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Loosening a Party’s Grip on Karachi
LONDON — Hours before he was scheduled to be executed last month, the Pakistani hit man made an incendiary accusation.
Speaking into a video camera at a remote desert jail, Saulat Mirza, a death-row convict from the port city of Karachi, said his orders to kill had come from Altaf Hussain, the city’s most powerful and, until recently, untouchable political leader.
“Altaf Hussain directly gave us the murder instructions,” Mr. Mirza said in footage that was broadcast ... Read More
NCCI Stands with the Grieving and Suffering Bomb attack Victims in Pakistan
Nagpur, March 16, 2015: The National Council of Churches in India expresses its deep shock and painful concern over the continuous attack on innocent public, including Christians, in Pakistan.

As reported by the Media at least 70 people were injured and 15 lost their lives to these inhuman assassinations yesterday ( 15 March 2015) in a Catholic Church and the Christ Church in Youhanabad near Lahore City, where Christians have lived together for years in amity ... Read More
India worried as China, Russia expand ties with Pakistan
The deepening economic and defence ties China and Russia are pursuing with Pakistan is worrying New Delhi and it is preparing to convey its concerns to Moscow and Beijing through diplomatic channels.

Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Islamabad early next week is expected to add momentum to the ambitious project of building an economic corridor linking northwestern China with southern Pakistan.

Beijing is understood to be planning to spend $46 billion for a series of infrastructure ... Read More
Only Shock Events Could Trigger Pakistan's Fourth Military Coup
NOTE: This crowdsourced analysis included the participation of MA Politics and International Relations students taking Political Risk & Prediction at New York University's Graduate School of Arts & Sciences.
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Last year's mass anti-government protests against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and led by politician Imran Khan generated much speculation about Pakistan's next military coup - but of course it didn't happen. Instead, we witnessed a soft coup with army chief Raheel Sharif overcoming internal military calls ... Read More
Harassment of females
The Reuters wire service reports that a Pakistani environmentalist fed up with being groped and harassed by male rickshaw drivers has launched her own service, exclusively for female passengers, in Lahore.

Zar Aslam, the president of the non-profit Environment Protection Fund, said that she once narrowly escaped being kidnapped by a rickshaw driver, which gave her the idea to start her own “Pink Rickshaw” service. While Aslam currently has only one rickshaw in operation, she ... Read More
Why Pakistan is still undecided about sending troops to fight in Yemen
By Tim Craig and Shaiq Hussain
EXCERPT: ... Over the past four decades, the 550,000-member Pakistani army has repeatedly dispatched forces to Saudi Arabia to back a strategic alliance between the two Sunni-dominated nations. But the latest request from Saudi Arabia is prompting strong opposition from several major Pakistani political parties, reflecting the country’s ...
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Young boy set on fire after being identified as Christian
A Pakistani Christian boy has been attacked and set on fire after some young Muslims discovered his religion

Nauman Masih, 14, was set upon by unknown Muslims who were going to the mosque to offer their Friday prayers. He was returning from the tailors when he was stopped by young Muslims and after identifying him as Christian, they set him on fire.

Nauman gave a statement to the Superintendent of Police (SP) saying that two unknown Muslims ... Read More
Sindh Assembly orders mandatory mental assessment of blasphemy suspects
The Sindh Assembly in Pakistan has made is mandatory that anyone who is accused of blasphemy or attempts suicide is examined by a psychiatrist.

It also said that if they are found to be suffering from a mental disorder they should be given treatment.

The move was abounded on April 10 as part of five of six government bills passed on the day.

It will be up to a court to provide relief to those ... Read More
Pakistan Gets $1.02 Billion for Habib Bank Stake
Foreign investors account for majority of funds raised
EXCERPTS:
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan—The government sold its entire stake in the country’s largest private-sector bank for $1.02 billion Saturday, the biggest so far in a series of divestitures planned to help revive Pakistan’s economy.
The government approved a strike price of 168 Pakistani rupees, about $1.68, per share, for its 41.5% stake, or 609 million shares, in Habib Bank Ltd. on Saturday, compared with the floor price of ... Read More
Super model charged
Ayyan Ali, a top supermodel in Pakistan, has been charged with money laundering after she was caught with more than half a million dollars in her possession at Islamabad airport.
On March 14, the 21-year-old model was charged with intent to illegally transport more than the legal $10,000 cash limit out of the country.
She was caught in the VIP departure lounge of Benazir Bhutto International Airport with approximately $500,000 in her carry on bag.
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How Pakistan’s top supermodel ended up in jail
By Michael Miller

EXCERPT:

Pakistan is abuzz with rumors and theories as to how a fashion darling became an alleged felon facing up to 14 years in prison. Some paint Ali as a patsy.
“My first reaction was there goes one more girl,” fashion matriarch Maheen Khan told the Guardian. “A lot of these girls come from very protected families and can be very naive. I think of her as a victim.”

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Pak court suspends 26/11 mastermind Lakhvi's detention, orders his release
A Pakistani court on Thursday suspended the Punjab government’s detention order against 2008 Mumbai attack mastermind and Lashkar-e-Tayiba operations commander Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi under a public security act and ordered his immediate release.

Justice Muhammad Anwarul Haq of Lahore high court suspended the detention of 55-year-old Lakhvi under Maintenance of Public Order after the government failed to present sensitive records against him in the court.

The judge ordered Lakhvi to submit two surety bonds worth Rs 1 ... Read More
Displaced Families Returning to Pakistan Region
Government allows tribal people back to North Waziristan after military operations, but some tribal leaders are balking at its conditions

PESHAWAR, Pakistan—Thousands of families displaced by a Pakistani military offensive began returning to North Waziristan this week, under the condition that they pledge allegiance to the government and ensure the area’s future security, officials and tribal leaders said.
North Waziristan, part of Pakistan’s Federally Administered Tribal Areas that run along the northwest border with Afghanistan, had become ... Read More
In Bhutto's 'Crescent Moon,' Pakistan 'Demands A Sacrifice From Its People'
EXCERPTS:

Fatima Bhutto is a member of one of the most famous families in Pakistan — a family that produced two prime ministers, her aunt Benazir Bhutto and her grandfather Zulfikar Ali Bhutto. And yet her latest book explores the lives of people who feel alienated from her country.
The Shadow of the Crescent Moon is about Pakistan's remote tribal regions. ...
In her early 30s, she remains a member of Pakistan's elite, a journalist and writer. But ... Read More
Evolution of Pakistan's proposed cybercrime law
By Bob Dietz
A pointer to our colleagues at Bolo Bhi, Pakistan's independent Internet freedom and electronic privacy watchdog (it's involved in gender issues too). The watchdog has been tracking the evolution of Pakistan's attempts at cybercrime legislation since 2007.
Movement toward passing a new law has gone in fits and starts, partly because the government is having a hard time keeping up with the rapid changes in digital technology, and partly because that's Pakistan's way of ... Read More
Pak court suspends Musharraf arrest warrant in Lal Masjid case
PTI
ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani court on Wednesday suspended the non-bailable arrest warrant against former military dictator Pervez Musharraf for the killing of cleric Abdul Rashid Ghazi during the army siege of the Lal Masjid in 2007.

