After the Taliban imposed a countrywide ban on music, Afghan musicians went into self-imposed exile in Pakistan. With little opportunity to earn through their art, they live without rhythm in their struggle to survive.
On Sunday, Pastor Eleazar Sidhu was shot at after refusing to recite Islamic verses as instructed by an unidentified man. An FIR for the case has been filed under Sections 34 and 324 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) in Faisalabad.
The Minister of Information and Culture, Amir Mir, has initiated strong measures against 'lewd' performances in Gujranwala and Faisalabad. This move has sparked a debate, with some expressing concerns about freedom of expression and the adverse impact on the already faltering theatre industry.

Scripting the Unseen

The caretaker Punjab govt is reconsidering an archaic 146-year-old law to exert control over Punjab's theatre houses. Through its rigid criteria, the act is paving way for yet another layer of repression in performing arts.
Concerns have beenraised by legal fraternity and others over Imaan Mazari and Ali Wazir’s arrest under Anti-Terrorism Charges. Mazari was arrested outside Adiala Jail on Monday, followed by a three-day physical remand under CTD.
August 25, 2023 By Maryam Missal LAHORE Advocate Imaan Zainab Mazari-Hazir and Ali Wazir of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM) were awarded bail by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) in Islamabad on Monday. However, despite being granted bail in both cases, Mazari remains...
August 25, 2023 By Maryam Missal LAHORE Human rights lawyer Imaan Mazari-Hazir's scheduled bail hearing today in an Islamabad Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) was delayed by another two days due to the absence of the presiding judge. No other duty judge was reportedly...
Civil Society in Kech leads a silent rally demanding justice for Abdul Rauf Barkat who was shot dead on blasphemy accusation.
On Wednesday, yet another assault was documented on a place of worship belonging to the Ahmadiyya community in Tehsil Burewala, District Vehari. The community claims that the attack was carried out by Punjab police.
Info Ministry on Monday withdrew the PEMRA Bill 2023 amidst opposition from senators and journalists over proposed curtailment of the Chairman's authority and disputed media stakeholder consultations.