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SC on Daniel Pearl case

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The Supreme Court has issued its detailed judgement on the January 2002 brutal murder case of Daniel Pearl, South Asia bureau chief of the Wall Street Journal. It may be recalled that in its short order earlier this year, the court had acquitted by a majority two-to-one verdict the principal accused, Umar Sheikh, and three […]


‘Thanks for Award, but when the murderers would be arrested?

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’PESHAWAR: Martyred journalist Hayatullah Khan Dawar was born in Harmuz village in Mir Ali tehsil of North Waziristan tribal district on December 13, 1976. Hayatullah Dawar passed matriculation in his native village and then got admission in CT College Hyderabad where he completed F.Sc after which he returned to North Waziristan and completed B.Sc from […]


Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority instructs television channels not to criticize the state’s anti-corruption institution.

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Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF) is alarmed by the overreach of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) and its latest order regarding the coverage of Pakistan’s accountability watchdog, the National Accountability Bureau (NAB). In an advice dated March 24, the media regulatory body said that satellite television licensees “indulged in airing highly unsubstantiated, judgmental and […]


UN takes notice of harassment of journalists, HR defenders

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LAHORE: The UN has taken notice of harassment of journalists and praised the judiciary for dismissing meritless charges against them. A statement from the UN says: “We are seriously concerned that the number of complaints received illustrate an alarming pattern of using the legal system to harass, intimidate, threaten and retaliate against journalists and human […]


Daniel Pearl murder case: SC allows Omar Saeed Sheikh to be moved to Lahore’s Kot Lakhpat jail

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The Supreme Court on Thursday allowed government authorities to move Ahmed Omar Saeed Sheikh, who was on death row for 18 years before his acquittal in the 2002 beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl, to the Kot Lakhpat jail in Lahore. A three-judge bench, headed by Justice Umar Ata Bandial, issued the order while hearing […]


IHC suspends FIA’s summon to Absar Alam

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ISLAMABAD: The Islamabad High Court (IHC), on Monday, suspended a summon issued by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to the former chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA), Absar Alam. A single bench of Chief Justice Athar Minallah heard the petition of the former chairman PEMRA, and also summoned the investigation officer of the FIA […]


Pakistan Resolution and freedom of speech

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Pakistan Resolution was a culmination of several years of struggle for freedom. Striving for independent states, the Resolution of 23rd March 1940 called for the provision of rights of minorities in the subcontinent. By its very essence, this landmark document makes a case for civil liberties. This concise document clearly chalks out the need for […]


Man acquitted in Pearl case moved to Lahore safe house

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LAHORE: A Pakistani-British man who was on death row for 18 years before his acquittal in the 2002 beheading of American journalist Daniel Pearl was transferred on Monday to a government safe house for security reasons, police said. Ahmad Omar Saeed Sheikh was handed over to the Punjab Counter-Terrorism department amid tight security, a senior […]


PFUJ slams anti-terrorism cases against journalists by Sindh Police

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KARACHI: The Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) has expressed serious concern over registration of cases under the Anti-Terrorism Act against journalists, protesting against the alleged extrajudicial killing of a varsity student, Irfan Jatoi, and condemned the murder of private new channel’s journalist, Ajay Laalwani, both of which happened in Sukkur. The PFUJ termed the […]


Journalist Absar Alam challenges FIA summon

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ISLAMABAD: Senior journalist and former chairman Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) Absar Alam has challenged a summon issued to him by the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) over his recent tweets and social media posts. Mr Alam in some of his recent tweets criticised the establishment for interfering in politics. The FIA summoned him on […]


Swat Press Club expressed concern over a series of FIR registered against journalists

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Swat Press Club on Tuesday expressed grave concern over a series of FIR registered against journalists working in Swat Valley and demanded their withdrawal. According to details, a meeting of Swat Press club, Swat Union of Journalists and Electronic Media Association was held in press club here on Tuesday, where a large number of Journalists […]


Minister Faisal Vawda Loses Cool Again, Lashes Out At Journalist Matiullah Jan

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Minister for Water and Power Resources Faisal Vawda once again lost his cool with a journalist. The minister lashed out at Matiullah Jan when the latter asked him when he gave up his American citizenship. Vawda was surrounded by journalists after he came out of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) after hearing of the […]


Discovery Of Old Bones Raises Fresh Questions About Pakistani Journalist’s Death

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When Pakistani road workers discovered human remains on their construction site in North Waziristan in early March, they unearthed more than the bones of an elderly teacher who was abducted and killed 13 years ago. The victim, Muhammad Salam, was also a potential witness to the 2006 killing of Hayatullah Khan — a journalist who […]


Pakistan- Journalist says he faces vindictive action over unveiling corruption

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PESHAWAR: A case has been registered against senior journalist Ghulam Akbar Marwat in Lakki Marwat over unveiling alleged corruption in the distribution of subsidized flour. The Food Department has also accused the journalist of blackmailing. The journalist community has condemned the vindictive action against the journalist over reporting malpractices. Ghulam Akbar Marwat, who is president […]