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Despite govt optimism, a vaccine shortfall is on the horizon

With just a few hundred-thousands of vaccines in supply remaining, the Federal Government is worryingly optimistic that it will receive an expected three million CanSinoBIO doses in time.

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Despite govt optimism, a vaccine shortfall is on the horizon

With just a few hundred-thousands of vaccines in supply remaining, the Federal Government is worryingly optimistic that it will receive an expected three million CanSinoBIO doses in time.

Sindhi intellectuals demand the arrest of cleric who announced head money for Amar Jalil

April 10th, 2021; By Hamid Riaz & Hassan Raza; LAHORE; A group of Sindhi writers have called on the Sindh Government to arrest Pir Sarhindi, a cleric who placed a bounty on Amar Jalil & wrongly implicated him of blasphemy. Voicepk.net spoke to celebrated Sindhi writer Taj Joyo about the false charges against Jalil

Death sentences see decline in 2020: JPP

April 10th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; The number of death sentences awarded in Pakistan for various crimes has declined to 177 in 2020, from 632 in 2019, according to statistics compiled by Justice Project Pakistan.

Faisalabad Police arrested two nurses over blasphemy charges

April 10th, 2021; By Staff Reporter; FAISALABAD; On April 9, Faisalabad police rescued two Christian nurses of the DHQ Hospital Faisalabad from an enraged mob after they were accused of defiling an Islamic verse. Both women have been sent on 14-day judicial remand.

Campaign calls for greater investment in education

April 9th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; A campaign has been launched to call for greater investment in education to stem drop out of a further one million children from schools amid the COVID pandemic in the country.

Protection against arbitrary arrest is key to fair trial: SC

April 9th, 2021; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; A 3 member Supreme Court bench has declared that protection against arbitrary arrest & detention is part of one's right to liberty and fair trial, and held that the mere nomination of a person in an FIR does not warrant an arres

Shia families wont budge until their missing persons are recovered

“I do not know what state he is in,” a mother states. “I am not asking them to release my son. I jus want to know what crime he has committed. The courts are there to award punishments; at least bring him to court.”

The third wave is unlike anything Pakistan has dealt with before

The tried and true smart lockdown policy might not work for the recent COVID-19 wave in which the UK variant, a far more transmissible mutation of the original virus, is wreaking havoc in Pakistan.

The Long Arm of the Law: Police Violence in 2020

The murders of Osama Satti in Islamabad, Sultan Nazeer in Karachi and Muhammad Waqas Ahmed in Faisalabad at the hands of law enforcement agencies point toward a system that is content with its history and unofficial policy of brutal police violence meted out to the very people it is meant to protect. Is justice even achievable for innocents caught in the crosshairs?

Baloch missing persons camp takes to D-Chowk

After days of radio silence on the government's end, the Baloch missing persons camp took to Islamabad's D-Chowk to stage a sit in. Joined by parliamentary leaders, civil society activists and student groups, the protest is their last ditch effort to ensure the release and return of their loved ones.

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Prisoner of Conscience: Baba Jan visits AGHS

March 24th, 2021; By Hamid Riaz & Hassan Raza; LAHORE; Baba Jan visited the office of the late Asma Jahangir to offer his condolences and thank his allies for standing with him throughout the nine years he had spent incarcerated as a prisoner of conscience.

Farooq Maududi: What Pakistan Day actually means

March 23rd, 2021; By Asra Haque; LAHORE; On Pakistan Day, Farooq Maududi narrates an alternate history of the origins of civil-military relations and the tragedy of Partition

President urges women to avail govt loan schemes

President Dr Arif Alvi has urged women in the country to take advantage of various loan schemes initiated by the federal government for their economic empowerment, regretting that only five percent of the funds available to female entrepreneurs have been availed due to lack of awareness.

Hindu worship places in state of decay: Suddle commission

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.

The woman who could not be told ‘no’

Meet Farzana Siddique, the first woman Vice President in the 30 years-long history of the Faisalabad Press Club. As one of the few female crime reporters in the country, much less the province, Farzana has no qualms of shouldering the responsibility of also fighting for the rights of her fellow journalists in the third largest city of Pakistan. Watch our exclusive interview with the woman who could not be told "no".

In conversation with Muhammad Ali Durrani: Saving democracy through national dialogue

After a period of eight years, General Secretary of the PML-F and former Federal Minister for the Musharraf regime, Muhammad Ali Durrani has entered the political fray, paving the way for a grand national dialogue between the PTI, the Opposition, the judiciary, the people and - unsurprisingly - the military.

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“Cancel your protest or else,” Punjab police tells detained farmers’ leader

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February 9th, 2021; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Farmers’ Leader, Chaudhry Anwar was detained inside a police van in Lahore for 12 hrs. Senior police officials threatened him with severe consequences if he fails to call off a farmers’ protest scheduled for the end of this month.

Rights Watch | 9th April 2021

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Police on Thursday arrested a pedophile accused of raping nearly a dozen children in Lahore’s Sanda area. The suspect, who lured minors under the pretext of training them how to use a gun, would allegedly film the assault and blackmail his victims. For more news on human rights abuses, keep reading.
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COVID Watch | 31st March 2021

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28 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses manufactured by India under the WHO's COVAX programme have yet to leave the country due to India’s new export restrictions owing to a surge in national cases. For more stories on the pandemic situation, keep reading.
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