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Sessions courts designated for speedy rape trials, activists hail move

May 8th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; All sessions courts in the country have been designated as special courts to try those accused of rape under the anti-rape ordinance promulgated in December last year. Women activists welcomed the development, calling it a first step towards providing a conducive environment for rape survivors.

PIMH Lahore holds Interfaith Thanksgiving prayer following Chapel takeover by Muslim...

May 8th, 2021; Staff Reporter; LAHORE; Calm prevails at the PIMH, Lahore as the hospital organized an interfaith thanksgiving prayer in the Chapel which was taken over Muslim nurses on April 29.

Bill on protection of journalists gets cabinet nod, media bodies give...

May 7th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; The federal cabinet has approved a much sought-after bill on the protection of journalists. However, PFUJ and Freedom Network gave a guarded welcome saying it remains to be seen whether the bill included their recommendations.

Shakil Afridi’s fate hangs in the balance as US quits Afghanistan

May 7th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; The United States is ending its war in Afghanistan but the fate of Dr Shakil Afridi, often lauded by Americans for his role in the killing of of Osama Bin Laden, hangs in the balance

پاکستان کا جی-ایس-پی پلس سٹیٹس ختم کرنے کا حتمی فیصلہ نہیں...

مئی ٦ ٢٠٢١; اسٹاف رپورٹ; لاہور; پاکستان میں یورپی یونین کی سفیر اینڈرولا کامینارا نے صحافی منیزۓ جہانگیر کو دیے گئے ایک انٹرویو میں وضاحت کی ہے کہ پاکستان کا جی-ایس-پی پلس سٹیٹس ختم کرنے کا ابھی تک کوئی حتمی فیصلہ نہیں کیا گیا-

No decision to revoke Pakistan’s GSP+ status: EU Ambassador

May 6th, 2021; Staff Report; LAHORE; Ambassador of the EU to Pakistan Androulla Kaminara clarified that the European Parliament's resolution to review Pakistan's GSP+ status is not a decision to go ahead with it.

Rs20,000 minimum wage based on 14% hike in inflation: official

May 6th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; The Punjab government has announced raising minimum monthly wage to 20,000 but labour rights activists point out that lack of implementation mechanism has left out millions of workers being paid the bare minimum under the law.

انسانی حقوق کمیشن کی سالانہ رپورٹ: 2020 آزادی اظہار اور معیشیت...

مئی ٥ ٢٠٢١; اسٹاف رپورٹ; لاہور; انسانی حقوق کمیشن نے اپنی سالانہ رپورٹ براۓ سنہ 2020 کوجاری کر دیا ہے. رپورٹ میں بتایا گیا ہے کے پچھلے سال ملک میں عورتوں اور بچوں پر تشدد کے کسیز میں اضافہ ہوا جب کہ صحافت اور آزادی اظہار رائے پر بھی مزید قدغنیں بھی لگائی گی.

Pakistan’s human rights situation worsened during the pandemic, finds HRCP

May 5th, 2021; Staff Report; LAHORE; In its flagship report, the HRCP found that the COVID1-9 pandemic had aggravated Human Rights violations in Pakistan, and urged the government to deliver the rights and freedoms legally and constitutionally entitled to the people of Pakistan.

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PALPA terms list about dubious licenses as ‘fake’

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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.

وزیراعظم کا یورپی یونین کے تحفظات دور کرنے کا عندیہ

مئی ٤ ٢٠٢١; تحریر: ریحان پراچہ; لاہور; وزیراعظم عمران خان نے عندیہ دیا ہے کہ پاکستان ختم نبوت کے قانون پر سمجھوتہ نہیں کرے گا لیکن یورپی یونین کے تحفظات دور کرے گا جس کا احاطہ حالیہ یورپی پارلیمان کی قرار داد میں کیا گی

UNDP highlights glaring economic inequality in the country

April 20th, 2021; Staff Report; LAHORE; According to the 'National Human Rights Development' report released by the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), at least six percent of Pakistan’s gross domestic product (GDP) is handed over to the elite class in the form of direct or indirect privileges.

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.