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Draft law on honour crimes faces opposition


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LAHORE – A ‘majority’ of the treasury members belonging to the PML and its allied parties in the National Assembly are said to be against the proposed draft law on honour crimes because they consider it against their local traditions. Official sources told Dawn that the treasury members had expressed serious concern over the punishment […]


Bill on honour killings promised


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KARACHI – Prime Minister’s Adviser on Women Affairs, Neelofar Bakhtiar, has said that a bill on the honour killing will be brought in the parliament for discussion in the next few days. Speaking at a press conference at the Pakistan Muslim League House on Saturday, she said that the bill had been discussed in the […]


Govt given 6 months to outlaw honour killings


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ISLAMABAD – Women right activists, parliamentarians and civil society members on Friday staged a protest demonstration in the federal capital against honour killings and condemned the military rulers , feudal-lords and religious elements for obstructing enactment of a law in this regard. They gave a six-month deadline to the government to approve the bill on […]


NGOs demand law to end honour killings


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ISLAMABAD – Several Non-Governmental Organisations from all across the country on October 3, held a protest rally in the federal capital and demanded of the government to urgently enact a strong and effective law to stop killings in the name of “honour”. The rally was organised by “Citizen Action Group”, and people from Peshawar, Mardan, […]


Bill on Pemra to promote electronic media


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ISLAMABAD – Information and Broadcasting Minister Sheikh Rashid on Friday said the Amendment Bill on Pemra was meant to promote electronic media, besides ensuring implementation of code of conduct. Sheikh Rashid said, it is a unique precedent that the cross-media ownership is being allowed in the country, which reflects government’s commitment to the promotion of […]


NA body approves bill to prevent Karo Kari


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ISLAMABAD – The National Assembly Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights on Thursday approved a bill aimed at preventing crimes being committed in the name of Karo Kari (honour killing), Siya Kari and other stereotype social customs. The committee met here with MNA Rai Mansab Ali Khan in the chair. The government laid […]


Musalihat Anjumans to provide gender justice


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ISLAMABAD – United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) would launch the pilot project of Musalihat Anjumans in eight districts to strengthen the community-based dispute resolution and gender justice at the grass roots level. This was announced in a consultative meeting, held in Islamabad on August 27, with secretary Ministry of Local Government Syed Mohsin Asad in […]


Bill to amend cross media laws


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ISLAMABAD – Information and Broadcasting Minister Sheikh Rashid Ahmed on August 20 said that the government will soon present a draft bill in the National Assembly to amend cross media laws, allowing newspaper owners to establish television and radio channels. He said that during his tenure as information minister screening of Indian movies would not […]


Text of Defamation Bill 2004


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ISLAMABAD – Following is the ful1 text of the Defamation Bill 2004 passed by the National Assembly as recommended by the Standing Committee on Law, Justice and Human Rights. A Bill to amend the defamation Ordinance, 2002 the Pakistan Penal Code and the Code of Criminal Procedure, 1898. WHEREAS it is expedient to amend the […]


Controversial Defamation Bill Passed by NA


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ISLAMABAD – Rejecting opposition’s objections, the ruling coalition on August 19 passed the controversial Defamation (Amendment) Bill 2004 in the National Assembly, Pakistan’s lower house of parliament. The bill is designed mainly to protect public figures from slander by enhanced punishment, including imprisonment of up to five years and/or a minimum fine of rupees one […]


MP A opposes Domestic Violence Bill


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LAHORE – MMA MP A lhsanullah Waqas Monday op­posed ‘Punjab Prevention of Domestic Violence Bill’. He presented his point of view on the Bill before tHe Punjab As­sembly standing committee on Home Affairs meeting held un­der the chairmanship of Rai . Ahsan Raza Kharal. The MP A believed that the Bill would cause increase in […]


Hudood law amends rejected


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The Commission for Peace and Human Development (CPHD) has rejected the pro­posed changes in a joint bill on Hudood and Blasphemy laws,referred by the National Assembly to the Standing Committee on Law and Justice. CPHD Executive Director said the amendments would not bring significant changes to the law. Source: The Nation Date:8/18/2004


Repeal of Hudood laws demanded


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PESHAWAR – A civil society forum has demanded repeal of the Hudood laws, saying that their enforcement has done immense injustice to people. The Joint Action Committee, which organized a one-day seminar entitled ‘Why the Hudood Ordinances must be repealed’, described the laws as man-made and not in conformity with the injunctions of Islam. Dr […]


Proposed changes in Hudood laws in jeopardy


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ISLAMABAD – The government efforts to bring about significant changes in the Hudood laws to stop their abuse against women look to be in jeopardy as the Standing Committee on Law and Justice stood vividly divided on the issue on Thursday, fearing the suggested amendments may lead to negative fallout. After the failure of the […]