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Exclusive with Rana Sanaullah: Silence before the storm in Punjab?

September 18th, 2020; By Haider Kaleem; ISLAMABAD; Speaking to voicepk.net Rana Sanaullah paid homage to the late Asma Jahangir for always speaking truth to power. He termed the current political silence in Punjab as "the silence before the storm".

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Discusses political engineering & threats

Discussing the FATF bills Shahid Khaqan Abbasi stated "There were a total of 14 bills out of these 2 were passed without amendments, 2 were rejected because they stipulated long detention periods & could be manipulated while 7 were passed with amendments"

‘Crimes against transgenders must be made non compoundable’

September 17th, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; Transgender rights activists demand the govt to make crimes against them uncompoundable as the perpetrators go scot-free because of legal loopholes. They also urged the govt to establish a special desk in every police station to help transgenders

Sajid Gondal’s wife expresses concerns over police efforts to recover her husband

September 5th, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE: Sajeela Sajid, wife of missing SECP official Sajid Gondal expressed dissatisfaction over the investigation and recovery efforts for her husband Sajid Gondal. The children wait for him fervently she says.

Fehmida Riaz’s daughter rejects Tamgha-i-Imtiaz on behalf of her late mother to protest rights abuses by the state

September 5th, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE: Dr. Veerta Ali, daughter of renowned writer and poet Fehmida Riaz rejects the Presidential Award on behalf of her late mother as a sign of protest. She says accepting such an award would dishonor her mother’s life long struggle for human rights and condemns the state’s repressive policies.

The Baloch Battle Field

Nawab Akbar Bugti was never an 'anti-Pakistan' leader, but one who voted for Baluchistan’s accession to Pakistan in the Baloch Shahi Jirga held in 1947 at Quetta. But while he recognized himself as a Pakistani, he remained a staunch Baloch nationalist as well, often locking horns with the federal government over the discrimination that Balochistan faced. He demanded that the wealth generated from the natural resources of Baluchistan must be utilized for the uplifting of the Baloch people.

In conversation with MNA Mohsin Dawar on International Day for Victims of Terrorism

After America and NATO allies announced that they will pull out their troops from Afghanistan, there was a notable increase in militant activity in Pakistan, especially in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa...

UNCENSORED: Exclusive conversation with the Special Communications Organisation

Jul 24, 2020: Voicepk.net had an exclusive conversation with the spokesperson of Special Communications Organisation and head of marketing, Surosh Hina regarding the ongoing issues revolving around the online classes for

Dr. Zafar Mirza: Pakistan’s peak is over for COVID-19

Jul 23, 2020: Pakistan’s Parliament should take every measure to strengthen and enforce laws regarding the minimum age of marriage and conversion of religion, said Sulema Jahangir, a dual qualified solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and ...

Sulema Jahangir: Judiciary should implement every law in letter and spirit

Jul 18, 2020: Pakistan’s Parliament should take every measure to strengthen and enforce laws regarding the minimum age of marriage and conversion of religion, said Sulema Jahangir, a dual qualified solicitor of the Senior Courts of England and ...

Dr. Shamshad Akhtar: Women Entrepreneurship and Opportunities

Jul 17, 2020: Barely 1% of Pakistani women are involved in entrepreneurship, in part due to the prevalence of a deeply patriarchal society that bars women from economic participation, and the lack of economic access and opportunities ...

Atta-ur-Rehman lambastes attempt to dissolve federation

Jul 15, 2020: “The 18th Amendment and the 10th NFC award are being made points of contention as a well-thought out agenda,” said the vice president of the JUI (F) Maulana Atta-ur-Rehman in his speech at the Senate on July 13 ...

NCOC issues guidelines for Eid al-Azha

Jul 13, 2020: The National Command and Operation Center (NCOC) issued a revised list of guidelines to limit person-to-person transmission during cattle sales and slaughter for Eid al-Azha. Under these guidelines, district authorities ...

