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SC verdict in Vawda case opens window for Nawaz’s comeback in electoral politics: lawyers

Senior Lawyers have read the Supreme Court’s decision in the Faisal Vawda case as a window of opportunity for Nawaz Sharif to reverse his longtime disqualification through SC and reenter in electoral politics.

Protests in Iran ‘between hope and horror’

Reflecting hope and horror the protests in Iran showcase young people fighting and dying for human rights and personal liberties. 

Punjab lawyers hold full strike to protest fellow lawyer’s conviction over not wearing court gown  

The legal fraternity held a full strike in Punjab's courts to protest the conviction of a lawyer for not wearing a gown while appearing in the court of a senior puisne LHC judge 

Convicted father allegedly raped her 14-year-old daughter for a year in Muridke

In a shocking incident of alleged incest rape, a 14-year-old girl has accused her real father Khaild Pervez of repeatedly raping her for over a year. Pervez was earlier convicted of murdering his wife on the pretext of honour.

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Convicted father allegedly raped her 14-year-old daughter for a year in Muridke

In a shocking incident of alleged incest rape, a 14-year-old girl has accused her real father Khaild Pervez of repeatedly raping her for over a year. Pervez was earlier convicted of murdering his wife on the pretext of honour.

SC verdict in Vawda case opens window for Nawaz’s comeback in electoral politics: lawyers

Senior Lawyers have read the Supreme Court’s decision in the Faisal Vawda case as a window of opportunity for Nawaz Sharif to reverse his longtime disqualification through SC and reenter in electoral politics.

Protests in Iran ‘between hope and horror’

Reflecting hope and horror the protests in Iran showcase young people fighting and dying for human rights and personal liberties. 

Punjab lawyers hold full strike to protest fellow lawyer’s conviction over not wearing court gown  

The legal fraternity held a full strike in Punjab's courts to protest the conviction of a lawyer for not wearing a gown while appearing in the court of a senior puisne LHC judge 

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: Low Rape Convictions in Pakistan

Rape conviction rates in Pakistan are extremely low – only about two to three percent. However with the new Anti-Rape Act 2021, special gender based violence (GBV) courts have been established and since then, convictions have risen to around 16 percent however only limited to the GBV courts. Despite the increase, it is still a very low conviction rate. 

Okara court sentences two to death, another to life for minor’s gangrape

A gender-based violence court has sentenced two convicts to death and jailed the third convict to life imprisonment for the gang rape of a minor girl in Okara. The case proved a challenge for prosecution as the girl, her father and two accused all had hearing and speech impairment.  

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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Convicted father allegedly raped her 14-year-old daughter for a year in Muridke

In a shocking incident of alleged incest rape, a 14-year-old girl has accused her real father Khaild Pervez of repeatedly raping her for over a year. Pervez was earlier convicted of murdering his wife on the pretext of honour.

SC verdict in Vawda case opens window for Nawaz’s comeback in electoral politics: lawyers

Senior Lawyers have read the Supreme Court’s decision in the Faisal Vawda case as a window of opportunity for Nawaz Sharif to reverse his longtime disqualification through SC and reenter in electoral politics.

Protests in Iran ‘between hope and horror’

Reflecting hope and horror the protests in Iran showcase young people fighting and dying for human rights and personal liberties. 

Punjab lawyers hold full strike to protest fellow lawyer’s conviction over not wearing court gown  

The legal fraternity held a full strike in Punjab's courts to protest the conviction of a lawyer for not wearing a gown while appearing in the court of a senior puisne LHC judge 

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An Ode to the Vulnerable

Nazim Jokhio’s righteous anger may just have stemmed from the fact that these rich foreign guests swoop down like their own hunting falcons, to exploit these areas, leaving little behind besides death and destruction.

PESHAWAR ATTACK: A grim reminder of our own pain

Representatives of PTI’s government have been at the forefront of advocating for the world to recognize the Taliban’s invasion and have tried very hard to get them some sort of legitimacy, attempts that have failed so far.

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Protests in Iran ‘between hope and horror’

Reflecting hope and horror the protests in Iran showcase young people fighting and dying for human rights and personal liberties. 

The Battle for Balochistan

Is the Pakistan Army ready for renewed negotiations with Baloch separatists? Rather than a military solution, is there a political solution to the crisis in Balochistan? These questions and more are the focus of Voicepk.net's special webshow on the Balochistan question.

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Protests in Iran ‘between hope and horror’

Reflecting hope and horror the protests in Iran showcase young people fighting and dying for human rights and personal liberties. 

