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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.

Asma Group’s Latif Afridi and Rana Shehzad elected President and Secretary of the SCBA respectively

November 2nd, 2020; By Asra Haque; LAHORE; With Latif Afridi elected SCBA President & Rana Shehzad it's Secretary, what are the Bar Association's plans in curtailing "creeping martial law" and it's expectations in resolving the matter of the appointment of judges

Gulshan Tagar in high spirits, says family

October 31st, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Gulsher Tagar is healthy and in high spirits, says the family of the missing activist who returned home to his village in Matiari district 39 months after his alleged abduction from Karachi in 2017.

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.

Being a “Girl Child” in Pakistan

October 11th, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; This International Day of the Girl Child, Voicepk.net looks back at the past year & brings you heart-wrenching stories that we reported on, of girls who were robbed of their childhood.

Mental Health- An Ignored Illness

October 10th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; On World Mental Health Day, Voicepk.net speaks to Dr. Syed Imran Murtaza, Medical Superintendent of Fountain House in Lahore who says due to the taboo attached to mental health, patients are never treated. Dr Murtaza says suicides in youth are caused by usage of drugs and loneliness.

Terms used in the online rules may be redefined if misused; says IT minister

October 10th, 2020; By Haider Kaleem; LAHORE; Federal minister of IT says the terms used in the removal and blocking of ‘unlawful’ content rules 2020 maybe if redefined if misused. The revised draft has been ratified by the cabinet but not notified yet.

Debating the legality of the PEMRA ban on Nawaz

October 8th, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; In 2019, Advocate Inam requested PEMRA to ban Musharaf’s & TahirUlQadri’s speeches because they were 'absconders' in Terror Charges but PEMRA did not entertain the complaint, ironically, citing article 19. This shows the body's dual standards.

Draft social media rules give unfettered powers to PTA: activists

October 6th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Digital rights activists say a new draft of social media rules sent to a cabinet committee gives unfettered powers to PTA for blocking online content on the pretext of illegal, blasphemous, obscene, or defamatory content.

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.

Meesha shafi case: FIR meant to harass witnesses says lawyer

September 29th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; A lawyer of Meesha Shafi has accused Ali Zafar of harassing defense witnesses after the FIA charged Shafi and eight others with defamation under the cybercrime law.

Students from Ex-Fata & Balochistan Decry Cuts to Education Aid

September 26th, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Students have set-up a protest camp outside the Bahauddin Zakriya University to demand the restoration of their scholarships. Calling it 'a systemic campaign to limit the number of Baloch & Pashtun students coming to universities in Punjab'

New draft law on rape recommends provisions that already exist

September 27th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Fehmida Mirza has confirmed that a draft law on rape cases is being vetted by a cabinet law committee but lawyers and legal experts say that the provisions recommended in the draft already exist in the Pakistan Penal Code

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.

Life at a standstill

September 23rd, 2020; By Umar Bacha; SHANGLA; In the recent torrential rain & flash floods after 2010 for the second time, Dubair Valley of Lower Kohistan & Kandia tehsil of Upper Kohistan has been absolutely destroyed as a 23 kilometer road in Dubair valley.

‘This place will never be safe for us: Killing of lady health worker sparks fury and disillusionment

September 23rd, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; PTM, North Waziristan, held a protest today demanding Justice For Nahida, a female healthcare worker who was shot & killed on her way back from work, 2 days ago. Her death has raised concerns about the Security of Polio workers operating in KPK, under the recently launched "Polio Eradication Drive"

Activists hail SC orders for mentally-ill death row inmates

September 23rd, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Activists hailed the development of the Supreme Court ordering medical examination of two mentally-ill prisoners on death row saying it’s time to bring about reforms to alleviate the plight of hundreds of mentally ill prisoners in the country's jails.

Twists emerge in Rawalpindi rape case

September 22nd, 2020; By Ayesha Mir; RAWALPINDI; A 17-year-old girl and resident of Rawalpindi who was stripped naked, sexually assaulted, and filmed during the assault have suddenly withdrawn her statement in which she had accused three drunken men of gang-raping her at knife-point and posting the video online. Whereas she had previously named and accused all three men in front of the magistrate, her latest statement before the Additional District and Sessions Judge reads: “I have no dispute with these men. The video was made viral by unknown people.

Country-wide polio drive begins after 7-month COVID gap

September 22nd, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE; A five-day nationwide polio campaign has begun with the aim of reaching 40 million children across the country with the lifesaving vaccine after a seven-month suspension during the COVID outbreak.

In the line of Fire

September 20th, 2020; By Haider Kaleem; ISLAMABAD; One of the main issues discussed at Pakistan Bar Council's All Parties Conference, on Thursday was the cases filed against dissenting voices such as Matiullah Jan, Asad Toor & Colonel Inam.

Civil liberties, judicial appointments and other matters: APC summons party leaders to capital

It was attended by senior leaders of the PPP, the PML-N, the JUI-F, JI, AWP, PK-MAP, the BNP, and PTM among others, as well as members of the judiciary and legal fraternity, reputed journalists and civil society activists.

The curious case of Hafiz Ehtasham, complainant against Journalist Asad Toor

September 16th, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Ehtasham, the spokesperson of Laal Masjid's Shuhada Foundation, has a long history of taking frivolous legal actions for which he has been reprimanded by the court. But he insists that his FIR against journalist Asad Toor is for the "greater good".

Call for special court a cosmetic move, say lawyers

September 16th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; PML-Q president Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain has called for the constitution of a special court to try the suspects of the Lahore gangrape case but according to senior lawyers such emotional and cosmetic moves would not help in deterring heinous crimes against women and children in the country.

