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New panel formed to consider proposals for GB citizens’ rights

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ISLAMABAD: The Sup­reme Court on Friday ordered constitution of a fresh committee to consider the proposals and recommendations being developed by a different group for the grant of fundamental rights to the citizens of Gilgit-Baltistan (GB). Headed by Attorney General (AG) Anwar Mansoor, the fresh committee will consist of Barrister Aitzaz Ahsan a senior counsel […]

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Govt believes in freedom of expression: Fawad

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ISLAMABAD – Minister for Information and Broadcasting Chaudhry Fawad Hussain Monday said the present democratic government fully believed in the fundamental right of freedom of expression. The minister was talking to a delegation of journalists belonging to Gilgit-Baltistan, Azad Kashmir and Hazara. He said freedom of media and democracy were intertwined and were indispensable for each […]

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SC restrains media from airing public comments in sub judice matters

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court of Pakistan on Thursday issued a verdict wherein the media has been restrained from airing public comments regarding sub judice matters. “The oft-used term ‘media trial’ is a real phenomenon and cannot be allowed where the fate of sub judice matters is being decided on public forums as not only the […]

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The dangers of the Electronic Crimes Act

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The alacrity with which parliament seems willing to trample on the fundamental rights of Pakistan’s citizens should be cause for considerable concern. In two moribund years, during which it failed to accomplish a single significant legislative achievement that could legitimately be said to have been in the greater interests of the people, parliament nonetheless found […]

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Let’s kill debate

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Let’s kill debateIt was quite an experience. To put tough questions, of the sort that others avoid, to controversial persons heading organisations on the radar of militancy is something journalists wish for. This is what makes our profession so different from the save-your-skin-and-plod-on kind of careers. To use probe as a means to build perspective […]

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Citizens’ right to information

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KARACHI: I would like to seek an important clarification from the information commissioners, the Ministry of Law and experts on the citizens’ right to information. Can a citizen seek information from the presidency relating to expenses incurred in the presidency, his official visits, and the various secretaries and staff deputed for the ceremonies and upkeep […]

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Situation worsening for religious minorities: HRCP

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ISLAMABAD: In 2013, Pakistan became “a more and more dangerous country” for religious minorities, “grew increasingly intolerant of dissent” from journalists and struggled with strategies to tackle threats such as militant extremism and intolerance, according to a report on the ‘State of Human Rights in 2013’. Launched by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) […]

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Human rights mockery

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HUMAN rights and democracy go together but unfortunately we do not have a good story to tell about the enforcement of fundamental rights enshrined and guaranteed in the constitution. Nothing practical is being done to promote education, health, hygiene, fight against crime, undertake rural development, alleviate poverty alleviation, advance access to housing and basic services. […]

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SC admits plea seeking enforcement of rights

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ISLAMABAD: Accepting a petition for the enforcement of fundamental rights of disabled persons, the Supreme Court on Wednesday summoned the attorney general for Pakistan and all advocate generals to assist it in the case. A three-judge bench – headed by Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani – took up the petition, seeking the top court’s intervention […]

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Ordinance challenged in Supreme Court

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ISLAMABAD: The Protection of Pakistan (Amendment) Ordinance promulgated on Jan 22 for providing legal cover to enforced disappearances has been challenged before the Supreme Court. The joint petition, submitted by advocates Inamur Raheim and Tariq Asad on Monday, sought a declaration from the court that the legislation was a draconian law as it was inconsistent […]

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HRCP deplores ‘lack of clarity, direction’ in handling crises

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LAHORE: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has voiced concern at what it called the absence of clarity and direction in dealing with pressing crises confronting the state. In a statement issued at the conclusion of its autumn meeting on Sunday, the HRCP executive body said: “The Executive Council of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan […]

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Nadra begins issuing Smart ID cards for orphan children

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National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra) on Tuesday said it has started issuing Smart ID cards to children of registered orphanages free of cost and so far registered more than 1,200 orphans since its launch last month. The number is on the increase with the launch of Smart card for children as the objective of […]

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EU Human Rights delegation calls on Aziz

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A delegation of the European Parliament’s Sub-Committee on Human Rights led by Ms Ana Gomes called on the Adviser to the Prime Minister on National Security and Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz here on Tuesday. She was accompanied by Andrzej Grzyb, Member of the European Parliament. The Adviser to the Prime Minister highlighted the efforts of […]

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PPP calls for human rights ministry restoration

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ISLAMABAD/LAHORE: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) has expressed grave concern over the decision of the PML-N government to do away with the ministry of human rights and has called for its restoration, considering the enormous rights-based issues in the country. The incumbent government, since being sworn in, has placed human rights low on its priority list, […]

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