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Panel orders ministry to provide kidnapping footage

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ISLAMABAD: The three-member Information Commission of Pakistan on Thursday allowed the appeal of former senator Farhatullah Babar against the Interior Ministry and ordered it to provide the CCTV footage of the kidnapping of senior journalist Matiullah Jan to the appellant. Matiuallah Jan was kidnapped on July 21 last from near the Government Girls’ School G-6/1-3 […]


Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman’s remand extended till Nov 10

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LAHORE: An accountability court on Thursday extended the judicial remand of Jang-Geo Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman till November 10. The authorities concerned produced Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman before Accountability Court Judge Assad Ali. Jang-Geo Editor-in-Chief Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman is in custody for more than 217 days in the case. Moreover, the NAB had filed a reference over a property […]


LHC suspends Pemra ban on Motorway incident

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court (LHC) on Tuesday suspended a notification of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) regarding the ban on the coverage of the Motorway gang-rape incident in electronic media. A two-judge bench comprising Chief Justice Muhammad Qasim Khan and Justice Shakilur Rehman Khan passed the order on a petition by a […]


PBC includes more lawyers in body set up to defend journalists

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) — mother institution that regulates the affairs of the legal fraternity — on Saturday included more lawyers in the “Journalistic Defence Committee” it has constituted to provide legal assistance to and defend journalists. Through a notification the PBC further said that 12 lawyers in addition to seven lawyers had […]


Pakistan slaps ban on TikTok over ‘indecent content’

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ISLAMABAD: After several warnings, the Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) on Friday placed a ban on TikTok in the country as different segments of society continued to complain against indecent/immoral short video sharing through the Chinese app. The telecom regulator issued instructions to relevant officials for blocking the application in the wake of the nature of […]


Matiullah Jan’s kidnapping issue: Interior ministry refuses to send representative to Information Commission

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ISLAMABAD: The Interior Ministry Thursday refused to send its representative to the Information Commission to explain why it has refused providing CCTV footage on the kidnapping of journalist Matiullah Jan recently to a citizen who had demanded it under the Right to Information Act of 2017. Earlier, the Interior Ministry had refused to even acknowledge […]


SC seeks record of case against Jang owner

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court hearing a post-arrest bail plea of Chief Executive of the Jang Group of Newspapers Mir Shakeelur Rehman on Thursday summoned the NAB prosecutor general and asked the trial court to furnish complete update of the case. A three-judge SC bench headed by Justice Mushir Alam had taken up the appeal of […]


Detention of convict in Pearl murder case extended

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ISLAMABAD: The Sindh government has extended for another three months the detention period of Ahmed Omer Saeed Sheikh, who was convicted of kidnapping The Wall Street Journal (WSJ) bureau Chief Daniel Pearl, the Supreme Court was informed on Wednesday. A three-judge SC bench, headed by Justice Mushir Alam, at the previous hearing on Sept 28 […]


Pervaiz Rasheed demands laws for protection of all

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader, Senator and former information minister Pervaiz Rasheed said that ban is being imposed on everything and the desire to keep society blind, deaf and dumb is not coming to end and these all are a great burden on the state of Pakistan. He said that good laws should be […]


Rabbani slams PEMRA ban on Nawaz speeches

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ISLAMABAD: PPP Senator Mian Raza Rabbani on Saturday said the Pemra restrictions on airing the speech of former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif and reporting on the motorway rape case was a clear violation of Articles 19 and 19(A) of the Constitution. “The federal government continues to violate Articles 19 and 19(A) of the Constitution, […]


Raza Rabbani concerned over shrinking space for freedom of expression

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Stressing that peace was a prerequisite for economic progress and political stability of the country, Pakistan Peoples Party’s (PPP) central leader Mian Raza Rabbani on Friday said political parties had joined the recently formed Pakistan Democratic Movement (PDM) to launch a peaceful campaign for the ouster of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf-led government. He added that the […]


PEMRA bans speeches of ‘proclaimed offenders’ following Nawaz’s ‘fiery speeches’

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Days after Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) supreme leader and former prime minister Nawaz Sharif’s fiery speeches from London, the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) on Thursday banned broadcast and rebroadcast of any speech, interview or public address of absconders or proclaimed offenders. The regulatory body in a statement prohibited the broadcasting of content including […]


PBC constitutes ‘Journalists Defence Committee’

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ISLAMABAD: The Pakistan Bar Council (PBC) has constituted “Journalists Defence Committee” for providing free legal assistance and services to journalists and/or their elected bodies in the courts of law. In a press statement, issued by PBC general secretary on Tuesday, in view of the prevailing policies of the government undermining the freedom of expression through […]


Eight years on murder investigations of ARY News reporter remain in cold storage

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“My brother’s case is just a file which is locked in some cupboard, I guess,” said Abdul Razzaq as he discussed the case of his brother, Abdul Haq Baloch, a correspondent for ARY News television station and Khuzdar Press Club, who was murdered on September 29, 2012. Eight years ago, Baloch was gunned down by […]