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Hindu worship places in state of decay: Suddle commission

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February 13th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Renovation of the four most revered Hindu temples will lead to religious tourism, says Dr Shoaib Suddle, head of Supreme Court-mandated commission on minorities.

‘His last words will always haunt me’

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February 12th, 2021; By Shahrazad Agha & Asim Ahmad Khan; QUETTA“They took him in a small room, raped & burnt him. He told me, Mummy, I was raped and burnt. The next day he died. all we want now is justice," says mother of 6-year-old Ameer Hamza.

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.

Imprisoned in dark despair

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February 11th, 2021; By Ahmed Saeed & Shahrazad Agha; LAHORE; She was abducted, gang-raped, and forcibly converted for marriage. None in the justice system has taken her seriously. Now she is in hiding and trying her best to get her statement through. This is the story of Maria.

Asma Jahangir: Woman Extraordinaire

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February 11th, 2021; By Ahmed Saeed and Shahrazad Agha; LAHORE; On Asma Jahangir's 3rd death anniversary her colleagues at the Asma Jahangir Legal Aid Cell recall the golden moments they got to spend with the towering human rights icon.

Tribesmen in Jandola hold protest to seek compensation

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February 6th, 2021; Bureau Report; PESHAWAR; The Bettani tribesmen have held a protest camp at Jandola town of the district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa to call for compensation of damages suffered in the Rah-i-Nijat military operation. Scores of affected tribesmen participated in the protest camp in Jandola on Thursday, calling upon the provincial government to pay compensation for shops and businesses destroyed in the military operation in 2009. “The government has compensated tribal affectees in Khyber Agency, Bajaur and other areas but those from the Bettani tribe in Jandola have been denied any payment,” an affected tribesmen tells Voicepk.net. An affected tribesman, Abdullah, said 700 shops were damaged during the military operation and the affected owners had not been paid any compensation.
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Rights Watch | 6th February 2021

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Warah elders in Mohmand tehsil bar local women from personally collecting monthly Child Wellness Grant stipends from designated centers, stating the practice was against local customs. Doctors at the tehsil headquarters hospital Bisham request police to look into quackeries following the discovery of a dead newborn near the hospital grounds. An elderly woman and her son were gunned down for 'honour' after the latter married his assailant's daughter.

Kiln workers not bound to repay vicious debt: Athar Minallah

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February 3rd, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Observing that the State has presently failed to abolish bonded labour, Chief Justice of the Islamabad High Court Athar Minallah has remarked the labourers of brick kilns were not bound to repay vicious debt (peshgi) taken as advance payment of work. The court was hearing a case related to juvenile bonded labourers on Tuesday (February 2) in Islamabad. Chief Justice Athar Minallah said loaning of vicious debt was an illegal act according to a Supreme Court judgment. The court ordered the Islamabad district administration to launch an awareness campaign for the labourers at brick kilns informing them that they were free to switch jobs and were not bound to work against their will.

Educationists express concern over Arabic language bill passed by Senate

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February 2nd, 2021 By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE: Prominent educationists have expressed concerns over the passage of the bill in the Senate for compulsory teaching of Arabic language in schools across the federal capital territory.

20 missing persons return home in Balochistan

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February 2nd, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; Twenty people, who were victims of enforced disappearances in Balochistan, has finally returned home to their families, over the last few days. But almost 300 still remain unaccounted for. Details given by a Balochistan based organization, Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) reveal that there are around 295 people who have still not returned to their families.