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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.

A candid conversation with Nisha Rao

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November 21st, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Nisha Rao transwomen in her late 20s shot to fame when she became the first most successful practicing transgender lawyer in the country. We sat down with Nisha for a candid conversation about her experiences in the legal profession.

An unbearably long wait for a missing father

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November 14th, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; To mark a year since rights activist Idris Khattak's Enforced Disappearance Voicepk talks to his daughter Talia Khattak who details a rare meeting with her father last month.

Elections meaningless if mandate not honoured: Latif Afridi

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November 5th, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; The newly-elected president of SCBA, Latif Afridi strongly hints to actively participate in PDM rallies to ensure the supremacy of law in the country. He says that the process of elections becomes a joke if the mandate is not honoured.

Terror charges unfounded, says Gulalai and father

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Human rights activist and Pashtun Tahuffaz Movement (PTM) leader Gulalai Ismail and her father Prof Ismail have denied terrorism charges against them saying the charges were unfounded and fabricated.

‘He is gone but his narrative is alive’: How Mashal Khan’s...

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October 1st, 2020; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; "-Imagine raising a child, giving him love, educating him only to have to bury his mutilated body in the prime of his youth. -I will never get Mashal back but if he gets justice then maybe this environment of impunity will end"- Mashal's father

Parents of APS martyrs ‘reject’ commission’s findings

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September 29th, 2020; By Hamid Riaz & Haider Kaleem; LAHORE; Fazal Khan Advocate states "That he & several other parents are deeply unsatisfied with the report and that It seems as if the report was made somewhere else & the Judge merely rubber-stamped it"

Hadiqa Bashir: Swat girl set to shine on int’l horizon

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September 27th, 2020; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; 18 yr old Hadiqa Bashir has been fighting for girls' rights in the sensitive area of Swat, where she has faced tremendous pressure from radical elements, but still carries on with her work. Because of her work, she has been nominated in the UN 17 Young Leaders for SDGs for the class of 2020.

Exclusive with Rana Sanaullah: Silence before the storm in Punjab?

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September 18th, 2020; By Haider Kaleem; ISLAMABAD; Speaking to voicepk.net Rana Sanaullah paid homage to the late Asma Jahangir for always speaking truth to power. He termed the current political silence in Punjab as "the silence before the storm".

Shahid Khaqan Abbasi Discusses political engineering & threats

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Discussing the FATF bills Shahid Khaqan Abbasi stated "There were a total of 14 bills out of these 2 were passed without amendments, 2 were rejected because they stipulated long detention periods & could be manipulated while 7 were passed with amendments"

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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.