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Religious freedom in 21st century Pakistan

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Starting with the Lahore Resolution, every major landmark constitutional document, including the Objectives Resolution, has promised religious freedom and equal rights for minorities in Pakistan. Despite this, the situation of religious freedom has deteriorated steadily in the 67 years of the country’s existence and has decidedly become so bad that Pakistan is now teetering on […]

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Freedom of expression: woolgathering

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Freedom of expression is a dream in the nascent democratic system in Pakistan. The country has a diversity of political perspectives and there are definitions and norms set in the constitution that deal with religious bigotry, blasphemy laws and partisan strife. These form the key components within a framework for advancement of and managing the […]

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Geo owner booked under Anti-Terrorism Act

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RAWALPINDI: Following an order by an additional district and sessions judge, police on Friday registered a case – under the Anti-Terrorism Act and the controversial blasphemy laws – against the owner of Geo TV and the producer and anchor of a morning show, for allegedly hurting the religious sentiments of a particular sect. The judge, […]

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27 temple, holy books desecration cases in half a year, moot told

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KARACHI: Over 27 incidents of desecration of temples and holy books of religious minorities in the past six months have been causing insecurity among them, a conference on minority rights was informed on Wednesday. At the programme, organised by South Asia Partnership, speakers said that Pakistan had signed International Convention on Civil and Political Rights […]

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CJ hints at guidelines for protecting minorities

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani on Tuesday hinted at framing guidelines for law-enforcement agencies for protection of minorities’ rights. “We believe that the Constitution has set goals, pledges and commitments that the nation has vowed to live by and to achieve these dreams we may develop guidelines for the protection of rights of minorities,” […]

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Blasphemy conviction: Aasia Bibi’s appeal yet to be heard

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LAHORE: An appeal against her blasphemy conviction by Aasia Bibi was fixed for hearing on February 14, three years after it was filed, but not taken up by the court, The Express Tribune learnt on Monday. Bibi’s criminal appeal number 2509/10 ‘Mst Aasia Bibi vs The State’ and murder reference 614/10 ‘State Vs Mst Aasia […]

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A moderate voice in Ramazan

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Different TV channels in Pakistan ran Ramazan programmes during the holy month. However, they provided very limited information on Ramazan, Islam and Pakistan. Instead, they appeared to be more like game shows with prizes. Ramazan was a great opportunity for our local media outlets to use Islamic teachings to guide the nation taking into consideration […]

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