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Probe ordered into proposed ‘law to control print media’

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The information ministry took punitive action against officials concerned on Monday in connection with a draconian law, relegating two senior officials of its Internal Publicity Wing as officers on special duty (OSD) and suspending another for tarnishing its image. Also on Monday, the Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors (CPNE) asserted that the print media fully abides by journalistic ethics. The development […]

NCHR takes notice of Christian boy’s killing

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ISLAMABAD: The National Commission on Human Rights (NCHR) on Monday took notice of the killing of a 17-year-old Christian boy at a school in Burewala town and sought a report on the matter from the district police officer concerned. The teenager was reportedly killed by classmates with his family claiming the attack was religiously motivated. […]

Thar desert can be made lush green with saline water’

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KARACHI – Thar Desert can easily be converted into lush green grassland if it is irrigated with saline water, say researchers. According to details, researchers at Institute of Sustainable Halophyte Utilization, University of Karachi have successfully developed a cropping system that can turn barren saline lands into sustainable croplands mainly for animal fodder and other […]

Who will win the battle: Kashmir or Badnaam?

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KARACHI: The journey which started seven weeks ago, with about 100 bands finally came down to the final two last Sunday. The Pepsi Battle of the Bands jury selected Badnaam and Kashmir as the top two bands of Pakistani music. With the winner to be decided through public voting, the two bands clashed in the latest episode of Battle of […]

Govt abandons draft of anti-press law amid uproar

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ISLAMABAD: Amid pressure from media and civil society, the government on Monday abandoned the idea of promulgating the Pakistan Print Media Regulatory Authority (PPMRA) Ordinance 2017, ordering strict action against three officers for unilaterally moving ahead with the proposal. The repressive stipulations of the draft law aimed to regulate the print media by making it mandatory for […]

Sargodha’s debt-ridden class has nothing to sell but their kidneys

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SARGODHA:  The decision to sell her kidney was easy for 40-year-old Ismat Bibi, a housewife who lives in Kot Momin Town in Sargodha District. With four children to feed, a husband suffering from tuberculosis to look after, and a debt of Rs100,000 to repay, she quickly offered herself up. Wealth, poverty propping up Pakistan’s illegal […]

Pemra chief’s father-in-law Anwar Khalil dies

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ISLAMABAD: Veteran journalist Anwar Khalil who worked for decades in prestigious newspapers of the country died on Monday in Chicago (US). He was 79. He is survived by his widow Mrs Anwar Khalil, four daughters and three sons. Mr Khalil was also father-in-law of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Chairman Absar Alam. Journalists of […]

Media under threat

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Successive governments have had an uneasy relationship with the media in all its formats, and as those formats proliferate and gain in power and reach so expands governmental unease. The desire to regulate the media conflicts directly with a growing public awareness of, and hunger for, basic freedoms of speech. Today there are reports that the […]