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Health authorities struggle to plug polio immunization gap in Qilla Abdullah

2 children in Qilla Abdullah, Balochistan, have contracted polio since the beginning of the year. Authorities are racing to close the immunity gap before more children fall prey to the disabling & deadly disease

TTP splinter groups unite to launch offensive on Pakistan

September 21, 2020 A high-level meeting of banned outfits with a history of targeting Pakistan has united under TTP banner in Afghanistan and has vowed to launch attacks on Pakistan, particularly Mian Iftikhar Hussain (ANP) and Aftab Khan Sherpao. LEAs are war of the merger....

Govt decision to allow Chinese fishing trawlers deny fisherfolk their rights

September 21st, 2020; By Sher-e-Azam; KARACHI; Fisherfolk has slammed the federal government’s policy of allowing China’s deep-sea fishing trawlers along the Sindh & Balochistan coastlines. They say its an economic massacre of the local fishing community.

Shia community appeals govt for action against sectarian strife

September 21st, 2020 By Shaukat Korai; KARACHI; The Shia community warns that Pakistan can quickly fall into a spiral of bloody sectarian strife of previous decades if the government does not act swiftly against elements stoking sectarian hatred against the minority sect.

Bonded laborers decry elites’ apathy

September 21st, 2020; By Asra Haque; LAHORE; On the 32nd anniversary of the Darshan Masih Case, BRIC Pakistan (a non-profit organization founded by Liaqat Javed Masih) celebrated “Freedom Day” to honor 22 of the surviving 30 laborers who laid the foundation of the Bonded Labour Act of 1992.

The challenge of the polio refuseniks in KP

September 20th, 2020; By Nadia Subahi; PESHAWAR; Health officials struggle to vaccine 200,000 children left out of the polio drive after parents refused to allow vaccination.

Asma Jahangir Legal Aid Cell slams govt inaction on violence against Shia community

September 20th, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE; Asma Jahangir Legal Aid Cell expresses serious concern over the govt’s inaction in dealing sternly with elements stoking sectarian hatred against the Shia minority sect.

Serial rapists haunt the women living in these shanty huts

September 19, 2020. By Sher-e-Azam from Karachi. In one of the localities of Baldia Town, a disabled woman was gang raped by two men, and in the same household, tried to do the same with an elderly woman of 80 years.

Will she or wont she? 

September 18, 2020; Video by Ahmed Saeed; Text by Xari Jalil; Maryam Nawaz has emerged as the only woman leader from within the PML-N and has taken assertive command of the party, but her methods may not be preferred by many others of the old guard... 

All Parties Conference: Resolution presented

The Resolutions presented in the All Parties Conference 2020, held in Islamabad The conference had a mixture of all political parties, lawyers and journalists and discussed civil liberties and other issues.

Mohmand Militia Demolishes family’s house in for violating tribal law

September 16th, 2020; By Arshad Mohmand; Mohmand; Incidents of violence by militias in the tribal areas persist even after the merger of FATA. On the 6th of August, a militia sanctioned by a local Jirga destroyed Sabir’s house for violating tribal law. The administration claims incidents have decreased drastically.

Celebrities can be catalyst of change: Mahira Khan

September 15th, 2020' By Sher-e-Azam; KARACHI; Celebrities took to demonstrate against Lahore's gangrape case a day later but with full spirit. Actors can act as catalysts and must be vocal about such issues, they say.

Public hanging, castration against int’l conventions: lawyers

September 15th, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; Senior lawyers say that PM Imran Khan’s proposal to publicly execute or chemically castrate rape convicts is unworkable and against the int’l convention ratified by Pakistan. They say that certainty of punishment is better deterrence than severity.

Rise in missing persons’ cases alarming: IHC

September 15th, 2020; Bureau Report; LAHORE; The Islamabad High Court has termed the rise in the number of missing persons as alarming saying police were investigating 50 such cases in the federal capital alone.

Women journalists denounce curbs on freedom of speech under guise of protection against online abuse

September 15th, 2020; By Haider Kaleem; LAHORE; PTI representatives have taken it upon themselves to justify harsher social media curbs, citing concerns raised by women journalists against online abuse, contrary to the spirit of their statement.

Opposition to block another FATF related legislation which gives spying powers to LEAs

September 15th, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; Opposition lawmakers have vowed to block the passage of a proposed amendment in the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA), which will give spying powers to the investigating officers. The spying powers will be subject to the court’s permission for 60 days but can be extendable for 60 more days.

Gang rape suspect arrested as CCPO’s apology fails to pacify activists

September 14th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar has announced the arrest of a suspect in the Lahore motorway gangrape as civil society representatives called the apology of Lahore police chief Umer Sheikh for his remarks about the gangrape victim ‘unacceptable and a joke’.

At least 70 transgenders killed in last five years

Transgender Gul Panrra was killed on her way back from a Mehindi ceremony in the Pelosi area of Peshawar while her partner Chaahat was shifted to the Khyber Teaching Hospital in critical condition and is still undergoing treatment there.

A 40 day sit in, but govt doesn’t care!

September 13th, 2020; By Umar Bacha; KOHISTAN; Harban Bhasha is the site for a multi-billion-dollar project of the Diamar Bhasha dam but the locals are far from happy. Residents have been protesting, for the past 40 days, demanding compensation for their lands & jobs for their youth.

‘Missing his long conversations over tea’ – family in wait for missing lawyer

September 11th, 2020; By Aftab Ahmad Memon; HYDERABAD; Sindh High Court lawyer Mohib Azad was last seen being picked up by men in a black Vigo. He had been campaigning for the release of his abducted friend Sarang Joyo. Today his family awaits him sadly, longing for wonderful times again.

Ziarat mine collapse: Even two days later lives trapped under rubble

September 10th, 2020; By Arshad Mohmand; MOHMAND; A group of interconnected mines in a Ziarat marble mountain collapsed 2 days ago. 24 dead bodies have been recovered so far while rescue efforts are still underway but several are still buried underneath. Survivors highlight a complete disregard for the safety of miners.

Persecution of Shias: Stroke sectarian tensions in the country

September 10th, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; Following the Ashura, a systematic hate campaign has been initiated against members of the Shia community with more than 40 blasphemy cases registered so far, with several dozen Shia Scholars already behind bars, fanning the flames of sectarianism.

In Karachi authorities fail while NGOs lead rescue effort

September 9th, 2020; By Shaukat Korai; KARACHI: While local, provincial, federal governments and military headed boards failed to rescue residents of Karachi from flood water, about 20 charities took the lead in helping citizens trapped in flood-hit areas.

A five year girl was raped and killed but no one seemed to care

September 8th, 2020; By Sher-e-Azam; KARACHI; When she was lost, the police refused to collaborate, says Marwah's father. But even after her body was discovered, no human rights organizations or politicians came to visit the bereaved family even once. It is shameful

Teera IDPs demand to be allowed to return back home

September 8th, 2020; Peshawar Bureau; JAMRUD: IDPs of Teera Koki Khel, KP have been protesting outside the Khyber Pass for 2 months now. Protestors say that they left their homes in accordance with the army's orders, 10 years ago. They have not been allowed to return since.

Transgender worker brutally murdered in Phoolnagar

September 8th, 2020; By Amir Taqvi; PAKPATTAN; Thirty-year-old transwoman Amanullah aka Billu Pathani, a resident of Pakpattan, used to earn an honest living by working at a private factory in Saraye Cheena near Phoolnagar. But one night, between the 28th and 29th of August she was gruesomely attacked by “unknown assailants”. The culprits hit Amanullah on the head with a heavy object and then choked her to death.  