Habeus corpus petition leads to trial over alleged same-sex marriage

It was initially reported that although Akash agreed to the medical examination under pressure and under the counsel of his lawyer, they later realized that such an examination would be a breach of their dignity (protected under Article 14 of the constitution) and also a violation of the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act 2017 according to which “A transgender person shall have a right to be recognized as per his or her self-perceived gender identity”.

Intrusive, invasive and humiliating: time to end the two finger test

September 16th, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; “Rape is basically a crime based on the absence of consent,” says Sarah Zaman. “And in context of the Two Finger Test the courts cannot pre-suppose consent just because the victim was sexually active.”

Massive protests in Karachi & Lahore in the aftermath of Motorway rape incident

September 13th, 2020 By Sher-e-Azam & Haider Kaleem; LAHORE/KARACHI; Massive protest held in Lahore & Karachi in the aftermath of the motorway case. Protestors bashed the CCPO Lahore for his insensitive remarks in the aftermath of the tragedy. Protestors condemned the rising wave of Violence Against Women in the country. Demanding swift justice for Marwah, Shaheena Shaheen & the victim of the Motorway Incident.

Cybercrime cases against senior journalists widely condemned

September 12th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; The registration of cybercrime cases against AbsarAlam and Bilal Farooqi has evoked strong condemnation from journalists, activists, and rights organizations as both journalists say those behind such intimidatory acts were doing no service to society and the country.

کیا کہانی ایک بار پھر وہیں سے شروع ہونے والی ہے جہاں ختم ہوئی تھی۔۔۔

٢٠ ستمبر ٢٠٢٠ تحریر فرزانا علی پشاور  کچھ عرصہ سے جنوبی وزیرستان سے آنے والی خبریں ایک بار پھرمعاملات کی سنگینی کا احساس دلاتی نظر آتی ہیں لدھا میں  سیکورٹی فورسز پر...

Civil society denounces PEMRA’s ban on drama serials and 24 News HD

September 11th, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE: PEMRA should at least consult with the producers or directors of “questionable” content before jumping the gun. Ironically, these banned soaps are available on YouTube! If anyone wants to, they can still watch these shows online.

Provincial assemblies pass a resolution against UK MPs ‘pro-Ahmadi’ report

September 10th, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE; Assemblies of Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa have passed separate unanimous resolutions to condemn a report by British parliamentarians ‘in favor of the Ahmadi minority community’, terming it a conspiracy against Pakistan and the Muslim Ummah. Pakistan has not responded officially to the contents of the report yet.

Displaced Sindh farmers await help from govt

September 9th, 2020; By Aftab Memon; HYDERABAD; Thousands of people have been displaced & thousands of acres of standing crops destroyed in 9 districts of Sindh during spells of rains. Farmers are crying out for help as provincial & federal gov bicker over funds.

‘Protect journalists, activists facing threats’

September 8th, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE: The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has urged Pakistan to take measures for the protection of journalists and human rights activists facing threats in the country.

Demystifying the Defense day: A candid conversation with critical Historians

September 6th, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE: I am not saying that we should not remember the heroics of the 1965 war. But these heroics should not be used as distractions to shy away from starting a serious dialogue about the blunders made during that moment in our history.

PTA’s ban on dating apps shrinks spaces for youth, especially women

September 6th, 2020; By Haider Kaleem; LAHORE: Going beyond the scope of its responsibilities, PTA official has assumed itself to be the moral brigade of this county by erasing the few safe spaces for women & youth online.

Floods wash away farmers’ dreams as trout fisheries devastated

September 4th, 2020; By Abdul Baseer; PESHAWAR: 150 trout farms swept away in floods, farmers appeal for relief package, minister says survey ordered to assess losses

Climate Change has pushed communities away from Indus Delta into cities

September 4th, 2020; By Shaukat Korai; KARACHI: Loss of livelihood in the IndusDelta owing to climate change has resulted in large scale migration, towards Karachi. Approx 8-10 lac people from the Delta have migrated so far An investigative report on the climate crisis fuelling Karachi's vows:

Facebook suspends Pakistani network engaged in spreading misinformation

Facebook removed over 700 accounts, groups & pages associated with a network of Pakistani origins engaged in spreading misinformation & curbing dissent online.

Mysterious petitions demanding Presidential form of government

September 2nd, 2020                                         By Rehan Piracha LAHORE Two constitutional petitions that have...

PEMRA suspends licence of 24 News…again

September 1st, 2020                                        By Staff Reporter  LAHORE The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority...

IMB terms Pakistan’s Polio Program disappointing

September 1st, 2020  By Asra Haque LAHORE; The International Monitoring Board (IMB) of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI), in its 18th Report released in July 2020, expressed grave concern over Pakistan’s...

If Pain Had Words: Families of Missing Persons Speak Up

  August 31st, 2020                                       VOICEPK.NET: SPECIAL REPORT LAHORE; A special report by Voicepk.net for the International Day...

DR NASEEM BALOCH: A bone chilling account of torture after abduction

“Was it you who wanted to go to toilet,” a soldier touched my shoulders. “Yes,” I said. He untied my hands and led me outside. In the toilet, my blindfolds were removed. One was allowed to relieve himself with eyes open. Such small gestures of kindness make you feel grateful to your captors.

Schools to re-open on the 15th of September

August 28th, 2020                                          By Ahmad Saeed  LAHORE; Despite an ongoing discussion about...

Journalists decry cyber crime cases by FIA

While the FIA claims to curb online child pornography in the country, the agency has recieved flack for acting high-handedly against journalists and rights activists instead.

