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Blasphemy is an unpardonable offence: PM

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said that blasphemy is an ‘unpardonable sin’ and ordered authorities concerned to nab those responsible for posting such content on social media. “Law enforcers should search for the people spreading blasphemous material and prosecute them under the law,” a statement quoted him as saying on Tuesday.The prime minister also ordered […]


False blasphemy accusation is a serious crime: IHC

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ISLAMABAD – The Islamabad High Court on Monday directed FIA director general to submit a report how some bloggers who allegedly committed blasphemous and anti-state activities on social media managed to leave Pakistan. The court directed the Federal Investigation Agency chief to personally supervise the inquiry and take action strictly in accordance with the law. […]


IHC judge offers himself for open trial before SJC

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ISLAMABAD: Hearing the petition seeking removal of blasphemous content from social media, a Islamabad High Court (IHC) judge on Monday dispelled the impression that the case in anyway was linked with a reference pending against him in the Supreme Judicial Council (SJC). He said he was ready to face an open trial even in the […]


Senators urge parliament’s role in exposing elements behind incidents

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ISLAMABAD: Lawmakers in the Senate on Monday called on parliament to play its role in unearthing the elements behind the mysterious disappearances and equally mysterious reappearances of the bloggers. Through a joint motion PPP’s Senator Farhatullah Babar and Usman Khan Kakar of PkMAP on the mysterious disappearances of bloggers urged the Chairman Senate Mian Raza […]


Procedural changes in blasphemy laws proposed

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ISLAMABAD: As the blasphemy cases and laws are again being discussed in the country, Parliament has been advised by a human rights watchdog to make procedural changes in the blasphemy laws with addition of repentance to avoid their misuse. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) in its report on the blasphemy laws presented in […]


Senate slams blasphemous content on social media

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ISLAMABAD: The Sen­ate unanimously adopted on Friday a resolution condemning the blasphemous content circulating on social media and seeking exemplary punishment for those behind it. The resolution asked the government to act under Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code against those uploading the objectionable material on social media. The government was also asked to […]


Last chance to govt for reply on Pemra chief’s selection

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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Friday gave a final opportunity to the federal government to file its reply on a petition challenging appointment of journalist Absar Alam as chairman of the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra). As the court resumed hearing, a deputy attorney general appeared on behalf of the government and sought […]


FIR lodged against unknown blasphemers on IHC order

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ISLAMABAD: On the directions of Islamabad High Court (IHC) to initiate legal action against the blasphemers on social media, Ramna Police Station has lodged an FIR against unknown persons involved in creating pages like Bhainsa, Mochi and Roshni. The FIR produced before the court has been lodged on the complaint of SHO Ramna police station […]


NA passes landmark bill to recognise, register marriages of Hindu families

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ISLAMABAD: The National Assembly on Wednesday passed The Hindu Marriage Bill, 2016 to recognise and register the marriages among Hindu families by local governments. The bill moved by Minister for Human Rights, Kamran Michael, provides for solemnisation of marriages by Hindu families and for matters ancillary and incidental, thereto. The bill has already been passed […]


Sindh Assembly passes bill to establish food authority

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KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly on Wednesday unanimously adopted a government bill to establish a food authority in the province to ensure provision of safe and hygienic food to the people. The Sindh Food Authority Bill, 2016, which will turn into an act once the Sindh governor gives assent to it, carries prison term and fines […]


Implementation of anti-dowry law a challenge for KP

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ISLAMABAD: Implementation of an otherwise commendable proposed law, tabled in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) Assembly by a Jamaat-e-Islami lawmaker, forbidding dowry, will be a big challenge for the provincial government. Recommending a new piece of legislation and its approval by the parliament are admirable but its strict applicability always leaves much to be desired. Pakistan […]


K-P slaps ban on dowry

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PESHAWAR: The Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Assembly adopted a landmark piece of legislation on Thursday, barring a bride’s family members, relatives and outsiders from making dowry payments to the groom and his family. The law also restricts the maximum value of gifts given to the bride by her parents, family members or any other person to Rs10,000. It is […]


CSS in Urdu

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IN mid-February, the Lahore High Court said that from next year, the CSS examinations will be conducted in Urdu. The court had been petitioned to order that the CSS exams for this year have Urdu as their medium. It responded that there was not enough time to make the switch from the English language this […]


LITERARY NOTES: Proposed constitutional amendment bill and official language: are we back to square one?

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MARVI Memon and nine other members of the National Assembly have introduced a bill to “further amend the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan”. The proposed bill is titled “Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2014”. The bill says that “in the Constitution of the Islamic Republic of Pakistan, for Article 251, the following shall be substituted”, […]