Varsities, high schools will reopen from Sept 15: Shafqat Mehmood

Universities, colleges and high schools will reopen on 15th of this month, followed a week later by secondary schools on 23rd and primary schools on 30th , according to a phased schedule of reopening of educational institutions announced Monday by Federal Education Minister Shafqat Mehmood.

IHC, Gondal’s family angry over non-recovery of missing SECP officer

The IHC reprimanded the authorities over their failure to Bring back Sajid Gondal. The court ordered the Secy Interior to appraise the federal cabinet about the incident, while Gondal’s mother expressed disappointment that the family was not heard in court.

Couple beheaded for free-will marriage

September 7th, 2020; By Shafique Shar; SUKKUR: A couple in Sukkur was beheaded in front of their 8-month-old son for eloping together nearly 3 years ago.

Irshad Nasreen responds to reports of staging her own abduction

September 7th, 2020; By Haider Kaleem; LAHORE: “If they claim that I have fabricated and staged my own abduction then why don’t the police investigate the people that I have identified and named in my latest application?”, questions Nasreen with a claim that whoever is found guilty must be punished according to the law.

KP FLOODING: ‘The rains have spared no one’

September 6th, 2020; By Umar Bacha; SHANGLA: Several areas of northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa including, Shangla, Swat, Kohistan, Chitral, Batgram, Torghar, and Buner have seen a lot of damage from heavy rains and urban flooding since last week. According to the Provincial Disaster Management Authority (PDMA), 50 people have died so far as a result of the flooding.

Public irked by FIRs filed against DHA protesters

September 5th, 2020; By Sher-e-Azam; KARACHI: Clifton Cantt Board has irked protestors of DHA and Clifton, after paying them back by lodging police cases. Residents still complain of stagnant rainwater in their homes and streets

District Committees formed in KP to safeguard rights of Citizens

September 3rd, 2020 Bureau Report PESHAWAR Mehmood Khan, Chief Minister (CM), Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) announces the formation of district committees to protect the fundamental human rights of citizens and ensure the provision...

Activists slam Baluchistan for telling officials to quit ‘anti-govt’ groups

September 2nd, 2020 By Asim Khan QUETTA; Human rights activists have condemned the directives issued by the Balochistan government for its officials to quit following and supporting those social media accounts and...

Minor boy shot for resisting gang rape attempt

Three men lured a minor boy to a forest and raped him. When the boy resisted he was shot and left to bleed to death. Muzaffarabad Police has arrested two while a third is at large.

Protest against CBC by Citizen in DHA Karachi

Angry residents of DHA, Karachi hurled stones at the Cantonment Board Clifton (CBC) office, alleging mismanagement and carelessness in the administration’s response to the flooding of the locality.

Campaigners call for new, independent body for missing persons

Speaking at a webinar, organized by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), to mark the International Day of Enforced Disappearances, I A Rehman said the present inquiry commission had proved ineffective in dealing with cases of enforced disappearances as its head was now chairman of the National Accountability Bureau.

AFTER BUGTI: The quest for leadership in Balochistan

By Ahmad Saeed: Fourteen years after the cold-blooded assassination of Nawab Akbar Bugti, the future continues to be bleak for Balochistan’s people, for today there are few in the troubled province who present a forward-looking leadership. Only recently, the death of Mir Hasil Bizenjo has left the Baloch people bereft of a sane voice that spoke of the power of electorates being greater than an armed struggle.

Child abuse victim’s family accuses Lodhran cop of pressuring them

By Haider Kaleem: A probe has been ordered against a police officer in Lodhran after a man said he had pressurized him for withdrawing his case on sexual abuse of his son. Victims often end up with compromises with perpetrators.

Woman lawyer kidnapped, tortured for second time

The first time Irshad Nasreen was abducted was in October 2019 when Nazar Farid, Shah Nawaz, and their unidentified accomplice had abducted her and subjected her to physical torture at Nazar Farid’s place.

Making sense of the numbers: Virus prevalence in Pakistan

21st August 2020 By Asra Haque LAHORE Pakistan seems to be on the road to recovery from the SARS-CoV-2 (also known as the novel coronavirus or COVID-19) pandemic whose first few cases...

Three Ahmadis charged under 298-C for slaughtering cow on Eid

August 18th, 2020 By Ahmad Saeed Lahore; Pir Mahal police have lodged a first information report (FIR) against an Ahmadi man and his two sons under Section 298-C of the Pakistan Penal...

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...

Ahmadi man killed by unknown attackers in Peshawar

Aug. 13, 2020: One more man has been gunned down in a targeted attack in Peshawar possibly for belonging to the Ahmedi community. The incident took place on the evening of Wednesday, August 12. Police have identified the ...

Publishers condemn Punjab Tahaffuz-e-Islam bill

Aug. 12, 2020: A group of publishers, booksellers, and writers has given a statement condemning the draconian Tahaffuz-e-Islam Bill (TIB), terming it an attack on the constitutional rights of free expression. The Bill adopted by Punjab ...

Joint statement against online abuse of women in media

Aug. 12, 2020: A group of about thirty female journalists has issued a joint statement condemning the excruciating circumstances in which female journalists are forced to operate in Pakistan. The report claims that there is an ongoing ...

Indian shelling takes more lives at LoC

Aug. 12, 2020: One woman was killed while two others were injured in shelling by Indian forces across the Line of Control (LoC). The victims were residents of a border village Raishian. The young child of the deceased woman has still not understood ...

Sindh Government and opposition trade barbs over Karachi governance crisis

Aug. 11, 2020: Karachi, the most populated city of Pakistan and the backbone of the country’s economy, is suffering from an intense governance crisis. Following the recent urban floods in the city, the federal government has called ...

Health Experts concerned over early lifting of lockdown

Aug. 11, 2020: Doctors, public health experts, and epidemiologists have voiced their concerns over what they say may be a premature lifting of restrictions by the government. Experts believe that a premature return to normalization ...

Bomb blast rips through Chaman: 5 dead 22 injured

Aug. 10, 2020: Five people were martyred due to an explosion at Chaman, a major city on the Pakistan Afghanistan border, Monday morning. The explosion took place on the Mall Road, one of the cardinal roads in the city. An initial investigation ...

Newborn girl thrown off, miraculously survives

Aug. 08, 2020: Police have arrested an 18-year old girl and her father for allegedly throwing a  female infant off the second floor of a building in the Baloch Colony area. The newborn baby miraculously survived but was inflicted with a few ...

Locked-in under tyranny: Kashmir’s political leadership still confined after abrogation of Article 370

Aug. 05, 2020: Soon before the revocation of the special status of Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) on August 5, New Delhi imposed a lockdown in the valley fearing a massive public outrage. The central government has either arrested or put ...

Sindh and Balochistan tormented by enforced disappearances

Aug. 05, 2020: Rafique Umrani was a tailor by profession and a father of five. But for his family he might as well be dead. On September 17, 2017, Umrani was abducted by plain-clothed officials from Nazar Street, Larkana, and to ...

Pir Mahal: Police arrest a young boy over ‘blasphemous’ Facebook posts

Aug. 04, 2020:Pir Mahal police have lodged an FIR against a young man R* for allegedly posting blasphemous posts on his Facebook account. He was booked under section 295 A of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and 16 Maintenance ...

Proceedings commence against murderer of blasphemy accused

Aug. 04, 2020: Local authorities in Peshawar were quick to initiate legal proceedings against Faisal, the minor who shot dead a US citizen, Tahir Ahmad Nasim, in a Peshawar court last week. Nasim was indicted under articles 295-A, 298 ...

Protests carry on for missing persons in Karachi

Aug. 04, 2020: Families and friends of missing persons have carried on their protest against the state’s policy of enforced disappearances of perceived “threats” to the nation in front of the Karachi Press Club since the past week ...

