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Draft law on children rights prepared

ISLAMABAD, June 24 2005: The government has prepared a comprehensive draft law on the rights of children, which will be placed before the parliament in its next sitting. Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, Dr Sher Afgan Khan Niazi, stated this while addressing a seminar on children rights jointly organised by Unicef, Ministry of Social Welfare and […]


Man sets himself on fire in protest

LAHORE, June 16 2005: A man set himself on fire in front of the Punjab Governor’s House on The Mall on June 15. Quoting witnesses, police said Muhammad Asghar, 45, of Shujabad, Multan, appeared in front of the Governor House, and doused himself with kerosene oil and set himself alight. His screams forced motorists to […]


3.58m people jobless in country: Ministry of Labour

ISLAMABAD, June 16 2005: Some 48,000 postgraduates and 186,000 graduates form part of the 3.58 million jobless people in the country. This was revealed before the National Assembly by ministry of labour, manpower and overseas Pakistanis in response to questions by MNAs Maulana Ahmad Ghafoor Ghawas and Yasmeen Rehman. The house was informed that unemployment […]


More than 4,000 under trial prisoners languishing in jails

By HINA MAHGUL KARACHI, June 03, 2005: More than 4,000 prisoners in Central Jail are under trial and waiting their cases to be decided since several years. More than 1,000 are such detainees who committed minor offences but are languishing as their cases have not been decided. This was stated by the jail authorities during […]


Jobless youths offer kidneys for sale

SIALKOT, June 02, 2005: Three unemployed youths of Daska have sold their kidneys for sustenance of their families. Three friends – Munawar alias Piply, Waqas and Zafar Butt have sold their kidneys to a private hospital in Lahore near Kalma Chowk through some dealers. Munawar told reporters that he could only get primary education and […]


Infant in prison fighting thalassaemia

By Waseem Ahmad Shah PESHAWAR, May 30, 2005: An infant in the Peshawar central prison is suffering from thalassaemia and his mother is facing difficulty in continuing his treatment while she is in jail. The 10-month-old baby boy, Ijaz, is in the prison with her mother facing charges of drug pushing. He has three sisters. […]


Plight of Pakistani children bad

ISLAMABAD, May 19 – Children continue to be abused sexually, physically and mentally at different places in Pakistan besides being devoid of their inalienable rights to a safe life and basic needs. This was cited in a report on the state of Children in Pakistan during the year 2004 compiled by the Society for the […]


Teenagers smuggled to Dubai return

LAHORE, May 19: Two teenagers smuggled to Dubai for camel race returned Pakistan on May 18. FIA officials at the Allama Iqbal International Airport said the boys, Mukhtar Ahmed, 13, and Ghulam Rasool, 11, were smuggled to Abu Dhabi via Iran by a gang of human traffickers, but Nazeer Ahmed, a trafficker, who was taking […]


120,000 child scavengers in country, says report

ISLAMABAD, May 19: More than 120,000 children in Pakistan are employed as industrial workers or earning livelihood as scavengers, according to a report issued by a non-government organization. Out of them, 106,500 rummage through the waste produced by the affluent in big cities while the rest toil in the glass bangles industry in Hyderabad, tanneries […]


Christian injured for not reciting kalma

LAHORE, April 29,2005: About eight people severely tortured a Christian in Chak 2 (South) near Mandi Bahauddin district for not reciting the kalma. According to a fax sent by the Holy Rosary Church to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), Shahbaz Masih, who worked as a tractor driver for a local landlord, was picked […]


Alleged human smuggler held with children

LAHORE, April 27,2005: The Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) on April 26 held an alleged human smuggler with two camel jokeys at Lahore airport. An FIA official told Dawn that Mohammad Ramzan was detained on suspicion of having traveled on fake documents. On checking, it was found that he had two children with him whom he […]


Man killed over Karo-Kari

SUKKUR, April 25, 2005: A man was killed on the pretext of Karo-Kari in village Wali Muhammad Jo Khoh near Pir Jo Goth on Sunday. Reports said Karim Bukhsh was on way to home when unknown armed men shot him dead and fled. Police claimed that the reason of killing was Karo-Kari. Also, one Irshad […]


Four children recovered from illegal police custody

KHAIRPUR, April 24, 2005: Four children were recovered from illegal police confinement from the lockup of the A-section police on April 23. The Child Rights Committee Khairpur filed a petition in the sessions court Khairpur for the recovery of illegally detained children from police custody. At this, the court official conducted raid at A-section police […]


Blasphemer’ killed by mob

PESHAWAR – Armed villagers killed an alleged blasphemer in Nowshera on April 20 after he reportedly desecrated the Quran. Police confirmed the incident and also took the body into its possession. Talking to Daily Times by phone, a local police official believed that Aasheq Nabi, 40, was killed in connection with his alleged desecration of […]