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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.

“اگر گرفتاری کی ویڈیو نہ بناتا تو لاپتا افراد میں شامل...

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دو دن قبل اونچی  آواز میں موسیقی سننے اور غیر قانونی اسلحہ رکھنے کے جرم میں گرفتار ہونے والے ڈی جے بٹ کا کہنا...

راوی کنارے نیا شہر ہماری لاشوں کے اوپر ہی بن سکتا...

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دسمبر ٦ ٢٠٢٠ تحریر: احمد سعید اور حامد ریاض; لاہور; تحریک انصاف'کی حکومت نے راوی کنارے نیا جدید شہر بسانے کے منصوبے سے کافی توقعات وابستہ کر رکھی ہیں مگر اس زمین پر رہنے والوں نے حکومت کو تنبیہ کی ہے کہ اگر انھیں بے گھر کیا تو ان کے لئے مارو یا مر جاؤ والی صورتحال پیدا ہو جاے گی

“If the bulldozers come, it will be like a war”

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December 6th, 2020; By Hamid Riaz & Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; “You cannot have sewage, industrial, residential and medical waste being dumped into the stormwater drains that feed the Ravi and then dream of a clean river by setting filtration plants at the river itself,” he points out. “The source of the problem of water pollution lies somewhere else and not at the river.”

شمالی وزیرستان میں نا معلوم افراد کی فائرنگ سے چار قبائلی...

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تحریر: فرزانہ علی; پشاور; شمالی وزیرستان میں تین سالوں میں ٹارگٹ کلنگ کے 275 واقعات ہو چکے ہیں۔ مقامی افراد کے پاس تو اسلحہ نہیں پھر یہ کون لوگ ہیں جو نان کسٹم پیڈ گاڑیوں میں اسلحے کے ساتھ گھوم رہے ہیں اور لوگوں کو مار رہے ہیں۔شمالی وزیرستان کے مقامی افراد کا سوال

Rani Bibi: Condemned to be Free

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Rani was arrested and charged with the murder of her husband. Even though the police found no physical evidence connecting her to the crime, she was still arrested and even convicted. The only reasons given were that she was last seen with her husband before his disappearance. Not only did the legal system pin the crime of murder on a minor girl and jailed her for so long, it also ignored her appeals.

Arrest order against Ammar Jan sparks outrage

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The arrest order against Dr Ammar Jan has sparked condemnation and fury across the board. Human rights defenders and students bodies have raised their voices against this act by the government and say the demonstration had been peaceful with no reason for any police crackdown or arrests.

Women candidates battle for space in GB

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In the hotly contested Gilgit Baltistan elections today, there is little  space for women candidates, but a few emboldened politicians are determined to win.

Civil society not satisfied with Karachi incident report

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A statement issued by the ISPR said that there was intense public pressure on the ISI and the Rangers' officials to take immediate action on the incident of desecration of Mazar-e-Quaid and therefore, the officers acted overzealously, creating an unwarranted situation that led to a misunderstanding between the two state institutions.

Asma Group’s Latif Afridi and Rana Shehzad elected President and Secretary...

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November 2nd, 2020; By Asra Haque; LAHORE; With Latif Afridi elected SCBA President & Rana Shehzad it's Secretary, what are the Bar Association's plans in curtailing "creeping martial law" and it's expectations in resolving the matter of the appointment of judges

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APS ATTACK: 6 years on, parents still await justice

“They are gone and can't come back," says one of the parents. "But we will strive till the end of our days to see that they get justice." Most of the parents of the children martyred during APS massacre have not reached any closure even after the passage of six years. The only times where they have an opportunity for empathy, is when they all collect to remember their lost children. It is only them who can understand the depth of the grief that consumes them.