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Abducting social activists

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HAD last week’s kidnappings of bloggers and social media activists happened in Balochistan, it would have been a non-event. But all five abductions happened in Punjab — and now the authorities are feeling some heat. Salman Haider — a lecturer at the Fatima Jinnah Women’s University in Rawalpindi — was intercepted while driving on Islamabad […]


US, UK concerned over missing Pak activists

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WASHINGTON: The United States as well as the United Kingdom on Friday expressed concern over reports of missing Pakistani social media activists. Addressing the daily press briefing, Deputy Spokesperson State Department Mark C Toner said: “We are very concerned over reports that several Pakistani bloggers and activists have been reported missing and we’re going to […]


HRCP demands bloggers’ recovery, end to climate of fear — HRCP Press release

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Lahore, January 14: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed alarm over a growing sense of insecurity among civil society activists following disappearance of several bloggers over the last fortnight. It has called for their immediate recovery. In a statement issued on Saturday, the Commission stated: “The authorities are surely aware of a climate of […]


Fifth activist reported missing

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A fifth social activist has gone missing from Islamabad, a colleague said Wednesday, days after four other campaigners disappeared in a way that has alarmed supporters of free speech. Samar Abbas, president of the Civil Progressive Alliance of Pakistan (CPAP), an anti-extremism activist group, went missing on Saturday, according to Talib Raza, who worked with […]


Nisar vows to recover missing activists amid global uproar

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ISLAMABAD: The plight of missing academic Salman Haider and three other missing activists was highlighted on the floor of the Senate on Tuesday when Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan briefed the house on the measures being taken to recover the four abducted men. “This government is not in the business of disappearing people and […]


Four bloggers, social media activists go missing in Pakistan

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Four bloggers and social media activists went missing from Islamabad, the federal capital, and Lahore and Nankana Sahib in Punjab province in Pakistan. Salman Haider, an academic, journalist and rights activist who also writes a blog for the website of DAWN newspaper, went missing on Friday, January 6, from Islamabad.  Ahmed Waqas Goraya and Asim Saeed […]

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Second edition of book on journalists’ struggle published

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KARACHI: The second edition of a book titled Sub Sy Bari Jang (The Greatest War) by senior journalist, author and poet Ahfaz-ur-Rahman has been published by Awami Kitab Ghar, says a statement issued here on Saturday. “The book narrates the struggle of journalists’ movement in General Ziaul Haq’s era in 1977-78,” it adds. “During the […]

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Death threat, warning to media spray-painted on Karachi murals

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The walls of Karachi Press Club — which had recently been painted with colourful murals of several progressive civil society activists and journalists — were vandalised last night allegedly by members of politico-religious parties. The messages left by the vandals were spray-painted over the portraits of nearly all women activists featured on the wall. Though […]

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Pakistan: Re-investigation into journalist Shan Dahar’s murder case demanded

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) and the slain journalist’s victim family on Tuesday demanded of Sindh government to fulfill its promise of arresting the killers of assassinated journalist Shan Dahar, the Bureau Chief of Abb Takk Television Larkana, conduct effective re-investigation into his murder case and provide compensation and jobs to the victim’s children, which had […]

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