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Baba Jan & Himmat Begum: Love happens, when ‘Freedom’ meets ‘Courage’

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February 14th, 2021; By Umar Bacha; HUNZA; She bore nine years of heartache, waiting for the day her fiance would finally walk a free and exonerated man.

“Cancel your protest or else,” Punjab police tells detained farmers’ leader

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February 9th, 2021; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Farmers’ Leader, Chaudhry Anwar was detained inside a police van in Lahore for 12 hrs. Senior police officials threatened him with severe consequences if he fails to call off a farmers’ protest scheduled for the end of this month.

ATC grants police custody of social activist Muhammad Ismail for 3...

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February 3rd, 2021; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; An Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Peshawar granted to police, three-day physical custody of arrested social activist Professor Muhammad Ismail, a focal person of the Pakistan NGOs Forum. Yesterday the ATC had rejected Prof. Ismail’s pre-arrest bail plea in a “terror financing case” registered against him by the Counter-Terrorism Department (CTD) following which he was handcuffed and taken into custody by the CTD from the court’s premise.  

Allegedly abducted by the police over 2 months ago, the whereabouts...

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January 24th, 2021; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Sanghar resident Abdul Sattar Awan has been missing for over 2 months. In a petition filed before the Sindh High Court his brother claims that Sattar was abducted by the police. Police has failed to produce Sattar despite High Court's orders.

A “Judicial Crusade” against ‘ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES’

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January 13th, 2021; Staff Reporter; LAHORE; Summons, fines & threat of arrests in 2021 has seen a series of actions taken by the higher courts against the govt's inability to recover victims of enforced disappearance.

LHC bans virginity test countrywide

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January 4th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; In a historic judgment, the Lahore High Court on Monday banned the two-finger test and the hymen test of female rape victims across the country, declaring the procedures unscientific, discriminatory, illegal and unconstitutional.

جیلوں میں گنجائش سے زیادہ قیدی موجود، کورونا کا خطرہ بڑھ...

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وفاقی وزارت انسانی حقوق کی جانب سے جاری کردہ ایک رپورٹ میں انکشاف کیا گیا ہے کہ پاکستان کی جیلوں میں قید بہت سے قیدی اپنی زیادہ عمر اور خرابی صحت کی وجہ سے کورونا وائرس کا شکار ہونے کے خطرے سے دوچار ہیں.

‘Minor’s custody wont be given to anyone if parents still alive’

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There have been 21 cases of conversions of mostly Hindu and Christian minor girls only in Bahawalpur in the past few years; around 162 questionable conversions had been reported in the media between 2013 and 2020.

Mehar Sattar: Farmer not Terrorist

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December 13, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Mehar Sattar returned home this September after spending over 4 years in jail including almost 2 in solitary confinement. Though his passion for helping the oppressed remains firm he still fears being dragged back to a cage.

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‘LoC ceasefire commendable, but may not lead to full diplomatic ties’

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