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Child protection policy awaits implementation

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Islamabad – In a welfare state, where government’s primary responsibility is to ensure protection of rights of its citizens, implementation of the National Child Protection Policy seems a distant dream. Child labour in Pakistan continues unchecked. Amanullah, 13, has spent nearly seven years of his life washing vehicles of people visiting Aabpara market. Fourth in […]

Child abuse case: Capital lacks crisis centres for minor victims

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ISLAMABAD: As police brought back a bruised and visibly disheveled 10-year-old T* from the house of a lower court judge in the capital, they had no other option but to place her in a crisis centre for women who have faced violence. The lack of options stemmed from the fact that Islamabad, like much of the […]

Returning Ahmadi villagers face social boycott

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LAHORE: Members of the Ahmadiyya community who fled their village in the wake of the storming of their worship place and a subsequent clash on Dec 12 have started trickling back to their homes in Chakwal’s Dulmail area. Upon their return, the Ahmadi villagers are facing a social boycott imposed by the locals. Most of the […]

SC summons judge, wife in torture case

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice of Pakistan Saqib Nisar on Thursday summoned an Islamabad additional district and sessions judge (ADSJ) and the records of the case of a child employed as a maid and allegedly abused by the judge and his wife. The Supreme Court summoned ADSJ Raja Khurram Ali Khan his wife Maheen Zafar along with […]

Child maid’s ‘torture’ moves top judge

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday took suo motu notice of alleged torture of a child maid working in the household of a judge in the federal capital. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar took the notice a day after the father of the 10-year-old housemaid, Tayyaba, ‘forgave’ Additional District & Sessions Judge Raja Khurram Ali Khan […]

‘Violence-related fatalities in Balochistan, Punjab increased in 2016’

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ISLAMABAD: Balochistan and Punjab saw a marginal increase in violence in 2016, with Balochistan seeing an almost 10pc rise in fatalities caused by violence since 2015, and Punjab seeing the highest number of fatalities in the province in four years, the Centre for Research and Security Studies (CRSS) has found. Fatalities in Balochistan rose from […]


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ISLAMABAD: The Senate Committee on Human Rights on Monday passed The Hindu Marriage Bill, 2016 that bars marriage of Hindu couples below the age of 18 years. The National Assembly has already passed The Hindu Marriage Bill, 2016. The Human Rights Committee which met here with Senator Nasreen Jalil in the chair was attended by […]

Judge accused: IHC inquires into child abuse allegations

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ISLAMABAD: Most of the world may have done away with apartheid and slavery, but these vices still rear their ugly head in our country. A lower court judge is now facing an inquiry over his alleged involvement in employing a child as a housemaid and keeping her in wrongful confinement, burning her hand over a missing […]

‘Withdrawal of minorities bill under pressure will create a worrying precedent’

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KARACHI: “Withdrawal of protection of minorities bill, unanimously passed by elected members of the provincial assembly, due to mounting pressure of unelected people will create a worrying precedent,” said Senator Farhatullah Babar on Thursday. He was speaking at a conference on ‘Challenges to civic freedoms in Pakistan’ organised by Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and […]