Traders demand reasons behind sudden ‘smart lockdown’ in Punjab

Jul 30,2020: The sudden 'smart lockdown' imposed by the Government of Punjab in the province till August 5, in order to curb the spread of the Coronavirus during Eidul Azha, has ended up in making traders furious ...

تاجروں کا عید کے دوران لاک ڈائون پر وزیراعلی پنجاب سے استعفے کا مطالبہ

Jul 30, 2020: حکومت پنجاب نے عید الاضحی کے دوران کورونا وائرس کے پھیلاؤ کو روکنے کے لئے 5 اگست تک صوبے میں'سمارٹ لاک ڈاؤن' نافذ کردیا ہے۔ محکمہ پنجاب پرائمری اینڈ سیکنڈری ہیلتھ کیئر کے جاری کردہ سرکاری نوٹیفکیشن کے مطابق ، تمام ...

Blasphemy accused shot dead in Peshawar court

Jul 29, 2020: An elderly man accused of blasphemy was shot dead inside a court room in Peshawar during the hearing of a case, police confirmed. The incident happened on July 29, at around 12 o clock pm Peshawar’s judicial complex ...

PROTECTION OF ISLAM BILL: No one read it, yet it was ‘unanimously passed’

Jul 29, 2020: Lawmakers of the Punjab Assembly are not even aware of the content of the Bill that they have passed recently to ‘protect’ Islam. Following objections by Shia clerics and civil society, the Speaker of Punjab Assembly ...

Child Protection Units non-functional for the past 3 years

Jul 28, 2020: In Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Child Protection Units were set up in 12 districts in 2011 with the support of UNICEF for a total of six years. However, these units have been inactive since the aid was stopped. Why has the government ...

Pervaiz Elahi assures further consultation on Tahaffuz-e-Bunyad-e-Islam Bill

Jul 27, 2020: Following objections by Shia clerics and civil society, the Speaker of Punjab Assembly Chaudhry Pervez Elahi assured to stop the implementation of the Protection of Islam Bill that the assembly had earlier passed ...

Balochistan government hands over Gurdwara to Sikh community after 73 Years

Jul 27, 2020: After 73 years, a 200 year old Gurdwara in Quetta has been handed over again to the Sikh community of Quetta. The community has expressed its happiness over the government’s initiative of restoring the Gurdwara ...

Anwar Jan: Another outspoken journalist is silenced

Jul 26, 2020: The brother of a murdered journalist Anwar Jan Baloch has claimed that the murder was an well thought out act with the involvement of a higher up. According to information that was provided to the Levies, Anwar Jan's murder took ...

Breaking the Norms

Jul 24, 2020: The cattle market this year has a most unexpected situation. In this male-dominated buyer-seller platform, one brave girl has challenged gender roles and has set a trend for women by selling sacrificial animals in the cattle market ...

Parachinar locals express fury at increasing terrorism

Jul 24, 2020: The latest bombing that hit Parachinar Town has triggered anger and fear among the locals of the city with the re-emergence of violence in the area. Parachinar is the capital city of Kurram District in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa has been ...

Pashtu Singer criticized for making TikTok video in official building

Jul 23, 2020: A TikTok video of famous Pashtu singer Gul Panra seems to have irked the entire cabinet of Khyber Pukhtunkhwa. The video was shot inside the official residence of the Deputy Commissioner Khyber district. But Ms, Panra said ...

Taken away in the dead of night

Jul 23, 2020: On Sunday night, July 14, 2020, Muhammad Amin was dragged out of his house in Shah Faisal Colony of Karachi, Sindh, by a group of men and was never seen since. His family says the abductors were clad in civilian clothes ...

Minor electrocuted to death

Jul 22, 2020: It has been a year since 12 year old Ahmed was electrocuted to death by high voltage live wires. Ahmed was a resident of Al-Mustafa Town in the low income working class area of Chungi Amar Sadhu. After the child's death, his parents ...

Close aide of Abdul Aziz goes missing; Lal Masjid cordoned off

Jul 21, 2020: Trouble flared in Islamabad yet again as Maulana Idrees, the close aide of Lal Masjid cleric Abdul Aziz, went missing outside Jamia Fareedia in E-7 on July 15. Lal Masjid has once again been cordoned off to prevent Abdul Aziz from ...

Amanullah torture case at a standstill

Jul 21, 2020: The investigation into the extrajudicial killing of Ahsanullah of district Kharan, Balochistan, seems to have hit a dead end as no suspect has yet been brought forward. Ahsanullah had allegedly succumbed to police torture while he ...

Students, lawmakers protest against unavailability of internet in Ex-Fata, GB

Jul 19, 2020: Students from Gilgit Baltistan and former-FATA took to the National Press Club to protest for the restoration of mobile internet data services in their areas. They demanded internet services so that they could attend online classes ...

Traders to honk in protest in front of PM house

Jul 18, 2020: Honking in protest, traders from across Pakistan led a car rally from Lahore, headed for the Prime Minister House in Islamabad. They complain that it has become nearly impossible to do business due to heavy taxation by the ...

Khairpur teacher arrested for raping minor students

July 17, 2020 By Our Correspondent KHAIRPUR Sindh Police confirmed that suspected child rapist involved in one such incident in Khairpur was arrested on Friday. Retired schoolteacher Sarang Shar, was nabbed after...

PHC denies petition for orders to produce Idris Khattak

Jul 17, 2020: The Peshawar High Court on Thursday, July 16, 2020, turned down a petition to produce orders for the habeas corpus of human rights defender and missing persons advocate Idris Khattak, who has been missing himself for the past eight months ...

IT minister assures to resolve internet issues in GB, AJK

Jul 16, 2020: Federal Minister for Information and Technology Amin ul Haque has said that the government is trying to provide 3G/4G internet service to unserved areas of the country including Gilgit Baltistan (GB), Azad Kashmir and former FATA through Universal Service Fund ...

Waziran’s death must be investigated properly: HRCP

Jul 15, 2020: In a press release issued on behalf of Dr. Mehdi Hasan, Chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) the death of Waziran Begum has been seriously condemned and a proper and impartial investigation ...

Khoosat’s film finally approved

Jul 15, 2020: The Senate Committee on Human Rights unanimously approved the long-awaited release of Sarmad Khoosat’s film Zindagi Tamasha on Tuesday. In an official document received by Voicepk.net, the Chairperson of the ...

وزارت انسانی حقوق اور یورپی یونین کا نوجوانوں کے لئے ینگ ایکسپرٹ پروگرام کا اجرا

Jul 14, 2020: وزارت انسانی حقوق نے یورپین یونین کے حقوق پاکستان پروجیکٹ کے  تعاون سے نوجوان پیشہ ور افراد کو انسانی حقوق سے متعلق خصوصی شعور  ، صلاحیتیں  اور مہارت حاصل کرنے کے مواقع فراہم کرنے کے لئے ایک ینگ ایکسپرٹ ...

Hindu community hails Sindh High Court judgement allowing ‘converted’ Hindu girl to live with non-Muslim parents

Jul 13, 2020: The Sindh High Court (SHC) has declared that minors who have 'converted' to Islam can still live with their non-Muslim parents. The SHC’s division bench headed by Justice Abdul Maalik Gaddi announced this landmark verdict in ...

Unanimous agreement on minimum age for marriage at 18 years

Jul 11, 2020: Lawmakers in Punjab have vowed to amend Punjab's child marriage law and to increase the minimum age of marriage of girls from 16 to 18 years. Currently, the minimum age for marriage of girls in Punjab is 16 but it was ...

World Population Day: For the love of sons

Jul 11, 2020: With a population of over 220.97 million as of 2020, Pakistan is the fifth most populous country in the world, and with its relatively smaller landmass as compared to other populous countries, it is also among the most densely populated ...

