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9-month trial period set for criminal cases in reforms bill

A proposed amendment bill would set a nine-month trial period of all criminal cases in the country, said Federal Minister for Law Farogh Naseem as he listed salient features of the revamp of the criminal justice system in the country.

Meesha Shafi’s defamation suit to be heard alongside Zafar’s case: LHC

The sessions court in Lahore is to hear Meesha Shafi’s Rs 2 billion defamation case against Ali Zafar alongside a damages suit filed by him against her.

Minister’s “dopatta” remark creates uproar

“Under this Govt, we are witnessing a gradual Madrasization of Public Schools at a level not seen even during Zia’s era,” says Educationist A.H Nayyar while responding to Murad Ras's remarks about making "scarves & caps" part of school uniforms.

Whistleblower’s sufferings bring result at last : IBA Karachi fires harassment accused

IBA Karachi dismisses an employee accused of harassing a female colleague. The incident was reported last year by final semester student for which he faced disciplinary proceedings and expulsion for defaming the institute.

People at GM Syed’s birthday party get bail

Sedition cases were lodged against 60 activists for 'raising anti-state slogans' at an event celebrating G.M Sayed's 118th birthday. Sarang Joyo, an activist nominated in the FIRs along with his wife Sohni Joyo, narrates how the ordeal unfolded

Rights Watch

Rights Watch | January 19th 2022

2 separate cases of sedition were registered against some 60 Sindhi nationalists for allegedly chanting anti-state slogans at events held to commemorate the 118th birth anniversary of Sindhi leader G.M Sayed.

Rights Watch | 17th January 2022

In the Samundari Tehsil of Faisalabad, a man allegedly suffocated and killed a six-year-old girl born to his ex-wife to avenge his divorce.

Rights Watch – 15th January 2022

A 10-year-old boy was killed after being raped by unknown suspects in Nasirabad, Balochistan. An autopsy found torture marks on the victim's neck and chest. For more news on human rights abuses, keep reading.

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People at GM Syed’s birthday party get bail

Sedition cases were lodged against 60 activists for 'raising anti-state slogans' at an event celebrating G.M Sayed's 118th birthday. Sarang Joyo, an activist nominated in the FIRs along with his wife Sohni Joyo, narrates how the ordeal unfolded

9-month trial period set for criminal cases in reforms bill

A proposed amendment bill would set a nine-month trial period of all criminal cases in the country, said Federal Minister for Law Farogh Naseem as he listed salient features of the revamp of the criminal justice system in the country.

Meesha Shafi’s defamation suit to be heard alongside Zafar’s case: LHC

The sessions court in Lahore is to hear Meesha Shafi’s Rs 2 billion defamation case against Ali Zafar alongside a damages suit filed by him against her.

Minister’s “dopatta” remark creates uproar

“Under this Govt, we are witnessing a gradual Madrasization of Public Schools at a level not seen even during Zia’s era,” says Educationist A.H Nayyar while responding to Murad Ras's remarks about making "scarves & caps" part of school uniforms.

Aspiring lawyers show promise in Pakistan’s first Urdu moot court

In order to promote Urdu as well as youth participation, the YGA Legal Forum with the support of the Business and Law School successfully conducted Pakistan's first Urdu language moot court

Govt apathy blocks RTI access in Balochistan, Sindh

Citizens are denied access to their right of information in Balochistan and Sindh where provincial governments have either failed to constitute a provincial information commission or appointed new members on the lapse of tenures of the previous commissioners.

Manora’s Saint Paul Church long a symbol of religious harmony

“I have been serving this church for a long time now and have never encountered any issues with the Muslim community. We worship freely here,” says Faisal an employee of the historic Church’s management.

SC grants bail to blasphemy accused after four years of incarceration

SC has granted bail to blasphemy accused Nadeem Samson after4 years of detention. The court noted that the petitioner is entitled to be released on bail as a matter of right as his trial could not be concluded within two year time period.

Power outages: GB residents threaten blockade over terrorism case

A Gilgit Baltistan legislator on Thursday asked authorities to withdraw a terrorism case against protesters in Ghizer district over power outages as residents there threaten a blockade.

Navy golf course, Monal restaurant sealed on IHC order

The Navy Golf Course and Monal restaurant built on encroached land of the Margallah Hill National Park are sealed after a landmark judgment by the Islamabad High Court over the protection of the wildlife sanctuary.

Only 16 women inmates got legal aid from govt fund

Only 16 out of 633 women inmates in Punjab prisons have been provided free legal assistance under the Women in Distress and Detention Fund Act, according to a petition in the Lahore High Court seeking a court direction to the provincial government for making available such assistance to all women prisoners.

مسلسل انتظامی تبدلیاں مری میں بد انتظامی کا باعث بنی: مقامی افراد  

٢٠١٨ سے لے کر اب تک چھ افسران کو اسسٹنٹ کمشنز مری تعینات کیا جا چکا ہے اور مقامی افراد کے مطابق مسلسل ہونے والی تبدلیوں کی وجہ سے مری کے مسائل میں اضافہ ہوا ہے. مقامی  افراد کے مطابق اگر مقامی حکومتوں کا نظام ہوتا تو شاید سانحہ سے بچا جا سکتا تھا

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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Silencing a People’s Assembly

“Everything is a risk in Pakistan: If you defend women, it's a risk. If you defend non-Muslims, it's a risk. If you discuss religion, it's a risk. But you can't really sit there like a vegetable in your own society. And I'm committed to that society... and I feel I need to turn around and speak as I should.”

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.

