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Abduction of four brothers: A case of justice and accountability failures

June 14, 2024 By Kamran Ali PESHAWAR: More than three months have

Another Kashmiri person goes missing, IHC urges speedy recovery

June 14, 2024  By Bilal Baseer ISLAMABAD: On Friday, June 14, a

Justice delayed: Family of education officer awaits justice a year after her murder

June 14, 2024  Staff Report LAHORE: The family of Rizwana Shaheen, an

Suspects granted bail from court in actress Khushboo murder case

June 12, 2024 By Kamran Ali NOWSHERA Additional sessions judge granted an

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Girls from Lyari rise above insecurities to kick off in sports

June 18, 2024  By Shaukat Korai KARACHI: In the 1980s, Lyari, a locality in Karachi, was a hub of democratic,

Destruction of Ahmadi Place of Worship on Eid Confirms Community’s Fears

June 17, 2024 By Xari Jalil LAHORE Attacks on Ahmadis and their worship places increased over the last month especially

Maimed by Malice: Amputated Camel Finds Refuge in Shelter

June 17, 2024 By Xari Jalil LAHORE Videos of 'Cammie' the seven to eight month

American Promise Unfulfilled: Ex-Afghan Staff Left High and Dry in Pakistan

June 16, 2024 By Bilal Baseer ISLAMABAD Fazila Hamidi, spends her days living in Pakistan

Repeat tragedy: Inadequate safety measures claim lives of three sanitation workers

June 15, 2024 By Rashid Laghari TANDO MUHAMMAD KHAN: Tando Muhammad Khan, a town about

Come #EidulAzha, and attacks on #Ahmadis increase. Why are police unable to prevent such attacks? Why isn't #Pakistan a safe home for them to live in?

Watch full show: https://youtu.be/Y8ifWyEgY3w

#RightsWatch #Economy

"Sanitation workers in Sindh are not being provided with safety equipment. Due to the lack of seriousness from municipal authorities in protecting them, the number of tragic incidents is on the rise," says Boota Masih.

Watch full show: https://youtu.be/Y8ifWyEgY3w

#RightsWatch

The burden of economic hardship invariably falls on the poor, as tragically illustrated by the deaths of three sanitation workers in #TandoMuhammadKhan, Sindh.

Watch full show: https://youtu.be/Y8ifWyEgY3w

#RightsWatch #Economy

Debt servicing in #Pakistan has surpassed the defense budget. To break free from this vicious debt cycle, Pakistan must cut costs across the board and expand the tax net

Watch full show: https://youtu.be/Y8ifWyEgY3w

#RightsWatch #Economy

Posters seen around #Jehlum city, where Asim Ashfaque, a former sub inspector turned #TLP leader, has been seen and heard inciting violence against the #Ahmadi community there. Ahmaddiya community across Punjab are facing threats and intimidation with the open support of local

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In a display of municipal negligence in Tando Muhammad Khan, near #Hyderabad in #Sindh, three sanitation workers lost their lives to asphyxia. Families blame the authorities for their deaths.

https://voicepk.net/2024/06/repeat-tragedy-inadequate-safety-measures-claim-lives-of-three-sanitation-workers/

. @freepressunltd, an international press freedom org, has helped form a collective of journalists, lawyers & civil society to monitor investigations & prosecutions of journalists in #Pakistan. It was announced at "Media and Democracy: An Essential Partnership" panel at IBA

Owners of a multinational company went missing three months ago in #Peshawar. Their family demands a judicial inquiry to uncover the true perpetrators, particularly since police officers are visibly involved in CCTV footage

Read: https://voicepk.net/2024/06/abducted-of-four-brothers-a-case-of-justice-and-accountability-failures/

Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani issues notices to secretary of defense and secretary of interior concerning #KhawajaKhurshid, who went missing from #Rawalpindi on June 7, 2024.

Read: https://voicepk.net/2024/06/another-kashmiri-person-goes-missing-ihc-urges-speedy-recovery/

#Missingpersons #Enforceddisappearances

Tehreek e Labbaik (#TLP) has been threatening and making demands to remove the gravestones in the Basti Shukrani, Bahawalpur, #Ahmadi community graveyard.

