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Senate panel passes bill to declare corporal punishment a crime

The Senate Standing Committee on Interior has passed an amendment bill to deter corporal punishment on children by declaring it as a crime. 

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: In Pakistan, one in every 38 women dies from pregnancy-related causes

On day five of our 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, we focus on the women's health crisis. A crisis which according to the Global Gender Gap Index Report 2022, leads to Pakistan ranking at the bottom 143 out of 156 countries for female health and survival. 

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: Protecting girls from early marriage 

Child marriage robs girls of their childhood and future prospects. Girls who marry are less likely to finish school and are at higher risk of domestic violence, abuse and health issues. For 16 days of activism against gender-based violence we call for an end to child marriage.

Senator Azam Nazeer Tarar reinstated as Law Minister day after General Bajwa replaced

Senator Azam Nazeer Tarar issued his resignation as Minister of Law and Justice on October 24 after the Asma Jahangir Conference where members of the audience made derogatory comments about the armed forces and former Army Chief General Bajwa.

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Senator Azam Nazeer Tarar reinstated as Law Minister day after General Bajwa replaced

Senator Azam Nazeer Tarar issued his resignation as Minister of Law and Justice on October 24 after the Asma Jahangir Conference where members of the audience made derogatory comments about the armed forces and former Army Chief General Bajwa.

Senate panel passes bill to declare corporal punishment a crime

The Senate Standing Committee on Interior has passed an amendment bill to deter corporal punishment on children by declaring it as a crime. 

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: In Pakistan, one in every 38 women dies from pregnancy-related causes

On day five of our 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, we focus on the women's health crisis. A crisis which according to the Global Gender Gap Index Report 2022, leads to Pakistan ranking at the bottom 143 out of 156 countries for female health and survival. 

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: Protecting girls from early marriage 

Child marriage robs girls of their childhood and future prospects. Girls who marry are less likely to finish school and are at higher risk of domestic violence, abuse and health issues. For 16 days of activism against gender-based violence we call for an end to child marriage.

Students Solidarity March renews call for revival of unions

The annual Students' Solidarity March held in Lahore on 25 November 2022 once again called for the withdrawal of the ban on student unions in the country.

Female DPO’s transfer brings ‘political interference’ into spotlight

A female officer's removal as head of district police in Layyah has brought the issue of 'political interference in the police department into the spotlight with the apex court seeking a record of all police transfers in the last eight years.
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Dispute over demolition and reconstruction of Peshawar Speen Masjid intensifies

The conflict between the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa provincial government and the local government regarding the demolition and reconstruction of the 65-year-old old Masjid Speen Jamaat on University Road in Peshawar has intensified as authorities dispute the restoration plans.

COVID-19 WATCH

COVID Watch | 31st March 2021

28 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses manufactured by India under the WHO's COVAX programme have yet to leave the country due to India’s new export restrictions owing to a surge in national cases. For more stories on the pandemic situation, keep reading.

COVID Watch | 30th March 2021

The NCOC revealed on Monday that 26 cities of Punjab, Peshawar and Azad Kashmir reported a case positivity rate of over 8%. Meanwhile 100 patients reportedly succumbed to the novel coronavirus disease. An overall positivity rate of 8.83% was recorded with 4,084 fresh infections. For more, keep reading.

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Senator Azam Nazeer Tarar reinstated as Law Minister day after General Bajwa replaced

Senator Azam Nazeer Tarar issued his resignation as Minister of Law and Justice on October 24 after the Asma Jahangir Conference where members of the audience made derogatory comments about the armed forces and former Army Chief General Bajwa.

Senate panel passes bill to declare corporal punishment a crime

The Senate Standing Committee on Interior has passed an amendment bill to deter corporal punishment on children by declaring it as a crime. 

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: In Pakistan, one in every 38 women dies from pregnancy-related causes

On day five of our 16 Days of Activism against gender-based violence, we focus on the women's health crisis. A crisis which according to the Global Gender Gap Index Report 2022, leads to Pakistan ranking at the bottom 143 out of 156 countries for female health and survival. 

16 DAYS OF ACTIVISM: Protecting girls from early marriage 

Child marriage robs girls of their childhood and future prospects. Girls who marry are less likely to finish school and are at higher risk of domestic violence, abuse and health issues. For 16 days of activism against gender-based violence we call for an end to child marriage.

Students Solidarity March renews call for revival of unions

The annual Students' Solidarity March held in Lahore on 25 November 2022 once again called for the withdrawal of the ban on student unions in the country.

Female DPO’s transfer brings ‘political interference’ into spotlight

A female officer's removal as head of district police in Layyah has brought the issue of 'political interference in the police department into the spotlight with the apex court seeking a record of all police transfers in the last eight years.

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An Ode to the Vulnerable

Nazim Jokhio’s righteous anger may just have stemmed from the fact that these rich foreign guests swoop down like their own hunting falcons, to exploit these areas, leaving little behind besides death and destruction.

PESHAWAR ATTACK: A grim reminder of our own pain

Representatives of PTI’s government have been at the forefront of advocating for the world to recognize the Taliban’s invasion and have tried very hard to get them some sort of legitimacy, attempts that have failed so far.

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The Battle for Balochistan

Is the Pakistan Army ready for renewed negotiations with Baloch separatists? Rather than a military solution, is there a political solution to the crisis in Balochistan? These questions and more are the focus of Voicepk.net's special webshow on the Balochistan question.

