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Journalists demand lifting of restrictions on internet in occupied Kashmir

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Journalist bodies of occupied Kashmir urged the Indian government to lift the ongoing ban on the internet in the region, which entered its 165th day on Wednesday. In a session dubbed ‘cyber curfew’, which was held at the Kashmir Press Club, journalists from different media outlets and bodies lamented that they were forced to work […]

No web, no jobs: People in Occupied Kashmir board ‘Internet Express

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SRINAGAR:Braving the snow and cold, Abrar Ahmad, 18, is one of thousands of Kashmiris who regularly spend hours journeying on a packed train just so that they can go online as Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) grapples with the longest internet blackout imposed by the Modi government. Stepping off the crammed train – dubbed the “Internet Express” […]

US deplores detentions, internet ban in occupied Kashmir

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The chief US diplomat for South Asian affairs, Alice Wells, has expressed concern over continued detentions and internet-shutdown in occupied Kashmir, days before her visit to New Delhi for bilateral talks. “Closely following US ambassador to India and other foreign diplomats’ recent trip to Jammu & Kashmir. Important step,” she wrote in a tweet posted […]

Court orders FIR against production team of TV drama serial for ‘fraud’

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ISLAMABAD: A local court on Friday ordered registration of FIR against the production team of a television drama serial for alleged fraud and theft of valuables. Additional district and sessions judge Abdul Ghafoor Kakar gave the order on the application filed by producer Nosheen Agha. The case will be registered against actress Hina Altaf, actor […]

SHC seeks replies in journalist’s plea

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KARACHI:The Sindh High Court (SHC) sought on Thursday replies from the parties mentioned in an appeal filed by journalist Nasrullah Chaudhry, who has been convicted in a case pertaining to possession of prohibited literature. A two-member bench was hearing the plea filed by Chaudhry, which maintains that the verdict which was given by an anti-terrorism […]

In Balochistan, journalists to protest against lay-offs

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QUETTA:The journalist community of Balochistan has announced to launch protests against the dismissal of media workers in the country. “Protest camps will be set up in front of the provincial assemblies across the country, while a demonstration will be held on February 12 in front of the parliament during the assembly session,” said Pakistan Federal Union of […]

Speakers stress importance of RTI law

KARACHI: Adviser to Sindh Chief Minister on Law, Environment, Climate Change and Coastal Development Barrister Murtaza Wahab has said that bureaucrats, who are civil servants, are not permitted to attend public gatherings as per the rules enacted in 1947. “Police officials [too], as public servants, are not allowed to hold [press] conferences and yet they do […]

Journalists’ attackers yet to be arrested

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LAHORE: Hanjerwal police have yet to arrest the accused persons involved in firing at senior journalists couple of weeks back. Police had registered an FIR No. 2421/19 under Section 440 of PPC on the complaint of senior journalist, Muhammad Adrees, son of Muhammad Sidique, a resident of Johar Town. He had told police that on […]

Satirical novel “A Case of Exploding Mangoes” has been seized

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Award-winning satire “A Case of Exploding Mangoes “by   journalist turned novelist Mohammed Hanif  about Pakistan’s former Martial law administrator /president Gen Zia-ul-Haq has been confiscated in a raid on the publisher and the author  is reported to receive a defamation notice from Gen Zia’s son. The book allegedly, pokes fun at the country’s former military […]

Fawad, anchorperson seek police action

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LAHORE: The row between Federal Minister for Science and Technology Fawad Chaudhry and anchorperson Mubasher Lucman took a surprise turn on Monday when the two filed applications with police, seeking action against each other for hurling `serious threats.’ In his application submitted to the Model Town station house officer, Mr Chaudhry said that he was […]

Fawad slaps another anchorperson

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LAHORE: Federal Science and Technology Minister Fawad Chaudhry slapped an anchorperson for defaming him on Sunday. Anchorperson Mubasher Lucman has now become the second victim of the minister’s outrage over the past six months. Earlier he had slapped Sami Ibrahim in June. Mr Chaudhry slapped Mr Lucman allegedly for tagging him with TikTok stars Hareem […]

Dawn CEO Hameed Haroon sends legal notice to filmmaker Jami

Dawn CEO Hameed Haroon, through his lawyer, sent a legal notice to filmmaker Jamshed Mahmood on Monday under Section 8 of the Defamation Ordinance 2002, asking for an unconditional public apology and retraction of rape allegations. Talking to, the director, popularly known as Jami, said that he had received the notice and was in […]

Govt officers urged to use social media responsibly

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ISLAMABAD: Special As­­­­­sistant to the Prime Min­ister on Information and Broad­casting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan on Friday said that social media was taking over electronic media and government officers needed to adapt to the changing scenario. Addressing information officers at a function held at the Information Services Academy (ISA), the special assistant said that electronic […]

Notice issued on journalist’s plea against conviction

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KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the prosecutor general of Sindh on an appeal of a journalist against his conviction in a case of possessing literature to incite religious hatred. An antiterrorism court had sentenced Nasrullah Khan Chaudhry to five years in prison last week and Mr Chaudhry, a journalist […]