An Ahmadi delegation was called by local authorities on June 6, 2024, where these demands were highlighted, however they

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#RizwanaShaheen was brutally murdered a year ago. Her husband confessed to the crime. The delay in the court granting justice is affecting wellbeing of their children and the battle for their custody

https://voicepk.net/2024/06/justice-delayed-family-of-education-officer-awaits-justice-a-year-after-her-murder/

#Murder

لاہور کینٹ کچہری نے عمران ریاض کو تھانہ سرور کے مقدمے میں ڈسچارج کر کے رہا کرنے کا حکم جاری کردیا ۔ عمران ریاض پر لاہور ائیرپورٹ پر سیکیورٹی بیریئرز کو روندتے ہوئے گاڑی چیک پوسٹ سے زبردستی آگے لے کر جانے کی کوشش کرنے کا مقدمہ درج کیا گیا تھا ۔

#ImranRiazKhan

پاکستان کے زیرِ انتظام کشمیر کی ہائی کورٹ نے شاعر احمد فرہاد کی کارِ سرکار میں مداخلت کے کیس میں ضمانت منظور کر لی۔شاعر احمد فرہاد گزشتہ ماہ اسلام آباد میں اپنی رہائش گاہ کے باہر سے 'لاپتا' ہو گئے تھے۔ اسلام آباد ہائی کورٹ میں احمد فرہاد بازیابی کیس میں حکومتی حکام نے عدالت کو

Baloch rights activist Dr @MahrangBaloch_ indicates that Baloch Youth Committee will organize another march for the release of #missingpersons. She held a press conference at the #KarachiPressClub today and spoke to us about the atrocities she and her colleagues are facing

پنجاب اسمبلی بجٹ سیشن

صحافیوں کا بازوؤں پر سیاہ پٹی باندھ کر اسمبلی اجلاس کے بائیکاٹ کا فیصلہ ۔ہتک عزت کالا قانون ہے اس کو تسلیم نہیں کرتے، صدر لاہور پریس کلب ارشد انصاری

#DefamationLaw #Budget #PunjabAssembly @OfficialPfuj @HamidMirPAK

"Everyone knows what happened to my husband. All the cases were fabricated – to silence him from raising his voice against oppression through his poetry” - @AinNaqvii

Read: https://voicepk.net/2024/06/ahmad-farhad-sent-to-jail-on-14-day-remand-charged-for-terrorism-by-atc-declared-missing-by-ihc/

#ReleaseAhmadFarhad @ImaanZHazir @HamidMirPAK @Matiullahjan919

ہتک عزت بل قانون کی شکل اختیار کر گیا۔ قائم مقام گورنر پنجاب ملک احمد خان کے دستخط کے بعد گزٹ نوٹیفکیشن جاری ۔ صحافیوں کی جوائنٹ ایکشن کمیٹی کا قانون کو لاہور ہائیکورٹ میں چیلنج کرنے کا فیصلہ اور آنے والے دنوں میں صوبائی اور وفاقی اسمبلی بجٹ اجلاس کی کوریج کے بائیکاٹ کا بھی

نوشہرہ کے علاقہ اکبر پورہ میں ملزمان کی فائرنگ سے پشتو آرٹسٹ خوشبو قتل .... ملزمان خوشبو کو شوبز میں کام کرنے سے منع کررہے تھے،پولیس کا موقف ۔شوکت نامی شخص کل رات کو اٹھا کر لے گیا ۔اس پر تشدد کیا اور پھر فائرنگ کر کے قتل کر دیا۔۔ مقتولہ کے بھائی کا بیان ۔۔بھائی کی مدعیت میں

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The fifth #polio case of the current year was reported from #Quetta on Saturday, 17 days after the victim’s death. According to the Regional Reference Laboratory of National Institute of Health (NIH), the latest victim was a two-year-old boy who passed away before the

Several #PTI leaders including @ShehryarAfridi1, @ShandanaGulzar and @HaleemAdil , have been booked for alleged anti-state and provocative speeches during a public gathering in #Bostan area of #Pishin. The FIR included charges under sections 123-A (advocacy against Pakistan’s

Residents of Charmang valley of #Bajaur tribal district staged a protest against lack of basic facilities and education. The demonstration was organized by Hasham Welfare Organisation, a body of youth. They warned of boycotting the July 11 by-election on PK-22 and upcoming