Presumed Guilty

Jul 10, 2020: Baba Jan and his fellow activists have been in jail for nine years for allegedly setting fire to a police station and SHO's house, but their families claim they are innocent and there is a political motive behind it ...

Another news channel faces the wrath of PEMRA

Jul 08, 2020: The Lahore High Court has suspended the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority's (PEMA) order banning Channel 24 on Monday. Justice Sajid Mehmood has also directed PEMRA to present the minutes of the ...

Hunger, not Coronavirus will kill us: say slum dwellers

Jul 06, 2020: The health services of the capital announced contact-tracing and testing for the coronavirus in the abandoned slums of Islamabad under the Trace, Test and Quarantine (TTQ) policy on 29th of June but for slum dwellers, the novel ...

Balochistan govt spends only Rs90 per person on health: YDA

Jul 04, 2020: In Balochistan, there has been an increase of about 32 percent in the health budget as compared to last year’s spending on health. This fiscal year 2020-21, the Balochistan government has allocated over Rs31billion for the health ...

Peshawar: Christian man allegedly killed over his desire to buy house in Muslim locality

Jul 03, 2020: Since June 29th, life has fallen apart for Peshawar’s Christian woman Shaheen Joesph. She has been widowed at just 32 years after her husband Nadeem Joesph succumbed to bullet wounds after battling life and death for ...

VPN registration means stifling free speech and access to information

Jul 02, 2020: With populist leaders and their online troll armies seeking to spread disinformation, and authorities cutting off access to online information, global internet freedom seems to be going downhill. Like many other countries, even ...

Hindu community stands firm in face of fatwa and petition against temple

Jul 2, 2020: Just a few days after the groundbreaking ceremony of the capital’s first Hindu temple being constructed, a fatwa was issued by Jamia Ashrafia declaring the act ‘un-Islamic and illegal’. The fatwa came from Mufti Ziauddin of Jamia ...

Dir families await bodies of their loved ones as flights delay

Jul 01, 2020: At least 128 bodies of Pakistanis have been transported from Saudi Arabia since the pandemic while at least 119 remained to be lifted from various countries. Minister for Aviation Ghulam Sarwar Khan said that 56,846 people and 479 ...

Quick response saves economy from serious threat

Jun 30, 2020: The valor of security guards and timely response from the Sindh police has saved Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) from a terrorist attack and a possible hostage situation. According to details, on June 29 four terrorists arrived ...

Woman raped for refusing husband call to join prostitution

Jun 30, 2020: Thirty four year old Sumaira Bibi tied the knot with a man named Ashraf three years ago. Sumaira was the resident of Allahabad, a small village near Chunian while Ashraf lived in the town of Baloki. The couple was blessed with ...

Citizens in dire straits as COVID-19 medicines and equipment disappear from market

Jun 30, 2020: Increasing demand for drugs and other equipment used in treating the novel coronavirus disease has caused a massive upsurge in prices in Sindh, leaving many unable to afford basic equipment such as oxygen cylinders, ...

Failed terrorist attack on Pakistan Stock Exchange

Jun 29, 2020: On Monday morning, citizens were shocked to find out that the Pakistan Stock Exchange (PSX) located at the I. I Chundrigar road in Karachi, was attacked by four terrorists carrying heavy ammunition. Luckily the ...

Temple at last for the Hindus of Islamabad

Jun 28, 2020: A small ceremony was held this week to lay grounds for the construction of a Hindu temple in Islamabad, which will be called Shri Krishna Temple. The Shri Krishna ‘mandir’ will be Islamabad’s first functional temple for the Hindu ...

KP: Citizens protest against increasing cases of custodial torture

Jun27, 2020: Thousands of citizens protested across Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) on Friday, against police torture. Coincidentally Friday also marked the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on Friday, June 26 ...

Lots of G3 but no 3G, says Baloch lawmaker 

Jun 27, 2020: Chief Justice of Balochistan High Court Jamal Khan Mandokhail has ordered Additional Inspector General (AIG) Police Abdul Razzaq Cheema to submit a complete inquiry report in court promptly on June 25 ...

Schoolgirls faced constant harassment since two years

Jun 25, 2020: Incidents of sexual abuse and the harassment of girls, even those who are underage, seems to be a serious issue. In one of Karachi's areas, Essa Nagri, one such case also arose when a some gangsters supported by a political ...

عدلیہ کی آزادی کو خطرہ، جسٹس فائز عیسی کو دھمکیاں؛ وکلاء لیڈران کی مذمت

Jun 25, 2020: پاکستان بار کونسل کے وائس چیئرمین عابد ساقی نے قاضی فائز عیسیٰ کو قتل کرنے کی دھمکیوں کی مذمت کرتے ہوئے ہوئے موجودہ صورت حال کو عدلیہ کی آزادی کے حوالے سے خوفناک قرار دیا. بدھ کی شام کو جسٹس ...

Students’ lash out against government over online classes system

Jun 24, 2020: Despite the threat of Coronavirus, hundreds of university students staged protests in more than 35 cities across the country against the system of online classes and fee hikes. The demonstrations were held on the call of Progressive ...

Qilla Abdullah: Man kills wife for giving birth to baby girl

Jun 22, 2020: The woman was tortured to death by her husband for not giving birth to a son in subdivision Dobandi of District Qilla Abdullah. According to details, her in-laws were taking her body for burial when her family ...

In Hyderabad, hospitals reach full capacity

Jun 21, 2020: Hospitals in Hyderabad, Sindh, allocated especially for COVID-19 patients have almost reached their full capacity, aside from only two unoccupied ventilators. According to health department officials, so far a total of 11,833 tests ...

Mothers lose choice of formula milk as KP imposes ban

Jun 20, 2020: The provincial government has banned the distribution, marketing, and sales of formula milk, leaving no choice for new mothers. In a notification issued by the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Directorate General Health Services, it ...

Thousands In Chaman Demand Reopening Of Pak-Afghan Border

Jun 18, 2020: Thousands of people have been holding a sit-in protest at the Chaman border since the last 10 days, demanding the government to re-open trade activities through the Pak-Afghan border, which has been closed since March 1 ...

Shangla police accused of torturing man to death

Jun 18, 2020: A 52-year-old man in police custody, Said Ali Akbar Shah was allegedly tortured to death at police station Karora in Shangla district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Wednesday night. The man had been arrested with 110-gram ...

Bajaur Youth Jirga Decry Deteriorating Security Situation In Tribal Districts

June 18, 2020: In response to dangerous elements linked to the increasing incidents of target killings in Bajaur, a former agency of erstwhile FATA now a district in the Malakand Division of Khyber ...

“Locusts Destroyed Our Crops In Matter Of Few Minutes”

June 17, 2020: Akram Bajwa, 42, stands in his newly sowed cotton field and stares worryingly around him. Glancing up at the sky he is reminded of how someone has informed him that locust swarms can attack the area today. Since then ...

7 Year Old Child Murdered After Sexual Assault

June 16, 2020: The evil of child sexual abuse hit a neighbourhood in in Gulshan e Hadeed Karachi once again after a seven year old child was sexually assaulted and killed brutally afterwards. Even a week after the incident, the people of ...

Balochistan Dependent On 350 Beds And 50 Ventilators

Jun 15, 2020: Hospitals in Balochistan have reached their full capacity despite the fact that an estimated 97 percent of patients have quarantined themselves at home. DG Health Balochistan Dr Saleem Abro warned over the surge of ...

Farogh Nasim’s Called Out For ‘Misogyny’ During SCP Case Hearing

Jun 14, 2020: Civil society including members of women’s rights platforms, cultural groups, youth activists, legal community, academicians, litterateurs, and other activists have expressed their outrage and have strongly ...