EXCLUSIVE: “Pakistan may have passed CoViD-19 peak” says Dr Zafar Mirza

Jul 04, 2020: “We are in a better place than 2 weeks ago with coronavirus spread in Pakistan” claimed Dr. Zafar Mirza Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health in an exclusive interview to Voicepk.net’s Munizae Jahangir ...

Bilawal Bhutto Zardari: Lambastes PM Imran Khan during June 29th session of National Assembly

Jun 29, 2020: Pakistan Peoples Party Chair Bilawal Bhutto lambasted Prime Minister Imran Khan’s Freudian slip in which he referred to Osama bin Laden as a “martyr”. In a fiery speech, Bhutto drew attention to what he referred to ...

Azra Pechuho: Pakistan has yet to experience the 2nd and 3rd waves of the COVID-19

Jun 25, 2020: International epidemiologists and health experts have warned global communities that the second and third waves of the COVID-19 pandemic will peak from August to October, while Pakistan remain in the throes of the ...

Sadaqat Ali Abbasi: Schools to reopen on July 15th

Jun 24, 2020: PTI official and member of the National Assembly (MNA) Sadaqat Ali Abbasi announced that physical classes in schools for secondary and higher education will resume from July 15, 2020, bringing an end to a nearly 3 month ...

Dr. Rafiq Khanani: Pakistan can be free from CoViD-19 within 90 days

Jun 19, 2020: COVID-19 must find a new body to host it within two weeks otherwise it will die, says the President of Infection Control Society Pakistan, Prof. Dr. Rafiq Khanani. In an exclusive conversation with Voicepk.net, Dr Khanani ...

Akhtar Mengal: Quits Alliance With PM Imran Khan

Jun 17, 2020: Chairman of the Balochistan National Party (BNP-M), Sardar Akhtar Mengal pulled out with his party’s 4 seats in the National Assembly from the coalition government with the ruling party, Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) ...

Punjab Minister of Health Dr. Yasmin Rashid: Announced Strict Lockdown In Parts Of Lahore

Jun 15, 2020: Lockdown to be imposed in parts of Shahdrah, the Walled City, Iqbal Town, Cantonment, Mozang, Shadbagh, Harbanspura, Gulberg, and the entirety of Nishtar Town. Lockdown to be enforced officially at 12:00 am, June 16, lockdown ...

Dr. Javed Akram: Curfew By Army May Be Needed To Impose Lockdown

Jun 11, 2020: Dr. Javed Akram, Vice-chancellor of the University of health sciences (UHS) in a press conference said that the armed forces should be called in to impose a very strict curfew instead of smart or any unsmart lockdown ...

Ajmal Wazir: KP Demands Finances For Newly Merged Districts

Jun 10, 2020: Ajmal Wazir pays tribute to all the frontline workers of KP. In the latest meeting of the National economic council, Cheif Minister KP Mahmood Khan demanded the promised 3% share of NFC by Sartaj Aziz committee for newly merged ...

“Thousand Will Die Of COVID-19” Warns Azra Pechuho

Provincial health minister Dr. Azra Fazal Pechuho cautioned that very soon the country’s health system will be choked, unable to deal with thousands of people who may fall prey to COVID-19. In a scathing criticism of the Prime ...

Sardar Ram Singh: When Relief Work Transcends Boundaries Of Religion

The coronavirus pandemic has suspended people's daily lives, snatching away various opportunities. At the same time though, it has also provided people with a chance to go all out and devote themselves to coming to the aid of ...

‘Pandemic Situation Will Be Beyond Control If Public Does Not Take It Seriously’

LAHORE: A summary leaked from the Punjab government has revealed worrying numbers related to the Coronavirus situation, creating chaos in the provincial capital. The summary highlighted that the actual number of infections is ...

I hope PM adopts scientific procedure for religious holidays: Fawad Chaudhry

In an exclusive interview with Voicepk.net Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry tells Munizae Jahangir that he hopes the government, cabinet & the Prime Minister will adopt scientific means ...