The arrest warrant was challenged in the high court here which set aside the orders of the lower court on assurance by Musharraf's lawyer that he would attend the next hearing.

The district and sessions court in Islamabad last week issued ... Read More
How Pakistan Took Down The FBI’s Most-Wanted Cybercriminal
By Eric Markowitz

Just before dawn on Feb. 14, in a quiet residential suburb of Karachi, Pakistan’s chief cybersecurity officer, Mir Mazhar Jabbar, stood silently outside the home of Noor Aziz Uddin -- a man the FBI calls one of its “most wanted” cybercriminals. Jabbar knocked. Standing behind Jabbar was a team of local Karachi police officers, waiting to raid Uddin’s home and place him under arrest.

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Uddin, inside, knew that investigators were after ... Read More
A New Language for Pakistan’s Deaf
By Bina Shah

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Richard Geary Horwitz, an American, and his wife, Heidi, from the Philippines, moved to Pakistan from India and added a new dimension to deaf education. They are the parents of a boy who had been born deaf, and for years they had worked with the deaf in the Philippines and in New Delhi. While visiting Karachi in 1984, they learned that their expired Indian visas would not be renewed. So they stayed ... Read More
A disasterous move the gun lobby would love
By Maham Javaid

This year students and teachers across Pakistan started studying an unusual new subject. In three of the country’s four provinces — Sindh, Punjab and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa — they were taught how to shoot firearms and defuse bombs. The ongoing training was accompanied by the announcement that permit laws have been relaxed to encourage teachers to carry weapons to schools.

Both directives are a reaction to the December massacre of 132 schoolchildren at Peshawar’s Army ... Read More
Pakistani Christians Fight Back
By Ali Seth

LAHORE, Pakistan — LAST Monday, this city was briefly overrun with bands of sloganeering, stick-wielding youths. The demonstrators threw stones at police officers, burned car tires and smashed windows. One gang even plundered a 7Up truck, guzzling its goods before transfixed TV cameras. (I watched the footage — slow-mo jets of sparkly liquid, with strains of horror-movie music playing in the background — that night on the Internet.) There was a euphoric edge ... Read More
The tale of two convicts
Javaid Bashir

This is the tale of two convicts, whose execution of death sentence has been delayed or deferred. They were set to be hanged as they had exhausted all of their appeals. Yes I am talking about Shafqat Hussain and Saulat Mirza's matter. Saulat was about to be hanged on March 19, when a video statement of his was released in a dubious manner. The man on the death row alleged that he committed ... Read More
What is “Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age”
The International Center for Journalists (ICFJ) invites Pakistani journalists with three to 10 years of professional journalism experience to apply for a six-week online course, “Freedom of Expression in the Digital Age,” which will be held from April 8 to May 20, 2015. The deadline to apply is March 27, 2015.

During the six-week course, participants will learn to produce multimedia content, write and blog for the web, and effectively and ethically manage online communities that ... Read More
Lawyer for Pakistan doctor who helped CIA find bin Laden shot dead
By Jibran Ahmad

(Reuters) - A Pakistani lawyer under death threats for defending a doctor who helped CIA agents hunt al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was shot dead on Tuesday, police said, and two militant groups claimed responsibility.

Samiullah Afridi represented Dr Shakil Afridi, who was jailed in 2012 for 33 years for running a fake vaccination campaign believed to have helped the U.S. intelligence agency track down bin Laden. That sentence was overturned in ... Read More
57 Indian fishing boats released
Islamabad: As a goodwill gesture, Pakistan on Saturday released 57 Indian fishing boats that were in its custody.

In a statement, Foreign Office (FO) said the decision to release the vessels was taken in May 2014.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif visited India at that time to attend the oath-ceremony of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Pakistan releases 57 Indian fishing boats

Indian fishermen and boats are often apprehended by PMSA authorities when they violate Pakistan territorial waters. #india #pakistan #india fishing ... Read More
Details of Church attack
Javaid Bashir
Once again the terrorist attacked a city Church located in Youhanabad locality. In two bomb blasts fifteen persons were killed , and several others wounded. The victims of this tragedy were transported to nearby hospitals. Some of them are listed in serious condition.

Who is behind these dastardly attacks ? What is their motive ? Perhaps they are blinded by reward. Money makes the mare go.The peaceful christian community has been brutally attacked by callous ... Read More
Pakistan calls for the Fasting and Prayer for the Lahore Incident
Life For All Pakistan along with the Masihi Foundation, Catholic Church and the Protestant Churches have jointly called for the day of fasting and prayer for the victims of the unfortunate incident on Sunday in Lahore.

On Sunday morning as the people of Youhanabad, Lahore were going to attend the morning mass at the Catholic Church and the Church of Pakistan, two suicide bombers blew themselves up outside the Churches killing over 16 and injuring over ... Read More
Pakistan court refuses to exempt Musharraf from murder case
Islamabad, March 17, 2015 (IANS)
Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf. Reuters File Photo.

An anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Tuesday refused to grant indefinite exemption to Pakistan's former president Pervez Musharraf from the murder case of a tribal chief.

Musharraf has been formally indicted for the murder of Nawab Akbar Bugti, who was killed in a raid by security forces in Balochistan province in 2006, Xinhua news agency reported.
Mushararf was the country's president at that time. He has denied ... Read More
14 dead, 68 injured in suicide blasts at two churches
Two Taliban suicide bombers on Sunday blew themselves up in two packed churches during mass, killing 14 people and wounding 68 others in Pakistan's biggest Christian neighbourhood in Lahore, triggering mob violence in which two suspected militants were burned to death.

The attackers blew themselves up at the gates of Roman Catholic Church and ChristChurch in Youhanabad area during Sunday mass, causing stampede as panicked worshippers ran to save their lives.

At least 14 people, including a ... Read More
Pak jail refuses to release Lakhvi
Islamabad, Mar 13, 2015, (PTI)
Jail authorities in Pakistan today refused to release 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi merely on basis of the court order

Jail authorities in Pakistan today refused to release 2008 Mumbai terror attack mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi merely on basis of the court order "received through fax".

"We told the counsel of Mr Lakhvi that we cannot release him on the Islamabad High Court order received through fax," said an official ... Read More
UNICEF warns lack of toilets in Pakistan tied to stunting
ISLAMABAD (AP) — More than 40 million people in Pakistan do not have access to a toilet, forcing them to defecate in the open, which in turn is a major contributor to stunting in the country, a top UNICEF official said.
"There are 41 million people who do not have access to a toilet in Pakistan and as a result they are defecating in the open. And open defecation has significant health and nutritional consequences," said ... Read More
Amending the constitution
Jvaid Bashir
P.M Nawaz Sharif has called for all political parties' support to amend the constitution to check horse trading in the Senate Elections. MQM has vociferously declared its support in favor of the proposed amendment.Consensus could not be reached among the parliamentary parties.

PPP has opposed the said amendment. Maulana Fazal Ur Rehman also declined JUI (F)'s support. Most of the other parties will consider the question in their parliamentary committees meetings.

