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Islamabad rendezvous: PBA voices concern over foreign funding to some channels

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Broadcasters Association (PBA) has expressed its concern over the “funding of some media channels through dubious, untaxed and unverified foreign money”. A PBA delegation – headed by Chairman Mian Aamer Mehmood and Secretary General Shakeel Masud Hussain – communicated this concern to Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan during a meeting on Monday. […]


KP Assembly passes bill to establish Mental Health Authority

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Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly passed a bill to establish KP Mental Health Authority for the treatment, care, management of properties and affair of the mentally disordered persons and their families. The adoption of the Bill was put on the agenda for several times. But, due to the persistent problem of the lack of quorum it was […]


Social media: Babar urges govt not to misuse CCL against activists

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ISLAMABAD: The increasing misuse by the state of the Cyber Crime Law (CCL) as evidenced in the intimidation and harassment of social media activists for allegedly criticising national security policies is a matter of serious concern and must be stopped. In a statement Sunday, spokesperson Senator Farhatullah Babar said that the misuse and overuse of […]


Decision to bring NCHR under human rights ministry’s control criticised

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Demanding withdrawal of a notification seeking to bring the National Commission of Human Rights (NCHR) under the federal human rights ministry’s control, civil society activists said the government’s move undermines the state’s commitment to its citizens as well as international obligations. In a statement issued on Friday, activists including Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and […]


DNA report of minor girl’s rape still pending, Khuhro tells PA

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KARACHI: Despite a lapse of approximately four mon­ths the DNA test report has not yet been received owing to which the culprit(s) who raped, tortured and almost killed a minor girl have not yet been caught, said Sindh Parliamentary Affairs Minister Nisar Khuhro. He was responding to the legislators’ queries during the Question Hour that […]


1,340 children have died in Thar since 2014, court told

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KARACHI: The provincial health authorities admitted before the Sindh High Court (SHC) on Thursday that 1,340 children have died in drought-hit areas of Tharparkar since 2014. Therefore, a two-judge bench directed the provincial chief secretary, health secretary and others to submit a detailed report on implementation of the court-appointed commission’s recommendations to mitigate the situation in […]


Senate passes amendment in Pakistan Air Force Act, 1953

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Senate on Monday passed amendment in the Pakistan Air Force Act, 1953 that gives powers to the Air Force to reopen cases, with retrospective effect, against retired officers under the Air Force Act by majority vote with the government and the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf joining hands. The senators from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA), however did […]


Victims seek SC inquiry into TV show accident

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ISLAMABAD: Family members of those injured when the seating area collapsed during a recording of a television game show approached the Supreme Court on Monday, seeking an inquiry into the failure of police and government authorities to pursue the case. Also on Monday, Nilor police formally lodged an FIR against the management of ARY and […]


Senate passes companies bill to encourage corporatisation

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Senate passed “The Companies Bill, 2017” on Monday with an aim to encourage and promote corporatisation in the country based on best international practices. Minister for Law Zahid Hamid presented the bill in Senate and elaborating its salient features said that it is aimed at ensuring that the procedures of doing business in the country […]


Training event for health journalists held

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SHIKARPUR – The Centre for Communication Programme Pakistan (CCPP), in collaboration with the Rural Support Programme Network (RSPN), organised a one-day training event on health journalism at Shikarpur Press Club on Friday. Speaking on the occasion, Zain-ul-Abideen, representative of the CCPP, and Humera Soomro, RSPN representative, said that CCPP was the only specialised development communication […]


PM Nawaz, Gen Qamar offer security assurances for PEMRA staff

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ISLAMABAD: Days after the media watchdog’s chief expressed his serious concerns about alleged threats to him and employees of Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra), Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and army chief Gen Qamar Javed Bajwa have taken notice of the issue and assured their complete support. “This is a welcome step and investigations are already […]


Role of Sindh women legislators recognized

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Karachi:  Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) in collaboration with Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) in continuation of Women Day celebrations by paying tribute to women parliamentarians presented shields to female legislators of different political parties on May 9 at Sindh Assembly Karachi. PPF team presented shields to Ms. Sharmila Farooqi, Pakistan Peoples Party’s member of […]


Rules for Hindu marriage law yet to be framed

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ISLAMABAD: Though it has become an act of parliament, the first family law for Hindus remains useless as rules for the law have not yet been prepared. Implementing the Hindu Marriage Act seems to be challenging for the authorities as the law demands the establishment of marriage registrars, who have to be Hindus, for registering […]


Amend law to block blasphemous content on social media

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) has directed the federal government to make necessary amendments to the Prevention of Electronic Crime Act (PECA) to empower the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) to block information systems or social media websites if service providers do not remove blasphemous content on them. The court also directed the government to […]