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Man kills sister for working outside home

June 1, 2024 By Bilal

Melting Glaciers: Pakistan’s Ticking Time Bombs

Exacerbated by rising temperatures, GLOFs

It’s time to assemble and revisit Section 144

April 13, 2024 By Alefia

It’s time to assemble and revisit Section 144

April 13, 2024 By Alefia T Hussain When the governments in Punjab decide that a political party must not demonstrate its political strength in public spaces, women must not walk

‘Eid without my brother is no Eid’

April 10, 2024 By Xari Jalil LAHORE The thin sliver of the Eid crescent glows through the darkening sky, and Rubina Baloch’s lips move as she murmurs a silent prayer.

The new cycle of terrorism

April 1, 2024 By Afrasiab Khattak Terrorist attacks, mainly by the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) in Pakhtunkhwa and the Pashtun belt of Balochistan have significantly increased in recent years. Police force,

Breathing Death: Pakistan’s Toxic Air Cuts Lives Short by 4.4 Years

March 19, 2024 By Xari Jalil LAHORE In IQAir’s annual World Air Quality Report 2023 released today Pakistan has emerged as the second most polluted country in the world. The

14 years on Mama Qadeer’s missing persons’ camp still persists

"The state must play its true role and advance towards a political solution of all these problems," said Mama Qadeer. "The gradual release of the forcibly disappeared persons must start."

Post-election chaos: Pakistan’s battle with social media blockades and censorship

As allegations of rigging and criticism flooded social media following the elections, Pakistan imposed a blockade on X. As citizens demand answers, the government's silence is unnerving.

Photo Feature: 16th day of protest against rigging and attack on Mohsin Dawar

Protestors are unhappy with militancy and terrorism in the region and say that the government cannot just ask them to stop protesting in order to quell the situation.

Function and Operation of the Anti-Rape Crisis Cells

Interview with Dr. Summaiya Syed Tariq, the Chief Police Surgeon Karachi, on the recently established Anti-Rape Crisis Cells.

When the ‘stateless’ become ‘illegal’

It is important for the state to stop its crackdowns against Afghan refugees immediately and to revisit its decision to forcefully deport Afghans. It is

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

Is it development that is erasing Gandhara Civilization’s neglected sites?

By Annam Lodhi: Excessive development around ancient sites from the Gandhara Civilization have worried visitors and cultural enthusiasts who believe the already neglected sites may

پنجاب کے ضلع خانیوال کی تحصیل کبیر والا میں بیٹے نے مبینہ طور پر ’غیرت ‘ کے نام پر ماں اور 3 بہنوں کو قتل کر دیا۔کبیروالا کے نواحی علاقہ بستی لوہاراں والی میں گزشتہ روز یہ واقع پیش آیا، جہاں عباس نامی شخص نے فائرنگ کر کے اپنی والدہ اور تین بہنوں کو قتل کردیا۔ جان کی بازی ہارنے

Lala Rukh’s artworks on show in Sharjah include her rare early works created against the backdrop of political turmoil and feminist movements in Pakistan.

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Allah Rakha Bibi, the widow of Nazir Masih (the Sargodha mob victim) passed away on Friday. She was said to have been immensely depressed since the incident.

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#mob #lynching

Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani stated that the report must be filed with the signatures of ISI and MI sector commanders by Monday, marking 21 days since #KhawajaKhurshid's #EnforcedDisappearance.

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پنجاب بھر میں دفعہ 144 فوری نفاذ کر دی گئی

محکمہ داخلہ نے پنجاب بھر میں جلسہ جلوس، ریلیوں، دھرنوں اور احتجاج پر پابندی لگا دی۔ صوبہ بھر میں 21 جون سے 27 جون تک دفعہ 144 نافذ کر دی گئی ہے۔ یاد رہے پاکستان تحریک انصاف نے عمران خان کی رہائی اور الیکشن میں مبینہ بے ضابطگیوں کے خلاف

“Sindh's political workers used to go missing before; now they are being killed,” says Basheeran, wife of the Pathan Zuhrani who has been missing since 2019. She was joined by many relatives of the missing persons in protest outside the Karachi Press Club on July 17, 2024.


