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The woman who could not be told ‘no’

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Meet Farzana Siddique, the first woman Vice President in the 30 years-long history of the Faisalabad Press Club. As one of the few female crime reporters in the country, much less the province, Farzana has no qualms of shouldering the responsibility of also fighting for the rights of her fellow journalists in the third largest city of Pakistan. Watch our exclusive interview with the woman who could not be told "no".

In conversation with Muhammad Ali Durrani: Saving democracy through national dialogue

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After a period of eight years, General Secretary of the PML-F and former Federal Minister for the Musharraf regime, Muhammad Ali Durrani has entered the political fray, paving the way for a grand national dialogue between the PTI, the Opposition, the judiciary, the people and - unsurprisingly - the military.

Fawad “Frodo” Hassan on marrying classical and contemporary music

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Fawad Hassan - Frodo is ready to shake up the music world with his take on Eastern classical music infused with contemporary Western this new year.

Redefining Lahore through rap with Maanu and Rozeo

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Lahore rarely offers the same experiences that seem so essential to rap music as opposed to Karachi. It's a vacuum and though there have been attempts to fill that vacuum, none so far have been successful. That's where Maanu and Rozeo are stepping in, redefining the way one can imagine the city through rap and hip-hop.

Rani Khan: From Dancer to Preacher

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December 24th, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; Meet Rani Khan, a transgender who gave up dancing and begging to become a reformer. She runs a seminary in Islamabad and claims that many in her community want to quit begging and dancing, but they have no other means to earn their livelihood

Mehar Sattar: Farmer not Terrorist

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December 13, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Mehar Sattar returned home this September after spending over 4 years in jail including almost 2 in solitary confinement. Though his passion for helping the oppressed remains firm he still fears being dragged back to a cage.

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.

An unbearably long wait for a missing father

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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

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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.

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2,107 Pak prisoners to return home from KSA

May 11th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; After two years of Saudi promise, over 2000 Pakistani prisoners in Saudi Arabia will finally be repatriated home under an agreement signed between Islamabad and Riyadh on exchange of convicted prisoners.

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UNDP highlights glaring economic inequality in the country

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India’s new laws are discriminating against Kashmiris: UN experts

April 17th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; India’s illegal annexation of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and imposition of new laws in the disputed territory discriminate against Muslim and other minorities in employment and land ownership, UN human rights expert stated in a letter to New Delhi in February.