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ANP holds demo for missing persons

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Imdad Khan has been missing for the past six years. His mother is among the several other families of missing persons who joined a protest organized by the Awami National Party (ANP) outside the Peshawar Press Club on Monday. The party held nationwide demonstrations to express solidarity with the relatives of victims of enforced disappearances in the country. By Baseer Qalandhar

PFUJ condemns mob attack on Geo’s Karachi office

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The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) have condemned the attack on Geo TV in Karachi, when on Sunday a mob ransacked the channel's office over alleged ethnic slurs made by a host in a satire show against the Sindhi community.

UN experts laud Pakistan for commuting death sentences of mentally ill...

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February 19th, 2021; By Staff Reporter; LAHORE; United Nations’ experts on human rights have lauded Pakistan’s Supreme Court for commuting the death sentence of three mentally challenged inmates. The body has also called upon judiciaries worldwide to follow the example set by the SC of Pakistan.

Parliamentary panel recommends certificate for conversion

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February 18th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; As part of a proposed bill on prevention of forced conversion, a parliamentary panel has recommended that a legally adult person should be allowed to convert his/her religion following a certificate issued by a judge after a personal appearance.

IHC orders demolition of chambers built on F-8 playground

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February 17th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; The Islamabad High Court on Tuesday ordered the demolition of encroachments and illegal lawyers chambers in sector F-8 playground adjoining the district courts.

IHC attack: JITs begin probe as bar council assure action against...

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February 16th, 2021; By Staff Reporter; LAHORE; Two joint investigations teams have been constituted to probe the ransacking of the Islamabad High Court premises as bar councils assured Chief Justice Athar Minallah that action will be taken against the lawyers involved in the February 8 incident.

PBC, PHCBA call for removing bar on Qazi Faez Isa

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February 16th, 2021; By Staff reporter; LAHORE; The Pakistan Bar Council and the Peshawar High Court Bar Association have urged the Supreme Court to review its order of barring Justice Qazi Faez Isa from hearing cases concerning Prime Minister Imran Khan.

Women’s Action Forum condemns ‘unconstitutional’ RTI Amendment Bill 2021

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The Act from 2017 was never fully implemented but this move is a blatant attempt to stop citizens from exercising their right to know. WAF states that those who have moved the Bill seem not to know the role of a parliament in a democracy.

Bar on fellow judge unprecedented, say jurists

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February 12th, 2021; By Ahmed Saeed; LAHORE; Senior lawyers and bar representatives have termed the decision of Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed barring fellow judge Justice Qazi Faez Isa from hearing cases against Prime Minister Imran Khan as unprecedented in the judicial history of the country.

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UN experts laud Pakistan for commuting death sentences of mentally ill inmates.

February 19th, 2021; By Staff Reporter; LAHORE; United Nations’ experts on human rights have lauded Pakistan’s Supreme Court for commuting the death sentence of three mentally challenged inmates. The body has also called upon judiciaries worldwide to follow the example set by the SC of Pakistan.

Sri Lanka govt timed Pak PM visit for OIC support: SAHR

February 18th, 2021; By Staff Reporter; LAHORE; SAHR on Thursday criticized the Sri Lanka government for timing Pakistani PM Imran Khan’s visit on 22nd February in bid to garner support of OIC states in face of UN Human Rights Council resolution against the island nation.

Was there a lone survivor in the Machh incident?

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