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Why rush rape legislation through ordinance, ask activists

November 25th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Women rights activists have questioned logic of rushing through the new rape legislation by ordinances which cleared another hurdle for promulgation with approval of the federal cabinet committee on legislative cases on Wednesday.

Gender-based violence courts taking 17 months to decide cases despite 3 months limit: Murtaza Wahab

November 23rd, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE; Gender-based violence courts in Sindh are taking about 17 months to conclude proceedings despite the mandatory timeframe of three months under the law, said Murtaza Wahab, CM’s Advisor on Law, revealed in a seminar on the launch of Shirkat Gah’s policy document on the impacts of COVID on women.

Forcibly converted minor girl sent back to abductor

November 22nd, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; Faisalabad; Asif Masih, a resident of Faisalabad, claims that his 12-year-old daughter, Farah, was abducted, forcefully married, and converted to Islam. The court refused to take into account the age of the girl and sent her back with her husband/abductor.

Sri Lanka must cease cremation of Muslims who die of COVID: SAHR

November 16th, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE; South Asians for Human Rights has expressed its concern over Sri Lankan authorities insisting on mandatory cremation for Muslims who die of or are suspected to have died of COVID, in violation of Islamic funeral practices.

Women candidates battle for space in GB

November 15th, 2020; By Umar Bacha; Gilgit Baltistan; In the hotly contested Gilgit Baltistan elections today, there is little space for women candidates, but a few emboldened politicians are determined to win.PPP’s candidate is Sadia Danish contesting the Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly elections from her native constituency GBLA 18 in Diamer. The other women contesting in these elections are Jamiat-I-Ulema Islam ( F) candidate Mehnaz Wali from Hunza, PTI’s candidate Amina Ansar from district Ghanchy and an independent candidate Shehnaz Bhuttu from Ghizar. However JUIF’s candidate Mehnaz Wali recently withdrew from the electoral race.

Coomaraswamy appointed SAHR chief

Dr Radhika Coomaraswamy has been appointed new chairperson of SAHR along with Dr Roshmi Goswami as its co-chairperson. Munizae Jahangir and Ahmed Rafay Alam are new bureau members from Pakistan.

PHC chief judge Waqar Seth laid to rest

November 13th, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE; Chief Justice of Peshawar High Court Waqar Ahmad Seth was laid to rest in Peshawar as lawyers across the country observed a day of mourning on his demise.

Gangrape victims’ family accuse police of partiality

November 7th, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; The family of the two sisters allegedly gang-raped in Faisalabad has accused the police of siding with the suspects as a court extended interim bail of five accused in the case.

PM had asked for lawyers’ help to remove Faez Isa: Yasin Azad

Yasin Azad, former president of the SCBA alleges that PM Imran Khan called a meeting with figures from bar associations last month to seek their help in removing Justice Issa.

31 papers delisted in KP: journalists say action against dummy outlets

November 3rd, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Information Department has removed 31 provincial, regional, and local newspapers from the media list for not fulfilling the criteria under the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Advertisement Policy 2018. However, journalists' representatives said the delisted newspapers were mostly dummy publications with no journalistic staff employed whatsoever.

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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