Karishma Ali: Goal driven & Unstoppable

In an interview with Voicepk, national women's footballer Karishma Ali reveals how the struggle for female athletes does not end at just making it to the big leagues

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LACK OF TOLERANCE? Ali Wazir’s never-ending slew of sedition cases 

On the International Day of Tolerance, Voicepk.net takes a look at the curious stream of sedition cases against Ali Wazir that have kept the MNA from South Waziristan behind bars for close to two years.

Won’t let Swat spiral back to terrorism, cry protesters

Thousands of people in Swat have taken to the streets in protest at rising incidents of attacks, demanding the government take meaningful steps to prevent the scenic tourist valley from falling prey to violence again.

Workers' Right

ربڑ کے پائپ کے تشدد سے گھریلو ملازم ہلاک، پانچ افراد گرفتار

لاہور کے علاقے ڈیفنس میں مالکان کے تشدد سے ہلاک ہونے والے کم سن گھریلو ملازم کامران کی ہلاکت کے کیس میں پولیس نے پانچ افراد کو گرفتار کر لیا ہے. لڑکوں کا تعلق بہاولپور کے گاؤں سے ہے مگر ابھی تک پولیس کا ان کے گھر والوں سے رابطہ نہیں ہو پایا

Home-based women workers vulnerable to exploitation: WB report

Home-based women workers face some of the most challenging working conditions and remain highly vulnerable to exploitation, says a recent World Bank report

It’s the same old demand: unite

Speakers in Voicepk.net's web show on Workers' Rights: The Big U-Turn call on workers to chalk out a united plan of action against the new challenges of contract-based work and freelancing by reaching out online to counterparts in other countries.

Trade unions, home-based workers reject IMF policies

Trade unionists, home-based workers and blue-collar workers on Sunday registered their strong protest against inflation, and called for a repeal of anti-poor policies under the IMF deal

Press Releases

HRCP conference calls for constitutional amendment to protect local governments

A national conference held by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) in partnership with the Friedrich Naumman Foundation for Freedom (FNF), has called for a constitutional amendment to protect the form and tenure of local governments and to ensure that fiscal decentralisation enables local bodies to carry out their functions effectively.

HRCP dissatisfied with court ruling in Perween Rahman murder case

HRCP Chairperson Hina Jilani expresses dissatisfaction over the acquittal of all five persons accused of the murder of Orangi Pilot Project (OPP) director Perween Rehman and calls on the state to reflect on its ability to provide justice to victims of violence.

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What will happen if the new Army Chief is not decided by the day General Bajwa retires?

The process of appointing the Army Chief has started and all eyes are on the President and whether he will stop the Prime Minister's advice or not. What will happen if the decision of the new army chief is not made by the day General Bajwa retires?

IHC directs Islamabad IG to submit report on Shahbaz Gill’s torture

August 18, 2022 By Rehan Piracha LAHORE The Islamabad High Court has directed the inspector general of police to submit a report...

Senate panel approves law to bar MPs’ arrest after session summoned

The Standing Committee on Parliamentary Affairs has passed a bill to protect parliamentarians from arrests or detentions after a session of both houses is summoned.

‘Confessional videos under police custody inadmissible’

Expressing surprise at the leaking of confessional videos of the suspect linked to the assassination attempt on former PM Imran Khan, senior criminal lawyers reveal that such confessional videos recorded under police custody are inadmissible as evidence before a court. 

Judges must not rewrite the Constitution in the name of ‘Interpretation’: Parliamentarians 

Speaking at the Asma Jahangir Conference 2022, senior parliamentarians called on apex court judges to respect the written word of the Constitution and not overwrite or rewrite on pretext of interpretation or otherwise.

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6 Indian fishermen arrested for violating Pakistan’s territorial waters

Pakistan has arrested six fishermen for illegally hunting in Pakistan’s territorial waters, according to a spokesperson for Pakistan Maritime Security Agency (PSMA).

Media under Siege in Sri Lanka, India and Pakistan

Award-winning journalists Steven Butler, Hamid Mir, Daniel Bastard, and others discuss the increasing attacks against journalists and whether there is a siege against the media at the 4th Asma Jahangir Conference.

Speakers call on India, Pakistan to initiate talks on Kashmir

Speakers at the #AJCONF session on Kashmir have called on India and Pakistan to initiate dialogue over the disputed region stalled for several years due to hostilities between the South Asian states.

CPJ’s Steven Butler has troubled arrival at Lahore Airport

By Xari Jalil: Steven Butler, the Asia Program Coordinator of CPJ, was for the second time detained at the Lahore airport while travelling to attend the Asma Jahangir Conference #AJCONF

Kaira condemns India’s move to give new residents voting rights in Occupied Kashmir

Qamar Zaman Kaira condemned the change in Indian electoral rules to allow temporary residents in IOK to register themselves as voters there, terming it another attempt by New Delhi to change the demography of the Muslim-majority region.

‘Pakistan has high number of fraudulent visa applications’

Referring to a high number of fraudulent visa applications, Canada’s High Commissioner to Pakistan Wendy Gilmour has called on Pakistani students to apply for admissions to universities in Canada through the faster processing student direct stream programme.

23 INGOs get nod to work in flood-hit areas amid call for lifting 2018 ban

The government has granted permission to 23 INGOs to work for relief and rehabilitation of flood victims, amid a call for lifting a ban on the relief organsiations expelled from the country in 2018.