A new wave of Baloch reformists?

By Haider Kaleem: In the political vacuum of Baluchistan, a handful of young people have emerged to push for reforms in various ways. Voicepk.net details the struggle of some of these activists in our detailed piece

Student activist released after being slapped with ATA

August 24, 2020 By Rehan Piracha LAHORE; Sayed Muhammad, a student rights activist who raised the issue of unavailability of high-speed internet especially in the tribal districts of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, has returned...

Protesters call for impartial probe into Hayat’s killing in nationwide demos

Student activists and political organizations have staged protests across several cities in Pakistan against the extrajudicial murder of Hayat Mirza by Frontier Corps (FC) personnel in his home city of Turbat, Balochistan a week back.

Don’t rush SNC implementation amid Covid

Educationist Baela Raza calls for 4-month delay, asks govt to begin new academic year from August; children, teachers, parents need time to recover from Covid SNC advisor Rafiq Tahir says implementation not rushed, on track

Sit-in held outside Sindh governor house for the release of Shia missing persons

Hafiz Fazal Abbas, who “disappeared” two days before Eid-ul-Azha, has returned home after successful negotiations between the representatives of the Joint Action Committee for Shia missing persons and the representatives of the government and security agencies.

Journalists booked for ‘obstructing justice’

Police have registered a case against two reporters for armed assault and obstruction of justice in the Shangla district of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa.

‘My lost family’

On the day the world honors and remembers victims of terrorism, Voicepk.net speaks to a mother who lost her two young sons in the horror perpetrated by terrorists on the Army Public School in Peshawar. Pakistan has been fighting the war against terrorism for about two decades and has sacrificed many thousands of lives. But the attack on the school on December 16, 2014, shocked the nation to its core. It was a day when the lives of Falak Naz and her husband Tehseen changed forever.

Protest held for the release of missing journalist

August 21, 2020 By Haider Kaleem Lahore Protest held for the release of missing journalist Citizens, human rights activists, and political workers organized a protest outside the press club in Lahore,  calling for...

A long road to justice

As the world marks the International Day of Remembrance and Tribute to the Victims of Terrorism, Voicepk.net spoke to the families of students martyred in Peshawar's Army Public School attack five years ago. The terrorist attack had left 147 people, mostly students of the school, and injured scores on December 16, 2014.

Coalminers caught in crossfire between rivals

August 20th, 2020                                          By Umar Bacha Shangla; Usman-i-Room had been doing coal...

In a blog entry, Ehsan Ullah Ehsan details his escape

August 19th, 2020                                        By Ahmad Saeed Lahore; Ehsan Ullah Ehsan, the former spokesperson...

Neighbour held for Nowshera child’s murder

An 18 year old man, Syed Wali, has been arrested in connection with the brutal murder of a six year old girl in the Nowshera district. The girl, Seema, was the third victim after two other girls - nine-year-old Minahil and eight-year-old Hoznoor, were found murdered in the city.

A church that transcends gender

Ghazala Shafique along with Nomi Basheer thought of giving the transgender Christians their very own place of worship where they could freely practice their faith. But they faced severe criticism over it.

Revisiting the Neemrana Declaration

August 13th, 2020 Moderated by Munizae Jahangir & Mandira Nayar 20 years after the Neemrana Declaration in 2000 where civil societies pledged strengthening regional interaction, journalists Mandira Nayer and Munizae Jahangir...

کالعدم تحریک طالبان پاکستان، جماعت الاحرار اور حزب الاحرارکا انضمام

August 17th, 2020  فرزانہ علی پشاور  کالعدم تحریک طالبان کی ویب سائٹ عمر میڈیا کی 17اگست کی اشاعت کے مطابق جماعت الاحرار اور حزب الاحرار تحریک طالبان پاکستان میں شامل ہوگئی...

19 media platforms, workers booked for anti-state acts in AJK

August 17th, 2020 By MT NAQVI Kotili, AJK: Police in Azad Kashmir have registered a case against 19 media platforms and journalists for cyber crimes including anti-state activities, propaganda, defamation, and blackmail....

Hayat Baloch Killing: ‘Student was tortured and shot in front of family’

August 14th, 2020 By Hamid Riaz Lahore, A student of Karachi University (KU), Muhammad Hayat Baloch, was shot dead in Turbat, Balochistan on Thursday, August 13, giving way to a wave of...

Tales from the great Divide

August 14th, 2020 By Asra Haque Lahore,  When it comes to the Indo-Pak Partition, there is a stark dichotomy between the experiences of the scores of displaced Muslims on both sides of divided Punjab...

Fisher folk on Sindh’s coasts bereft of rescue services

Aug. 13, 2020: Ibrahim Haidari is a major fishing village near Karachi. While the people here work as fishermen and women, the community is not a very happy one. Apart from the hardships and extreme poverty they face, almost every other ...

International Youth Day: Dreams and Hopes

Aug. 12, 2020: In 1999, the General Assembly endorsed the recommendation made by the World Conference of Ministers Responsible for Youth (Lisbon, 8-12 August 1998) that 12 August be declared International Youth Day ...

NEHA & AKASH: Transgender marriage issue still in murky waters

Aug. 11, 2020: On the morning of Friday, August 7, Justice Chaudhry Abdul Aziz’s courtroom at the Rawalpindi Branch of the Lahore High Court, brimmed with curious spectators who had gathered to hear what would happen in the proceedings. It was the case of the “same-sex marriage”, and in the last few days it had received a lot of media coverage ...

