Human rights activists denied foreign travel at Karachi airport

Pakistan Press Foundation

KARACHI: Abdul Qadeer Baloch, also known as Mama Qadeer, the vice-chairperson of the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP), was stopped from travelling outside the country at the Karachi Airport on Wednesday night. Qadeer, accompanied by his organisation’s general secretary, Farzana Majeed and a relative of one of the Baloch missing persons, Faiqa Baloch, was […]

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SIMs not verified via BVS to be blocked in phases

Pakistan Press Foundation

The government and cellular industry reached an understanding on phase-wise blocking of Subscriber Identification Modules (SIMs), not verified through Biometric Verification System (BVS), it is learnt. Official sources told Business Recorder that not a single SIM would be automatically blocked despite the given deadline for first phase of SIM re-verification on February 26 (Thursday). After […]

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Minorities vulnerable to attacks: HRW

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Pakistan’s government should ensure the security of the country’s religious minorities from judicial injustice and attacks by militants, Human Rights Watch has said in its World Report 2015. The rights group said violent attacks on religious minorities rose significantly in 2014 as Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s government failed to ensure religious freedoms. The 25th edition […]

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Black out coverage of terrorists, NA body tells media

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ISLAMABAD: “Just as the story of a banned group claiming a bomb blast was aired, I was approached by security personnel and scrutinised thoroughly,” Jehangir Baloch, a correspondent working in Turbat, Balochistan, recounts. “After examining my phone records, family history and other details, I was able to assure security personnel that I would not be […]

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Sindhis, Baloch still have ‘no right to information’

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Karachi: There is no denying the fact that both Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Punjab took the lead in adopting the Right to Information (RTI) laws, but simultaneously a lack of attention by the Sindh and Balochistan lead to weak legislation, in both 2005 and 2006, which consequently resulted in a dire need of an overhaul of […]

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300,000 people have left Balochistan, says HRCP chief

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QUETTA: Zohra Yusuf, the chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), has said that Balochistan has been made a fertile place for armed religious extremists under a plan and as a result about 300,000 Shias, Zikris, and Hindus have migrated to other areas of the country. Addressing a press conference here on Sunday, […]

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Police, security forces use torture with impunity in Pakistan, says AI

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KARACHI: The word ‘torture’ does not appear in the Pakistan Penal Code, even though Section 348 alludes to it as it points to “wrongful confinement to extort confession”. But what if the confinement is not wrongful and what about the (torturous) means used? Regarding that, the law is silent. Pakistan was one of the many […]

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Torture rife across Asia, says Amnesty

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LONDON: Amnesty International (AI) has said that torture is rife across the Asia-Pacific region, with China and North Korea among the worst offenders and a host of other governments, including Pakistan and India, betraying promises to stamp it out. At the launch of Amnesty International’s global campaign, ‘Stop Torture’, on Monday, the human rights organisation […]

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Inefficient biometric system hampers SIMs’ activation

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KARACHI: National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) has failed to manage the Biometric SIM verification system accurately as new and duplicate SIMs’ activation has been drastically dropped by almost 75 percent in Sindh and Balochistan after enforcement of new rule from April 1, 2014, Daily Times has learnt. Recently Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) termed mandatory […]

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Seven Newspapers Investigated For Printing Militants’ Press Release

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Reporters Without Borders is releasing a copy of the “First Information Report” that police in Quetta, in the southwestern province of Balochistan, issued in response to a formal complaint on 15 May against seven newspapers for publishing a communiqué by the outlawed militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi. “No one can dispute the right to file a complaint […]

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UNICEF awards prizes among journalists for fight against polio

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Unicef awarded journalist with their certificates and cash prizes regarding their utmost services against the polio virus in Balochistan . UNICEF in collaboration with director general of public relation (DPR) government of Balochistan organized best photo feature column and video report contest s to submit their pieces of work with the panel comprising health experts, […]

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Soldiering on: Ruqayya Hashmi fights for Shia Hazara community in Balochistan

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ISLAMABAD: In several cities across Pakistan, political parties and candidates have faced threats and deadly attacks on the basis of political ideology. But, in Quetta, Dr Ruqayya Saeed Hashmi has battled a different kind of threat throughout her election campaign. She is a Shia Hazara politician, contesting elections for NA-259 from the platform of Pakistan […]

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Civil Society Organizations hiding their identity for fear of militants in Balochistan

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A grave situation prevails in Balochistan where the civil society organizations have removed boards and name plates from their office buildings, their staff and officials do not carry ID cards or any other document while travelling for the fear of militants. According to them the NGO people are the main target of militants and other […]

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‘Balochistan still an unexplored archaeological zone’

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KARACHI: In a brief but enlightening lecture, German archaeologist Dr Ute Franke touched on the historical and archaeological links that exist between Herat and Pakistan’s province of Balochistan. The lecture titled ‘Antiquities of Herat with Special Reference to Balochistan’s Artifacts in Sindh’ was organised by the culture department of the Sindh government at the National […]

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