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Living like a fugitive

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Islamabad: The most famous television journalist in Pakistan lives like a fugitive. Hamid Mir tells no one where he is going, how he will get there or where he will spend the night. At Mir’s office, his curtains are always drawn. He uses at least two cellphones and, until recently, he rotated among three residences […]

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Geo News Bureau Chief Faheem Siddiqui briefly kidnapped, tortured

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KARACHI: Unidentified armed policemen in uniform and civvies kidnapped, tortured and robbed the Geo News Karachi Bureau Chief Faheem Ahmed Siddiqui in the Shahra-e-Noor Jahan police remit. According to Faheem Siddiqui, he was hailed by a police mobile near Sakhi Hassan Chowrangi as he was driving to work on Saturday afternoon. Expecting a normal security […]

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Pakistan may have top global ranking if RTI draft law passed

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is an ‘if’ away from grabbing the top global ranking as it can proudly claim to have the best Right to Information (RTI) legislation in the world to promote transparency if the draft RTI Act 2014 is passed into law from parliament. The Canada-based Center for Law and Democracy (CLD) that does international […]

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Six-hour protest in Dadu over kidnap, torture of four journalists

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DADU: Several hundred people belonging to the media held a six-hour sit-in at the Dadu-Larkana section of the Indus Highway on Wednesday to lodge their strong protest over police failure to arrest a feudal lord and his armed guards who allegedly kidnapped four senior journalists in Johi a fortnight back and subjected them to inhuman […]

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Saad asks media not to politicise rail accident

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LAHORE: Pakistan Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique has expressed disappointment with the media’s role in trying to create a controversy about the Gujranwala train accident that cost 19 lives and urged the media not to politicise the event before the final verdict by a joint investigation committee. Addressing a press conference here at PR headquarters, […]

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Govt, PBA reach consensus on e-media code of conduct

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ISLAMABAD: The government and the Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) have reached consensus on all points for a code of conduct for the electronic media and soon a summary will be sent to the prime minister for approval. Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on National Affairs Irfan Siddiqui said this while taking to APP here.Siddiqui […]

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Dadu landlord continues to walk free after beating up journalists

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HYDERABAD: A landlord in Dadu who beat up four journalists nearly 10 days ago continues to evade justice allegedly due to his political connections in Sindh government. Neither has an FIR been lodged against him nor have any suspects been arrested even though high-ranking police officials continue to assure journalists’ representatives that their complaints are […]

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Balochistan unrest: Journalist shot dead in Usta Mohammad

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QUETTA: A young journalist affiliated with a Quetta-based newspaper was shot dead at his home in the Usta Mohammad district of Balochistan on Sunday morning. Zafarullah Jattak, 35, was sleeping in his home at the time of the attack. The deceased was working as tehsil reporter for Daily Intikhab. According to DSP Khawand Bukhsh, armed […]

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RIGHT TO INFORMATION

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“Article 19-A has empowered the citizens of Pakistan by making access to information a justiceable right of the People rather than being largesse bestowed by the State at its whim.”………… All State functionaries have to understand that in a very real sense, they are employed in the service of the People of Pakistan and are […]

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