Lahore Under Lockdown: Murder Rate Down By 80%; Domestic Violence Up By 25%

From day one, the police have been on the battleground fighting the situation of the COVID pandemic head-on. In this battle, there have also been falls. Many of these frontline workers who work late hours and in close ...

Tribal Students Urge KP Govt. To Restore Internet

Mass Communication student Sayed Muhammad, from the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) had filed a petition at the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the suspension and unavailability of the internet in the ...

Javed Jabar Talks About Indian Atrocities In Occupied Kashmir

Writer and political analyst Javed Jabbar's confrontation with India's Major General GD Bakshi went viral on social media where he is seen to be responding to the General's attack on the concept of Pakistan's inception ...

First Pakistani Sikh Girl Nominated For Prestigious Award

Manmeet Kaur, a young girl from the Sikh community of Peshawar, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been nominated for an international award in the interfaith category. She is among the 100 winners of 10 million nominated for the ...

Pride Of The Transgender Community

For the transgender community, Aisha Mughal represents a lot more than just an expert. Mughal - a transgender woman has been working at the Ministry of Human Rights as a transgender rights expert since some time now ...

In Conversation With FAFEN: Alarming Termination Of 26 Percent Women Workers

Shehzad Anwer of FAFEN shared raised these important points with voicepk.net based on the information gained through the recent survey conducted by FAFEN. “The FAFEN survey was conducted in 8 industrial districts of Pakistan ...

UNCENSORED: Senator Usman Kakar On 18th Amendment

Senator Usman Khan says #ISupport18thAmendment. He also demanded further empowerment of the Senate as the house of federation & warned of serious political consequences if any undemocratic means are used to alter the #18ThAmendment ...

Despite IHC Order, Internet Not Restored In Tribal Districts

Mass Communication student Sayed Muhammad, from the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) had filed a petition at the Islamabad High Court (IHC) against the suspension and unavailability of the internet in the merged tribal ...

Presidency, Citizen Face To Face Over Non-Disclosure Of Information

Mukhtar Ahmad Ali, a former information commissioner at Punjab Information Commission has filed an application under the Right to Information (RTI) Act 2017 to seek information from President Arif Alvi and the President Secretariat about ...

Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Foreign Minister: Debt Relief Measures By G-20 Countries

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday said that the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has agreed to give a one-year relief to Islamabad, keeping in view the country's struggle against the coronavirus pandemic ...

Yasmin Rashid, Health Minister Punjab: Punjab Enhancing Its Healthcare System During Lockdown

Health Minister Punjab, Dr.Yasmin Rashid says that the government is utilizing the Coronavirus Lockdown period to enhance the capacity of the healthcare system. She insists govt hospitals have a proper waste disposal system in place in ...

In Conversation With Qaiser Afridi, Spokesperson UNHCR Pakistan

In an exclusive interview with Voicepk.net’s Asra Haque, Qaiser Afridi, Spokesperson of UNHCR in Pakistan explains how the UN Refugee Agency is protecting the rights of refugees, forcibly displaced communities and stateless people during ...

Zafar Mirza, Asst. to PM on National Health Services: Will The Lockdown Be Extended Beyond 14 April 2020?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sTnb8AaZQIA Find out in this exclusive interview with Zafar Mirza, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Health Services. Mirza speaks of the government’s plan to continue to impose stringent measures in...

Transgender community awaits government’s aid to survive lockdown

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ut7VCAxNrPY As the shut down in Punjab has entered into its third week, the downtrodden and marginalized segments of society are bearing the brunt of the situation. Working-class communities especially daily...

Ingrid Johansson, Ambassador of Sweden: Sweden’s Different Approach to Deal with Coronavirus

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9TGVRhZ-MT0 While the rest of Europe is in lockdown, Swedes are enjoying spring sitting in cafes and restaurants or going to the cinema. Sweden has 5568 coronavirus cases and 308...

