Rights Watch | October 13th 2020

-Police allegedly arrests 13 y/o boy, demand ransom for his release in Sadiqabad -Senate slams PTA for banning TikTok, meanwhile, LHC moved to ban VPNs circumventing app bans -Air pollution compromises immunity, increases COVID19 risk Watch more here:


Rampant police brutality in Punjab

Officials order an inquiry into the arrest of 13 y/o boy during a raid in a home in Sadiqabad, Punjab & demanding ransom money. FIR registered against 5 people including 3 cops over the death of an inmate in the custody of Shahdra police in Lahore

 Senate decries TikTok ban

Senate slams PTA for banning TikTok, stating the platform itself does not spread indecent content. The petition submitted to LHC seeks to block VPNs through which Pakistanis are able to access banned apps & sites

Air pollution increases virus risks

Exposure to air pollution lowers immunity, resulting in more severe COVID-19 symptoms & greater risk of death. Other studies suggest high levels of particulate pollution in the air increases COVID-19 transmission incidence