Punjab Tahaffuz-e-Bunyad-e-Islam Bill 2020 reined in over criticisms

Aug. 09, 2020: After an onslaught of criticism, the Punjab Assembly on Saturday, August 8, stalled the draconian Punjab Tahaffuz-e-Bunyad-e-Islam Bill 2020, which had previously been unanimously passed on July 22. Following outcry ...

Single National Curriculum: Anything new?

Aug. 08, 2020: The single national curriculum (SNC) has become controversial even before an official draft was made public by the Ministry of Education. Many academics and educationists in Pakistan raised concerns over what is said to ...

Chaman engulfed by violence following clashes at the Pak-Afghan border

Aug. 07, 2020: The Bab-e-Dosti crossing was closed by the government of Pakistan five months ago as part of a broader set of initiatives taken to slow down the spread of COVID-19 in the country. The move was widely unpopular among ...

SC reprimands ICT police on Mati case investigation

Aug. 06, 2020: The Islamabad police submitted its report in the Matiullah Jan abduction case in the Supreme Court today. Chief Justice Gulzar expressed severe discontent with the report and reprimanded the Inspector General Islamabad ...

Is Pakistan carrying a secret biological weapons program?

Aug. 06, 2020: Editor of Australian news outlet Klaxon, Mr. Anthony Klan, had published a report earlier in July claiming that the Wuhan Institute of Virology has signed a three-year secret deal with Pakistan Military’s Defense Science ...

Kashmir: Ban on internet in the age of communication

Aug. 06, 2020: One year has passed since the Indian state imposed a ban on internet access in Jammu and Kashmir. The ban on the internet was accompanied by a ban on mobile and telephone connections as well, though these ...

Balochistan: Covid-19 has made female patients even more vulnerable

Aug. 6, 2020: Emergency calls to Habib Ullah Rind who runs the Saiban Welfare Trust have hit a dramatic rise in the blistering heat of Sibi. He is busy in giving first aid to a hermit (darvesh), who has been badly struck by a heat wave, when ...

Kashmir under siege: India’s draconian prevention of terrorism act explained.

Aug 05, 2020: Following a series of terrorist attacks in India especially the one on the Indian Parliament on December 12. by terrorist organizations, the Lashkar-e-Taiba and the Jaish-e-Mohammad, the Indian government enacted the ...

‘Artists form a nation’s identity’ : Nahid Siddiqui

Aug 2, 2020: Nahid Siddiqui is a world-renowned dancer and choreographer; her groundbreaking performances have won her quite a few awards in the international arena. But even someone as accomplished as Nahid has not been ...

Under Lockdown: Qawwals who can sing no more

Aug 1, 2020: Traders and business communities have often taken to the streets protesting over the losses they have faced because of the lockdowns. But skilled artists such as the Khalid Hussain Qawal Group of Shahdra are left to fend for ...

‘My tabla beats have slowed down for the first time’

Jul 31, 2020: The soothing yet exciting beats of percussion fill the room as Master Sajid Ali uses his precise and complex finger taps to play his beloved tabla. Master Sajid Ali has been associated with this art for the last 35 years. He has experienced various ...

WORLD DAY AGAINST TRAFFICKING: Mother of trafficked woman opens up

The elderly mother and sister of a woman who was known to be trafficked are still awaiting for her safe return. The woman is located to be in Punjab’s Kamalia area where she was allegedly sold at Rs300,000 by some middle men.

Journalists outraged by Rangers entry in Karachi Press Club

Jul 29, 2020: The governing body of the Karachi Press Club (KPC) has fiercely condemned the manner in which the Pakistan Rangers personnel barged into the premises of the KPC. The historic building of KPC, they said, has been the ...

Bheel, Thakur communities at odds with each other

Jul 26, 2020: When Naseeba Bheel of Haryar village, Mithi (Tharparkar) took her goats for grazing in the fields, she encountered Thakur Bijju of the other clan who lived alongside her's in the area. Naseeba says Bijju grabbed her ...

Poverty pushes schoolteachers to become a street vendor

Jul 25, 2020: In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, all educational institutions have been closed since the start of the lockdown in March. During this time, because of the closure, some private schools have laid off their teachers from the jobs as well ...

Two years down the line: Is the public contented with the government?

Jul 25, 2020: Pakistan held its 11th general elections. Two hundred and seventy two (272) seats of the National Assembly and 593 seats of four provincial assemblies were up for grabs. Over 105 million people were eligible to cast their votes. Although ...

‘My abduction has a direct relation with contempt case’: Matiullah Jan

Jul 22, 2020: Senior journalist Matiullah Jan appeared in the Supreme Court today for the hearing of a suo moto case against him. Matiullah was abducted on Tuesday morning but was recovered later at night after a period of 12 ...

Child bride found dead just three days after marriage

Jul 21, 2020: A 12-year-old child bride passed away under mysterious circumstances only three days after her marriage in Dir on Sunday. Naila, a victim of child marriage, was found dead in her room just days after her wedding. The incident occurred ...

Closure of PTDC motels leaves several families jobless

Jul 20, 2020: At least 600 employees  lost their jobs after the Pakistan Tourism Corporation motels in the Northern areas of Pakistan were abruptly closed down ...

Effects of the pandemic on routine immunization could lead to a second healthcare crisis

Jul 19, 2020: Pakistan will resume its routine immunization campaign under the Polio Eradication program on July 20, after nearly a five-month hiatus. Around 800,000 children will receive essential vaccines through a door-to-door campaign ...

Rapist alleged to be part of child porn racket

Jul 18, 2020: The father of a child who was molested and filmed by a private tutor in Khairpur has alleged that the perpetrator is actually part of an international child pornography racket. Speaking to Voicepk.net about the incident, the victim’s father ...

