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Students’ march against in-person exams

January 26th, 2021; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Students across the country are marching against ‘in-person exams’ being unliterally imposed on them by university administrations after months of online classes. University administrations have responded with dictatorial high handedness with several injuries being reported.

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Students’ march against in-person exams

January 26th, 2021; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Students across the country are marching against ‘in-person exams’ being unliterally imposed on them by university administrations after months of online classes. University administrations have responded with dictatorial high handedness with several injuries being reported.

Govt rolls back mortgaging F-9 park following public backlash

26th January 2021; By Ayesha Mir; ISLAMABAD; Following outrage by citizens and civil society activists against the government's plan to mortgage Islamabad's scenic F-9 park, PM Imran Khan announced rolling back the decision

Textile workers threaten sit-in outside Sindh Assembly

January 25th, 2021; Bureau Report; KARACHI; Textile and garment industry workers from Karachi have threatened to stage a sit-in in front of the Sindh Assembly if their "sweatshop-like" working conditions are not improved.

PFUJ, PBC slam PEMRA over Bol News’ suspension

January 23rd, 2021; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) and the Pakistan Bar Council have slammed the Pakistan Electronic Media Authority (PEMRA) over suspension of Bol News broadcast, calling it an attack on freedom of expression.

Asma Jahangir group bags fifth consecutive win as Khushdil Khan elected PBC Vice Chair

January 22nd, 2021; By Ahmad Saeed; LAHORE; Khushdil Khan of Asma Jahangir group has been elected unopposed as Vice Chair of the Pakistan Bar Council, for a year-long term, capping the group’s fifth consecutive victory for the lawyer’s body top slot.

PM’s Advisor Moeed Yousaf says “Imran Khan wants 3G 4G services restored in all of former FATA, but there are risks”

January 21st, 2021; Bureau Report; LAHORE; “The PM understands the necessity of highspeed internet in the modern-age but his govt is trying to balance the “risks” involved," says PM's National Security advisor Yusaf Moeed.

Allegedly abducted by the police over 2 months ago, the whereabouts of a Sanghar villager remains unknown

January 24th, 2021; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Sanghar resident Abdul Sattar Awan has been missing for over 2 months. In a petition filed before the Sindh High Court his brother claims that Sattar was abducted by the police. Police has failed to produce Sattar despite High Court's orders.

A “Judicial Crusade” against ‘ENFORCED DISAPPEARANCES’

January 13th, 2021; Staff Reporter; LAHORE; Summons, fines & threat of arrests in 2021 has seen a series of actions taken by the higher courts against the govt's inability to recover victims of enforced disappearance.

LHC bans virginity test countrywide

January 4th, 2021; By Rehan Piracha; LAHORE; In a historic judgment, the Lahore High Court on Monday banned the two-finger test and the hymen test of female rape victims across the country, declaring the procedures unscientific, discriminatory, illegal and unconstitutional.

جیلوں میں گنجائش سے زیادہ قیدی موجود، کورونا کا خطرہ بڑھ گیا: رپورٹ

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.

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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.

Fawad “Frodo” Hassan on marrying classical and contemporary music

Fawad Hassan - Frodo is ready to shake up the music world with his take on Eastern classical music infused with contemporary Western this new year.

Redefining Lahore through rap with Maanu and Rozeo

Lahore rarely offers the same experiences that seem so essential to rap music as opposed to Karachi. It's a vacuum and though there have been attempts to fill that vacuum, none so far have been successful. That's where Maanu and Rozeo are stepping in, redefining the way one can imagine the city through rap and hip-hop.

Rani Khan: From Dancer to Preacher

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

Mehar Sattar: Farmer not Terrorist

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.

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Allegedly abducted by the police over 2 months ago, the whereabouts...

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January 24th, 2021; By Hamid Riaz; LAHORE; Sanghar resident Abdul Sattar Awan has been missing for over 2 months. In a petition filed before the Sindh High Court his brother claims that Sattar was abducted by the police. Police has failed to produce Sattar despite High Court's orders.

Rights Watch | 26th January 2021

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Rawalpindi couple convicted of abducting, raping and blackmailing a student with footage of her assault, accused gets death penalty while his wife gets life term. A young university student who was abandoned by her paramour at the emergency ward of a Lahore hospital died due to a botched abortion, police have arrested the suspect as well as his accomplice. Civil society organizations express serious concern over amendment to KP child protection law that will make public videos of executions of sex offenders.
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Rights Watch | 25th January 2021

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COVID Watch | 26th January 2021

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DRAP approves Russia's Sputnik-V for emergency use, meanwhile provinces inform NCOC that staff at teaching hospitals, and district and tehsil headquarters hospitals are nearing completion of their COVID-19 vaccination training. Researchers at the Montreal Heart institute find that colchicine helps significantly reduce the risk of developing complications and dying from COVID-19. Moderna finds its vaccine can protect against the UK and South African coronavirus variants
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COVID Watch | 25th January 2021

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