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‘Some communities within minorities are ignored’

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KARACHI: Sindh Minister for Minorities Gayan Chand Israni has said that the government is giving priority to protection of rights of minorities in Sindh. He was speaking at a media briefing on protection of minority rights organised by the Sindh Rural Partner Organisation (SRPO) at a local hotel here on Tuesday. “The government will ensure […]

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Senate adopts PPP bills against honour killing, rape and privatization

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ISLAMABAD: Three bills of the Pakistan People’s Party regarding honour killing, rape and privatisation were adopted by the Senate on Monday. The three bills referred to the joint sitting include ‘The Privatisation Commission (Amendment) Bill, the Anti-honour Killing (amendment) Bill and the Anti-Rape Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill, all initially moved by PPP former Senator […]

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Hard life of senior citizens made even harder

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ISLAMABAD: Although, a national level policy for the protection of elderly persons was drafted and finalised by the Ministry of Capital Administration and Development (CADD) in 2012, it has yet to be presented before parliament for final approval. Meanwhile currently, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) is the only province where there is an approved law for protection […]

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Killing shows govt failure to implement witness protection law

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KARACHI: The killing of a key witness to the murder of Sabeen Mahmud late last week has again highlighted the failure of the provincial government to implement the law on witness protection that has been demanded by groups and individuals working for human rights and legal issues. The Sindh government’s ambitious plan to make ‘hefty […]

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Govt has failed to protect journalists: PFUJ chief

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BRUSSELS: The president of International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) Jim Boumelha said Tuesday that sacrifices rendered by journalists for the freedom of press and media in Pakistan will not be in vain. He was speaking to a delegation of Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) at the IFJ head office in Brussels. Deputy secretary-general IFJ […]

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Govt urged to form commission on child rights

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LAHORE: Child Rights Movement (CRM), a coalition of 30 civil society organisations, has urged the Punjab government to establish a provincial commission on the rights of children without delay. “It is unfortunate that even after ratifying the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) 25 years ago, there is no body with […]

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Call for protection of non-Muslim rights

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KARACHI: The Sindh Rural Partners Organisation (SRPO) held a consultation on minority rights here on Friday with several minority group representatives, human rights activists and political party representatives discussing the problems faced by the country’s minorities even after 68 years of independence. Mangla Sharma of the Pakistan Hindu Council said that all the organisations fighting […]

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Creek View and Creek Terraces to destroy environment

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KARACHI: Let’s begin by trying to understand the role of the Sindh Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA) which was earlier known as the Pakistan Environment Protection Agency prior to the 18th Amendment. The Ministry of Environment, Local Government and Rural Development had delegated functions and powers of the Federal Environmental Protection Agency under section 26 of […]

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People have no protection against torture

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KARACHI: They sat at a distance looking at the group of lawyers discussing the litigation of torture cases at the event organised by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan. They came in hope that someone would be able to help them, a couple in traditional clothes standing out in the crowd of black suited men. […]

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At risk: Pakistan’s child rights efforts stunted

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is lagging in its commitment to educate its children and is simply “sugarcoating statistics” to appease the outside world. This was said by Marium Soomro, the advocacy and communication manager at Society for the Protection of the Rights of the Child. She was speaking on Tuesday at the “Pakistan’s Performance on Implementation of […]

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Environmental problems claimed 45,000 lives in Sindh in 2009

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ISLAMABAD: A World Bank (WB) analysis estimates that 45,000 people died prematurely in 2009 in Sindh from major environmental health hazards, and its economic impact in terms of GDP was 15 per cent of Sindh’s GDP, with an annual cost of about Rs372 billion. The analysis is contained in a new publication ‘Sustainability and Poverty […]

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Despite needed appointments, environmental tribunal yet to begin functioning

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KARACHI: The Sindh Environmental Tribunal, set up to hear complaints about pollution, has yet to start functioning even though the much-delayed appointment of its chairman and members had been made over three months ago, it emerged on Tuesday. Since the environment has become a provincial subject after the 18th constitutional amendment, the Sindh government set […]

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‘Steps being taken to protect places of worship’

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HYDERABAD: Sindh Minister for Minority Affairs Gyan Chand Esrani has said the foremost responsibility of his department is to ensure protection of religious places of minorities. The government is taking certain steps, including induction of Hindu youths into police, raising of boundary walls of temples and fencing them with barbed wires and installation of CCTV […]

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Government orders protection of archaeological sites

PESHAWAR: The Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government has issued order to protect 44 out of 91 archaeological sites that were handed over to the province under the 18th Amendment. Archaeology and Museums Director Prof Shah Nazar Khan said that the protection order was issued under the Protection Order and Antiquity Act 1997 about the sites that were […]

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