over the years.

Freedom Of Expression

COIED is a burden on exchequer, must justify its existence: IHC

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has said the Commission on Inquiry on Enforced Disappearances (COIED) had not been able to effectively achieve its object of bringing an end to the impunity against ‘enforced disappearances’ despite a decade of its existence.

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

Pakistanis stranded in Ukraine cry out for help

“Right now I am talking to you from a basement I am hiding in. Russia is carrying out heavy aerial and ground bombardment of the city I live in. I cannot even imagine stepping out of my shelter,” says Wajid, a Pakistani citizen currently enrolled in a medical university in Kharkiv