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Sexual abuse of students

PESHAWAR – Additional District and Sessions judge Farhatullah Khan on Friday extended till Nov 3 the pre-arrest bail granted to nine former employees of a local school in a case of sexual abuse of students. The court issued directives to the prosecution to produce all relevant documents, including the report of a judicial inquiry, conducted […]


HR groups oppose move to legalize jirgas

KARACHI – Three human rights organizations commenting on the provincial government’s reported step towards incorporating feudal practices into the structure of government, has termed it an attempt to create a parallel system of justice, which goes against women and the common man. No steps were taken after a jirga was held at the Chief Minister […]


Pak calls to curb menace of human trafficking

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan called for collective efforts by the international community to curb the menace of human trafficking and to provide relief to victims abroad in addition to protecting their rights. Addressing the pre-summit conference of senior government officials and experts on migration in Geneva, interior secretary Tariq Mehmud said that migration management is need […]


HRCP rejects bill on honour killing

LAHORE – The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) said on October 26, the bill on “honour” killing passed by the National Assembly and bulldozed amid opposition’s objections and absence , could serve only a limited purpose in checking the crime against women. In their initial reaction to the passage of the bill, HRCP Chairperson […]


Call for curbing HR violations

UNITED NATIONS – Pakistan on October 25, called on the international community to curb countries engaged in systematic and blatant violation of human rights. “They must not be allowed to obstruct or impede the course of justice and full implementation of international human rights,” said Pakistan delegate and member of the National Assembly, Gul-i-Farkhanda while […]


Project to end child labour soon

ISLAMABAD – Pakistan Baitul Mal (PBM) has decided to undertake a project for elimination of child domestic work through education and skill development, official sources told Dawn. The project entitled “Elimination and Prevention of Child Domestic Work Through Education and Training” would be initially implemented in five capital cities of the country. Under the project, […]


Pakistan urged to sign all rights treaties

ISLAMABAD – The participants of a consultative seminar here on Wednesday demanded that Pakistan immediately sign and ratify all major human rights treaties including the Rome Statute under which the International Criminal Court (ICC) was set up. The ICC was empowered to prosecute crimes like genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in member states. […]


Karo-kari needs no new laws, says Arbab

KARACHI — Karo-kari does not need new legislation since it is already murder, said Sindh Chief Minister Dr. Arbab Ghulam Rahim, who opposed the practice on October12. He said that there should be no leniency for men involved in such deaths; they should be treated as murderers according to the law. He termed honour killing […]


Demonstration against honour-killing

MULTAN – The human rights organisations, NGOs, women organisations from all over the country would stage a demonstration in front of Parliament House on October 8 at 10.00 am. “We have planned with the consent of all human rights organisations, NGOs to stage a demonstration in front of parliament against the honour-killing, ending the discriminatory […]


HRCP criticizes honour killings

QUETTA – The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), Balochistan Chapter, has urged the government to take measures to end honour killings and molestation of girls in the province. The monthly meeting of the commission held in Quetta on October 4, under the chairmanship of Tahir Mohammad Khan, observed that during the last few months […]


HRCP presents report on origin of Jirga system

KARACHI – Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has taken to task the political parties of this country that took least interest in abolishing ‘parallel judicial system’, and ‘illegal trials’ of the citizens of Pakistan, under one or another pretext. A detailed documentary report compiled by HRCP says, “The conduct of the main political parties […]


Seminar on Karo Kari

KARACHI – A seminar on ‘Karo Kari’ is being held under the aegis of the Secretariat of Provincial Ombudsman Sindh in Karachi at a hotel on Friday, September 17. An announcement on September 16, said that the moot will be presided over by the Sindh Governor, Dr Ishratul Ebad Khan. Sindh Minister for Planning and […]


Karo-kari: four shot dead

JACOBABAD – Two women and two men were shot dead on the pretext of karo-kari in upper Sindh during the last 48 hours ending on September 18, evening. A man, Takat Jakhrani alias Abu, and a woman, Rani, were killed by six armed men on the pretext of karo- kari in Yasin Jakhrani village in […]


Karo-kari claims two more lives

SHIKARPUR – A man and a woman were killed on the pretext of Karo-kari in two different incidents. Sara, 20, was killed by her husband and his four brothers who had termed her a kari in Shah Ali Pahore village, Khanpur taluka on September 8. Her body was brought to the Civil Hospital Shikarpur for […]