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Investigators look for clues to Mahmud’s murder as free-speech fears grow

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KARACHI: Investigators have found no match for casings of bullets that killed a prominent human rights activist, dashing hopes for quick answers to a murder that has raised fears for the safety of dissenting voices. Gunmen on a motorcycle attacked activist Sabeen Mahmud, the director of The Second Floor (T2F) on April 24 in the […]

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Prominent Human Rights and Free Speech Activist

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KARACHI: Sabeen Mahmud, the respected human rights and free speech activist was killed by unidentified gunmen on Friday, April 24 in Karachi, Pakistan’s largest city. Mahmud, who was founding director of T2F community centre, was shot around 9pm as she was on her way to home with her mother after hosting an event ‘Unsilencing Balochistan” […]

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Sabeen Mahmud’s murder widely condemned

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The Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) condemned the killing of human rights activist Sabeen Mahmud, who was brutally gunned down in Karachi a day earlier. “We condemn the tragic and unfortunate killing of Ms Sabeen Mahmud. Our heart goes out to bereaved family at this sad moment,” Director General ISPR, Asim Bajwa tweeted. Condemning the murder […]

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Perween Rehman murder suspect held in Mansehra

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MANSEHRA: The alleged killer of Orangi pilot project’s director Naheed Perween Rehman was arrested here on Thursday. Addressing a press conference at his office, Deputy Superintendent of Police Zulfiqar Khan Jadoon said the notorious target killer had been arrested in an operation carried out jointly by Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Sindh police and personnel of intelligence […]

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Rights activist, journalist Najma Sadeque is dead

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KARACHI: Prominent human rights activist, journalist and environmental writer Najma Sadeque passed away in the early hours of Thursday. She was 72. As a journalist, Ms Sadeque worked with Dawn Group’s eveninger The Star and The News International. But violations of human rights, especially women’s rights, made her extremely sad, leading to her founding the […]

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Fighting for rights: Asma Jehangir receives French honour

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ISLAMABAD: Honouring the efforts of the lawyer and human rights activist Asma Jehangir, the French Ambassador Philippe Thiebaud presented her with the award of ‘Officier de la Legion d’Honneur’ on Tuesday at a ceremony attended by diplomats, human rights activists and lawyers. Speaking at the ceremony, Thiebaud said the French government recognised Jehangir for all […]

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Report shows increase in attacks on minorities

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LAHORE: The recently published annual report of Centre for Legal Aid Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) Pakistan for the year 2013 has revealed that 1,000 females (700 Christian and 300 Hindu girls) from minorities are forced into marriage every year in the country. Additionally, the report states that till date 70 churches have been attacked in […]

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You want Geo on its knees, once, twice, three times: Asma

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LAHORE: Human rights activist and former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association Asma Jahangir has said she supports freedom of expression and the independence of the media, and punishing any TV channel is not an act of any pillar of the state but of dictators. Addressing a lawyers gathering at the Aiwan-e-Iqbal here on […]

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Media persons facing multitude of threats, moot told

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KARACHI: Speakers at a seminar titled ‘Challenges to Freedom of Expression’ at the Karachi Press Club on Tuesday evening expressed deep concern over threats being hurled at journalists, precipitated by the attack on journalist Hamid Mir and the ensuing media war. The media wasn’t facing threats only from one side (the establishment) but it was […]

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Activists condemn Rehman’s murder

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KARACHI: A fairly large number of people belonging to various rights groups, professional organisations and political parties gathered outside the Karachi Press Club on Sunday and held a demonstration against the assassination of Rashid Rehman, a lawyers and human rights activist, who was recently killed in an ambush in Multan. “We salute martyr Rashid Rehman,” […]

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Age of intolerance

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Rashid Rehman’s brutal killing — for doing his duty as a lawyer — must be viewed along with the (similar) assassinations of Justice (R) Arif Iqbal Bhatti, Governor Salmaan Taseer, and federal minister Shahbaz Bhatti. A judge, leading members of government, and now a defence counsel have been killed for trying to ensure that no […]

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HRW seeks action against lawyer’s killers

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NEW YORK: Calling on the Pakistan government to conduct a prompt and impartial investigation into the assassination of human rights activist and lawyer Rashid Rehman, Human Rights Watch said on Wednesday that those responsible should be fully and promptly prosecuted. It also urged the government to repeal the “blasphemy law” forthwith. In a press statement, […]

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Two teams probe Rashid Rahman’s murder

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MULTAN: Police prepared the sketch of the two assailants on Friday who shot dead Rashid Rahman, lawyer and coordinator of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan’s (HRCP’s) special task force, on Wednesday at the HRCP office near Kutchery Chowk, Superintendent of Police (SP) Saifullah told Dawn. Advocate Nadeem Parvaz, one of Rashid’s colleagues, and client […]

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Lawyers continue strike against murder of Rashid Rahman

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FAISALABAD: Members of the District Bar Association on Friday observed a complete strike against the murder of Rashid Rahman, advocate. The strike was observed on the appeal of Punjab Bar Council. DBA Secretary Ejaz Ahmad expressed concern over the killing of lawyers in Rawalpindi, Multan and other places and appealed to the government to make […]

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