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Monthly Archives: May 2017

Activist held in first case about ‘maligning forces’ on social media

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LAHORE: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) arrested an activist in the first case in its campaign to crack down on social media users criticising the country’s armed forces on different digital platforms. The FIA’s cybercrime wing arrested Adnan Afzal Qureshi in the Defence Housing Authority on Tuesday and charged him under Sections 20 and 24 […]


Alchemy 2017 concludes in London

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Alchemy 2017, the eighth edition of the multi-arts festival presented by Southbank Centre, has finally concluded in the United Kingdom. The largest showcase of South Asian culture in the UK, this year’s edition (held from May 19 till May 29) featured works from seven countries: India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, and like past […]


PTV ‘blackout’ prompts opposition boycott of budget debate in NA

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ISLAMABAD: Opposition members in the National Assembly boycotted the opening day of the budget debate on Monday after the government refused to telecast live the speech of Opposition Leader Syed Khursheed Shah on the state-run television. After the opposition’s refusal to participate in the proceedings, Speaker Ayaz Sadiq gave floor to one of the youngest […]


HRCP confirms ‘enforced disappearance’ of four people

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HYDERABAD: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has claimed that four people who were ‘detained’ by law enforcement agencies in Badin were actually picked up by them in cases of enforced disappearance. A HRCP team, led by the commission’s council member and regional head, Dr Ashuthama Luhano, confirmed the allegations after a fact-finding visit to […]


Access to information bill unanimously approved by Senate committee

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ISLAMABAD: ‘The Right of Access to Information Bill, 2017’ was unanimously approved by the Senate Standing Committee on Information on Monday, within weeks of being presented in the upper house. The bill grants citizens the right to have access to all information held by public bodies subject to ‘reasonable restrictions’. The bill was introduced in […]


Banned outfits in Pakistan operate openly on Facebook

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They exist in plain sight, just one search and one click away from any of Pakistan’s 25 million Facebook users. An investigation carried out by Dawn across the month of April 2017 has revealed that 41 of Pakistan’s 64 banned outfits are present on Facebook in the form of hundreds of pages, groups and individual […]


Slain journalist Saleem Shahzad’s family lost the hope for Justice

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KARACHI, May 30: “We have no hope and faith on police and government as they are not serious in providing justice as no progress has been made in the case in fact “they” neglected the commission’s recommendations” says Anita, widow of slain journalist Saleem Shahzad. On May 29, 2011, Shahzad was picked up from federal […]


مقتول صحافی سلیم شہزاد کا خاندان انصاف سے ناامید

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کراچی، 30 مئی: مقتول صحافی سلیم شہزاد کی بیوہ انیتا نے کہا ہے کہ “ہمیں پولیس اور حکومت سے کوئی امید ہے،  نہ ہی ان پر بھروسہ کیونکہ وہ انصاف کی فراہمی میں بالکل دلچسپی نہیں رکھتے اور نہ ہی مقدمے میں کوئی پیش رفت کی گئی ہے بلکہ درحقیقت “انہوں” نے کمیشن کی تجاویز […]


Making Peshawar proud

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With several fantastic instrumental singles to their name and an album in the making, folk-rock act Khumariyaan is one of the best musical acts to have emerged from the burgeoning independent music scene of Pakistan in recent years. Based in Peshawar and Islamabad and featuring Farhan Bogra, Aamer Shafiq, Shiraz Khan and Sparlay Rawail as […]


Ctrl-Alt-Delete

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IN the 1970s, Deng Xiaoping opened China to the world, ending decades of isolation. As inevitable foreign influences flowed in, Deng famously responded to criticism by saying, “If you open the window for fresh air, you have to expect some flies to blow in”. He may as well have been talking about social media because […]


PBA challenges IHC order to censor dramas, ads

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) on Saturday challenged in the Supreme Court, the order of Islamabad High Court (IHC) authorising the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to censor TV content including dramas and commercials. On March 17, IHC Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui had appointed a committee under Pemra with the task to examine […]


Mehrunisa V Lub You ready for Eid release

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LAHORE-Yasir Nawaz is a multi-talented actor, director and producer. With the revival of Pakistani film industry especially in Karachi he is back in the game. In an exclusive interview with The Nation he shared his views about the revival of our film industry and his upcoming film ‘Mehrunisa V Lub You’, which is being released […]


HRCP team visits houses of four ‘missing’ men

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BADIN: A delegation of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Saturday met relatives of four persons allegedly picked up by the personnel of law enforcement agencies (LEAs) in pre-dawn raids carried out in different areas of the district four days ago. It called for producing them in courts immediately. The eight-member delegation comprising […]


First music video from Mehrunisa V Lub U released

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Since Mehrunisa V Lub U appeared on the radar with its teaser, we have been wondering why it resembles a Bollywood film. We hate to jump to conclusions but there are too many elements in it that remind us of cross-border productions. The teaser, featuring leads Danish Taimoor and Sana Javed, brings to mind a […]