Immediately after the initial clash between doctors and lawyers at the PIC on Nov 23, doctors had issued a formal apology to lawyers. However, a video of a young doctor poking fun at the lawyers’ helplessness during the Nov 23 incident went viral, incensing lawyers.
Pakistan has a history of covert operations carried against governments, politicians, activists and even common citizens. In 1998, the Supreme Court held that covert surveillance of judges and information gathered through nefarious means, such as eavesdropping by the agencies, phone tapping and intimidation were ample reasons and sufficient grounds for the dissolution of the Benazir Bhutto government. It said that Bhutto has been accused of receiving sealed envelopes with sensitive and private information.
The grind is the same during the summer months. Calluses and scars have marked the workers’ bodies, but there is no stopping. At least a thousand bricks a day must be made or the quota will not be met.
It felt like a mountain had crumbled down on the family as they were stuck between the girl’s misery and pain, and how the others would think of them. “It took them five whole days to realize that the right way to go forward was to try and access justice for Maria,” says Mehwish.
Some believe that it may be Dawn editor Zaffar Abbas’s speech that prompted such behavior. Mr Abbas received the Gwen Ifill award from the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) for his immense contribution for press freedom. In his video he talked openly about some aspects of the fragile situation in the country.
The young students banged on their drums, shouted from every corner and raised their slogans in solidarity with the victims of harassment at Balochistan University Mashal Khan, his family and others like him the transgender community who marched for equal access to education alongside students, ethnic minorities and labourers, who marched for freedom. It was heartening to see students from across Pakistan raising voice for these victims and bringing them to light after they have faded from the memory of the mainstream media.
The demand to restore student unions was lit with a hope that the protest would prove to be the first step in the right direction.
By Asra Haque & Ayesha Nazar LAHORE In the season of right wing, all-men politics, a video of a young woman enthusiastically singing a famous poem written against the British Raj at the Faiz Festival 2019 became viral. Arooj Aurangzeb unwillingly found herself to...
Child labour at brick kilns

Children of the kiln

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Whether it is the scorching heat of the summer sun, or the bitter cold of the winter dawn, even those who are as young as eight or ten years old  must help make bricks so that the family gets enough daily wages.
Though air pollution is a year-round phenomenon, it is smog that Lahore is most concerned with – sometimes referred to as the city’s fifth season. Multiple theories about the causes as well as possible solutions of smog in Lahore have come forward throughout the years, but the Punjab Government has no other answer than trans-boundary pollution. Therefore it cannot be controlled. And therefore, it is not a concern of the Punjab Government.