I do not ... Read More
Pakistan: Students form human shield to protect Hindus celebrating Holi
IANS
Islamabad: A human shield was formed at the Holi celebrations at Swami Narayan Temple in Karachi to show solidarity with and protect Hindus in attendance.

The National Student's Federation (NSF) organised the formation of a human shield on Friday, the demonstration is an attempt to promote interfaith coexistence and cooperation among different religious and ethnic groups in Pakistan, Dawn reported.

The NSF leveraged social media to spread information about the event, extending e-vitiations to others who share ... Read More
Pakistani Officials Issue Arrest Warrants Over Refusals of Polio Vaccine
By Ismail Khan
PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Determined to curb Pakistan’s polio crisis, police officials in the northwestern province of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa said Friday that they had issued hundreds of arrest warrants for parents for refusing to vaccinate their children.
“We had 13,000 to 16,000 refusal cases,” the deputy police commissioner for Peshawar, Riaz Khan Mahsud, said in an interview. “There is total determination on our part. We shall convince parents of the good of vaccinating their children, but ... Read More
Pakistan wastes $3.7 million worth of donated vaccine, official says
By Syed Raza Hassan
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - Pakistan has wasted $3.7 million worth of vaccines donated to protect children from deadly diseases because officials failed to store them properly, a senior health official told Reuters on Monday.
The scandal is the latest problem to be exposed in Pakistan's poorly run public health services ...

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The danger of smoking cafes
Jvaid Bashir
It is often said that drug addiction is the Curse , eating up our youth. Sheesha is the newest drug in fashion. It has become fast growing business of criminals' choice. These criminals are not bothered about poisoning our youth. These parlors are opening in the large cities in the posh areas. It is the disease that is killing the kids.

They are becoming slaves to this drug. This business is legal , if ... Read More
Governing like a commission mafia.
Javaid Bashir

Everything is on sale for cheap price. its motivation is to earn money through commissions. Its ill-conceived schemes have destroyed the economy and industrial base of the country.

The incompetent government is pursuing the privatization of national assets vigorously. It says we are fulfilling the election promise and forwarding our Party's agenda. Its logic behind selling the assets is to get rid of the non-performing assets in the Red.

Whether anybody agrees with its ... Read More
Reuters journalist Maria Golovnina died of asphyxiation: Autopsy
ISLAMABAD: An official autopsy report on the death of Reuters journalist Maria Golovnina has concluded that she died of asphyxiation, however, results of the cause of which “at this stage cannot be established.”
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Pakistan Literary Festival Defies Violence
By Ayesha Tanzeem

EXCERPTS:

In any other country, the site of people casually hanging around, or deep in conversation, with a book in one hand and a cellphone in the other, would be quite ordinary.
Here, it symbolized an act of defiance.

... a literary festival where ideas were exchanged freely and everything, from regional politics to nuclear weapons and women’s issues to controversial novels from the Arab world, was discussed candidly was a welcome respite from the ... Read More
Leading a Double Life in Pakistan
By Nicole Crowder
Settled among conservative Pakistanis is a small sect of men, living the life of cross-dressers and transgender people. By day, they work in as cellphone vendors, hotel clerks and other unassuming jobs. But in the evening, they trade their neutral-tone blazers and jeans for bright red saris, lipstick and wigs.
Photojournalist and award-winning photographer Muhammed Muheisen has spent decades documenting the changing face of daily life in Pakistan. His photographs of men leading this ... Read More
PROSTITUTION ON THE RISE IN PAKISTAN
Prostitution is a crime in most of the countries in the world. It is illegal trade and women sell their bodies for exchange of money. The women are sold in the market for a price . Who determines the price? Obviously it is done with the mutual understanding and according to the age, beauty and quality of the object. The women are sold openly in the marketplace for ... Read More
Aiding Pakistan’s Mentally Ill
By Bina Shah
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In Pakistani society, there is little understanding of mental illness, and a stigma against talking about it publicly. Many Pakistanis think the symptoms have a supernatural or religious cause — possession by spirits, or a curse or test from God. Some visit faith healers who promise to exorcise the offending spirits, or traditional healers selling herbal cures; others recite Quranic verses, hoping their spiritual power can bring them physical and ... Read More
Asia Bibi’s Family Are Ready to Flee Pakistan
PAKISTAN (ANS, Feb.20, 2015) -- Ashiq Masih, the husband of Asia Bibi, the woman sentenced to death for blasphemy in Pakistan, has said that he expects her to be released, but that the family will then have to flee the country, according to an article by Madeleine Davies in The Church Times, the leading Anglican Weekly, www.churchtimes.co.uk
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Pakistan in Its Labyrinth
By Roger Cohen
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Pakistan will not extricate itself from dysfunction through an Afghan resolution, but it would help. The nonsense of “strategic depth” must give way to the wisdom of commercial breadth — and not just on the western border. Chinese-Indian pragmatism can be a beacon for Pakistani-Indian pragmatism — maybe.
There is a wealth of talent and energy in Pakistan. A Taliban suicide bomber killed five people in Lahore this month. The people of Lahore ... Read More
Pakistan ISI chief in US to discuss security and intelligence issues
PTI
Islamabad: Pakistan's powerful ISI chief Lt General Rizwan Akhtar has left for the US on his maiden visit to hold talks with top American officials on regional security, counterterrorism and intelligence issues.

The spy chief's official visit to the US is taking place in the backdrop of reports that Afghan Taliban may hold peace talks with the US and Afghanistan, creating hopes that a solution to the 13-year long insurgency could be found.
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Mohsin Hamid's essays offer a new perspective on Pakistan and 9/11
By Michael Upchurch

In "Discontent and Its Civilizations: Dispatches from Lahore, New York, and London," his new book of essays, he sheds startling light on what went into its writing. Revelation No. 1: He completed its first draft before 9/11 even happened. Revelation No. 2: His literary agent, reading this pre-9/11 draft, was "puzzled by the protagonist's inner conflict: why would so secular and Westernized a Muslim man feel such tension with America?"

That speaks volumes on ... Read More
Musharraf Awaits Trial And Holds Court
By Philip Reeves
He is indicted for treason and murder. He is forbidden from going abroad. He is banned for life from running for elected office.
It is hard to imagine how Pervez Musharraf, former military ruler of Pakistan, could be in much deeper water than this.
Yet, as the ex-president and army chief sits in his apricot-colored villa, ruminating over his predicament, he does not sound — or look — much like a man unduly burdened by ... Read More
Pakistanis Try to Nudge Taliban to Peace Talks With Kabul
KABUL, Afghanistan — Pakistan’s top military and intelligence officials have begun pressing the Taliban to sit down for face-to-face discussions with the Afghan government, potentially opening a path for direct peace talks for the first time since the start of the American-led invasion in 2001, according to Western and Afghan officials briefed on the discussions.