Maleeka Bokhari, Parliamentary Secretary for Law & Justice: Release women, juveniles & elderly prisoners

Pakistan’s prisons are currently severely over-capacity, with a disproportionate amount of women, children, elderly offenders, physically and mentally incapacitated detainees, under-trial offenders and petty offenders in detention. Moreover, overcrowding...

EXCLUSIVE: ‘The Rights Agenda’ with Bilawal Bhutto-Zardari

Our reporter in Lahore, Haider Kaleem interviews the chairperson of Pakistan Peoples Party & Standing Committee on Human Rights (National Assembly)     Haider Kaleem: What role will the Pakistan Peoples Party...

In Conversation with Orhan Pamuk – A voicepk.net Exclusive

 Speaking exclusively to voicepk.net, Turkish novelist & Nobel laureate Orhan Pamuk converses with journalist and host of Aaj TV's "Spot Light", and painter and rights activist Salima Hashmi during...

EXCLUSIVE: In Conversation with Mohsin Dawar

In a voicepk.net exclusive, Munizae Jahangir (journalist and host of Aaj TV’s “Spot Light”) sat down with member of the National Assembly and one of the leaders of the Pashtun Tahafuz...

جلیلہ حیدر کانام ای سی ایل پر، 7 گھنٹے لاہور ایئرپورٹ حکام کی تحویل میں رہنے کے بعد رہائی

بلوچستان سے تعلق رکھنے والی انسانی حقوق کی سرگرم کارکن اور وکیل جلیلہ حیدر کو لاہور ایئرپورٹ حکام کی جانب سے 7 گھنٹے تحویل میں رکھنے کے بعد رہا...

پاکستان بار کونسل کے نو منتخب نائب چئیرمین اور معروف ترقی پسند وکیل، عابد ساقی سےخصوصی گفتگو

عابد ساقی 16 جنوری 2020 کو پاکستان بار کونسل کے چئیرمین منتخب ہوئے، انہوں نے اس کے قبل بھی بار کونسلز میں مختلففرائض سر انجام دئیے اور ملک میں...

Rana Sanaullah Softens Stance on Death Penalty, Calls for Reformation of Prisoners

LAHORE: In a drastic change from his earlier stance, former law minister of Punjab and PML-N's MNA Rana Sanaullah says that Pakistan should move towards abolishing the death penalty. “Pakistan needs...

“Who Killed Benazir Bhutto?” Heraldo Munoz in conversation with Munizae Jahangir

Dec 27th marks the death anniversary of Benazir Bhutto, a renowned face of Pakistan’s political legacy and an icon of feminine power in one of the most challenging societies...

Justice Gulzar becomes the 27th Chief Justice of Pakistan

Justice Gulzar Ahmed becomes the 27th Chief Justice of Pakistan on 21st December, 2019. Watch our exclusive video to know more about him.   Reported by Ayesha Nazar.

Senior Advocate Abid Saqi on the Punjab Institute of Cardiology Incident

Senior Advocate Supreme Court Bar Association Abid Saqi speaks exclusively to voicepk.net’s Munizae Jahangir on how lawyers are being randomly arrested in relation to the Punjab Institute of Cardiology...

Shireen Mazari & Nafisa Shah demand that student unions be restored in the National Assembly

On 10th December 2019 at the National Assembly, Federal Minster for Human Rights Shireen Mazari and MNA Nafisa Shah vocalized the need to lift the ban on student unions...

Washington Post's Christian Caryl talks about the astonishing collaboration of right-wing trolls situated in the UAE, Saudi Arabia, USA, and even Israel in the aftermath of Jamal Khashoggi's assassination.

Firdous Ashiq Awan assures no injustice will be done to students as it is against the PM’s vision

In an interview with journalist Munizae Jahangir, Special Advisor to the Prime Minister, Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan, stated that the government was in full support of reinstating student unions....

Punjab Police Inspector General Shoaib Dastagir to be Summoned in Senate Committee for Human Rights on Charging Students for Sedition

Chair Human Rights Committee in Senate, Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, from Pakistan People's Party (PPP) says the Senate committee will summon the Punjab Police Inspector General (IG), Shoaib Dastagir to...