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Silencing a People’s Assembly

“Everything is a risk in Pakistan: If you defend women, it's a risk. If you defend non-Muslims, it's a risk. If you discuss religion, it's a risk. But you can't really sit there like a vegetable in your own society. And I'm committed to that society... and I feel I need to turn around and speak as I should.”

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50 Years of Statelessness: The Bengalis of Macchar Colony

Half a century on - 50 years after West Pakistan lost its eastern counterpart - those who had taken the painstaking journey all the way to present-day Pakistan, travelling in a state of starvation and poverty, and hoping for better times to come – are living today in a country that has not even declared them its own. They live hopeless lives, scarred by frustration. Whatever little they earn is not enough to feed their families.

WHO study findings on high COVID child mortality rate not in line with NCOC data

A usually high child mortality rate of 14 percent in children with COVID reported in a recent WHO-sponsored study based on 1100 infected children is not consistent with 0.19% fatality rate in infected children up to age of 18 years across the country as compiled by the NCOC

UNCENSORED | Impact of Talibanization on Women in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Speakers at the Asma Jahangir Conference 2021 – Challenges to Human Dignity raised alarm over the crumbling humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, and appealed to Pakistan and the international community to push the Afghan Taliban to ensure rights and dignity to Afghan women and girls.

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Dire reality hits sanitary workers hard in festive times

Faisalabad’s sanitary workers have not been paid salaries for the last 2 months. With Christmas approaching many of the workers don’t have money to buy basic amnesties let alone celebrate.

Provinces need to expedite amendment of harassment laws: activists

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People at GM Syed’s birthday party get bail

Sedition cases were lodged against 60 activists for 'raising anti-state slogans' at an event celebrating G.M Sayed's 118th birthday. Sarang Joyo, an activist nominated in the FIRs along with his wife Sohni Joyo, narrates how the ordeal unfolded

9-month trial period set for criminal cases in reforms bill

A proposed amendment bill would set a nine-month trial period of all criminal cases in the country, said Federal Minister for Law Farogh Naseem as he listed salient features of the revamp of the criminal justice system in the country.

SC grants bail to blasphemy accused after four years of incarceration

SC has granted bail to blasphemy accused Nadeem Samson after4 years of detention. The court noted that the petitioner is entitled to be released on bail as a matter of right as his trial could not be concluded within two year time period.

Navy golf course, Monal restaurant sealed on IHC order

The Navy Golf Course and Monal restaurant built on encroached land of the Margallah Hill National Park are sealed after a landmark judgment by the Islamabad High Court over the protection of the wildlife sanctuary.

Freedom Of Expression

Govt apathy blocks RTI access in Balochistan, Sindh

Citizens are denied access to their right of information in Balochistan and Sindh where provincial governments have either failed to constitute a provincial information commission or appointed new members on the lapse of tenures of the previous commissioners.

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ریم نواز اور پرویز رشید کی لیک ہونے والی آڈیو کال پر بحث جاری ہے مگر سیاسی تجزیہ نگاروں کا کہنا ہے تحقیقات اس چیز کی ہونی چاہئے کہ ایسی ویڈیوز اور آڈیوز کون ریکارڈ اور پھر اپنی مرضی کے وقت پر کون منظر عام پر لے آتا ہے

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50 Years of Statelessness: The Bengalis of Macchar Colony

Half a century on - 50 years after West Pakistan lost its eastern counterpart - those who had taken the painstaking journey all the way to present-day Pakistan, travelling in a state of starvation and poverty, and hoping for better times to come – are living today in a country that has not even declared them its own. They live hopeless lives, scarred by frustration. Whatever little they earn is not enough to feed their families.

UNCENSORED | Impact of Talibanization on Women in Afghanistan and Pakistan

Speakers at the Asma Jahangir Conference 2021 – Challenges to Human Dignity raised alarm over the crumbling humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan, and appealed to Pakistan and the international community to push the Afghan Taliban to ensure rights and dignity to Afghan women and girls.

Mob lynches Sri Lankan man over alleged blasphemy

Priyantha Kumara, a Sri Lankan national has been beaten to death by a mob on allegations of blasphemy in Sialkot on Friday. He had been living & working in Pakistan since 2010 and was currently working as GM in a sportswear manufacturing company

Mob lynches Sri Lankan man over alleged blasphemy

Priyantha Kumara, a Sri Lankan national has been beaten to death by a mob on allegations of blasphemy in Sialkot on Friday. He had been living & working in Pakistan since 2010 and was currently working as GM in a sportswear manufacturing company

Mob lynches Sri Lankan man over alleged blasphemy

Priyantha Kumara, a Sri Lankan national has been beaten to death by a mob on allegations of blasphemy in Sialkot on Friday. He had been living & working in Pakistan since 2010 and was currently working as GM in a sportswear manufacturing company

EU supports #AJCONF21 & right to dissent

The European Union in Brussels backs Asma Jahangir Conference in Lahore after federal ministers accused the organizers for furthering a partisan agenda, reports Geo TV.

Pakistan opposes move of UN to appoint Special Rapporteur on Afghanistan in March

The Human Rights Council has decided to appoint a Special Rapporteur in March to monitor the situation of human rights in Afghanistan following adoption of an EU-sponsored resolution.

Silencing a People’s Assembly

“Everything is a risk in Pakistan: If you defend women, it's a risk. If you defend non-Muslims, it's a risk. If you discuss religion, it's a risk. But you can't really sit there like a vegetable in your own society. And I'm committed to that society... and I feel I need to turn around and speak as I should.”