LACK OF TOLERANCE? Ali Wazir’s never-ending slew of sedition cases 

On the International Day of Tolerance, Voicepk.net takes a look at the curious stream of sedition cases against Ali Wazir that have kept the MNA from South Waziristan behind bars for close to two years.

Workers' Right

ربڑ کے پائپ کے تشدد سے گھریلو ملازم ہلاک، پانچ افراد گرفتار

لاہور کے علاقے ڈیفنس میں مالکان کے تشدد سے ہلاک ہونے والے کم سن گھریلو ملازم کامران کی ہلاکت کے کیس میں پولیس نے پانچ افراد کو گرفتار کر لیا ہے. لڑکوں کا تعلق بہاولپور کے گاؤں سے ہے مگر ابھی تک پولیس کا ان کے گھر والوں سے رابطہ نہیں ہو پایا

Home-based women workers vulnerable to exploitation: WB report

Home-based women workers face some of the most challenging working conditions and remain highly vulnerable to exploitation, says a recent World Bank report

It’s the same old demand: unite

Speakers in Voicepk.net's web show on Workers' Rights: The Big U-Turn call on workers to chalk out a united plan of action against the new challenges of contract-based work and freelancing by reaching out online to counterparts in other countries.

Trade unions, home-based workers reject IMF policies

Trade unionists, home-based workers and blue-collar workers on Sunday registered their strong protest against inflation, and called for a repeal of anti-poor policies under the IMF deal

Press Releases

HRCP conference calls for constitutional amendment to protect local governments

A national conference held by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) in partnership with the Friedrich Naumman Foundation for Freedom (FNF), has called for a constitutional amendment to protect the form and tenure of local governments and to ensure that fiscal decentralisation enables local bodies to carry out their functions effectively.

HRCP dissatisfied with court ruling in Perween Rahman murder case

HRCP Chairperson Hina Jilani expresses dissatisfaction over the acquittal of all five persons accused of the murder of Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) director Perween Rehman and calls on the state to reflect on its ability to provide justice to victims of violence.

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Independant service providers get training on anti rape laws

The Asma Jahangir Legal Aid Cell (AGHS) held a training session for independent service providers, on the new Anti-Rape laws.

What will happen if the new Army Chief is not decided by the day General Bajwa retires?

The process of appointing the Army Chief has started and all eyes are on the President and whether he will stop the Prime Minister's advice or not. What will happen if the decision of the new army chief is not made by the day General Bajwa retires?

IHC directs Islamabad IG to submit report on Shahbaz Gill’s torture

August 18, 2022 By Rehan Piracha LAHORE The Islamabad High Court has directed the inspector general of police to submit a report...

Senate panel approves law to bar MPs’ arrest after session summoned

The Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs has passed a bill to protect parliamentarians from arrests or detentions after a session of both houses is summoned.

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Protests in Iran ‘between hope and horror’

Reflecting hope and horror the protests in Iran showcase young people fighting and dying for human rights and personal liberties. 

6 Indian fishermen arrested for violating Pakistan’s territorial waters

Pakistan has arrested six fishermen for illegally hunting in Pakistan’s territorial waters, according to a spokesperson for Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PSMA).

Media under Siege in Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan

Award-winning journalists Steven Butler, Hamid Mir, Daniel Bastard, and others discuss the increasing attacks against journalists and whether there is a siege against the media at the 4th Asma Jahangir Conference.

Speakers call on India, Pakistan to initiate talks on Kashmir

Speakers at the #AJCONF session on Kashmir have called on India and Pakistan to initiate dialogue over the disputed region stalled for several years due to hostilities between the South Asian states.

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 airport while travelling to attend the Asma Jahangir Conference #AJCONF

Kaira condemns India’s move to give new residents voting rights in Occupied Kashmir

Qamar Zaman Kaira condemned the change in Indian electoral rules to allow temporary residents in IOK to register themselves as voters there, terming it another attempt by New Delhi to change the demography of the Muslim-majority region.

‘Pakistan has high number of fraudulent visa applications’

Referring to a high number of fraudulent visa applications, Canada’s High Commissioner to Pakistan Wendy Gilmour has called on Pakistani students to apply for admissions to universities in Canada through the faster processing student direct stream programme.

23 INGOs get nod to work in flood-hit areas amid call for lifting 2018 ban

The government has granted permission to 23 INGOs to work for relief and rehabilitation of flood victims, amid a call for lifting a ban on the relief organsiations expelled from the country in 2018.