“The state must stop groups [such as TLP] from threatening Ahmadis for sacrificing animals on Eid ul Azha. It has previously placed such groups on the fourth schedule and detained them, and it should follow the same practice again this time” @PeterJacobCSJ, President of Centre

“We understand that either the state is directly involved in disappearances of individuals or these acts are conducted with the state’s acquiescence. Because we filed the case against #ISI and other state agencies, we were able to recover Farhad. However, in #Pakistan, we must

“FIR filed on May 13 is against 400 unknown persons. #Farhad’s name was not initially included among these individuals. His name was added later with malafide intent. He is charged with sharing objectionable tweets, a charge that appears to be concocted” @ImaanZHazir, Counsel for

#AhmadFarhad was forcefully kidnapped from his house on May 15. He was later arrested for a bailable offense of not showing his CNIC at a security barrier on May 30. We maintain that his period of detention is illegal. Attorney General assured the court that Farhad would be

The state has allowed the narrative of terrorist organizations to flourish, but it has shown persistent intolerance for the freedom of expression of thinkers and poets

Watch complete show: https://youtu.be/VW4VJ0xCGus
#ReleaseAhmadFarhad

ضلع شانگلہ کے علاقہ زڑہ ڈہرئی کے محمد حکیم 16 مئی کوضلع ہیڈ کوارٹرزہسپتال الپوری میں اپنی سولہ سالہ بیٹی کی لاش لے کر پولیس کو رپورٹ کی کہ اُس کی بیٹی نے گلے میں پھندا ڈال کر خودکشی کرلی ہے۔ پولیس نے شک پڑنے پرسیکشن 174 کے تحت انکوائری کا آغاز کیا اور ابتدائی تفتیش میں بچی کے

چمن دھرنا کے خلاف والے کریک ڈاؤن میں منتظمین کے مطابق گولیاں لگنے سے ایک بچہ جاں بحق ہو گیا جبکہ کم از کم از کم تیس مظاہرین زخمی ہوئے جن میں 6 کی حالت تشویشناک ہے۔ ڈپٹی کمشنر چمن اطہر عباس راجہ کا کہنا ہے کہ مظاہرین کے پتھراو کے نتیجے میں کم از کم پندرہ سیکیورٹی فورسز زخمی ہوئے

[1/7] Sex crimes against women and children

Per at least two national newspapers, six rape incidents were reported from #Punjab while one emerged in #KhyberPakhtunkhwa. Five of these incidents were #gangrapes while four minors were assaulted in three cases in various parts of

Journalists and press organisations express concern over the issuance of notices to 34 TV channels for airing press conferences of lawmakers as it may curtail #pressfreedom in the country

https://voicepk.net/2024/06/journalists-media-organisations-concerned-over-court-notice-for-airing-lawmakers-pressers/

#FreeSpeech #SupremeCourt

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ASMA JAHANGIR CONFERENCE 2024

#AJCONF 2024

The fifth conference was held on 25–26 April 2024 at Faletti’s Hotel in Lahore in memory of Asma Jahangir. More than 100 speakers addressed in a total of 20 different sessions including freedom of the press, rule of law, human rights crisis in Gaza and Jammu and Kashmir, issues of women and minorities rights, unfair accountability, the correct concept of national security and many others.

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Justice delayed: Family of education officer awaits justice a year after her murder

June 14, 2024  Staff Report LAHORE: The family of Rizwana

Suspects granted bail from court in actress Khushboo murder case

June 12, 2024 By Kamran Ali NOWSHERA Additional sessions judge

Minaret at Ahmadi worship place knocked down with police help

June 12, 2024 By Xari Jalil LAHORE After a long

FUUAST students protest against ban on unions and suspension of admission

Student union members from the Federal Urdu University of Arts,

SC grants bail to accused mother, highlights child welfare in bail decisions

June 11, 2024 Bilal Baseer ISLAMABAD The Supreme Court ruled

LHC rules in favour of working mothers’ custody rights

June 11, 2024  Staff report LAHORE: In a significant ruling

Jail for Ahmad Farhad: Charged for terrorism by ATC, declared ‘missing’ by IHC

June 10, 2024 Staff Report ISLAMABAD Poet Ahmad Farhad has

Photo Feature: Protest held in Lahore over Sargodha incident

June 8, 2024 By Xari Jalil LAHORE A protest was

Journalists, media organisations concerned over court notice for airing lawmakers’ pressers