صحافی خلیل جبران کے قتل کے خلاف لنڈی کوتل ،جمرود، باڑہ اور پشاور پریس کلب کے باہرصحافتی تنظمیوں کے احتجاجی مظاہرے ۔صحافیوں کا قاتلوں کو فوری طور پر گرفتار کرکہ کیفرکردار تک پہچانے کا مطالبہ۔مقامی صحافی اور لنڈی کوتل پریس کلب کے سابق صدر خلیل جبران کو عید کے دوسرے روز نامعلوم

After a long protest on the #PakAfghanHighway, funeral prayers were held on Wednesday, for #KhalilJibran, a #journalist from #LandiKotal area in #Khyber district (#KhyberPukhtunkhwa). Gibran was shot and killed last night on Tuesday,  June 18.


Girls in #Lyari are ready to dodge and dribble through social and political difficulties to shine in sports


خیبر پختونخوا میں 2024 کے الیکشن میں صوبائی اور قومی اسمبلی کی ساری نشتسیں پی ٹی آئی نے جیتیں ۔اسمبلی میں جو اپوزیشن بیٹھی ہے اس نے الیکشن جیتا نہیں بلکہ انھیں یہ نشستیں دی گئی ہیں ۔۔ جماعت اسلامی کے سابق وزیر عنائیت اللہ خان کا دعوی۔۔

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Alarming reports of #Ahmadis being harassed across various districts of #Punjab, on #Eid day. Religious freedom denied, even on a sacred day
Shocking reports of police & extremists raiding Ahmadi homes, confiscating meat.

جب روس نے افغانستان پر قبضہ کیا تو مزاحمتی جدوجہد میں جماعت اسلامی کا کیا حصہ رہا ۔۔
Was it just political support?

#Pakistan @JIPOfficial @Inayat01 #JamaateIslami #Afghanistan

جماعت اسلامی نے ووٹرز کا اعتماد کیوں کھویا؟ کہاں کیا غلطیاں ہوئیں ؟
جماعت اسلامی کے سابق وزیر عنائیت اللہ کی زبانی سنیے.

#Pakistan @JIPOfficial @Inayat01 #JamaateIslami

An #Ahmadi place of worship was attacked early morning by #TLP in Kotli, despite an earlier notification issued by the Federal Minister of Interior to hitch up security and various attempts by the community to bring govt attention to the threats they have been facing.

جماعت اسلامی کے سابق وزیر عنائیت اللہ نے اقرار کر لیا کہ متحدہ مجلس عمل کے دور حکومت میں خواتین کی تصاویر والے بل بورڈز پر خواتین کے چہروں کو کالا کرنے کا عمل غلط تھا۔ "ایسا نہیں ہونا چاہیے تھا."

#Pakistan @JIPOfficial @Inayat01 #JamaateIslami

پاکستان میں قانون سازی اور مذہبی جماعتوں کا دباو کس طرح سے قوانین کے نفاذ میں تاخیر کا سبب بنتا ہے؟

#Pakistan @JIPOfficial @Inayat01 #JamaateIslami

The promise of #US #visas had led many #Afghan families to risk everything. But the #US did not fulfill its promise and these families are left stranded in Pakistan, facing uncertainty —unable to return home and unsure of when they can leave #Pakistan. In the meantime they have

پاکستان کے اندر انجینئرڈ الیکشن کروانے میں پاکستانی اور انٹرنیشنل اسٹیبلشمنٹ کا کیا کردار ہے ۔۔اس پر جماعت اسلامی کے سابق وزیر عنائیت اللہ کا موقف اور ایم ایم اے کے الیکنشن جیتنے کی کہانی ۔۔۔

#Pakistan @JIPOfficial @Inayat01 #PTI #JamaateIslami

The 8 month old baby camel's leg was amputated because it strayed into the fields of a neighbouring land owner. However the #camel has now been shifted to an animal shelter. The incident took place in #Sanghar

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Come #EidulAzha, and attacks on #Ahmadis increase. Why are police unable to prevent such attacks? Why isn't #Pakistan a safe home for them to live in?

