Minorities And Marginalised Communities

UN leaders condemn terrorist attack on Hazaras

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and President of the United Nations General Assembly Volkan Bozkir condemned the killing of Hazara Shia coal miners in Machh, Balochistan. Meanwhile Prime Minister Imran Khan took to Twitter to assure mourners who have been staging a protest since the past three days that he will visit them soon.

Apex court orders restoration of razed Hindu temple within two weeks

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January 5th, 2021; Bureau report; LAHORE; In Tuesday's hearing, a 3-member bench headed by CJP Gulzar Ahmed ordered the KP chair of the Evacuee Trust Property Property Board to restore the Krishna Dwara temple in Karak within 2 weeks

Mach incident: Sit in continue at Quetta as govt lodge FIR...

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January 4th, 2021; By Asim Ahmad Khan; QUETTA; Families of the Hazara coal miners continue their sit-in at the western bypass Quetta, as the govt lodge an FIR of the incident after 35 hours. The protesters say they will not bury the bodies unless the govt assures them of justice.

Pakistan among five most deadliest countries for journalists in 2020: RSF

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50 journalists worldwide attacked and killed during 2020; Pakistan among top 5 worst countries.

Rani Khan: From Dancer to Preacher

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December 24th, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; Meet Rani Khan, a transgender who gave up dancing and begging to become a reformer. She runs a seminary in Islamabad and claims that many in her community want to quit begging and dancing, but they have no other means to earn their livelihood

Christmas: a celebration of joy, love, hope and peace

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December 25th, 2020; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; The COVID pandemic has restricted but not dampened the spirit of close to 3.5 million Christians celebrating Christmas day in Pakistan.

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.

Gwadar City Fencing Project: trampling upon people’s freedom of movement?

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December 19th, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; GWADAR/LAHORE; The Gwadar fencing project may isolate entire communities that had been traversing the lands freely for years. Many claim the project assails people's fundamental liberty of movement.

‘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.

Judicial body for cross border prisoners’ rights must be revived

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Human rights activists and experts while discussing the plight of Pakistani and Indian prisoners in either country's jails, have called for the revival of the joint judicial commission on prisoners.

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Was there a lone survivor in the Machh incident?

January 9th, 2021; By Ahmad Saeed & Asim Ahmad Khan; QUETTA/LAHORE; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; A statement by the Afghan Embassy revealed that a person named Rasul had survived the Mach Incident and is currently being held by the Balochistan Police.

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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.