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s anti-polio drive faces obstacles

Jul 16, 2020: This year, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s southern districts reported 21 cases of wild poliovirus (WPV) or poliovirus type 1. Twelve children from Lakki Marwat, four from Tank, two from Bannu, two from South Waziristan and one from ...

Train drivers paint grim picture of Pakistan Railways

Jul 15, 2020: The railway tracks have become completely unsafe and if not immediately upgraded to modern standards, many more dangerous accidents could easily happen in upcoming days, claim train drivers of the Pakistan Railways (PR) ...

Man found dead in lockup raises question on custodial violence

Jul 15, 2020: In a twisted turn of events, Pir Bux Khaskheli, who had been taken into police lockup at the Piromal police station in Sanghar for his alleged hand in a murder, was discovered with a noose around his neck, hanging lifeless from ...

Suicide or murder: Faulty police investigations muddy waters

Hul 14, 2020: Although Sindh has seen an increase in suicides in the last few years, the real facts and motives behind these incidents often go undiscovered because of a lack of proper investigation. One such incident took place in Tando ...

Cheating Death: After 22 years on the death row, a man walks free

Jul 12, 2020: On the evening of June 30, forty year old Muhammad Iqbal stepped out of the Mandi Bahauddin jail a free man – the first time after 22 years. It was not an easy walk out of the gate; he had waited, struggled, and even given up ...

SINDH: A victim of enforced disappearances

Twenty year old Aqib Chandio was abducted from his home in Gulshan-e-Hadeed, a neighborhood in the Malir district of Karachi in the early hours of Tuesday, July 7, 2020, by plainclothes men. Prior to this latest incident, he had been forcibly picked up on May 30, 2018, before being released a year later. It had only been 9 months since he had come back when unknown people whisked away from the young man yet again.

The biggest Sikh community in the country has no crematorium

Jul 10, 2020: The families of the 19 deceased Sikh pilgrims are now facing another disturbing situation – there is no crematorium in Peshawar to carry out the funeral rites of their loved ones. The families of Mohallah Jogan Shah received the ...

IHC dismisses petitions against halting of mandir construction

Jul 08, 2020: After a suspenseful silence, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) has finally dismissed the petitions filed against the construction of the Shri Krishna Temple, and has directed the Islamabad ...

Pushed towards an armed struggle

Jul 08, 2020: It has been four years since Burhan Wani, a Kashmiri youth who was forced to start an armed struggle for freedom was gunned down by Indian military forces on July 8, 2016. Born on September 14, 1994, Burhan Wani grew up ...

Coal Miners are dying or getting injured every month in Shangla

Jul 06. 2020: Shangla receives two to five dead bodies almost every month and several injured miners with permanent disabilities. Senior vice president, Pakistan Mine Workers Federation, Ali Bash Khan believes that poverty and lack ...

کیا شہری ہوا بازی کے وفاقی وزیر غلام سرور خان نے پی آئی اے پر خود کش حملہ کیا؟

Jul 05. 2020: کپٹین خالد تنویر ہیں جنہوں نے اپنی زندگی کے 25 بہترین سال پی آئی اے میں بطور پائلٹ کے گزارے تھے مگر اب انکا نام بھی مشکوک یا جعلی لایسنس رکھنے والے پائلٹس کی لسٹ میں آ گیا ہے جو وفاقی وزیر شہری ہوا بازی غلام سرور خان نے قومی اسمبلی میں پیش کی تھی ...

Sanghar court initiates rare case hearing over killing of dog

Jul 05, 2020: A court in Sindh’s Sanghar district has initiated a trial of a rare case that deals with the killing of a pet dog, during an attempt of theft. Civil Judge and Judicial Magistrate Sanghar put up the case following the registration of a ...

PALPA terms list about dubious licenses as ‘fake’

Jul 05. 2020: Khalid Tanwir is a retired commercial airline pilot who has given 25 precious years of his life to the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA); he has the experience of thousands of flight hours. But on June 25, 2020, a bombshell ...

News of shocking murder surfaces a week later; civil society condemns act

Jul 04, 2020:On June 28, the deformed body of 25 year old Waziran Begum was discovered near the Indus Highway near the village Wadda Chachar in district Jamshoro, Sindh, but the news did not get any attention until a week later on July ...

Tears and grief: The other side of the story

Jul 03, 2020: Martyred guard Iftikhar Waheed’s brother Riaz Waheed has been grieving since the day he was shot down by the terrorists in the PSX attack. But at the same time, he is proud of his brother for displaying courage in ...

Balochistan suffers gap in polio immunization campaign due to COVID-19 pandemic

Jul 01, 2020: Poliovirus cases are surging at breakneck speed in comparison to preceding years and already in a span of one week, two new polio cases have emerged in Balochistan. In the past six months alone, Balochistan has recorded a ...

BLA’s attack is aimed at Chinese interests in the country: analysts

Jun 29, 2020: The Balochistan Liberation Army (BLA) has reportedly claimed the responsibility of attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) building in Karachi. The BLA has also released the picture of suspected attackers, who were killed ...

‘How can I ever forget?” – a Kashmiri mother’s lament

Jun 28, 2020: Begum Shah Jaan remembers the day well when her son was shot dead in December 2019. When the shelling took place, her son abandoned his shop and came running towards her, knowing that his mother was ill and ...

Torture of Chaman journalists reminder of serious issue

Jun 26, 2020: Two local journalists, Syed Ali Achakzai and Abdul Mateen Achakzai were arrested earlier this week and later released. During their arrest they were first moved to Machh jail - around 200 kilometers away from ...