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#RightsWatch #Economy

"Sanitation workers in Sindh are not being provided with safety equipment. Due to the lack of seriousness from municipal authorities in protecting them, the number of tragic incidents is on the rise," says Boota Masih.

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The burden of economic hardship invariably falls on the poor, as tragically illustrated by the deaths of three sanitation workers in #TandoMuhammadKhan, Sindh.

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#RightsWatch #Economy

Debt servicing in #Pakistan has surpassed the defense budget. To break free from this vicious debt cycle, Pakistan must cut costs across the board and expand the tax net

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#RightsWatch #Economy

Posters seen around #Jehlum city, where Asim Ashfaque, a former sub inspector turned #TLP leader, has been seen and heard inciting violence against the #Ahmadi community there. Ahmaddiya community across Punjab are facing threats and intimidation with the open support of local…


In a display of municipal negligence in Tando Muhammad Khan, near #Hyderabad in #Sindh, three sanitation workers lost their lives to asphyxia. Families blame the authorities for their deaths.

. @freepressunltd, an international press freedom org, has helped form a collective of journalists, lawyers & civil society to monitor investigations & prosecutions of journalists in #Pakistan. It was announced at "Media and Democracy: An Essential Partnership" panel at IBA

Owners of a multinational company went missing three months ago in #Peshawar. Their family demands a judicial inquiry to uncover the true perpetrators, particularly since police officers are visibly involved in CCTV footage


Justice Mohsin Akhtar Kayani issues notices to secretary of defense and secretary of interior concerning #KhawajaKhurshid, who went missing from #Rawalpindi on June 7, 2024.


#Missingpersons #Enforceddisappearances

Tehreek e Labbaik (#TLP) has been threatening and making demands to remove the gravestones in the Basti Shukrani, Bahawalpur, #Ahmadi community graveyard.

An Ahmadi delegation was called by local authorities on June 6, 2024, where these demands were highlighted, however they


#RizwanaShaheen was brutally murdered a year ago. Her husband confessed to the crime. The delay in the court granting justice is affecting wellbeing of their children and the battle for their custody


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LGBTQ Afghan migrants in limbo for asylum

LGBTQ Afghans live in fear of death back home and persecution in

In the Shadow of the Blasphemy Law

Pakistan's blasphemy laws cast a dark shadow on religious minorities, fostering fear,

‘Resources and overhauling the system required to address honour killings’

Experts agreed that an over-reliance on FIRs in trial proceedings and a

Don’t be silent! If you are a victim of domestic violence, seek help to protect yourself

Domestic Violence is a punishable crime.  AGHS Legal Aid Cell Helpline No:

Malik Abdul Qayyum: An Unsung Pro-women Judge

Former judge of the Lahore High Court Malik Mohammad Qayyum, who passed

A Tribute to a Fearless Leader: Social Media Remembers Asma Jahangir

11 February 2023 By Hamza Saeed LAHORE Today marks the 5th anniversary

AGHS organizes Anti-Rape Law training workshop at the KP Judicial Academy in Peshawar

AGHS Legal Aid Cell organized a training workshop on the new Anti-Rape

Abdul Latif Afridi was courageous voice for rule of law, democracy

18 January 2023 By Saroop Ijaz Senior Counsel, Asia Division, Board Member

What happened to Adil?

Child sexual abuse is a serious legal offence. Report and seek help. impact: giving a voice to marginalized communities is a platform that aims to raise awareness about rights violations

Gharidah Farooqi’s ongoing struggle against online harassment, abuse, and violence

This report is part of’s series Against Gender-Based Digital Violence and

Protests in Iran ‘between hope and horror’

Reflecting hope and horror the protests in Iran showcase young people fighting