In meetings in Kabul this week, the Pakistani delegation, led by the nation’s army chief of staff, told Afghan leaders that ... Read More
Suicide Bomber Strikes Busy Neighborhood
By Waqar Gillani
LAHORE, Pakistan — A Taliban suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a congested neighborhood here on Tuesday after failing to breach the security cordon around the headquarters of the police, killing at least five people and wounding at least 23, officials said.
“The target was the main building of Police Headquarters,” said Mushtaq Sukhera, the police chief of Punjab Province.
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At least 19 killed in attack on Shi'ite mosque in Pakistan
ReutersBy By Jibran Ahmad

PESHAWAR, Pakistan (Reuters) - At least 19 people were killed on Friday in the Pakistani city of Peshawar in a gun and bomb attack on a Shi'ite mosque, the latest sectarian violence to hit the South Asian nation.

Radical Sunni Islamist groups often target mosques frequented by minority Shi'ites, whom they see as infidels.

Police said armed men broke into the mosque, where people were attending Friday prayers, and opened fire, following which ... Read More
ISI cultivated Taliban to counter Indian action: Musharraf
Pervez Musharraf has said that under his regime, Pakistan had tried to undermine the Afghan government led by ex-president Hamid Karzai for helping "India stab Pakistan in the back".

"In President Karzai's times, yes, indeed, he was damaging Pakistan and, therefore, we were working against his interest. Obviously, we had to protect our own interest," the former military ruler said in an interview published on Friday.

Spies in Pakistan's Inter Services Intelligence had given birth to the ... Read More
Peace Briefing From
www.erasingborders.org FEBRUARY 9, 2015
Cy Thannikary

*RIP Dr Rajni Kothari, Aman Ki Asha, January 28, 2015
http://amankiasha.com/?p=3624

Pakistani activists paid tribute to prominent political scholar and peace activist Dr Rajni Kothari who passed away in Delhi on January 19, 2015, aged 86 years. Dr Kothari, born on August 16, 1928, was one of the founding members of the Pakistan India Peoples Forum for Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD). Participants at the Sindh PIPFPD meeting remembered Dr Kothari’s services to the ... Read More
Pak's 'General Shanti' touches base with Doval
K.P. Nayar
Feb. 3: Back-channel talks, now under way between India and Pakistan, may lead to the resumption of bilateral dialogue between the two countries after the formation of a new government in Jammu and Kashmir, at any rate, before the BJP-led government completes one year in office.
Maj. Gen. Mahmud Ali Durrani, who was Pakistan's ambassador in Washington and later national security adviser after retiring from the army, yesterday met Ajit Doval, Prime Minister Narendra Modi's ... Read More
Ali Zafar to the Peshawar attack victims with his new song
IBNLive
Actor, singer and artist Ali Zafar has brought together 50 of Pakistan's most loved personalities for a music video that pays tribute to the Peshawar school massacre victims.

On December 16 last year, Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in Peshawar, leading to the loss of 141 lives, most of them children.

Titled "Urainge", the song speaks of resolve and unity during testing and tough times and is a tribute to the victims of the terror attack ... Read More
Tribute to the Peshawar attack victims with his new song
IBNLive
Actor, singer and artist Ali Zafar has brought together 50 of Pakistan's most loved personalities for a music video that pays tribute to the Peshawar school massacre victims.

On December 16 last year, Taliban gunmen stormed a military-run school in Peshawar, leading to the loss of 141 lives, most of them children.

Titled "Urainge", the song speaks of resolve and unity during testing and tough times and is a tribute to the victims of the terror attack ... Read More
Peace Briefing From
www.erasingborders.org January 30, 2015
Cy Thannikary

*Pak, Indian troops exchange sweets at LoC on India’s republic day, SAMN, Jan 26, 15
http://www.southasianmedia.net/stories/south-asia/pakistani-indian-troops-exchange-sweets-at-loc-on-india-s-republic-day-story

While it is becoming increasingly normal to expect an exchange of fire between Indian and Pakistani troops stationed along the line of control (LoC), on Monday, the two sides exchanged sweets instead, the Press Trust of India reported….Despite the tension along the border, the exchange of sweets between troops stationed along the line of control on their ... Read More
Salman Taseer’s murder case is heard at the Islamabad High Court
Three years after the governor of Punjab Salman Taseer was murdered by his own bodyguard in broad daylight, his case was heard at the Islamabad High Court.

According to reports Justice Noor-ul-Haq Qureshi and Justice Shaukat Siddiqui will hear the appeal registered by Mumtaz Qadri against his death penalty. On October 1, 2011 he was sentenced to death by an Anti-Terrorism Court after being proven guilty. After the sentence Islamists and lawyers surrounded the ... Read More
Action plan to deal with terrorists
One month has elapsed since the tragic incident of APS, Peshawar. The Civil Society and political parties held rallies, and candle light vigils throughout Pakistan, and world over. Pakistanis showed solidarity and unity with the martyrs of the gruesome tragedy.

The government has already formulated an Action Plan to effectively deal with the terrorists. Military Courts have been established, and soon the trials of the terrorists will be held. The blood of these innocent children ... Read More
Negotiating on the streets not desirable
Parvaiz Malik MNA (PML_N) said our workers are charged and agitated, and want to take on the protesters. Senator Parvaiz Rashid the information minister agreed on the election someone should ask him stating that it is listed in our party manifesto. Someone should ask him, when they would implement their party manifesto.

The problem with our politics is that they do not keep their promises. MQM leader Altaf Husain has given assurances for the peaceful protest. ... Read More
Pak govt cracks down on media glorification of terrorists
Lahore, Jan 21, 2015 (PTI)
With some right wing media houses turning a deaf ear to its 'request' to stop giving coverage to banned outfits and their leaders, the Pakistan government has been forced to issue an ordinance banning glorification of terrorists in any fora including the media. AP file photo

With some right wing media houses turning a deaf ear to its 'request' to stop giving coverage to banned outfits and their leaders, the Pakistan government ... Read More
3rd Indo-Pak Calendar Launched in Islamabad
Aaghaz-e-Dosti, a joint Indo-Pak initiative of India-based Mission Bhartiyam and Pakistan-based The Catalyst – TC, every year launches a calendar in India and Pakistan, titled as ‘Calendar for Peace & Love’. This calendar includes selected paintings of students from India and Pakistan and is launched followed by a seminar ‘Sharing of Hopes’. This calendar also includes messages from renowned personalities working on the peace from both the countries. The importance of the calendar is that ... Read More
Civil society and militancy in Pakistant
Militancy in any form and shape cannot be tolerated. The militants have enjoyed liberty with great impunity. Pakistan has been plagued with militancy for decades. During the Afghan resistance against Soviet invasion these outfits grew like mushrooms. They declared Jihad and started to operate all over the world. The so-called Mujahedeen’s wrought havoc in different parts of the world.

They were armed with most modern and sophisticated weapons, and funded by the western powers ... Read More
Safe havens within Pak not acceptable, 26/11 attackers must face justice: Obama
NEW DELHI: In an interview to the India Today magazine, US President Barack Obama said US had been unrelenting in its fight against terror — a fight in which Indians and Americans were united. Referring to the the 9/11 attack in New York and the 26/11 attack in Mumbai, Obama said the two nations stood together in defence of their security and way of life.