Pakistan Bar Council Demands Protection For Dr. Arfana Mallah

June 13, 2020: Mr. Abid Saqi, Vice Chairman, Pakistan Bar Council has strongly condemned the recent onslaught of religious fanatics against Dr. Arfana Mallah leveled against her, false accusations of Blasphemy ...

Feudalism, Enmity Rampant In Kashmore

Jun 13, 2020: Areas of Sindh have become a battleground for deadly clashes among around a dozen tribes. On a daily basis one or two people are being killed because of perpetual hostility. So far thousands of innocent lives have been ...

No Beds As Patients Flood KP Hospitals

Jun 13, 2020: Despite 2,000 new cases being wheeled into Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s hospitals on a daily basis, there are hardly any beds available for them. In the Lady Reading Hospital only 105 dedicated beds and 25 ventilators are available ...

DAY AGAINST CHILD LABOUR: Millions in Pakistan continue to toil

Jun 12, 2020: Child labour is a social ill still rampant in Pakistan despite several laws outlawing the practice. Pakistan’s first set of laws prohibiting child labour were not passed until early 1990 after push from activists – the most important of which ...

Can Pakistan’s Hospitals Survive the Pandemic?

Jun 12, 2020: The country’s healthcare system is feeble and ill-equipped, and lags several years behind its counterparts in developed nations. With a global pandemic now in our midst, concerns abound whether Pakistan may suffer an even ...

Civil Society Backs Dr. Arfana Mallah, Prof. Sajid Soomro

June 11, 2020: The Asma Jahangir (AGHS) Legal Aid Cell condemns the dangerous and contentious misuse of the Blasphemy law of Pakistan for the purposes of threatening, suppressing, and eliminating the academic individuals of ...

Rubina Khalid Vows To Become Voice Of Tribal Students In Senate

Jun 11, 2020: After a massive online campaign by Voicepk.net, Senator Rubina Khalid, chairperson of the Standing Committee on Information Technology and Telecommunication has vowed to raise the issue of unavailability of the internet ...

Sindh’s private hospitals run out of COVID-19 beds

Jun 11, 2020: The surge in Sindh’s coronavirus cases has put citizens in peril as private hospitals across the province run out of dedicated COVID-19 beds. Healthcare experts in Sindh have termed the pandemic situation alarming, citing incidents where patients ..

Alarmed By Surge In Infections, WHO Writes To Punjab & Sindh

Jun 11, 2020: The World Health Organization (WHO) has written to both the Sindh and Punjab governments, urging Punjab, in particular, to impose an “intermittent” lockdown to control the spread of Coronavirus as Pakistan’s confirmed cases surge past a ...

MISSING PERSONS: “Every Family In Balochistan Lives In Fear”

Jun 8, 2020: Like every year, anguish-ridden families of missing persons along with others from the civil society converged outside the Quetta Press Club on Monday, June 8, a date which is marked every year as the ‘Baloch Missing Persons’ Day’. The ...

In Shameful Surrender, Government Appeases Abdul Aziz

Jun 8, 2020: The controversial Maulana Abdul Aziz of Lal Masjid fame is firmly back in the spotlight as the government has reached an agreement with him whereby, he and his family have vacated Lal Masjid G-6 today (8th June 2020) and moved to the ...

Married Girl In Khairpur Accuses 3 Policemen Of Gang Rape And Abduction

Jun 7, 2020: A married girl from Sindh’s Khairpur district alleged that she was abducted and gang-raped by three police officials on the second day of Eid ul Fitar, 25 May. The woman named S* also alleged that she was set free by the abductors after five ...

When A Baloch Woman Became A Symbol Of Courage And Sacrifice

Jun 5, 2020: "Malik Naaz we salute your bravery,” shouted protesters marching along the road in Quetta, holding placards. Dozens of protesters had collected on Friday in front of the Quetta Press Club to publicly denounce the barbarous killing of a woman ...

Man Kills Wife By Beating Her Viciously

Jun 5, 2020: Even after 10 years of marriage, there was no stopping the man who beat his 28-year-old wife so much that she died. The incident happened in the Kot Radha Kishan area of Kasur district, where Shamim, the eldest among ...

KP hospitals forced to turn away patients due to lack of facilities

Jun 5, 2020: In addition to the surge in COVID-19 cases in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, hospitals in the province are now struggling to tend to an increasing number of patients due to an acute shortage of necessary equipment, space, and medicines. As a ...

“Why is judges integrity being questioned when there is no concrete evidence?”

Jun 3, 2020: The Supreme Court on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, asked why is the integrity of judges being questioned when there is no concrete evidence. In the Supreme Court, a 10 member bench heard the petition filed by Justice Qazi Faez ...

Why Are Pakistan’s COVID-19 Fatalities So Low?

Jun 2, 2020: South Asian countries have had a long-standing image in the international community as being hubs of diseases and pestilence, coupled with a crippled healthcare system that is unable to address the healthcare needs of its ...

QAZI FAEZ ISA CASE: Farogh Naseem resigns once more to represent government

LAHORE: For the second time in a year, the Federal Minister of Law and Justice, Barrister Farogh Naseem tendered his resignation on Monday, June 1 which was accepted by Prime Minister Imran Khan. However, Naseem has ...

Grieving Families Of Plane Crash Victims Undergo Torturous Trials As DNA Reports Delayed

KARACHI: Arif Iqbal, a resident of Lahore, is among the several unfortunate Pakistanis who lost their loved ones in the Pakistan International Airlines (PIA) Airbus A320 plane crash on May 22, 2020. The plane had crash-landed in a ...

IHC Gives Landmark Judgement In Favour Of Animals

Recognizing the rights of animals, Islamabad High Court (IHC) Chief Justice Athar Minallah on Thursday, May 21, ordered the prompt relocation of the wildlife held in captivity at the Marghazar Zoo in Islamabad to sanctuaries within or ...

Journalists Continue Protests Despite Threats

It has been over two months since multiple journalists together with staff members of Jang Group have been staging protests in multiple cities against the arrest of editor-in-chief for Geo News and Jang Group, Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman ...

Islamabad Emerging From The Lockdown With Infections On The Rise

The government eased restrictions on Pakistan’s partial lockdown claiming that by extending it, the poor would starve. But as soon as businesses opened, people from the higher and middle-income bracket groups were ...

Kolai – Parched For Water

For decades the local people living in the upper parts of the country particularly Malakand and Hazara divisions have been experiencing severe water shortage for decades, forced to fetch drinking water from miles away from ...

Is Supreme Court Crossing Limits In Ordering Reopening Of Markets?

Markets and shopping malls have been reopened all across the country after the Supreme Court gave a decision in a suo moto case hearing regarding the measures taken to deal with coronavirus. While earlier, markets were ...

The Numbers Don’t Lie: Pakistan’s COVID-19 Testing Capacity

On April 7, Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Health Dr. Zafar Mirza tweeted that Pakistan’s daily testing capacity will be raised to 20,000 “in the coming days”. Fast forward to May 16 and Pakistan has conducted only ...

Residents Continue To Violate SOPs Despite 27 Deaths

Gujranwala becomes one of the most affected areas in Punjab as more than 1,650 people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the division. Located in the north of Punjab’s provincial capital Lahore, Gujranwala’s administration ...

Born To Be Killed

Karachi police have been unable to demystify the reasons surrounding the death of a newborn baby girl, who was found on a footpath in Mominabad area of the city. The baby girl passed away while being shifted to a local hospital ...

Digital Rights Activists Alarmed At Pakistan’s Content Restriction Policy For Facebook

Pakistan sent the highest number of content censoring or removal requests to Facebook in the first half of 2019 according to Facebook’s transparency report released on May 12. The Facebook transparency report ...

