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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 […]

Woman kidnapped, gang-raped

VEHARI – A woman was kidnapped and gang-raped allegedly by five people for 37 days in Mauza Gulhari, Mailsi. The victim told newsmen on October 26, that she was married to Ghulam Siknadar some three years back. She alleged that her husband was an addict and always quarreled with her on petty issues. She left […]

Honour killing claims two lives

MINGORA – Honour killing claims two lives on October 25, in the remote Shabaka village of Matta subdivision in Upper Swat. It was reported that Ali Muhammad, son of Dauray, and his cousin, Shamia, daughter of Sher Afzal, were in love but the girl’s father was not ready to marry his daughter to his nephew. […]

Land to be provided to women varsity

ISLAMABAD – Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz on October 23, said the government would look into a proposal to provide land for the expansion of Fatima Jinnah Women University (FJWU). He was speaking as chief guest at the fourth convocation of FJWU here at the Convention Centre. Federal Education Minister Lt-Gen (retired) Javed Ashraf Qazi, Higher […]

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, […]

Lack of members delaying NCSW proposals: Rizvi

ISLAMABAD – Many policy recommendations and advisory reports by the National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW) have been laying pending for approval by the board members because of the commission’s short strength. “Presently the commission has only a chairperson and two members. The board cannot function without the participation of at least 10 […]

5 women elected heads of NA panels

ISLAMABAD – Five women members of the National Assembly have been elected chairpersons to various standing committees in the national assembly. These women include: Fizza Junejo Defence Production, Noor Jehan Panezai Petroleum and Natural Resources, Meena Ehsan Leghari Tourism, Mehnaz Rafi Women Development and Gul-e-Farkhanda Population Welfare. Fizza Junejo and Meena Ehsan Leghari come from […]

Woman, two daughters abducted

KASUR – Four people abducted a housewife along with her two daughters, took away cash, gold and later raped one of the girls in Kasur at Bhagokey Araian village, Kanganpur. Muhammad Sadiq told the police that M. Ali and his three accomplices entered his house, abducted his wife ‘Z’ and daughters. He said the gangsters […]

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. […]

Govt apathy to women’s health issues deplored

KARACHI – Commitment on part of the local government authorities, including nazimeen and councillors, towards welfare of the masses has been termed a positive development with particular reference to mother and child health. The fact was appreciated by women rights activists who discussed their advocacy experience in reproductive health at a session organized by an […]

Woman kidnapped

THATTA – A woman was kidnapped from her home in a village near Dharri Mori close to Sujawal on October 17, night. Police said it registered an FIR on a complaint of one Khamoon that his sister Khadija w/o Abdullah was kidnapped by four armed men from his house. Police have nominated Bachal Pareri, Sanwan […]

Women’s body formed to deal with Karo-kari

KARACHI – Fifteen women members of the Punjab Assembly formed a Women’s Caucus to deal with issues pertaining to women with special reference to outdated and inhuman laws such as winy, Karo-Kari, and Swarah and other related issues. The committee comprises four women MPAs from the PML (Q), two from the MMA, one from the […]

Rapist-killer posts confession letter

FAISALABAD – The murder of a minor girl after rape and dropping of ‘confessional statement’ by the alleged unidentified rapist spread panic in a village of Thikriwala on October 16. Seven-year-old ‘S’ of Chak 67 JB went missing on Friday night. Her family tried to find her but failed. On Saturday morning, the family found […]