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Qureshi seeks acquittal in PTV, Parliament attack cases

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ISLAMABAD – Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday filed an acquittal plea in the Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in a case pertaining to attack on Pakistan Television (PTV) and Parliament buildings during the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) and Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) sit-in in 2014. The ATC judge Kausar Abbas Zaidi, resuming the […]

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ATC declares anchor Shanzay proclaimed offender

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Anti-terrorism court (ATC) Tuesday, resuming the hearing of a case pertaining to defamatory remarks against the Chief Justice of Pakistan by the former PPP Senator Faisal Raza Abidi, declared the female anchor Shanzay Rehman a proclaimed offender and ordered the prosecution for presenting her challan in the next hearing. The court had already rejected the […]

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Man jailed for 13 years for Facebook ‘hate speech’

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LAHORE: An anti-terrorism court has jailed a Shia Muslim for 13 years after he posted what it deemed sectarian hate speech on Facebook, officials said Monday, with rights activists condemning the ruling as “extremely concerning”. Saqlain Haidar, 32, who ran a small hotel in Chiniot was also fined Rs250,000 for “posting hateful material against companions […]

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Man acquitted in Daniel Pearl case freed

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HYDERABAD: The Central Jail Hyderabad’s Superintendent Aijaz Hyder informed the Sindh High Court (SHC) here Tuesday that Syed Qari Hashim Shah, who was acquitted in US journalist Daniel Pearl’s murder case, has been released from the prison. The court was hearing a petition filed by Syed Khalid Imran Shah, brother, who maintained that despite the […]

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SC suspends conviction of Geo TV owner by GB court

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court suspended on Wednesday a Nov 25 verdict of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) No. 1, convicting media tycoon and Geo TV owner Mir Shakeelur Rahman and sentencing him to 10 years rigorous imprisonment and Rs300,000 in fines. A three-judge Supreme Court, bench headed by Justice Asif Saeed Khosa, also asked Attorney […]

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Gilgit court verdict challenged in Chief Court

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Editor-in-Chief of the Jang Group Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman has challenged the verdict given by the court of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) filing an appeal against the ruling in the Chief Court of GB.The Chief Court has also issued a formal notice to prosecution in this regard.It is hoped that the Chief Court of GB will dispense justice to […]

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GB court ruling against Jang Group ridiculous, says Ansar Burney

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KARACHI: Human rights activist and former federal minister for human rights Ansar Burney has termed the ruling against chief of Jang Group Mir Shakil-ur-Rahman and others awarded by Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) court ridiculous in the judicial history, says a press release issued on Monday. Ansar Burney said that several questions were being emerged through filing of […]

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GB court verdict threat to press freedom

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KARACHI: The president of the Council of Pakistan News­paper Editors (CPNE), Mujibur Rehman Shami, and the president of the All Pakistan Newspapers Society (APNS), Hameed Haroon, have, in a joint statement, expressed dismay at what they called unlawful conviction of Mir Shakeel ur Rehman, the Editor-in-Chief of the Jang-Geo media group and associated media persons, […]

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Blasphemy sentence against TV channel will have chilling effect

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The prison sentence for blasphemy handed down by a court in Pakistan against four people, including the owner of a major private TV channel and one of its star actresses, will have a chilling effect on freedom of expression and the media, Amnesty International said. The organization also noted serious concerns about the fairness of […]

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Gilgit court hands 26 years’ jail to Geo TV owner

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By: Jamil Nagri GILGIT: An anti-terrorism court has sentenced the owner of the Jang-Geo group Mir Shakeelur Rehman, host of Geo TV’s morning show Shaista Lodhi, actress Veena Malik and her husband Malik Asad to 26-year imprisonment and a fine of Rs1.3 million each for hurting religious sentiments of people in the show. Announcing the […]

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Police asked to consider cancelling case against Geo TV

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KARACHI: A prosecutor of an anti-terrorism court has suggested to police to examine the possibility of cancellation of a case lodged against Geo TV after it broadcast a programme whose contents were deemed sacrilegious. An FIR was lodged on the complaint of a lawyer in May against the management of Geo TV, Shaista Lodhi, the […]

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Protection sought for rights activists

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KARACHI: A joint action committee (JAC) of civil society organisations on Tuesday asked the government to provide protection to human rights activists and campaigners as it was a constitutional duty of the government to protect the lives of people. Speaking at a condolence meeting at the PMA House to pay tribute to slain human rights […]

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Wali Babar’s murder trial

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Following the delaying tactics of the organised criminal gang behind the murder of journalist Wali Khan Babar and the killing of six eye witnesses, one prosecutor and, the case has finally concluded, setting an example of being a case where the killers have been prosecuted and brought to justice. Two main killers, still at large, […]

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Judgment in Wali Babar case

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AT last, some accountability. Some days ago, a little over three years after Wali Khan Babar was shot dead while on his way home from work at a local television channel in Karachi, six people were convicted of the young reporter’s murder. Two of them, who have never been apprehended, were sentenced to death in […]

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