Relapsing Into Hopelessness?

Lockdowns have been enforced across the world in an effort to restrict the spread of Coronavirus, as part of social distancing measures. However, in parts of Balochistan, the lockdown seems to be having the opposite of its intended ...

Will The Upcoming Budget Increase Its Focus On Healthcare?

The healthcare crisis has hit Pakistan hard, and part of the reason for this has been the negligible quota of the budget that the healthcare sector is given. According to the federal budget in the last fiscal year (2019-20), the ...

As COVID-19 Cases Surge, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s Medics Also Fall Prey

As Khyber Pakhtunkhwa’s COVID-19 cases bloat to worrying statistics, an increasing number of doctors and other healthcare workers such as nurses and paramedics are also contracting the potentially deadly virus ...

“How Can Anyone Be So Heartless?”

An Eighteen year old man Muhammad Siddique Bangali was arrested in Hyderabad for sexually assaulting and then burying alive an eight year old girl Rukhsar. The incident took place inside the Quaid park on the main Autobahn ...

Karachi Transport Workers Hit Hard By Lockdown, Govt. Denies Relief Package

Pakistan’s financial hub, Karachi has probably been the worst-hit economically by the lockdown. As life and business come to standstill, tens of thousands have been left unemployed in the city. With the majority of offices and ...

“They Will Make An Example Out Of Us To Crush All Dissent”

Although it has a remarkably vibrant press, Pakistan only ranks at number eight on the CPJ’s 2019 Global Impunity Index that enlists countries where murders of journalists go unpunished. At least 65 journalists and media workers ...

Seven Year Old Boy Sexually Assaulted

A seven year old boy was sexually assaulted by his 18 year old neighbor in the Yadgar area of Bisham tehsil, Shangla district on Thursday, April 30, 2020. District Police Officer (DPO) Shangla, Malak Ijaz said that the police came to ...

Habib Jalib Peace Award Announced For Asma Jahangir

The Habib Jalib Peace Award for the year 2020 has been given to the globally recognized prominent human rights activist and lawyer Asma Jahangir. Since 2007, the Habib Jalib Peace Award has been given to known personalities ...

The Pandemic of Domestic Abuse

Although the concern behind the prevailing lockdown is to mitigate the spread of the potentially fatal coronavirus, restrictions on movement and forcing people to remain indoors has enabled a different kind of pandemic: domestic abuse ...

#OnlineJaloos: Politicians, Civil Society, Lawyers Outraged At Tariq Jamil’s Comments.

There has been public outrage over Tariq Jamil's derogatory remarks against women and the youth of Pakistan at the Prime Minister's telethon on April 23. Politicians, lawyers, human rights activists, journalists, academics, and other ...

Police Refuse To Grant Justice To Family Of Abducted Hindu Girls

Two minor Hindu girls were abducted from Sawari, a village within the Thari Mirwah police station limits in district Khairpur, Sindh. While the girls’ family announce their fears that the victims are under threat of being forcibly converted ...

Government, Clerics Not Ready To Follow Doctors’ Advice

After the 20-point accord between the federal government and the top religious leaders of the country was signed, on April 18, mosques across the country are now holding congregations and daily prayers as usual. But as the government agreed ...

Domestic Abuse Forces Woman To Kill Herself

In a tragic incident on April 18, a 28-year old woman, Maryam killed herself by hanging herself from the ceiling of her room. She was a resident of Francisabad, a Christian dominated area of Gujranwala, and was a mother of four children ...

Home Based Workers Crippled During Lockdown

As businesses, stores, factories, and entire companies are forced to close down, while facing irrecoverable losses, home-based workers (HBWs) are drowning in a similar mire of economic depression. Shamim Bano, a resident of Godhra in ...

Two Women Returning From India Test Positive

On the request of the Pakistani High Commission, the 41 Pakistanis who had been stranded in India were finally able to cross the Wagah border on April 16 and return to their homeland. But two of the women amongst them have tested positive ...

Karachi’s Unemployed Porters Struggle To Make Ends Meet

Nearly 1,600 railway porters across the country are now without a livelihood, as unemployment rises across Sindh during the lockdown. Despite assurances by Minister of Railways, Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad, of relief through the Federal ...

Yearning For Home

Around 300 Pakistani students stranded in Bangladesh are yearning to return home, as the world fights the Coronavirus in lockdown which was imposed on March 18. The students say they have been facing immense difficulties in procuring ...

Govt, Clerics At Odds Over Resuming Congregational Prayers

Although the federal government has extended the lockdown to April 30 across the country, certain restrictions have been eased to allow traders, businesses, and manufacturers to resume operations. However, the government has maintained the ...

A Step Towards Equality: IHC Orders To Restore 3G/4G Services In Former FATA

The Islamabad High court (IHC) on Tuesday, April 14, ordered the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to restore 3G/4G internet services in erstwhile Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA). The court issued the directive while ...

Sanitary Workers Demand Safety Equipment From Govt.

Sanitary workers have stood at the forefront of the war against the COVID-19 pandemic, but due to a lack of safety equipment for the community, they are also possibly a high risk-group for the virus as they have been tasked with the removal ...

کورونا وائرس: سپریم کورٹ وفاقی حکومت پر برہم، ظفر مرزا کے خلاف سخت ریمارکس

سپریم کورٹ نے کورونا وائرس کی  روک تھام کے سلسلے میں اٹھاے گئے  اقدامات پر لئے گئے  ز خود نوٹس کی سماعت کے دوران حکومتی کار گردگی پر بہت سے اعتراضات اور سوالات اٹھا دیے. چیف جسٹس گلزار احمد کی سربراہی میں پانچ رکنی بینچ نے وزیر اعظم کے معاون ...

PM’s Ehsas Programme: Problem Or A Solution?

The PM’s Ehsas Programme has come about with gusto, yet those who are at the collection points tell of extremely bad management, and lack of safety measures which they must face. Is the misery of those in need, actually being alleviated or ...

Freedom a Distant Dream For Prisoners as SC Pulls Back Bails

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bbp_bUJMaTY By Ahmed Saeed High courts have no authority for suo moto: SCP On Tuesday, April 7, the Supreme Court of Pakistan (SC) rolled back under trial prisoners’ bails that had been...

An ‘Education Lock-Down’

- Story by Haider Kaleem. The Federal Minister for Education, Shafqat Mahmood justified why the Government must continue its plan to make students attend classes despite the non-availability of the...

Online Classes: A Shot In The Dark

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=idjjDwEVEA8 - Story by Ahmed Saeed. Like much of the world, Pakistan too has also shut down all educational institutions to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country. At first, the...

12 doctors test positive for COVID-19 in Quetta

https://youtu.be/1QuM9kVovNY - Story by Haider Kaleem 12 doctors and 2 paramedics in Balochistan have tested positive for the COVID 19 virus, as the provincial government has not been able to arrange...

زیر حراست قیدیوں کو رہا کرنے پر سپریم کورٹ سندھ ہائی کورٹ پر برہم: قیدیوں کی رہائی کھٹائی میں پڑ گی

آج سپریم کورٹ آف پاکستان میں کورونا وائرس کے پھیلاو کے خطرے کے پیش نظر زیر سماعت قیدیوں کی ضمانت پر رہائی کے لئے درخواست کی سماعت ہی.   چیف جسٹس...

Pakistanis Stranded in Turkey Yearn to Return Home

https://youtu.be/RPkncY90lMA   - Story by Asra Haque. Mohammad Rashid Memon and his family were expecting to return by March 21, 2020. They had all flown to Turkey on March 15 of March...

Heroes of the Capital: Ordinary Pakistanis!

- Story by Ayesha Mir, Islamabad. As novel coronavirus cases grow exponentially across Pakistan, the government is yet to decide whether the federal capital will remain in partial lock down,...

