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For Thalassemia Patients, Hope Goes Down With Fewer Blood Donations

For the last 41 years, students of the Dow University of Health Sciences (DUHS) are running the Patients Welfare Association (PWA) to manage blood donations for needy patients. Like all other matters, the coronavirus outbreak ...

Sectarian Argument Breaks Out On BOL TV Program

BOL TV became mired in controversy, accused of promoting sectarianism and hatred against the Shiia minority community when a clip from the channel’s daily Ramzan transmission went viral. In the May 19 broadcast of ...

Quetta Students Paying Tribute To Frontline Heroes Through Artwork

Frontline fighters are being given accolades and are being appreciated all over the world. These are the people who are doing their jobs by putting their lives in danger so that others can stay safe in their homes during these difficult times ...

Squashing The Tigers’ Roars

In an ironic turn of events, the Government has ended up neglecting its own volunteers, who had come forward to work with the Tiger Force. Voicepk.net investigated the situation, only to find that the Tigers had been ...

“It Tried To Land Twice But Failed”

A staff member of Karachi airport has claimed that the ill-fated PIA flight tried to land twice but failed. Ijaz Masih, who works as a flight cleaner at the Karachi Airport told Voicepk.net that the plane failed in trying to land even though it had ...

Are The Taliban Back In Former Tribal Areas?

A new wave of terrorism has hit Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) and the newly merged tribal districts amid the coronavirus outbreak. Five people including two traffic policemen were injured in an explosion on Ashraf Road in ...

Workers Plan Country Wide Protests After Eid

Thousands of workers from different factories and industries in Lahore and Karachi have been protesting against the non-payment of salaries and forced layoffs. Workers said that their employers have not paid them their ...

Killer Of Waziristan Girls Still At Large

Two young girls were killed in the name of honor over a private leaked video where a boy is seen kissing them. The video went viral over the internet. The incident took place in Tehsil Razmak of North Waziristan in Pakistan’s ...

The Falling Front-Line Of Balochistan

The frontline of health workers in Balochistan has been largely affected by the COVID-19. At least 92 doctors and more than 100 paramedics have already tested positive. Ilyas Baloch, a doctor from Balochistan who recently recovered ...

When Humanity Overcomes Boundaries

Raja Walter, a Christian by faith runs a burger shop in Pakistan’s largest Christian locality of Youhanabad. His business was closed due to the Coronavirus outbreak and the following lockdown, but instead of sitting idle, Walter decided to ...

A Girl Allowed Herself To Be Raped To Protect Family’s Honor

In order to protect the reputation of her family, a girl allowed herself to be raped for 18 months continuously. For a year and a half, Lahore’s Noor* was raped and tortured by her neighbor Amanat Ali, who also blackmailed her into silence ...

Unemployment Domestic Workers Now Forced To Beg

Prior to the lockdown, 40 year old widow Shabana was able to feed her family twice a day by working as a domestic worker. But when the pandemic descended upon the city, her employers closed their doors in her face, fearing ...

Pakistan’s Mental Health Affliction

S* believes that she was seriously depressed when she was 9 years old when her grandmother, whom she was very close to, passed away. Her parents had assumed that her erratic behavior were part of her growing up, and her ...

A Commission With No Mission?

For a very long time, the religious minorities of Pakistan have been seeking a body that will monitor their problems and difficulties and provide solutions for them. This has been the main purpose of what should have been ...

Where The Tide Takes Them: Fisherfolk Languishing In Jails

Every year, during the fishing season, the men and women from the poor fisherfolk community take their boats out to sea so that they can catch fish from the deeper waters of the Arabian Sea. But stormy weather and a rough ...

Khairpur District Government Making Children Clean Its Filth

Instead of monitoring other sectors and eliminating the evil of child labor, the municipal committee in Sindh’s Khairpur district has hired children, from 10 to 15 years, for the purpose of cleaning sewers. But besides everything ...

When Bravery Knows No Bounds

Despite being on the front lines, media personnel - including reporters, camerapersons, and photojournalists, have not had the luxury of reporting safely. As the contagion spreads, journalists put their own safety on hold at times ...

Shangla police uploading suspects’ photos for cheap publicity

  By Our Correspondent Human rights activists in Shangla have strongly condemned an illegal act of the local police for frequently uploading suspects’ photos on social media, especially those suspects who...

