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New child protection bill on cards

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ISLAMABAD: A child protection bill for Islamabad Capital Territory (ICT) was approved on Friday by the cabinet legislative committee. The draft child protection bill for ICT will soon be moved before the National Assembly for approval, Ministry of Human Rights Director General Hasan Mangi told The Express Tribune. “The bill will also partially cover issues relating […]

Protests continue: Activists demand release of missing bloggers

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LAHORE: Hundreds of civil society members staged a demonstration against the abduction of social media activists, including Islamabad-based Salman Haider, in front of the Lahore Press Club on Thursday. The protesters, carrying posters of the abducted victims and placards inscribed with demands for release, shouted slogans against the illegal abductions. Naveed Rapheal, a member of a […]

Sessions judge accused of torturing minor girl made OSD

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ISLAMABAD: A couple of weeks after the minor maid accused a serving additional district and sessions judge (ADSJ) and his family of torturing her, the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday made the judge an officer on special duty (OSD). Khurram Ali Khan, who was working as the ADSJ civil and district court division (East), […]

SC to find out truth in Tayyaba torture case: CJ

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ISLAMABAD: Supreme Court (SC) Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar said on Wednesday that the apex court would have to find out the truth and verdicts would be given speedily. The apex court sent Tayyaba to the Sweet Homes, an orphanage which provides facilities of boarding, education, sports and co-curricular facilities to homeless children. A two-member […]

Nowshera woman ‘burnt by in-laws’ dies

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PESHAWAR: A woman, who was allegedly tortured and burnt by in-laws in Nowshera district last month, died at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) in Islamabad on the morning of Wednesday, January 11. The victim was buried in her ancestral village of Dagi Jadeed in Nowshera. While her relatives were optimistic about improvement of […]

Minorities have same rights as Muslims, says PM

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CHAKWAL: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif assured the minorities on Wednesday that the government would keep working for their betterment as it believed they had the same rights as members of the majority community. Mr Sharif, addressing a ceremony at Katas Raj temple complex, said his government was working on a number of projects to improve […]

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 […]

The noose and the internet

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IT was winter break at the University of Sindh, Jamshoro. The campus was largely empty, devoid of the usual students going to and from class. The women’s hostel, where female students who do not have family in town stay during the school year, was also largely empty. It was here that a young student named […]