Larkana QUEST: Where a degree is ‘just a piece of paper’

Jun 26, 2020: While students across the country protest the digital divide they are facing, in Larkana, a poor educational infrastructure at an engineering college that is delaying degree programs for almost two years for every batch ...

Not without my sons – A mother’s battle for custody

Jun 25, 2020: Kausar Leghari is a woman who is desperate for the custody of her children and for this she has been protesting outside Karachi Press Club for days. Years ago, Leghari had been a victim of domestic violence. Her husband, Ali Ahmed, ...

‘Enforced Silencing’: Power politics on campus

Jun 23, 2020: The gash that liberal society received of educationist Junaid Hafeez’s arrest over alleged blasphemy, is still as fresh as it was on the first day. Hafeez, a 34 year old Fulbright scholar, who was teaching at the Bahauddin Zakariya University ...

Child Marriages: Judicial discretion or matter of legislation?

Jun 21, 2020: In Pakistan, the definition of a child differs, across multiple laws in each of the four provinces. Under labour laws, a child is an individual below the age of 14 years, while under domestic labour laws, the age cap is 15 ...

Mother of five battered to death

Jun 18, 2020: In a tragic incident a 32 year old woman Hajra Bibi, who was a native of the northern Baluchistan district Qila Saifullah (Muslimbagh) was tortured to death by her husband Muhammad Sadiq and his brother Inamul Haq over a domestic ...

The laws that failed Zohra Shah

Jun 17, 2020: While a number of laws for children's rights regarding labour are present in Pakistan, there is still the huge question of implementation. Thousands of children are currently employed inside households and become 'invisible labourers' ...

“ٹڈی ہمارے بچوں کی خوراک کھا گی”

Jun 17, 2020: اکرم  باجوہ  بہاولپور کے چولستانی علاقے میں زمینداری کر کے اپنا گزر بسر کرتے ہیں. اکرم زندگی کی  بیالیس بہاریں دیکھ چکے ہیں اور درمیانی درجے کے ایک ... اکرم نے اپنے بزرگوں سے ورثے میں پایا ہے جنہوں نے  ریتلی زمینوں کو قابل کاشت بنانے کے لئے

“They killed her over some birds”

Jun 14, 2020: Three year old Khadija Shah has yet to fully understand the fact that her older sister, Zohra Shah, is no longer coming home. Snuggling into her grandfather’s lap, a place of refuge, she often voices out her confidence that her ...

5000 polio vaccinators fired from jobs for ‘undesirable’ performance

Jun 6, 2020: On June 1, hundreds of community-based vaccinators of the polio eradication program rallied outside the Karachi Press Club to protest against the termination of their jobs. In 2016, over 14,000 vaccinators were hired with the assistance ...

Quetta tensions lead to internet shutdown

QUETTA: Ever since a violent mob killed a young man in Hazara Town on Sunday, the law and order situation of the city has turned for the worse, now seemingly headed towards ethnic conflict. The tension began when a huge mob attacked ...

Nothing about us without us!

The federal government promulgated an ordinance on May 4 which amended various sections of the Companies Act and deleting section 459, which had ensured employment opportunities for people with disabilities (PWD) ...

Sudden Drop In Covid Testing In Some KP Areas

A major chunk of people from Malakand and Hazara, with symptoms similar to coronavirus, has been avoiding visiting hospitals for COVID-19 testing out of fear, despite there being a rise in cases of the deadly virus in the region. Since after ...

For Thalassemia Patients, Hope Goes Down With Fewer Blood Donations

For the last 41 years, students of the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) are running the Patients Welfare Association (PWA) to manage blood donations for needy patients. Like all other matters, the coronavirus outbreak ...

Sectarian Argument Breaks Out On BOL TV Program

BOL TV became mired in controversy, accused of promoting sectarianism and hatred against the Shiia minority community when a clip from the channel’s daily Ramzan transmission went viral. In the May 19 broadcast of ...

Quetta Students Paying Tribute To Frontline Heroes Through Artwork

Frontline fighters are being given accolades and are being appreciated all over the world. These are the people who are doing their jobs by putting their lives in danger so that others can stay safe in their homes during these difficult times ...

Squashing The Tigers’ Roars

In an ironic turn of events, the Government has ended up neglecting its own volunteers, who had come forward to work with the Tiger Force. Voicepk.net investigated the situation, only to find that the Tigers had been ...

“It Tried To Land Twice But Failed”

A staff member of Karachi airport has claimed that the ill-fated PIA flight tried to land twice but failed. Ijaz Masih, who works as a flight cleaner at the Karachi Airport told Voicepk.net that the plane failed in trying to land even though it had ...

Are The Taliban Back In Former Tribal Areas?

A new wave of terrorism has hit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the newly merged tribal districts amid the coronavirus outbreak. Five people including two traffic policemen were injured in an explosion on Ashraf Road in ...

Workers Plan Country Wide Protests After Eid

Thousands of workers from different factories and industries in Lahore and Karachi have been protesting against the non-payment of salaries and forced layoffs. Workers said that their employers have not paid them their ...

Killer Of Waziristan Girls Still At Large

Two young girls were killed in the name of honor over a private leaked video where a boy is seen kissing them. The video went viral over the internet. The incident took place in Tehsil Razmak of North Waziristan in Pakistan’s ...

The Falling Front-Line Of Balochistan

The frontline of health workers in Balochistan has been largely affected by the COVID-19. At least 92 doctors and more than 100 paramedics have already tested positive. Ilyas Baloch, a doctor from Balochistan who recently recovered ...