On The Frontlines: Heathcare Providers

  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...

Dismissed petition could have led to prison system overhaul

Staff Report The Asma Jahangir (AGHS) Legal Aid Cell had filed a petition in the Lahore High Court (LHC) for court intervention regarding the overpopulation of prisons and the related...

Provinces show seriousness in dealing with prisoners’ release

Staff Report A number of actions taken on Thursday, March 26, showed that the judiciary and the executive were both taking the idea of releasing prisoners seriously in order to...

Quetta residents resist lockdown amidst COVID-19 outbreak

In Balochistan, according to the Ministry of Health, the emergence of 21 new cases in the past 48 hours has raised the province’s tally to 131. 1159 suspected patients...

LHC petition pushes for prisoners’ release

Petitions at IHC, SHC and PHC also seek immediate release of prisoners to contain the virus  Staff Report While human rights’ activists have been pushing the Government to release prisoners in...

Child Sexual Abuse: Civil Society Denounces Inhumane Punishments

In response to rising instances of child sexual abuse in the region, the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government referred to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) and the Supreme Court for...

Why was South Korea successful in combating COVID-19?

Currently, the novel coronovirus has spread to 108 countries worldwide. During the initial outbreak, South Korea suffered the most amount of COVID-19 cases, second to China, with a total...

Low-cost COVID-19 testing to be available in Pakistan soon

Professor Muhammad Idrees along with the team of university of Punjab’s Centre of Excellence in Molecular Biology has claimed to have successfully developed a low-cost kit to test likely...

A throwback to the slogans and posters of Aurat March

LAHORE: A week ago, on International Women's Day, thousands of women across Pakistan poured into the streets under the banner of Aurat March. Women, transgenders and allies rallied together,...

Pak-Afghan border closed amid pandemic, stranding Afghans

CHAMAN: As the dead increase in numbers at the Pak-Afghan border in Balochistan, immigrants stranded on either side are demanding the governments of Pakistan and Afghanistan reopen borders so...

کورونا کی دہشت میں اضافہ: حکومت کا غیر ضروری ٹیسٹس نہ کروانے کی اپیل

چین سے شروع ہونے والا کورونا وائرس اب دنیا کے ١٤٥ ممالک میں پھیل چکا ہے پاکستان میں اس وقت ١٣٦ افراد میں  کورونا وائرس کی موجودگی کی تشخیص ہو...

HRCP calls for immediate release of Idris Khattak

LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) held a protest in front of the Lahore Press Club on Friday against the enforced disappearance of Idris Khattak.   Khattak, a human...

Case Registered Against 12 for Disrupting Aurat March

The Islamabad Police in Kohsar has registered a case against 12 individuals for disrupting yesterday's Aurat Azaadi March – including Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam (Fazl) member Maulana Abdul Majeed Hizravi as...

Despite Threats, Women Marched for their Rights

Imagine being pelted with stones and bricks for merely asking for your fundamental rights. That is what happened to women in Pakistan’s capital city on Sunday. Women across Pakistan from...

Attempt to Restrict Aurat March Thwarted

As the Aurat March approaches, a last petition at the Islamabad High Court is dismissed by the Chief Justice Representatives of a religious group filed an application at the Islamabad...

Stopping Aurat March Unconstitutional, LHC Rules

The Lahore High Court in its verdict today resolved that stopping Aurat March would be a direct violation of several fundamental liberties given to women. The civil miscellaneous application filed...

PFUJ Launches National Movement to Demand Denotification of Social Media Regulations

The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has launched a national movement in collaboration with the legal fraternity and civil society organisations to demand the denotification of the social...

All about Ministry of Human Rights’ Protection of Journalists & Media Professionals Bill 2020

Editors for Safety (EfS) has welcomed the Ministry of Human Rights' landmark "Protection of Journalists & Media Professionals Bill 2020", aimed at ensuring the safety and security of journalists....

Javedullah Khan’s Murder Highlights Need for Journalist Protection Laws

On the 25th of February, journalist and politician Javedullah Khan was shot dead in Swat, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. The father of 2 was also a member of the peace committee...

List of Recommendations and Myth Busters for Protection Against the New Coronavirus – By the World Health Organization (WHO)

Basic protective measures against the new coronavirus Wash your hands frequently Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your...

Lacking Child Protection Laws a Human Rights Concern

On Feb 16th, the body of 8 year old Madiha was recovered in Saro Khel village of district Hangu, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Medical reports confirmed she had been raped and...

Justice Isa Requests SC to Move Contempt Case Against Those Who Filed Presidential Reference

The Supreme Court has adjourned till Tuesday the hearing on a synopsis submitted by Advocate Munir A. Malik, representing Justice Qazi Faez Isa, challenging the presidential reference filed against...

انسانی حقوق کی پامالی، جی ایس پی پلس سٹیٹس پر تلوار

یورپی یونین نے پاکستان میں ہونےوالی انسانی حقوق کی پامالیوں اور شہری آزادیوں پر قدغنییں لگنے پر سخت تشویش کا اظہار کیا۔  فروری ١٠ کوجنرلائزد سکیم برائے ترجیحات (جی ایس...

PPP, Bar Leaders & Civil Society Call for Repeal of Sedition Law

PPP Senator and Chair of the Senate Committee on Human Rights, Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, expressed the need to repeal Section 124-A (Sedition) of the Pakistan Penal Code. And today,...

Women’s Rights in Pakistan Take a Hard Hit: Woman Denied Police Protection

Violations of women's rights are commonplace in Pakistan, a country which is ranked 6th among the most dangerous countries in the world for women. And in the case of...

Asma Jahangir Memorial & AJCONF 2019 Publication Launch Attended by Prominent Activists, Lawyers

LAHORE: AGHS Legal Aid Cell, with the support of the Pakistan Bar Council and EU Pakistan, held a memorial on 7th Feb 2020 in wake of the 2nd death...

لاہور ہای کورٹ نے وزیرستان سے تعلق رکھنے والے پنجاب یونیورسٹی کے طالبعلم، عالمگیر وزیر کی درخواست ضمانت مسترد کردی

طلبہ یکجہتی مارچ کے بعد کیے جانے والے بغاوت کے مقدمے کا فیصلہ سناتے ہوئے، لاہور ہائی کورٹ نے وزیرستان سے تعلق رکھنے والے پنجاب یونیورسٹی کے طالبعلم، عالمگیر وزیر...

Bail Plea of Islamabad Protesters Rejected: AWP Call for Their Immediate Release

The Awami Workers Party (AWP) held a press conference at 3PM on Thursday at the National Press Club in Islamabad to denounce the arrests of political workers by Kohsar...

Maternity and Paternity Leave Act Passed in Senate despite Government Opposition

This Monday, the Senate passed the Maternity and Paternity Leave Act. While Article 37 (e) of the Constitution ensures maternity benefits for women in employment, there are currently no...

Hooz Noor’s murder is another grim reminder that our children are not safe

On Jan 18, 2020, the body of a seven year old girl was found in Mohallah Pir Sach of Kaka Sahib village, district Nowshera. The girl was reported missing...

Islamabad Bar Association Revokes Controversial Resolution; Abid Saqi, PBC Vice Chairman

Islamabad Bar Association’s (IBA) controversial resolution that aimed to make all members make a declaration of their faith, has now been revoked, voicepk.net has learnt. Vice Chairman of the Pakistan...

Women Banned from Markets to ‘Protect’ them from Harassment – Jirga Rules

Situated 5 kilometers west of Ghallanai, headquarters of the Mohmand tribal district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Chanday Bazaar is a popular market with several dozen shops laden with clothes, accessories...