He went on to add, "I've made it clear that even ... Read More
Peshwar annoyed at Imran Khan
Javid Bashir
Imran and Reham Khan the newly-wed couple were in surprise at their arrival in Army Public School, Peshawar. The protesters were angry , and apparently got annoyed with his politically motivated visit . These people were parents of the martyred children, gathered there to decry politicians point scoring tactics.

Imran Khan got the heavy dose of his own recipe of protesting against everything under the Sun. It was tit for tat situation. A spokesperson ... Read More
Musharraf indicted for Baloch leader's murder
Pakistan's former military ruler Pervez Musharraf was on Tuesday indicted by an anti-terrorism court in the murder case of Baloch nationalist leader Nawaz Akbar Khan Bugti, who was killed in a military operation.

The court in provincial capital Quetta charge-sheeted the 71-year-old leader and adjourned the hearing till February 4. The judge said that the case would be heard on a daily basis from February 4 onward.

Bugti, a former chief minister of Balochistan and head of ... Read More
Pak students return to school after massacre
Peshawar, Jan. 12 (Reuters): Children streamed back to school across Pakistan today in an anxious start to a new term following last month's massacre of 134 students at an army-run school in the volatile northwestern city of Peshawar.

Most schools across the country of 180 million had been shut until today for an extended winter break in the aftermath of the December 16 attack when Taliban militants broke into Army Public School and methodically killed the ... Read More
US to provide Pakistan $250 mn in aid: Kerry
Source : IANS
Islamabad: The US will provide Pakistan $250 million in addition to the billions of dollars of military aid already spent, Secretary of State John Kerry said here Tuesday

He said the amount will come in the form of food, shelter and other assistance to help people displaced by the conflict in tribal areas, The News International reported.

Pakistan must fight militant groups that threaten Afghan, Indian and US interests, the US secretary of state said.

Speaking ... Read More
Pak's military offensive against militants earned 'significant' results: Kerry
Source : ANI
United States Secretary of State John Kerry has reportedly praised Pakistan's military offensive targeting militants in North Waziristan by saying that the results are "significant."

Kerry made the statement on Tuesday during a meeting with National Security Adviser Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad, reported the Dawn.
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Is Pakistan Worth America’s Investment?
By Editorial Board

It doesn’t take much to stir controversy over America’s relationship with Pakistan. The latest dust-up involves $532 million in economic assistance that the United States expects to provide later this year. Last week, Pakistani officials jumped the gun by suggesting the money is closer to being disbursed than it is; the news annoyed India, which doesn’t think the aid is merited.

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Terrorists strike again
The terrorists have again targeted an Imam Bargah Aun Rizvia in densely populated area of Chatian Hatian, Rawalpindi. A. house adjacent to the Shia worship place was completely destroyed. Other houses in the area were partially damaged too Nothing was revealed about the blast.The guess is that , it was either suicide bomber or explosive blast. many persons are reported dead, and several critically wounded.

The dead bodies and wounded persons have been shifted to nearby ... Read More
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IN THIS ISSUE:
*Girl sent back to Indian-administered Kashmir, SAMN, December 30, 2014
http://www.southasianmedia.net/stories/south-asia/girl-sent-back-to-indian-administered-kashmir-story

The Pakistani author¬i¬ties repatriated on Monday a 12-year-old girl belonging to Indian-administered Kashmir...Nasreen Bibi, a resident of Shoran village of Uri area in Indian-administered Kashmir, had inadvertently crossed the LoC and reached Darra Haji Pir sector of AJK’s Haveli district on Dec 26…

*Mahesh Bhatt’s Milne Do II, Beena Sarwar, Aman Ki Asha, December 15, 2014
http://beenasarwar.com/2014/12/15/mahesh-bhatts-milne-do-ii/

The veteran filmmaker Mahesh Bhatt, in an attempt ... Read More
Pakistan announces Rs 10 million bounty for Taliban chief
Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province government has announced a bounty worth Rs 10 million for information leading to the arrest or killing of Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah, the mastermind of the Peshawar school massacre that left 150 people dead, mostly students.

A combined bounty worth Rs 760 million for 615 militants and proclaimed offenders including Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Fazlullah has been announced, provincial Information Minister Mushtaq Ghani said.

Fazlullah, 40, nicknamed the "Radio Mullah", is said to be in ... Read More
4 Men on Pakistani Boat That Blew Up: 10 Developments
A suspected Pakistan vessel blew itself up off the Gujarat coast on New Year's Eve

New Delhi: A boat, reportedly from Pakistan, blew itself up off the Gujarat coast on New Year's Eve after being chased by the Indian Coast Guard. There were four people on the boat.

Here are 10 developments in this big story:

The boat, which was unlit, was carrying explosives, said a Defence Ministry statement.

The ministry said intelligence agencies had inputs that a ... Read More
Pakistan: The Land of the Pure
By Isaac Chotiner

EXCERPT:

After 9/11, Pakistan was warned it had to “choose sides”—but choosing a side isn’t the same as switching sides.

.... the 67-year-old Islamic Republic of Pakistan, ...... shows no signs of settling into a relaxed late middle age. Pakistan has instigated numerous wars against a much larger neighbor and lost every one of them; it has developed a nuclear-weapons program meant to bring respect and security, which instead guaranteed international sanction and instability; it ... Read More
Pakistan's Baffling Response to Extremism
EXCERPT:

... Pakistanis cannot expect to fight some extremists and enable others, especially when there is considerable cooperation among the groups.

The country also needs a stronger civilian government, a credible judicial system and an end to religious schools that promote intolerance. In the aftermath of the massacre, many Pakistanis have spoken out against the militant threat. The question is whether the country can harness this outrage and grief into something positive.

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Pakistani Court Says Detained Militant Should Be Allowed to Post Bail
By Salman Masood

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The Islamabad High Court said on Monday that the militant commander accused of masterminding the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks should be allowed to post bail and win his release, despite government efforts to continue holding him.

The man at the center of the case is Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, a senior commander with Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group behind the blitz of attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai that left 166 people dead. The ... Read More
OF MICE AND THE PUNJAB GOVT
First the dengue mosquito and now the mice has created tremendous problems and back lash from the media and public. It seem the Punjab government has been plagued by these insects and rodents. They are feeding on the benevolence of the Chief minister and causing damages and negative publicity. They have bitten the population and now infants. They are feeding the media frenzy against a maverick Chief. Minister. I hope he will address the ... Read More
Pakistani Premier Announces Military Courts for Terrorism Cases
By Salman Masood

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif of Pakistan announced plans early Thursday to set up military courts to deal with terrorism cases as he vowed to crush militancy in his first address to the nation since a Taliban attack on a school in Peshawar killed scores of people last week.

A somber-looking Mr. Sharif appeared on national television after a 10-hour meeting on Wednesday with political leaders and the country’s army and intelligence ... Read More
Dozens of Militants Killed in Pakistan in Wake of Taliban Attack on School
By Ismail Khan

PESHAWAR, Pakistan — Military action against the Pakistani Taliban intensified on both sides of the border with Afghanistan on Friday, officials said, in a reflection of hardening resolve to fight the group after it carried out the school massacre in Peshawar this week.