Wusat Ullah Khan at AJCONF: “Why does the state need to practice cowardice?”

Writer and columnist for BBC Urdu, Wusat Ullah Khan, appealed for state accountability during the panel on "Social Media & Freedom of Expression" at AJCONF . "Give us answers,...

Legal Fraternity Reaction to CJP Suspension of Notification Granting Extension to COAS Qamar Bajwa

Pakistan's top advocates weighed in on the legal ramifications and significance of Justice Asif Saeed's Khosa decision to suspend govt-issued notification to extend Chief of Army Staff, Qamar Bajwa's...

Jalila Haider on persecution of minorities in Pakistan

Jalila Haider, a human rights advocate and activist, spoke for the panel on "Religious & Ethnic Minorities Under Siege in South Asia" at AJCONF 2019. In her opening statement,...

Manizeh Bano of SAHIL on Child Sexual Abuse

Manizeh Bano raises some serious questions about the Child Sexual Abuse in Kasur. She says in the past 6 months 40 cases have been reported but no investigation is...

Knut Otsby – United Nations Resident & Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan

Knut Otsby, United Nations Resident & Humanitarian Coordinator for Pakistan, talks about human rights issues in Pakistan and explains how he is working in partnership with Pakistan to address...

EU activities about Human Rights in Pakistan

EU Ambassador Designate to Pakistan, Her Excellency Androulla Kaminara, explains EU programs and policies on human rights, and tools of cooperation with Pakistan.

Netherlands’ Human Rights Ambassador to Pakistan, H.E. Bahia Tahzib Lie, at AJCONF

Netherlands' Human Rights Ambassador to Pakistan, H.E. Bahia Tahzib Lie, talks about her country's commitment to human rights issues. She also talks about the Netherlands' engagements in different activities...

Azam Tarar Rebuts Attorney-General’s Claim That LHC’s Decision On Sharif Had Humanitarian Grounding

In a news conference, Attorney-General for Pakistan Anwar Mansoor Khan, along with Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan says that the matter...

The Dharna Is Not Going Anywhere

Akram Durrani provides that the Azadi March's leadership disregard Sheikh Rashid's statements that the Maulana was due to turn back. The dharna is still on-going.

We Are Open to Discussions On In-House Change

While the JUI-F remains adamant in their demand for the resignation of Prime Minister Imran Khan, Akram Durrani claims that in-house change is a topic that will be on...

Is JUIF Even Interested In Election Reforms?

In an exclusive interview, Munizae Jahangir asks Akram Durrani (Leader of the Opposition, Provincial Assembly Khyber Pakhtunkhwa) if the Rahbar Committee has reached an agreement on reforms in the...

Judge Sapnara at AJCONF 2019

Her Honour Judge Khatoon Sapnara is a Circuit Judge and is authorized to act as a Judge of the High Court of England and Wales. She speaks ardently at...

Baroness Kennedy of the Shaws at AJCONF 2019

"Without independent lawyers and judges, rights are meaningless" One of Britain's most distinguished lawyers, Baroness Helena Kennedy of The Shaws, QC FRSA, Director of IBAHRI (International Bar Association's Human...

COVID Watch | September 24th 2020

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--WHO officials in KP express concern at rising COVID19 cases due to non-implementation of SOPs in schools --Primary school in Attock sealed after teacher tests positive for
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Rights Watch | September 24th 2020

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--Villagers in Mansehra chase out the family of the man accused of raping 4 y/o girl on Sept 21 --9 y/o girl found hanging from a noose in her one-room home in Islamabad during parents' absence --Rape among top reported crimes in Punjab in September --Agencies deny holding missing person Imdad Ali to SHC

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Culture of Silence

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Spotlight, the 2015 Academy Award winning motion picture, brought to global attention the Catholic Archdiocese of Boston sex abuse scandal of 2002. The film was based on factual events, showing how a group of reporters ...

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