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Missing activist: Samar Abbas’ family petitions IHC

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ISLAMABAD: Over a month after he went missing from the capital, the family of a Karachi-based social activist approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Saturday, urging the court to recover him. The family has also urged the court to protect the missing activist from harassment and torture. Samar Abbas, a resident of Gulshan-e-Iqbal neighbourhood in […]

HRCP concerned at ‘vicious campaign’ on TV

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LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) on Friday expressed grave concern over a vicious campaign by a TV anchorperson against several journalists and rights defenders. In a statement, the Commission said: “The HRCP has been horrified by the licence given to an anchorperson on a private TV channel to ridicule renowned journalists and […]

Blogger says he feared he’d never return

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ISLAMABAD: Ahmad Waqas Goraya, an activist abducted last month and returned a few weeks later, has broken his silence on his disappearance, but is refusing to point fingers. Goraya was among five activists who vanished in different cities of Pakistan in early January. Human Rights Watch, opposition lawmakers and other activists have said their near […]

Abducted blogger breaks silence after recovery

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ISLAMABAD: A digital activist abducted last month has broken his silence on his weeks-long disappearance, but is refusing to point fingers at the abductors. Ahmad Waqass Goraya was among five activists who vanished from different cities of Pakistan in early January. Human Rights Watch, opposition lawmakers and activists have said their near simultaneous abductions pointed to […]

Protecting children

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“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela Our society – where children are considered to be a commodity by many – does not appear to have a graceful soul. Children are vulnerable to maltreatment universally but in our case, the […]

Teenage beauty parlour girl ‘raped, killed by cousin’

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KARACHI –  Surjani Town police claimed on Sunday to have arrested an alleged rapist and murderer of a teenage girl. Police investigators said they had solved the blind murder case and arrested the man allegedly involved in the murder of the young woman, who was found dead at an under-construction building in Surjani Town on […]

‘Domestic trafficking of minors fuels child labour’

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ISLAMABAD: The Tayyaba torture case has not only exposed loopholes in Pakistan’s judicial system, but also showed that there is no law to counter or keep a check on internal migration of minors that encourages child labour. On Jan 4, the Supreme Court took suo motu notice of the maltreatment of the 10-year-old housemaid by […]

Police submit challan in Tayyaba case

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ISLAMABAD: Police have submitted a charge-sheet against a suspended additional district and sessions judge and his wife who are accused of torturing and abusing child maid Tayyaba. The charge-sheet was submitted to judicial magistrate Haider Shah by the Industrial Area police on Wednesday, as the Islamabad High Court has been tasked by the Supreme Court to […]

17-year-old girl raped, strangled to death

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KARACHI: A 17-year-old girl was strangled to death after being raped on Wednesday, according to police and hospital officials. They added that the body was recovered from an under-construction house in Sector D-4 of Surjani Town. The victim was identified with the help of her purse and mobile phone found at the crime scene, said […]