In Pakistan, the military said it killed 62 militants in airstrikes and clashes near the border, mostly in the Khyber agency, a tribal area, on Thursday and Friday. The fighting was ... Read More
We weep with you
Oh Mothers, Sisters and Brothers of Pakistan - A letter from AICCW

My Dear bereaved Mothers, Sisters and Brothers in Pakistan,

We cannot wipe away your tears but we want to let you know that we weep with you and feel your pain. We are shocked and pained to know about the murder of 132 innocent students and nine staff members who were killed on 16th December 2014 Tuesday by Taliban terrorists who entered a school in ... Read More
Atrocious cruelty continues
Cruelty continues unabated, and unabashedly. Culprits roam about with impunity and fearlessly. The influential criminals never get caught. If they ever get arrested , they are bailed out with the assistance of high paid lawyers.

It is extremely painful to hear the news of atrocities committed against the poor peasants or laborers. One such incident took place in a remote village of Punjab, where a land owner not only administered severe beating, but ... Read More
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Cy Thannikary

Special Note to our readers: This is our last Briefing in 2014. Unfortunately, this year is ending with the sad news - the Peshawar massacre of innocent children. Let us hope that we will have a peaceful world in 2015. We take this opportunity to share a Japanese proverb: “As gentle as a snowflake, may peace come to your heart” in the coming year!

IN THIS ISSUE:

*Kerala – The Kiss Revolution Is On ... Read More
A Costly Lesson Paid For by Pakistan’s Children
By Sadanand Dhume

EXCERPT: In the months ahead, the world ought to stand by Pakistan as it goes after the murderers who turned a school into a charnel house. But if you’re looking for a genuine measure of resolve, see how the Pakistanis treat favored jihadists like Mr. Saeed. In the long term, that’s what counts.

Pakistan Moves to End Policy on ‘Good Taliban’

EXCERPT: Tuesday’s attack by Pakistani Taliban gunmen at the school in Peshawar led Prime ... Read More
Pakistan to pursue terrorists even outside its borders
KABUL — As the death toll rose to 148 from Tuesday’s massacre at a military-funded high school, the crisis sent Pakistani leaders rushing to Kabul on Wednesday to make a rare request for Afghanistan’s help in fighting Islamist terrorism on both sides of their volatile border.

After years of mistrust and enmity, it was a moment of truth for the neighboring Muslim countries, both facing new bouts of terrorism that threaten to reinforce their mutual suspicions ... Read More
Pakistani Courts Halt Executions of Seven Militants
ISLAMABAD--Pakistani courts stayed the executions of at least seven convicted militants Monday, creating an obstacle for the government’s plans to execute dozens of convicted terrorists in the wake of last week’s massacre of school children.

Pakistan’s government lifted its moratorium on the death penalty for terrorism cases after Taliban gunmen killed more than 130 children at the Army Public School in Peshawar on Dec. 16. Since then, at least six convicts have been executed.

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Islamic State Turns Beheadings, Mass Executions Into Powerful Psychological Tool
By Yaroslav Trofimov

It’s tempting to dismiss the people who plan in cold blood the execution of 132 schoolchildren as sick, twisted minds beyond the pale of human comprehension.

But, dishearteningly, the Pakistani Taliban’s attack Tuesday on a Peshawar school—one of their bloodiest atrocities—was likely the result of a rational cost-benefit analysis. Its bottom line: in this business, barbarism pays.

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'I saw death so close': student recalls Pakistan school carnage
Source : PTI

Peshawar: A teenage survivor of Tuesday's Taliban attack on a Pakistan school described how he played dead after being shot in both legs by insurgents hunting down students to kill.

Militants rampaged through an army-run school in the northwestern city of Peshawar and killed at least 130 people, most of them children, in one of the bloodiest ever attacks in Pakistan.

Speaking from his bed in the trauma ward of the city's Lady Reading Hospital, ... Read More
Tragedy in Peshawar
Once again the terrorists have selected and cowardly attacked a school in Peshawar. More than 130 innocent children were killed in this dastardly incident. It is one of the worst incident of 2014. We are at war against terrorism. We have been plagued with this curse. The writ of the government does not exist. We must set our priorities straight.

The threat of terrorism exists all over the country. The terrorists roam with impunity all across ... Read More
148, mostly children, killed in Peshawar school attack
Source : IANS

Peshawar: In one of the worst acts of human savagery ever perpetrated, the Pakistani Taliban senselessly slaughtered 148 people, 132 of them children, in a brazen terror attack launched by its heavily armed gunmen and suicide bombers on an army-run school in Pakistan's Peshawar city in retaliation to the army's operation against extremists in North Waziristan.

The horrifying attack was carried out by a group of paramilitary uniform-wearing terrorists who stormed the Army Public ... Read More
Pakistan Taliban Slam Malala Over Nobel Prize
Islamabad: The Pakistani Taliban hit out at teenage education activist Malala Yousafzai over her Nobel peace prize on Friday, slamming her as a "soldier against Islamic society".

Malala became a global icon after she was shot and nearly killed by the Taliban in October 2012 for insisting that girls had a right to an education.

The 17-year-old vowed to continue her struggle for every child's right to go to school when she collected her Nobel at ... Read More
58 Indian fishermen arrested in Pakistan
PTI
Karachi: At least 58 Indian fishermen were arrested on Thursday by Pakistani authorities for allegedly violating the country's maritime boundary.

Security forces also confiscated about 10 boats from them, Express Tribune reported. Both Indian and Pakistani fishermen are frequently arrested and detained for fishing in each others waters, as the maritime border in the Arabian Sea is poorly defined.

On November 29, Pakistan released 36 Indian fishermen from Karachi's Malir district jail after they completed their sentence.
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Pakistan Military Kills Al-Qaeda Leader Wanted in U.S.
WANA, Pakistan — Pakistani helicopter gunships staged a predawn raid on a militant hideout on Saturday and shot dead a top al-Qaeda operative wanted for plotting to bomb the New York subway system, the military said.
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Pakistani Taliban squeezed by Afghan revolt, US drone strikes
Peshawar: Pakistani Taliban militants holed up in Afghanistan are being squeezed by US drone strikes and a revolt against them, a trend that could disrupt the insurgents' capability to strike in Pakistan.

For years, Pakistani Taliban commanders fighting the Pakistani state have been hiding in remote areas of east Afghanistan, plotting attacks and recruiting.

But in recent weeks, officials say the insurgency has been weakened by a spate strikes by US drones and a rebellion by tribesmen ... Read More
India Reacts Sharply to Pakistan Support for Hafiz Saeed Rally
New Delhi: Support for a rally being held in Pakistan from tomorrow by 26/11 mastermind Hafiz Saeed is blatant disregard of international norm against terrorism, Indian government sources said to NDTV on Wednesday evening.

