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No country for musicians

Mirwais Nabi always dreamt of becoming Afghanistan’s pop sensation but his dreams were shattered after the Taliban took over. His office was attacked and all his musical instruments were vandalised leaving him no choice but to flee his homeland.

Rights Watch

Rights Watch | October 15th 2021

A sessions court in Islamabad has indicted 12 people, including Zahir Jaffer, the main accused in the Noor Muqadam murder case.

Rights Watch | 14th October 2021

Civil Lines Police on Tuesday busted a gang of pedophiles and rescued a captive minor boy. According to the boy, he had been repeatedly gang-raped and filmed. For more stories on human rights abuses, keep reading.

Rights Watch | 13th October 2021

A doctor from Lahore’s Jinnah Hospital was arrested by the FIA for drugging and filming inappropriate videos of female doctors and nurses. For more stories on human rights abuses, keep reading.

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Enact protection bill for minorities, demands civil society from PM

The Joint Action Committee for People’s Rights (JAC) - around 37 human rights groups - have also drafted an open letter urging the Prime Minister to take legal as well as administrative measures to protect minorities 

PFUJ condemns targeted killing of journalist

The PFUJ strongly condemned the targeted murder of Metro1 News correspondent Shahid Zehri in Balochistan's Hub. Zehri is the third journalist killed in Pakistan this year.

‘UNHRC’s recognition of environmental rights is a step in the right direction’

For the first time, the UNHRC voted to formally recognize the right to a clean and sustainable environment. Environmentalists and climate campaigners see this as a result of hard work in activism.

Nobel Prize for journalists acknowledgment of every journalist: Pakistani journalists

Pakistani journalists have termed the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to two international journalists being of great significance with a clear message to powers around the globe who are trying to suppress the freedom of speech through might and coercion.

‘UNHRC’s recognition of environmental rights is a step in the right direction’

For the first time, the United Nations Human Rights Council voted to formally recognize the right to a clean and sustainable environment. Environmentalists and climate campaigners see this as a result of hard work in activism.

‘Honour’ killing: Man sets fire to pregnant wife

In yet another heinous case of ‘honour’ killing, a man along with his father doused kerosene on his pregnant wife and set her on fire in Gujrat. Both father and son have been arrested.

Desecration case: Activists alarmed at indictment of Saba Qamar, Bilal Saeed

Human rights activists have expressed alarm at the indictment of actor Saba Qamar and singer Bilal Saeed in an alleged case of desecration of Wazir Khan mosque.

Global Citizens’ Assembly launched on climate and ecological crisis

A group of 100 people begins discussions as part of the world’s first global citizens’ assembly on climate and ecological crises. The Global Citizens’ Assembly will present their findings at the UN COP26 climate summit in November

COVID-19 WATCH

COVID Watch | 31st March 2021

28 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses manufactured by India under the WHO's COVAX programme have yet to leave the country due to India’s new export restrictions owing to a surge in national cases. For more stories on the pandemic situation, keep reading.

COVID Watch | 30th March 2021

The NCOC revealed on Monday that 26 cities of Punjab, Peshawar and Azad Kashmir reported a case positivity rate of over 8%. Meanwhile 100 patients reportedly succumbed to the novel coronavirus disease. An overall positivity rate of 8.83% was recorded with 4,084 fresh infections. For more, keep reading.

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Torkham to Kabul – Part 1

Aaj TV Peshawar bureau chief Farzana Ali recounts her journey from the Torkham border to the seat of power in Afghanistan under Taliban rule.

Are Punjab’s Campuses Ripe for Talibanization?

“I proudly say that [the Jamiat supports the Afghan Taliban & progressive students are trying to malign them," says a Jamiat spokesperson.

TLP to be mainstreamed despite ban, say top officials

May 2, 2021; By Munizae Jahangir; LAHORE; Pakistan’s top officials recently indicated that the state would like to ‘mainstream’ the religio-political party Tehreek-e-Labbaik, Pakistan (TLP). But it is still unclear if the ban will remain.

A right to education, without discrimination

April 27th, 2021; By Suneel Malik; LAHORE; "The matter of religious inclusivity in the SNC has been presented in public as a religious issue in order to create confusion and generate controversy, despite the fact that in actuality it deals with the curricula, and its provisions relating to basic human rights protected under the Constitution," writes Suneel Malik.

“Cancel your protest or else,” Punjab police tells detained farmers’ leader

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.

ATC grants police custody of social activist Muhammad Ismail for 3 days

February 3rd, 2021; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Peshawar granted to police, three-day physical custody of arrested social activist Professor Muhammad Ismail, a focal person of the Pakistan NGOs Forum. Yesterday the ATC had rejected Prof. Ismail’s pre-arrest bail plea in a “terror financing case” registered against him by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) following which he was handcuffed and taken into custody by the CTD from the court’s premise.  

Carrying on the legacy of the courageous Asma Jahangir

January 27th, 2021; By Ahmed Saeed; LAHORE; The Asma Jahangir Legal Aid Cell continues the legacy of upholding principles of human rights and the rule of law of its late founder Asma Jahangir as the nation marked the sixty-ninth birth anniversary of the human rights icon.

