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Beyond its mandate: Nisar takes notice of FIA booking case against bloggers

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ISLAMABAD: Interior and Narcotics Control Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan has taken notice of a report about the registration of a First Information Report (FIR) against bloggers by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA). The ministry wants to know how the FIA could register a case without any inquiry. For several weeks the bloggers and their families […]

You can’t raise a hand to kids in Sindh any more

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Provincial assembly passes bill against corporal punishment; unanimous resolution criticises petrol price hike To protect children across Sindh from physical punishment, the provincial legislature acted as a cohesive group to pass the relevant bill on Tuesday. The Sindh Prohibition of Corporal Punishment Bill 2015 was referred to the house’s Standing Committee on Higher, Technical Education and […]

‘Voice must be raised for all missing persons as selective outcry won’t do’

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Though the return of the four bloggers who had gone missing earlier this month has come as a relief to many, Pakistani activists were reminded on Monday that there were countless others who had yet to return home. “Our efforts were fruitful but this doesn’t in any way guarantee the return of thousands of activists […]

Projects to fight child labour found wanting

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ISLAMABAD: A total of seven projects in the public sector have been functioning in the four provinces to fight against child labour, four of which are in Punjab alone for which over Rs911 million have already been released, but the designed outcome of these projects is yet to see the light of day. Some projects for […]

Family says missing activist safe

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  ISLAMABAD: A third Pakistani activist who went missing earlier this month is safe, his family told AFP Sunday, a day after two of the other disappeared men were confirmed secure. The activist, named only as Asim by his family for safety reasons, was among five who went missing more than two weeks ago, sparking […]

Missing activists make contact with families

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ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: Two of the five activists who were reported missing earlier this month on Saturday made contact with their families for the first time in over three weeks. Poet and academic Salman Haider and Nankana-resident Ahmed Raza Naseer made contact with their respective families in the morning to say that they were safe, family members […]

Suspect involved in rape, murder of minor girl, four others held in Karachi

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KARACHI: The city police claimed on Saturday that they had arrested five suspects, including one involved in the rape and murder of a minor girl in Machhar Colony and a “mastermind” in the Shershah junk market carnage case, in which over a dozen shopkeepers were killed. Speaking at a press conference at his office, City […]

Rights bodies present amendments to fix laws on minorities

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Karachi : Amendments proposed by AGHS Legal Aid Cell and HRCP are based on intensive research on federal and provincial laws which discriminate against religious minorities The AGHS Legal Aid Cell and the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan proposed on Friday amendments to the laws relating to religious minorities in Pakistan. The initiative was launched at the […]

Missing IT engineer was victim of enforced disappearance: JIT report

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ISLAMABAD: Nearly a year after he was picked up from Sector F-10, law enforcement personnel on Friday finally told the court that a missing software engineer appeared to be the victim of an ‘enforced disappearance’. This was stated in a report submitted by a Joint Investigation Team (JIT) investigating, probing the disappearance of IT Engineer Sajid […]