Saeed, who heads the Jamaat-ud-Dawah which is blacklisted by the US as a terror organisation, is holding a two-day congregation in Lahore. The Pakistan government has denied media reports that it is running two special trains to transport people to Lahore ... Read More
Peace Briefing
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IN THIS ISSUE:

*Young Afghan activist Hasina Jalal wins 2014 N-Peace Award, SAMN, Nov 20, 2014
http://www.southasianmedia.net/stories/afghanistan/english-language-media/young-afghan-activist-hasina-jalal-wins-2014-n-peace-award-story

Hasina Jalal, a founding member of the National Association of Afghanistan Civil Society and board member of Freedom Message Newspaper is one of the five young women in Asia who recently won the 2014 N-Peace Award. She was recognized as the winner in the category of Public Vote for Untold Stories-Women Transforming their Communities. Other winners in the same ... Read More
40 Indian prisoners released from Karachi jail
Karachi, Nov 28, 2014, (PTI):
Pakistan today announced the release of 40 Indian prisoners, mostly fishermen, from a jail here, a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif shook hands and exchanged pleasantries with his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi at the SAARC Summit. Reuters file photo

Pakistan today announced the release of 40 Indian prisoners, mostly fishermen, from a jail here, a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif shook hands and exchanged pleasantries with his Indian counterpart Narendra ... Read More
Young Christian couple thrown in brick Kiln in Pakistan
A young christian couple was thrown in a brick kiln at Kot Radh Kishan over money matter. They were burnt alive in broad day light. What was their crime ? Poverty in itself is a crime in our society. There is no justice for the poor. Who gave the right to the owner to punish them in such a brutal manner ?

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The drone war in Pakistan.
BY STEVE COLL
At the Pearl Continental Hotel, in Peshawar, a concrete tower enveloped by flowering gardens, the management has adopted security precautions that have become common in Pakistan’s upscale hospitality industry: razor wire, vehicle barricades, and police crouching in bunkers, fingering machine guns. In June, on a hot weekday morning, Noor Behram arrived at the gate carrying a white plastic shopping bag full of photographs. He had a four-inch black beard and wore a blue ... Read More
Pakistan Plans to Buy Stealth Fighter Aircraft From China
By PTI

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan plans to buy the fourth generation stealth fighter aircraft from China to boost its defence capability, according to a media report today.

The matter was being discussed with Chinese authorities, Minister for Defence Production Rana Tanveer Hussain was quoted as saying by the Dawn newspaper.

"It is for the first time that a senior government functionary has confirmed talks with China over purchase of the longer-range stealth aircraft — an issue that has been ... Read More
China commits $45.6 billion for economic corridor with Pakistan
The Chinese government and banks will finance Chinese companies to build $45.6 billion worth of energy and infrastructure projects in Pakistan over the next six years, according to new details of the deal seen by Reuters on Friday. The Chinese companies will be able to operate the projects as profit-making entities, according to the deal signed by Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during a visit to China earlier this month.

At the time, officials provided few details ... Read More
61 Indian fishermen arrested in Pakistan
At least 61 Indian fishermen have been arrested and their 11 boats seized by Pakistani authorities for allegedly violating the country’s territorial waters.

The fishermen were arrested on Thursday by the Maritime Security Agency, a police official said.

“They were fishing inside Pakistan’s territorial waters and were presented in court today,” the official said.

All of arrested fishermen have been charged under Foreign Act and Fisheries Act.

The two countries frequently arrest each other’s fishermen whenever they mistakenly enter ... Read More
A cop killed a man with an axe after an argument during interrogation.
Late Wednesday night Syed Tufail Haider 45, originally from Jhang was arrested by the police over an argument from the central market in Gujrat City.

The police brought Haider to the civil Line police station in Gujrat City. The ASI (Assistant Sub Inspector) Faraz Naveed was interrogating him.

During the interrogation Haider and Naveed got into an argument, early morning Naveed accused Haider of insulting the Sahaba (companions of the prophet Muhammad) and attacked him with an ... Read More
Didn't Snub India Over Bulletproof Car for Summit, Says Pakistan
Islamabad: Pakistan has denied rejecting an offer to use an Indian bulletproof limousine for Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif when he visits Nepal next week.

"No car was offered by India to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif so there was no question of turning down the offer," the Dawn newspaper's website reported today, citing foreign office spokeswoman Tasneem Asla.

On Tuesday, an official in Nepal said that Mr Sharif "will be bringing his own car." Nepal foreign ministry ... Read More
VIDEO CONFERENCING CONNECTS INDIANS AND PAKISTANIS
In first of its kind, video conferencing is used to conduct an interaction between youth activists from Pakistan and Indian students with the aim to counter stereotypes and misconceptions. This was Aaghaz-e-Dosti's twelfth Aman Chaupal. Aaghaz-e-Dosti is an Indo-Pak Friendship initiative of India-based Mission Bhartiyam and Pakistan-based The Catalyst - TC. Aaghaz-e-Dosti has conducted 12 aman chaupals or Indo-Pak peace sessions wherein someone from Pakistan interacts with students in India (or vice versa). This was ... Read More
Zardari slaps Rs 1 billion notice on book author, publishers
Islamabad, Nov 17, 2014, (PTI):
Asif Ali Zardari has slapped a legal notice of Rs one billion on a prominent businessman and an author. DH FIle Photo

Pakistan's former President Asif Ali Zardari has slapped a legal notice of Rs one billion on a prominent businessman and author of a book for publishing "false and derogatory" content to malign his reputation.

The Pakistan Peoples Party chairman also served the notice to the book's publishers -- Penguin Books in ... Read More
Indian delegates in a Pakistan college
Islamabad: Aaghaz-e-Dosti, an Indo-Pak peace and friendship initiative of Pakistan-based The Catalyst – TC and India-based Mission Bhartiyam, organized Aman Chaupal on November 7th, at The Indus Group of Colleges, Blue Area campus, Islamabad. Aman Chaupal is an interactive session wherein someone from across the border (here, India) interacts with students in a school or college. The objective of Aman Chaupal is to counter stereotypes and misconceptions. It is to show the side of India ... Read More
ELEVENTH AMAN CHAUPAL WITH INDIAN DELEGATES IN A PAKISTANI COLLEGE
Islamabad: Aaghaz-e-Dosti, an Indo-Pak peace and friendship initiative of Pakistan-based The Catalyst – TC and India-based Mission Bhartiyam, organized Aman Chaupal on November 7th, at The Indus Group of Colleges, Blue Area campus, Islamabad. Aman Chaupal is an interactive session wherein someone from across the border (here, India) interacts with students in a school or college. The objective of Aman Chaupal is to counter stereotypes and misconceptions. It is to show the side of India ... Read More
Malala Yousafzai, Nobel Laureate, Is Assailed by Schools Group in Pakistan
By Salman Masood
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A network of private schools on Monday unleashed a scathing public attack on Malala Yousafzai, the teenage Nobel laureate, in the most concerted assault yet on her reputation in her home country.
The All Pakistan Private Schools Federation, which claims to represent 150,000 schools across Pakistan, declared that Monday would be “I am not Malala” day and urged the government to ban her memoir, “I Am Malala,” because it offended Islam ... Read More
Indo-Pak sessions held
Islamabad: Aaghaz-e-Dosti, an Indo-Pak peace and friendship initiative of Pakistan-based The Catalyst – TC and India-based Mission Bhartiyam, organized Aman Chaupal on November 7th, at The Indus Group of Colleges, Blue Area campus, Islamabad. Aman Chaupal is an interactive session wherein someone from across the border (here, India) interacts with students in a school or college. The objective of Aman Chaupal is to counter stereotypes and misconceptions. It is to show the side of India ... Read More
50 arrested in slaying of Christian Pakistani couple
From Sophia Saifi, Hilary Whiteman and Jason Hanna, CNN
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
Police: Mob attacked Christian couple Tuesday at the kiln where they worked
They were beaten and thrown into the burning kiln
Rights group calls it a "callous murder"
Provincial government says it will give family approximately $49,000