When Humanity Overcomes Boundaries

Raja Walter, a Christian by faith runs a burger shop in Pakistan’s largest Christian locality of Youhanabad. His business was closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the following lockdown, but instead of sitting idle, Walter decided to ...

A Girl Allowed Herself To Be Raped To Protect Family’s Honor

In order to protect the reputation of her family, a girl allowed herself to be raped for 18 months continuously. For a year and a half, Lahore’s Noor* was raped and tortured by her neighbor Amanat Ali, who also blackmailed her into silence ...

Unemployment Domestic Workers Now Forced To Beg

Prior to the lockdown, 40 year old widow Shabana was able to feed her family twice a day by working as a domestic worker. But when the pandemic descended upon the city, her employers closed their doors in her face, fearing ...

Pakistan’s Mental Health Affliction

S* believes that she was seriously depressed when she was 9 years old when her grandmother, whom she was very close to, passed away. Her parents had assumed that her erratic behavior were part of her growing up, and her ...

A Commission With No Mission?

For a very long time, the religious minorities of Pakistan have been seeking a body that will monitor their problems and difficulties and provide solutions for them. This has been the main purpose of what should have been ...

Where The Tide Takes Them: Fisherfolk Languishing In Jails

Every year, during the fishing season, the men and women from the poor fisherfolk community take their boats out to sea so that they can catch fish from the deeper waters of the Arabian Sea. But stormy weather and a rough ...

Khairpur District Government Making Children Clean Its Filth

Instead of monitoring other sectors and eliminating the evil of child labor, the municipal committee in Sindh’s Khairpur district has hired children, from 10 to 15 years, for the purpose of cleaning sewers. But besides everything ...

When Bravery Knows No Bounds

Despite being on the front lines, media personnel - including reporters, camerapersons, and photojournalists, have not had the luxury of reporting safely. As the contagion spreads, journalists put their own safety on hold at times ...

Shangla police uploading suspects’ photos for cheap publicity

  By Our Correspondent Human rights activists in Shangla have strongly condemned an illegal act of the local police for frequently uploading suspects’ photos on social media, especially those suspects who...

Everyday Hero Is Silver Lining, As Dark Clouds Of Policy Still Hover

Among the stories abound of the miseries of an untold number of people facing unemployment, poverty, and other problems, during the lockdown, Ahmed Azeem’s story shines through, like a ray of hope for many. Azeem heads the ...

“He Was So Depressed, He Killed Himself”

As it had been feared by many, the lockdown that had been imposed around the country in order to contain the spread of the deadly Coronavirus has ended up in worsening the economic woes of those who belong to the underprivileged segments of ...

Killed For Not Marrying

Shock and tragedy hit a village in Shangla after a young woman was killed by her uncle over a domestic issue. Locals of the Shumbar village spent the day in deep distress, as they got to know about the blatant murder of the young woman, ...

Stressed Healthcare Workers Resort To Hunger Strike

Healthcare workers in Pakistan are getting increasingly restless with their situation: ever since the Coronavirus pandemic hit the country, they have been repeatedly asking for Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs), but to no avail. On April ...

Govt’s ‘Pro Poor’ Stance In Conflict As CDA Destroys Homes

No matter how calm and lush it is on the outside, Islamabad nowadays is reeking of conflict and confusion internally. It seems that much like our Government, ‘Islamabadis’ too are unsure of how to proceed with their lives. A thick cloud of ...

Even Today, Honour Killing Plagues Sindh

By Zulfiqar Kunbhar As the world struggles with the deadly Coronavirus, in Pakistan, its second most populous province Sindh is also making headlines in local news for its constant battle...

Starving In The Time Of Coronavirus

Twenty-two years Riva Jogi belongs to a gypsy snake charmers’ clan in Sanghar, Sindh. In his routine life, Riva leaves home daily to go to mainstream public places so that he may show his snake stunts to people. For jogis, who are the snake ...

Who Will Think Of The Animals?

Lack of legislation to protect animals in Pakistan: Pictures of a dog with bullet wounds in his neck and face surface online and then more evidence of the alarming increase of violence against animals in Karachi amidst the prevailing lock-down. ...

For Waziristani Students A Bleak and Dismal Future

Students from South-Waziristan are raising their voices over what they say is a blow to their academic futures thanks to the lack of quality internet in their region. Earlier on April 2, the students staged protests outside the Wana Press ...

Destroyed By My Father

by Syed Amir Taqvi: In Chunian, Kasur. 8-year-old Fatima's own father admitted to sexually abusing and murdering his daughter.

Clear Blue Skies, But, For How Long?

By Rina Saeed Khan The citizens of Lahore are finally breathing in clear air this spring. From hazardous Air Quality Index (AQI) readings of above 200 in November,...

On the Frontlines: Policing A City Under Lockdown

“When I joined Punjab police I swore that I would lay my life for the country and we (police officials) must be ready to do our duty anytime, anywhere.”

On The Frontlines: Sanitary Workers

    With the lockdown, people have been pushed back inside their homes. No one wants to risk being outdoors, for fear of contracting the Coronavirus. Yet the heroes who battle...

“Sajid Baloch: In Terra Incognita?”

  When Taj Baloch said goodbye to his friend, he did not know it would be the last time that he would see him. Because Sajid Hussain Baloch, journalist and...

Against My Will, In The Land Of Pure

Yazman Mandi a gateway to the great desert of Cholistan, was a scene of kidnapping of a young girl. A pretty 15-year-old Hindu girl, Bhambo Mai was kidnapped and...

Axed to Death

Three women killed for honour in 24 hours in Khairpur By Xari Jalil Four year old Sohnan seems to have retracted into her shell as she watches people pass by, busy...