پولیومہم کامیاب ہوتے ہوتے سیاست کا شکار

خیبرپختونخوا میں پانچ سال سے کم عمر 98 بچوں میں پولیو وائرس کی تصدیق ہو گئی۔ انسداد پولیوایمرجنسی آپریشن سنٹرکے اعداد و شمار کےمطابق 2016 میں 8 ، 2017...

Supreme Court Suspends Lahore High Court Order to Release Colonel Inam

The Supreme Court today suspended the Lahore High Court’s orders for the immediate release of Advocate Inam-ur-Rahim, a missing persons lawyers who had made a name for himself for...

Mohammed Hanif’s ‘Exploding Mangoes” Confiscated by State Agencies

This afternoon some people claiming to be from the ISI barged into my Urdu publisher Maktaba Daniyal offices, confiscated all copies of Urdu translation of A Case of Exploding...

Col Inam-ur-Rahim Forcibly Disappeared for Violating Official Secrets Act 1923

Colonel Inam-ur-Rahim, a lawyer who had fought cases for families of missing persons and coordinator for the Rawalpindi Bar Association’s Human Rights Committee, had been forcibly disappeared by security...

New Year Starts in Pakistan with an End to Another Young Domestic Helper’s Life

LAHORE: Sana, a 15 year old domestic helper was allegedly tortured and killed by her employer on December 31 in Chung, Lahore. Investigation officer Ejaz Rasool states that police found...

Rana Sanaullah Granted Bail by Lahore High Court

Rana Sanaullah, a senior leader of the PML-N, was granted bail by the Lahore High Court on Dec 22nd in a narcotics case levied against him by the Anti-Narcotics...

Tariq Gidar group of the TTP re-emerge in Darra Adam Khel

A notice from the Tehrik-I-Taliban Pakistan says they have reorganized & regrouped in Darra Adam Khel, South-West of Peshawar. The TTP has warned locals of Darra Adam Khel of dire...

Junaid Hafeez: A victim of Pakistan’s controversial blasphemy laws

Junaid Hafeez, a former visiting lecturer at Bahauddin Zakariya University, was awarded the death penalty by a court in the Central Jail in Multan on 21st December 2019. He...

The Humanity and Beauty of Kalash

The indigenous Kalash culture is rich with flavour and values humanity above all else. In this exclusive report by Fauzia Kulsoom Rana, watch the utter beauty and essence of...

Pervez Musharraf Given Death Penalty

A special court declared former military dictator General Musharraf guilty of high treason and handed him the death sentence on Dec 17th — a judgement unprecedented in Pakistan's legal...

Writ Petition Filed by Salman Sufi via Asma Jahangir Legal Aid Cell for Right to Privacy

On the 5th of December, a writ petition was filed and admitted by Asma Jahangir Legal Aid Cell through the petitioner, Salman Sufi, a social activist. The petition focuses...

Dua Mangi was abducted – the internet blamed her clothes

KARACHI: On the night of Dec 1st, Dua Mangi was kidnapped by armed, unidentified men in DHA Karachi. She was in the company of a male friend, Haris Soomro, in...

DAWN’s Islamabad bureau besieged by unidentified protesters

ISLAMABAD: On Dec 2nd, around 2 dozen protesters gathered outside DAWN’s Islamabad bureau, claiming that DAWN was pushing an “anti-Islam” and “anti-state” narrative. HRCP in a tweet said that...

Students slapped with sedition for marching for their rights

When students across 50 cities in Pakistan marched for their rights, government ministers spoke up in support. And yet, the very next day, marchers as well as teachers, leaders...

Students mobilization continues, but some also fear

  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uvdu9yg6Mkk   LAHORE: As the students’ solidarity march is set to begin on Friday, a charged atmosphere engulfs the campuses. Students in FC College and LUMS aired their views openly, but in...

The Forced Disappearance of Human Rights Activist, Idris Khattak

On 13th November, 56 year old human rights activist, Idris Khattak was forcibly disappeared in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Khattak had tirelessly worked on enforced disappearances in Pakistan and he was...

Learning English at a Madresssah

Sarim Raza, an undergrad student of LUMS, has set up the Riayat Community Center at the Tajweed Al-Quran, a madressah in Gohawa Village run by Nafeesa Baji. From toddlers...

Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Authorities Slammed over Actions (in Aid of Civil Power) Ordinance 2019

The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has promulgated an ordinance extending certain powers of the armed forces, which were available in erstwhile FATA and PATA, while acting in aid of civil...

Kalpana Devi’s Struggle Against all Odds to End Forced Conversions of Hindu Girls in Pakistan

Additional Advocate General of Sindh High Court Kalpana Devi is a politician from Larkana and an official member of the PPP. She was banned by her own Hindu Panchayat...

Sikhs pilgrims hope they will be allowed to visit other holy sites soon

Kartarpur, Punjab (Pakistan): The Kartarpur Corridor - connecting Dera Baba Nanak Sahib in India and the Gurdwara Darbar Sahib Kartarpur in Pakistan, is now open for Sikh pilgrims. It's...

JOURNALISTS TAP TO THE DREAM FOR CHANGE

Strasbourg, France: The World Forum for Democracy was conducted from the 6th to the 8th of November this year at the Council of Europe. Journalists, activists and aspiring students,...

Woman Publicly Assaulted Under Orders of Feudal Landlord

FAISALABAD: A video of a woman being beaten in public by hooligans armed with sticks surfaced on the 5th of November 2019 on social media. Individuals can be heard...

Minor Girl Raped by Imam in Sindh

SINDH: On the 28th of October 2019, an eleven year old girl was raped within the walls of a mosque in Pano Akil, Sukkur. The perpetrator, Shafqat Samejo, was...

The Supreme Court Bar Association Elections and the Role of Female Advocates

The Supreme Court Bar Elections concluded today with a landslide victory to the Asma Group candidate, Qalb-I-Hassan, as the current president of the SCBA. The Asma Group (formally known...

Why the Upcoming Supreme Court Bar Elections are Significant

The Supreme Court Bar Elections 2019 will be held tomorrow on the 31st of October. Supreme Court advocates from across the country will vote for 22 seats. Lahore consists...

JUI-F Reprimanded for “No Women” Policy for Azadi March

As Maulana Fazl-ur-Rehman's Azadi March approaches Islamabad, the authorities tighten their noose around JUI-F's leadership. Is Freedom of Association only for JUI-F Workers? JUI-F’s Mufti Kifayatullah was arrested during a raid...

ART INSTALLATION IN KARACHI FORCIBLY SHUT DOWN BY UNIDENTIFIED MEN

‘The Killing Fields of Karachi’, an art installation by Adeela Suleiman at the Karachi Biennale 2019 was forcibly shut down on 27th of October 2019. On Sunday morning, men in...

BONDED LABOR

AGHS has successfully represented bonded labourer cases in the reporting period. One such case is of Irshad Hussein a bonded labourer at a brick-kiln. His employer fraudulently got his...

PROLONGED INCARCERATION

In several cases of prolonged incarceration AGHS through its prison project provided legal services and had three women released and exonerated of all charges. These women had no hope...

KANEEZ FATIMA

Kaneez Fatima, a mother of four children failed to recover her children in the Sessions Court Lahore in her first Habeas Petition, where she was instructed to go to...

KAUSAR BIBI

In another case, a mother of four children reported to AGHS that her children were taken away illegally from her, including a minor girl. The eldest daughter said that...

SHAMA PARVEEN

A case was reported to AGHS by the victim Shama Parveen, a young woman aged 21. She was hired as a domestic servant in the house of an influential...

Rabia Rustam

Rabia Rustam, a minor girl, working as a domestic worker in a household was raped and otherwise physically abused at the hands of her employer Atta Ullah....

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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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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