Allegedly abducted by the police over 2 months ago, the whereabouts of a Sanghar villager remains unknown

January 24th, 2021; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Sanghar resident Abdul Sattar Awan has been missing for over 2 months. In a petition filed before the Sindh High Court his brother claims that Sattar was abducted by the police. Police has failed to produce Sattar despite High Court's orders.

Editorials

Top Officials Want Enforced Disappearances ‘Legalized’

As the protests against enforced disappearances grow louder and the world marks the International Day for Enforced Disappearances, in Pakistan, it may be the other way round.

It’s Not the Dress, Its Your Mind

June 23: The Prime Minister has said too many times, that sexual assault is related to the clothes that a woman is wearing. what is the reason then, that so many children are raped everyday? Also it is deeply disturbing that the PM seems to be pushing an agenda of downright regression.

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Incensed journalists march to Parliament House against Black Law

Media workers from across the country on Sunday marched to Parliament against the govt’s proposed PMDA. Journalists set up an overnight sit-in camp for Monday's protest during President Alvi's address to the parliament.

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WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY: When a home becomes a prison

As Pakistan marks Mental Health Day, mental health experts say society must prioritise help for children who are scarred from emotional strain.

Leftover Landmines: A Nightmare Reborn

The entire belt of the merged trial districts, formerly known as FATA has been trying to move on from conflicts from the past, but the leftover land mines still buried in unknown areas, continue to take lives, and limbs both. 

Workers' Right

Families demand inquiry into killing of Shangla coal miners

Victims' families have demanded they be compensated the same as relatives of the 11 Hazara coal miners gunned down by militants early this year

Global brands rob one-third of wages of Pak workers in COVID: report

Jul 12: In a damning report on the exploitation of garment workers by major global apparel brands, the Asia Floor Wage Alliance (AFWA) revealed that workers in Pakistan had faced the highest ‘wage theft’ - that of 29 per cent in the Asian garment industry during the COVID pandemic.

Protecting those Invisible Workers

While the battle for workers’ rights continues, even though it is late, the new law passed for the Islamabad territory is a step in the right direction.

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Legal Issues

New Punjab prison rules await approval for over 11 months

Buzdar's recently announced Rs 5.5 billion package for prisons is still pending cabinet’s approval for over 11 months.

Senate panel passes bill to criminalizes defiling of Quaid’s portrait

Senate standing committee on Interior unanimously approves a bill to criminalize the defiling or removing the portrait of Quaid-e-Azam

KP police to act against privately-held jirgas

Killings of 9 people during a jirga in Upper Dir prompts ban on privately-held jirgas in KP

Govt maintains silence on PMDA

Despite a two-day long sit-in outside the Parliament House, where journalists gathered against the PMDA, the government continues to maintain its silence on whether it will continue to push forth the black law.

Freedom Of Expression

PFUJ condemns targeted killing of journalist

The PFUJ strongly condemned the targeted murder of Metro1 News correspondent Shahid Zehri in Balochistan's Hub. Zehri is the third journalist killed in Pakistan this year.

Nobel Prize for journalists acknowledgment of every journalist: Pakistani journalists

Pakistani journalists have termed the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to two international journalists being of great significance with a clear message to powers around the globe who are trying to suppress the freedom of speech through might and coercion.

International Stories

WORLD MENTAL HEALTH DAY: When a home becomes a prison

As Pakistan marks Mental Health Day, mental health experts say society must prioritise help for children who are scarred from emotional strain.

Nobel Prize for journalists acknowledgment of every journalist: Pakistani journalists

Pakistani journalists have termed the awarding of the Nobel Peace Prize to two international journalists being of great significance with a clear message to powers around the globe who are trying to suppress the freedom of speech through might and coercion.

Global Citizens’ Assembly launched on climate and ecological crisis

A group of 100 people begins discussions as part of the world’s first global citizens’ assembly on climate and ecological crises. The Global Citizens’ Assembly will present their findings at the UN COP26 climate summit in November

Torkham to Kabul: In conversation with senior journalist Farzana Ali

Aaj TV's Peshawar bureau chief and senior journalist Farzana Ali talks to voicepk.net about exploring human stories in Pakistan's tribal belt, and how it led up to her visit to Taliban-led Afghanistan

Online attacks bid to silence journalists critical of govt: Gharidah Farooqi

Undeterred by recent malicious trolling, senior anchor person Gharidah Farooqi said the online attacks are part of a coordinated, organised and malicious campaign to silence and intimidate journalists critical of the government.

Torkham to Kabul – Part 3

I met many people during my stay. And while it was important for me to get some bearing on the opinions and sentiments of working women, I began considering the views of stay-at-home women. It turned out to be an eye-opening venture...

Afghan Diaspora bashes Taliban’s Human Rights record

“The Taliban takeover of Afghanistan has created a situation where Pakistan is being held accountable for the actions of the Taliban,”