Whose Body, Whose Will?

By Xari Jalil With the Corona virus (COVID-19) making the headlines this week, Aurat March that took place only last week, seems to have faded away into the background,...

قبر میں بھی ماں نے شیر خوار بچے کو سینے سے لگا کے رکھا

غیرت کے نام پر اکیس سالہ لڑکی اور ایک ماہ کا بچہ قتل کوٹ ادو کی رہائشی صغری بی بی اپنے ایک ماہ کے پوتے حسین  علی کے کپڑے آج...

A Girl Has Died, and No One Cares

By Xari Jalil   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK-4KMbOu_A LAHORE: For Afshan Latif, the death of Iqra Kainat came as a grim foreboding at least twice before. It was after the whole Kashana sexual abuse case had...

Free To Be: Do Women Feel Safe In Public Spaces?

When Sana* bought tickets for the recently held Solis Festival in Islamabad, she had no idea what she would end up encountering. From being groped, to having her cell...

Rare Glimpse Into the Kashmir Valley

16 years ago, in October of 2004 the Congress government in India and General Musharraf who ruled Pakistan at the time decided to open their side of Kashmir to...

Will the Zainab Alert Bill 2019 Champion the Basic Rights of Children?

It was not until after the second anniversary of Zainab Ansari's rape and murder that the National Assembly finally passed a child protection bill to ensure the basic rights of...

Faulty Policy at the Core of Pakistan’s Medicine Crisis

Since a few days, Pakistan has been hit with a sudden and acute shortage of 60 essential medicines - some of them life-saving. Hospitals, especially the Out Patient Department (OPD)...

In the name of faith

    By Xari Jalil KARACHI Nagina Bibi cannot sleep properly, not knowing where her little girl is. Huma Younus, 14, a student of the eighth grade was abducted on October 10, 2019,...

Women’s Right of Inheritance: Patriarchy Still a Hindrance

LAHORE: When Rang Elahi – a landlord based in Lahore passed away in June 1990 - it was discovered that he had not made any will about the distribution...

Will the Zainab Alert Bill 2019 Protect Pakistan’s Children?

It was not until after the second anniversary of Zainab Ansari's rape and murder that the National Assembly finally passed a Child Protection Bill. The Zainab Alert, Response and Recovery...

Will Pakistan Remain Neutral in the US-Iran Tensions?

The escalating tensions between Iran and the United States have raised serious concerns globally. After pulling back from the brink of war, leaders in the United States and Iran...

The Brave Heroes of 2019 – Pakistan and India’s Students March for Rights

In India, massive crowds of young people took to the streets to join protest against their Government’s controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, which grants citizenship on the basis of religion...

PIC Clash – An In-Depth Story

December 13th, Lahore: At the Lahore High Court lawyers chanted slogans against the PTI government. The media had been banned from court premises – lawyers were livid over coverage...

Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s Case Revealed the Underbelly of Dirty Surveillance Tactics

Background Pakistan has a history of covert operations carried against governments, politicians, activists and even common citizens. In 1998, the Supreme Court held that covert surveillance of judges and information...

Blood, Sweat & Tears: Bonded Labour in Pakistan

Report by Ayesha Nazar and Asra Haque   A village near Manga Mandi: Rows of green bricks are laid out early in the morning, the workers toiling away in the biting...

“They forced me down…all I did was pray”

  By Xari Jalil LAHORE It was four in the evening when 15 year old Maria Jalal, was alone at home, and she heard a knock at the door. Making her way...

The attack on Dawn is more complex than it appears

  Staff Report ISLAMABAD It was the second time this week, on Friday, when journalists at the Dawn Islamabad office found themselves stranded inside their office building. Outside, an unruly mob chanted...

The youth of Pakistan march with a conscience

By Asra Haque and Ayesha Nazar   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9tifjtZjBlQ&feature=emb_title Let down by successive democratic governments and banned by military dictatorships for over 35 years, the students of Pakistan came out on the streets,...

Demands for student rights echo across the nation as youth takes to streets

ISLAMABAD: Hundreds of students from 20 different student organizations, under the umbrella of the Student Action Committee, gathered at the National Press Club on Friday to march towards Islamabad’s...

The bold and the young: Marching for their rights

By Asra Haque & Ayesha Nazar LAHORE In the season of right wing, all-men politics, a video of a young woman enthusiastically singing a famous poem written against the British Raj at the...

Children of the kiln

LAHORE: Twelve year old Shehroon Riaz wants to run away from the brick kiln. It is where he is destined to work, just like his father.

Smog – A human rights issue

By Xari Jalil   LAHORE When Afshan Bibi, a resident of Lahore’s Chungi Amar Sadhu - a factory area – had her child, she was alarmed to see how underweight he was....

When brute force attacks

By Xari Jalil   LAHORE “These people should be taught such a lesson that they never do this to any woman ever again,” says Amrit Shahzadi. Her voice is heavy with emotion,...

COVID Watch | November 27th 2020

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In the last 24 hours, the virus has claimed 54 lives, taking the country's death toll to 7,897.
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Rights Watch | November 27th 2020

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A 14-year-old girl has been raped on separate occasions after being abducted on the way to school in Sheikhupura. Police have arrested one of the three suspects in the case.
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A candid conversation with Nisha Rao

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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.

Is Nawaz’s battle cry for salvation or civilian supremacy

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October 17th, 2020; By Munizae Jahangir; LAHORE; In an unprecedented first, Punjab’s most popular leader called out a sitting army head, Qamar Bajwa & ISI Chief General Faiz on meddling in politics, kidnapping journalists, & pressurizing the judiciary

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