Everyday Hero Is Silver Lining, As Dark Clouds Of Policy Still Hover

Among the stories abound of the miseries of an untold number of people facing unemployment, poverty, and other problems, during the lockdown, Ahmed Azeem’s story shines through, like a ray of hope for many. Azeem heads the ...

“He Was So Depressed, He Killed Himself”

As it had been feared by many, the lockdown that had been imposed around the country in order to contain the spread of the deadly Coronavirus has ended up in worsening the economic woes of those who belong to the underprivileged segments of ...

Killed For Not Marrying

Shock and tragedy hit a village in Shangla after a young woman was killed by her uncle over a domestic issue. Locals of the Shumbar village spent the day in deep distress, as they got to know about the blatant murder of the young woman, ...

Stressed Healthcare Workers Resort To Hunger Strike

Healthcare workers in Pakistan are getting increasingly restless with their situation: ever since the Coronavirus pandemic hit the country, they have been repeatedly asking for Personal Protection Equipment (PPEs), but to no avail. On April ...

Even Today, Honour Killing Plagues Sindh

By Zulfiqar Kunbhar As the world struggles with the deadly Coronavirus, in Pakistan, its second most populous province Sindh is also making headlines in local news for its constant battle...

Starving In The Time Of Coronavirus

Twenty-two years Riva Jogi belongs to a gypsy snake charmers’ clan in Sanghar, Sindh. In his routine life, Riva leaves home daily to go to mainstream public places so that he may show his snake stunts to people. For jogis, who are the snake ...

Who Will Think Of The Animals?

Lack of legislation to protect animals in Pakistan: Pictures of a dog with bullet wounds in his neck and face surface online and then more evidence of the alarming increase of violence against animals in Karachi amidst the prevailing lock-down. ...

For Waziristani Students A Bleak and Dismal Future

Students from South-Waziristan are raising their voices over what they say is a blow to their academic futures thanks to the lack of quality internet in their region. Earlier on April 2, the students staged protests outside the Wana Press ...

Destroyed By My Father

by Syed Amir Taqvi: In Chunian, Kasur. 8-year-old Fatima's own father admitted to sexually abusing and murdering his daughter.

Clear Blue Skies, But, For How Long?

By Rina Saeed Khan The citizens of Lahore are finally breathing in clear air this spring. From hazardous Air Quality Index (AQI) readings of above 200 in November,...

On the Frontlines: Policing A City Under Lockdown

“When I joined Punjab police I swore that I would lay my life for the country and we (police officials) must be ready to do our duty anytime, anywhere.”

On The Frontlines: Sanitary Workers

    With the lockdown, people have been pushed back inside their homes. No one wants to risk being outdoors, for fear of contracting the Coronavirus. Yet the heroes who battle...

“Sajid Baloch: In Terra Incognita?”

Journalist Sajid Hussain Baloch suddenly vanished from a Swedish city, without leaving any trace behind him. While his family is deeply concerned, there are absolutely no suspects at present,...

Against My Will, In The Land Of Pure

Yazman Mandi a gateway to the great desert of Cholistan, was a scene of kidnapping of a young girl. A pretty 15-year-old Hindu girl, Bhambo Mai was kidnapped and...

Axed to Death

Three women killed for honour in 24 hours in Khairpur By Xari Jalil Four year old Sohnan seems to have retracted into her shell as she watches people pass by, busy...

Whose Body, Whose Will?

By Xari Jalil With the Corona virus (COVID-19) making the headlines this week, Aurat March that took place only last week, seems to have faded away into the background,...

قبر میں بھی ماں نے شیر خوار بچے کو سینے سے لگا کے رکھا

غیرت کے نام پر اکیس سالہ لڑکی اور ایک ماہ کا بچہ قتل کوٹ ادو کی رہائشی صغری بی بی اپنے ایک ماہ کے پوتے حسین  علی کے کپڑے آج...

A Girl Has Died, and No One Cares

By Xari Jalil   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LK-4KMbOu_A LAHORE: For Afshan Latif, the death of Iqra Kainat came as a grim foreboding at least twice before. It was after the whole Kashana sexual abuse case had...

