March 16th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; The Sindh High Court has expressed its shock over the massive exploitation of unskilled workers, observing that the minimum wage policy has not helped raise their income
President Dr Arif Alvi has urged women in the country to take advantage of various loan schemes initiated by the federal government for their economic empowerment, regretting that only five percent of the funds available to female entrepreneurs have been availed due to lack of awareness.
تحریر: احمد سعید; گزشتہ روز کی ہنگامہ خیزی اور پر تشدد واقعات کے بعد بلاآخر حکومت نے سرکاری ملازمین کے مطالبات مانتے ہوے تنخواہوں میں پچیس فیصد "ایڈ ہاک" اضافے کی منظوری دے دی ہے
February 9th, 2021; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Farmers’ Leader, Chaudhry Anwar was detained inside a police van in Lahore for 12 hrs. Senior police officials threatened him with severe consequences if he fails to call off a farmers’ protest scheduled for the end of this month.
February 8th, 2021; By Asra Haque; LAHORE; The family of 12-year-old Misbah, who was tortured to death by her employer in the latter’s residence in Lahore’s Iqbal Town some weeks back, have expressed their satisfaction with the investigation and police cooperation in attaining justice for the slain girl. Misbah’s case is one among a rare few where the aggrieved kin of minors brutalized by their employers pursue legal recourse rather than accept a settlement or compensation. According to the FIR, Misbah’s father Nasrullah, a labourer and resident of Sheikhupura, had sent his daughter to work in Ms. Saira Bano’s home in Nargis Block, Iqbal Town some two months back. During the period, he and his family tried contacting the girl however her employer would often cut the call with an excuse.
February 3rd, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Observing that the State has presently failed to abolish bonded labour, Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court Athar Minallah has remarked the labourers of brick kilns were not bound to repay vicious debt (peshgi) taken as advance payment of work. The court was hearing a case related to juvenile bonded labourers on Tuesday (February 2) in Islamabad. Chief Justice Athar Minallah said loaning of vicious debt was an illegal act according to a Supreme Court judgment. The court ordered the Islamabad district administration to launch an awareness campaign for the labourers at brick kilns informing them that they were free to switch jobs and were not bound to work against their will.
January 25th, 2021; Bureau Report; KARACHI; Textile and garment industry workers from Karachi have threatened to stage a sit-in in front of the Sindh Assembly if their "sweatshop-like" working conditions are not improved.
The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalist (PFUJ) has launched a decisive movement for the resolution of issues faced by media workers in the country, setting a three-month deadline for the government to take tangible actions towards a framework that can provide physical, economic, and mental security to media persons, said Nasir Zaidi, the PFUJ’s Secretary General, as he read out a declaration.
The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) on Friday gave the government a three-month deadline to resolve the ongoing media crisis which has severely compromised the independence of media in the country.