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83 cases of enforced disappearances reported this month, claims rights body

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HYDERABAD: Around 160 people, including political and nationalist workers, students, rights activists, common citizens and persons affiliated with religious outfits, are missing in Sindh. Some of these disappearances, an overwhelming majority of which is believed to be enforced ones, are up to nine years old. However, a dramatic spiral in the alleged incidents of enforced disappearances […]


Mob thrashes boy accusing him of blasphemy

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FAISALABAD: A Christian teenager was brutally beaten up by a mob in Gujranwala on Sunday over accusations of committing blasphemy. AS*, 16, was rescued by police and then shifted to the Ali Pur Chattha police station where he was booked under Section 295-B of the Pakistan Penal Code – punishable with life imprisonment – on the […]


Nation salutes leprosy crusader

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KARACHI : With honours befitting a national hero, Dr Ruth Pfau’s body was interred in Karachi’s Gora Qabristan on Saturday. Dr Pfau was a founding member of the Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre (MALC) and died on August 10 at the age of 87. The state funeral was in recognition of the German-Pakistani’s services to the country through […]


Youhanabad lynching case Convict’s death leaves family under trial

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LAHORE: A Christian inmate’s death in Kot Lakhpat Jail has sparked controversy after a medical board in its initial postmortem report indicates “signs of tuberculosis” he is suspected to have contracted during his stay in the prison. The family of Anderyas Ghulam had complained about subhuman conditions the under-trials have been kept in and claimed […]


Couple moves IHC over fear of Karo Kari

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Islamabad :A newly married couple who escaped their native area to Islamabad due to fear of persecution through Karo-Kari has moved Islamabad High Court seeking protection imminent threats to their life. Bilawal Ali Bhutto son of Zulfiqar Ali Bhutto of Rohri-Sukkur married a Hindu girl Anooshi after converting her to Islam and both escaped their […]


Child rape, murder cases on the rise

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ISLAMABAD: A parliamentary committee on human rights was informed on Wednesday that 111 attempted rape, sodomy and rape and murder cases involving minor girls and boys had been reported since January. “Ten minors were raped and then killed in district Kasur alone,” RPO, Shaikhupura, Sahibzada Mohammad Shahzad Sultan, told the Senate Functional Committee on Human […]


Pakistan to present human rights report in UN on Nov 13

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ISLAMABAD: The federal government has prepared a detailed report on improvement in human rights in the country and will present it before the United Nations Human Rights Council on November 13 this year. An official of Ministry of Human Rights told Business Recorder on Tuesday that Universal Periodic Review (UPR) is a unique process which […]


Woman seeks protection from relatives

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SUKKUR: A widow reached the Women Police Centre here on Tuesday and sought protection from her relatives. Mai Katoran, who was the widow of Bajhi Khan Lund and resident of Khanpur Mahar, Ghotki district, was accompanied by her two daughters. She told the police and the media that she was a mother of five and […]


Sindh’s lower-income Hindus suffer, rich face no problems

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WHILE many of Karachi’s Hindus say they experience few difficulties in the city, others, especially those with lower incomes, report they are facing problems. “My 14-year-old daughter Sabna was kidnapped on her way to work,” said a Hindu Karachi-based day labourer who calls himself Aziz so as to avoid being identified as a non-Muslim. “She […]


Father-of-two attempts to rape minor girl

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SHIKARPUR – A 48-year-old man, father of two young children, attempted to rape his neighbour’s girl at village Tarai in the limits of Madeji Police Station, some 40 kilometers from here on Sunday. Sher Afsar Pathan, the SHO, told this reporter that Khadim Hussain, by caste Jaat, attempted to rape his neighbour’s seven-year-old girl. “When […]


Peshawar school head denied bail in abuse case

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PESHAWAR: A local court on Saturday dismissed the bail petition of a private school’s principal arrested on the charge of sexually abusing several women and blackmailing them by making their objectionable videos. Additional district and sessions judge Hayat Gul Mohmand pronounced that keeping in view the evidence on record, the petitioner and accused, Attaullah Marwat, […]


Suspect in ‘blasphemy’ case killed

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SANGHAR: A suspect in a blasphemy case who was recently released from prison after a medical board declared him ‘mentally challenged’ was gunned down while taking a bath in a watercourse in Kamal Buriro village near Tando Adam town, 56km from here, on Thursday. Police sources said that Atta Mohammad Buriro, 32, turned up in […]


Our ‘Mother Teresa’ dies

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KARACHI: Amma, or mother, as German-Pakistani Dr Ruth Pfau was called by her patients, is no more. The leprosy healer passed away on Thursday morning at the age of 87. Patients at Marie Adelaide Leprosy Centre (MALC) in Karachi’s Saddar area are in stunned silence. Many of them were abandoned by their families due to their sickness. […]


Woman burnt to death by landlord in Nankana Sahib

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FAISALABAD: In a horrific incident that occurred in a village in Nankana Sahib, a female domestic aide was burnt alive by her employer, a feudal landlord, on Wednesday. Saddar Police Station SHO Amjad Ali told The Express Tribune that 35-year-old Fozia Bibi, a mother of five and a resident of Chak No 563, had borrowed some money from […]