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Theatre, workshop held to highlight bane of child marriages

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LARKANA: Highlighting the woes of underage marriages, a play was staged in Dokri town under the umbrella of Pirbhat Women Development Society and NGOs — Oxfam and Aahang — on Wednesday. People from different walks of life and school children participated in the programme and appreciated the efforts of the organisers who focussed on the […]

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Cyber crime bill: Review committee rejects bill entirely

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KARACHI: The committee formed to review the controversial cyber crime bill has completely rejected the draft instead of suggesting pointers to fix problematic clauses. The Cyber Crime Bill Review Committee met at Karachi Press Club on Monday afternoon to review the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill, 2015. The decision to reject the bill was made […]

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Rowdy cops in for a dose of human rights lessons

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Karachi: Given the tainted reputation of province’s cops for violating the fundamental rights of individuals, the police department has developed module focusing on human rights for them. In recent years, the demand for policing within the ambit of human rights has increased exponentially as the media has highlighted cases where human rights were violated and […]

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Journalists reject Dharna, container politicians

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ISLAMABAD: The journalists’ community and civil society organisations on Friday maintained that Pakistan couldn’t face more political crisis so the ‘Dharna’ forces should not destabilise the democratic process and instead adopt constitutional ways and means to resolve the political issues to the satisfaction of all the stakeholders. Addressing on the fourth day of “Pro-Democracy” camp […]

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Islamabad bar pleads SC to become party in case

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ISLAMABAD: To present its stance with reference to anti-judiciary campaign of ARY channel, District Bar Association (DBA) Islamabad has filed a petition in the Supreme Court (SC) for being a party in Case no. 48/2014 regarding Independent Media Corporation Pvt Ltd (Jang, Geo Group). Advocate Syed Nayyab Hassan Gardezi has filed this miscellaneous petition in […]

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Guidelines to protect minorities

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Though the entire nation is victim of the rising tide of religious extremism in Pakistan the worst sufferers are the minorities. Their places of worship are being ransacked; their men are being lynched on streets and their women converted and married. Not that there is not enough of law on the country’s statute book for […]

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Freedom of speech or treason!

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Altaf Hussain, a British national, gets live coverage from all private television channels, delivering a speech in which he threatens to carve out a new state, if his demands are not met and yet PEMRA finds nothing wrong with this. Does this qualify as freedom of speech guaranteed by constitution? I am afraid the Constitution […]

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Concern shown over misuse of blasphemy law against minorities

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LAHORE: The participants at a panel discussion organised by South Asia Partnership (SAP)-Pakistan with members of Punjab Assembly and civil society organisations stressed the need of implementing constitutional and international guarantees protecting the rights of religious minorities. Panel discussion was held at a local hotel where member National Commission on Status of Women Tanveer Jahan, […]

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Celebrating Human Rights Day

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Sir: International Human Rights Day is observed on December 10 every year. This day is significant for the world leaders to recognise the rights of human beings, declared by the United Nations in the Universal Human Rights Convention (1948). Recalling human rights and their implementation are two sides of the same coin. Today, the world […]

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Freedom and information

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A 30-member entourage accompanied the president of Pakistan during his Haj visit to Saudi Arabia in October 2013. There were conflicting reports in the media about who paid for the travel and stay of this entourage, which included members of personal staff as well as relatives. Were the expenses covered by the president from his […]

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Freedom of expression – the voices that need to be heard are ignored and even silenced

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With the successive governments the reality of freedom of expression grows thinner and thinner as the right guaranteed by the Constitution of Pakistan is further constricted. Apart from blatant interference by the government, freedom of expression is also being squeezed by non-state actors without any hindrance from the authorities. While the Constitution of Pakistan permits […]

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Right to know: ‘Know your rights so no wrong is done by you’

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KARACHI: Being responsible citizens and taxpayers, it is our right to know where our money is spent. Article 19A of the Constitution of Pakistan grants one the right to access information in all matters of public importance. The information can be used to support complaints regarding the operations of any public department to make a […]

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Access to information policy

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‘FREEDOM of information is a fundamental human right, the touchstone of all the freedoms to which the UN is consecrated.’ (Resolution 59(1) of the UNGA). The main theme behind the concept of freedom of information is that public institutions have an obligation to disclose information and every member of the public has a corresponding right […]

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Proposal to make state media independent hailed

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By: Shabbir Sarwar LAHORE: In a seminar organised by the South Asian Free Media Association (SAFMA) on the Media Commission report, Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors former president Arif Nizami, SAFMA Secretary General Imtiaz Alam and Lahore University of Management Sciences (LUMS) Associate Professor Dr Osama Siddique addressed the audience, while participants from various media […]

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