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Honour killing will be treated as wilful murder

ISLAMABAD – The government on July 30 tabled seven bills in the National Assembly. These included bills related to honour killings, treatment of injured people, attacks on mosques and other places of worship, and the protection of coastal regime and eco-system. Advisor to the Prime Minister for Women Development and Social Welfare Nelofar Bakhtiyar tabled […]

Hudood cases to be probed by SP rank officers

LAHORE – Hudood cases will be investigated by officers of SP rank in future. This was stated by Federal Religious Affairs Minister Ijazul Haq while talking to newsmen in Lahore on July 30. He said the government was working to improve hudood and blasphemy laws. There were problems in the implementation of these laws which […]

Ruling party splits over bill on karo-kari

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on July 30 assured his coalition parliamentary group that any law not in accordance with the teachings of the Holy Quran and Sunnah would not be framed or enacted. He was responding to criticism by the members on the proposed draft bill on ‘honour killing’ while presiding over […]

MMA’s terms for backing domestic violence bill

LAHORE – The MMA has said that it has offered only conditional support to the domestic violence bill tabled by the ruling coalition’s Dr Anjum Amjad. Alliance’s MPA from Wah Cantonment, Attock, Muhammad Waqas said they opposed the involvement of police at any stage in any case lodged under the proposed law. The protection officer […]

Civil society urges govt to repeal Hudood laws

ISLAMABAD – Scholars, civil society representatives and academics in Islamabad on July 16 called for repeal of Hudood ordinances as, according to them, these laws have brought in more oppression and injustices to women and minorities. They expressed this view at a panel discussion held under the aegis of Islamabad Cultural Forum here. A unanimous […]

Contempt of court ordinance re-promulgated

ISLAMABAD – President Pervez Musharraf on July 15 re-promulgated the Contempt of Court Ordinance, 2004, to regulate the exercise of the powers of courts to punish for contempt of court. The ordinance which was promulgated on December 16, 2003, expired on April 15, 2004. The re-promulgated ordinance will be effective retrospectively from April 15, 2004. […]

Hudood changes only on CII’s say-so: PM

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Chaudhary Shujaat Hussain said on July 14 that amendments would be made to the Hudood Ordinance only if the Council of Islamic Ideology recommends them. Talking to delegations of the Gujrat Chamber of Commerce and Industry and district Muslim League officials, Mr Shujaat made it clear that the amendments would depend […]

Law formulated to end Karo-Kari

ISLAMABAD – Ministry of Women Development Social Welfare and Special Education has formulated a law to end Karo Kari (honour killing) with the co-ordination of Ministry of Law and Justice and Human Rights. Secretary Women Development Ministry Dr Aleem Mehmood told Business Recorder that the draft law has been sent to the Ministry of Interior […]

Changes in Hudood law sent to CII

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Chaudhry Shujaat Hussain on July 11 said amendments to the Hudood laws had been sent to the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) and would soon be put to the cabinet for approval after consultation with the CII and religious scholars. “The government will make amendments to the Hudood laws keeping in […]

Bill against karo-kari ready: Faisal

ISLAMABAD — The minister for Interior, Syed Faisal Saleh Hayat, informed the senate on July 9 that the government would introduce a bill in the parliament against karo — kari. The interior minister said that though there was no law against karo-kari, however the government treated such cases as murder cases. Minister for Parliamentary Affairs […]

Freedom of information laws

ISLAMABAD – The legislation on freedom of information would help promote the good governance in the country, said Nisar A. Memon Chairman Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting. Speaking at a seminar on freedom of information, organized by Pakistan Institute of Legislative Development and Transparency (PILDAT), Nisar Memon said, it is a happy augury […]

Freedom of Information Rules notified

ISLAMABAD – The government has notified the Freedom of Information Rules 2004, requiring all public organizations to designate an official to provide information regarding public records to applicants. After the issuance of the notification on Monday, applicants were eligible to get an attested photocopy of any public record document except information exempted under the Freedom […]

Call for strong democratic institutions

KARACHI – Politicians, lawyers, human rights activists, government representatives and journalists at a seminar called for strengthening democratic institutions and civil society by shunning all sort of differences to restore peace and harmony in Karachi. Conspiracies are being hatched against Karachi to distort its image. People of Karachi should remain united to foil the nefarious […]

Resolution on domestic violence to be moved

KARACHI – The MPAs belonging to the opposition benches in the Sindh Assembly will contact the Treasury benches MPAs to move a joint resolution with regard to the domestic violence, sources close to opposition benches disclosed to The News. In this connection, opposition benches women MPAs may take their counterparts from the Treasury benches into […]