June 7, 2024 By Ahmed Saeed LAHORE: The press organisations

IHC disposes of poet Ahmed Farhad’s disappearance petition

June 7, 2024 Bilal Baseer ISLAMABAD: Islamabad High Court on

Protest held in Landikotal against attack on school

June 6, 2024 Staff Report LAHORE: Students, teachers, and social

‘Sargodha attack may have been orchestrated’: HRCP Fact-finding Report

June 5, 2024  Bilal Baseer ISLAMABAD The Human Rights Commission

Ahmad Farhad: No reason given by ATC for bail rejection

  June 5, 2024 By Xari Jalil LAHORE A written

Protestors in Quetta demand reopening of Pak-Iran border & trade of essentials

June 5, 2024 By Nadeem Khan QUETTA A group of

FEATURES

American Promise Unfulfilled: Ex-Afghan Staff Left High and Dry in Pakistan

June 16, 2024 By Bilal Baseer ISLAMABAD Fazila Hamidi, spends her days living in Pakistan

FEAR & LOATHING: Threats against Ahmadi community worsen as Eid approaches

June 11, 2023 By Xari Jalil LAHORE As Eid ul Azha approaches, a new wave

TLP threats to Ahmadi community creates new wave of panic

June 2, 2024 By Xari Jalil LAHORE A new wave of panic and fear has gripped the Ahmadi community living

Man kills sister for working outside home

June 1, 2024 By Bilal Baseer  MANSEHRA  When 21 year old Laiba Farooq returned home from her work at a

Nasrullah Gadani: Why are Sindh’s journalists being attacked?

May 24, 2024 By Xari Jalil LAHORE Ghotki journalist Nasrullah Gadani, who lived in Mirpur Mathelo, and was shot by

‘Where is Rashid Hussain?’ Six years on there is still no answer

May 3, 2024 By Xari Jalil LAHORE November 23, 2018, Karachi: A violent gun attack rocked the Chinese consulate. A fierce

Melting Glaciers: Pakistan’s Ticking Time Bombs

Exacerbated by rising temperatures, GLOFs pose a serious threat to millions living downstream in Gilgit-Baltistan and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, as well

‘Eid without my brother is no Eid’

“We cannot even begin to tell the kind of vacuum we feel inside due to his absence,” she says. “We

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LHC rules in favour of working mothers’ custody rights

June 11, 2024  Staff report LAHORE: In a significant ruling addressing inequalities faced by working women in marriage, divorce, and

FEAR & LOATHING: Threats against Ahmadi community worsen as Eid approaches

June 11, 2023 By Xari Jalil LAHORE As Eid ul Azha approaches, a new wave of threats and attacks have

Jail for Ahmad Farhad: Charged for terrorism by ATC, declared ‘missing’ by IHC

June 10, 2024 Staff Report ISLAMABAD Poet Ahmad Farhad has been sent to jail on 14-day remand on charges of

Photo Feature: Protest held in Lahore over Sargodha incident

June 8, 2024 By Xari Jalil LAHORE A protest was held on Saturday June 8 condemning the mob lynching in

ASMA JAHANGIR CONFERENCE

#AJCONF

Female enumerators needed to accurately reflect census data on women: speakers

Speaking at the Asma Jahangir Conference 2022's session on population, activists and health specialists have recommended that designated female enumerators were required to collect census

‘Making judiciary accountable need of the hour’

Speaking in the session on ‘The Need for Constitutional Courts’ at Asma Jahangir Conference 2022, senior parliamentarians and constitutional experts

CPJ’s Steven Butler has troubled arrival at Lahore Airport

By Xari Jalil: Steven Butler, the Asia Program Coordinator of CPJ, was for the second time detained at the Lahore

Asma Jahangir Conference Agenda 2022

Program for the 4th Asma Jahangir Conference.

FIA gets powers to act against anti-state social media posts

FIA has been empowered to act against anyone who intends to spread “rumours and false information against state institutions” on