Free To Be: Do Women Feel Safe In Public Spaces?

When Sana* bought tickets for the recently held Solis Festival in Islamabad, she had no idea what she would end up encountering. From being groped, to having her cell...

Rare Glimpse Into the Kashmir Valley

16 years ago, in October of 2004 the Congress government in India and General Musharraf who ruled Pakistan at the time decided to open their side of Kashmir to...

Exclusive: Curbs on Press Freedoms

Will the Zainab Alert Bill 2019 Champion the Basic Rights of Children?

It was not until after the second anniversary of Zainab Ansari's rape and murder that the National Assembly finally passed a child protection bill to ensure the basic rights of...

Faulty Policy at the Core of Pakistan’s Medicine Crisis

Since a few days, Pakistan has been hit with a sudden and acute shortage of 60 essential medicines - some of them life-saving. Hospitals, especially the Out Patient Department (OPD)...

In the Name of Faith

KARACHI: Nagina Bibi cannot sleep properly, not knowing where her little girl is. Huma Younus, 14, a student of the eighth grade was abducted on October 10, 2019, and...

Women’s Right of Inheritance: Patriarchy Still a Hindrance

LAHORE: When Rang Elahi – a landlord based in Lahore passed away in June 1990 - it was discovered that he had not made any will about the distribution...

Will the Zainab Alert Bill 2019 Protect Pakistan’s Children?

It was not until after the second anniversary of Zainab Ansari's rape and murder that the National Assembly finally passed a Child Protection Bill. The Zainab Alert, Response and Recovery...

Will Pakistan Remain Neutral in the US-Iran Tensions?

The escalating tensions between Iran and the United States have raised serious concerns globally. After pulling back from the brink of war, leaders in the United States and Iran...

The Brave Heroes of 2019 – Pakistan and India’s Students March for Rights

In India, massive crowds of young people took to the streets to join protest against their Government’s controversial Citizenship Amendment Act, which grants citizenship on the basis of religion...

Pakistan’s “Sewper Heroes” – How Sanitation Workers are Fighting Back Against Prejudice

In June 2017, Irfan Masih, a sanitary supervisor from Umerkot went down the sewer only to choke on poisonous gases, and faint. Doctors at the Umerkot Civil Hospital refused...

PIC Clash – An In-Depth Story

December 13th, Lahore: At the Lahore High Court lawyers chanted slogans against the PTI government. The media had been banned from court premises – lawyers were livid over coverage...

Justice Qazi Faez Isa’s Case Revealed the Underbelly of Dirty Surveillance Tactics

Background 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...

Blood, Sweat & Tears: Bonded Labour in Pakistan

Report by Ayesha Nazar and Asra Haque   A village near Manga Mandi: Rows of green bricks are laid out early in the morning, the workers toiling away in the biting...

“They Forced Me Down, All I Did Was Pray”: the story of a rape survivor

LAHORE: It was four in the evening when 15 year old Maria Jalal, was alone at home, and she heard a knock at the door. Making her way to...

The Attack on Dawn is More Complex than it Appears

ISLAMABAD: It was the second time this week, on Friday, when journalists at the Dawn Islamabad office found themselves stranded inside their office building. Outside, an unruly mob chanted...

The Young Of Pakistan March With A Conscience

By Asra Haque and Ayesha Nazar Let down by successive democratic governments and banned by military dictatorships for over 35 years, the students of Pakistan came out on the streets,...

Demands for student rights echo across the nation as youth takes to streets

ISLAMABAD: Hundreds of students from 20 different student organizations, under the umbrella of the Student Action Committee, gathered at the National Press Club on Friday to march towards Islamabad’s...

The Bold and the Young: Marching for their rights

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....

Children of the Kiln

LAHORE: Twelve year old Shehroon Riaz wants to run away from the brick kiln. It is where he is destined to work, just like his father.

Smog – A Human Rights Issue

LAHORE: When Afshan Bibi, a resident of Lahore’s Chungi Amar Sadhu - a factory area – had her child, she was alarmed to see how underweight he was. The...

When Brute Force Attacks

By Xari Jalil LAHORE: “These people should be taught such a lesson that they never do this to any woman ever again,” says Amrit Shahzadi. Her voice is heavy with...