Islamabad, Pakistan (CNN) -- Fifty people have been arrested in connection with this week's killing of a Christian couple who were beaten and pushed into a burning kiln in eastern Pakistan, a police ... Read More
Pakistan Taliban threatens to attack India
Reuters
Spokesman for Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan Jamaat Ahrar, Ehsanullah Ehsan said he had warned Prime Minister Narendra Modi that attacks in India were in the pipeline

Tehreek-e-Taliban (TTP) behind this week's devastating suicide bombing on the Pakistani-Indian border said on Wednesday the attack was as much aimed at India as Pakistan, suggesting that Indian targets might be next.

At least 57 Pakistanis were killed during a popular flag-lowering ceremony on Sunday when a bomber tried to get as close ... Read More
Christian couple burnt alive in Pakistan for alleged blasphemy
Lahore, Nov 4 , 2014, (PTI)
In a gruesome incident, a Christian couple was today thrashed and burnt alive by a group of angry Muslims in Pakistan's Punjab province for allegedly desecrating the Quran.

In a gruesome incident, a Christian couple was today thrashed and burnt alive by a group of angry Muslims in Pakistan's Punjab province for allegedly desecrating the Quran.

The horrific crime was reported from the villages of Kot Radha Kishan of Kasur district, ... Read More
Pakistan has a 'pathological hatred' of India, says defence expert India, Pakistan, Pentagon
Source : ANI
Defence expert Lt. Gen. (retired) Raj Kadyan on Tuesday welcomed the Pentagon report on Pakistan, which accuses the Islamic Republic of providing safe havens for terror outfits, adding that Islamabad has a pathological hatred of New Delhi.

"Pakistan has been harbouring a pathological hate for India. All-out efforts have been made in the last 67 years to hurt India in whatever manner they could. What has been happening in Kashmir for the past 25 ... Read More
Death toll in Pakistan suicide attack at Wagah Border rises to 61
Source : PTI
Lahore: The death toll in the horrific suicide attack that shook Pakistan minutes after the popular flag-lowering ceremony at Wagah climbed to 61 today, even as security agencies arrested about 20 suspects from the Indo-Pak border area.

Ten women, eight children and three security personnel were among the 61 people who have died in the attack that took place yesterday when a suicide attacker detonated a powerful bomb at Wagah.

Over 100 people were injured ... Read More
News headlines
CY Thannikary
*India offers help to end polio in Pakistan, Express Tribune, October 26, 2014
http://tribune.com.pk/story/781291/india-offers-help-to-end-polio-in-pakistan/

*Pakistan to continue trade with India, Dawn, October 25, 2014
http://www.dawn.com/news/1140138

*Afghanistan-Pakistan U-19 ODI series starts tomorrow, SAMN, October 27, 2014
http://www.southasianmedia.net/stories/afghanistan/english-language-media/afghanistan-pakistan-u-19-odi-series-starts-tomorrow-story

*Five South Asian countries join AIIB, SAMN, October 25, 2014
http://www.southasianmedia.net/stories/south-asia/five-south-asian-countries-join-aiib-story
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Why India bashing no longer works in Pakistan
The India card is now almost obsolete. There are more pressing challenges. People of Pakistan are fed up with years of bad governance, corruption and broken promises of successive governments. However, the politicians and former generals are still provoking sentiments on what is happening on the Line of Control for petty political gains, says Shahzad Raza.

Bilawal Bhutto was first to pelt the stone. Then came Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif who hurled several. And now General ... Read More
Goa leader sends barking dog to Bilawal over Kashmir rant
Source :IANS

Panaji: Miffed over Pakistan People's Party (PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto's continuous bombast about wresting Kashmir from India, a Congress politician from Goa Friday sent him a "barking dog" as a gift.

Congress organising secretary Durgadas Kamat claimed the barking dog was a perfect gift for Bhutto because he was continuously barking up the wrong tree as far as Kashmir is concerned.

"Bhutto should not start his political career by training guns on Kashmir and India, rather ... Read More
Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif Vows to Eradicate Polio
File photo of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.
Islamabad: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday urged people to ensure that their children are given polio drops to make the country free of polio.

At a function held at his residence Islamabad to mark the World Polio Day, Sharif administered polio vaccination drops to children and expressed commitment on behalf of his government towards eradicating the virus, Dawn online reported.

"The Prime Minister's Office has adopted a ... Read More
Pakistani Government Suspends License of ARY News
By Salman Masood
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The Pakistani government on Monday suspended the license of ARY News, a broadcast network that has been sharply critical of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in a move that was widely criticized by rights groups and journalists.
The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority said the 15-day suspension was effective immediately. It also imposed a fine of 10 million rupees, or about $97,000.

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U.S.- Pakistan Professional Partnership in Journalism
Now accepting applications from Pakistani journalists! Visit USEFP for more information and to apply.

A multi-year program will bring 230 Pakistani media professionals to the United States and send 70 U.S. journalists to Pakistan. Journalists will study each other's culture as they are immersed in newsrooms in each country.
The program will be knit throughout with events and opportunities to experience U.S. life, showcasing its diversity. Similarly, the U.S. participants, who will represent the Pakistanis’ U.S. media ... Read More
The Church endorses Life For All Pakistan is fasting and praying for Asia Bibi
On Sunday Life For All Pakistan announced to fast and pray for Asia Bibi. Tuesday morning began with fast and prayer for Asia Bibi across Pakistan, the Churches in Pakistan joined LFA to pray for Bibi.
In 2010 Asia bibi the Christian mother was sentenced to death by the session court and she was imprisoned in solitary confinement at the Sheikhpura jail. In 2011 the former governor Salman Taseer raised voice for her, he was assassinated ... Read More
Pakistan absent from SAARC energy ministers' meet
New Delhi: Pakistan was conspicuously absent from a SAARC energy ministers' meeting here on Friday, where discussions took place on an integrated power transmission grid between India and its neighbouring countries.

Pakistan was absent from the meet against the backdrop of its ceasefire violations at the border.

"This invitation is given by the Secretary General SAARC, it is not our invitation. We are the host country. Secretary General must have invited Pakistan," Power and Coal Minister Piyush ... Read More
How Pakistan Fails Its Children
By Mosharraf Zaidi

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — TO truly understand Malala Yousafzai, the youngest person ever to be awarded a Nobel Peace Prize, we need to understand the place she comes from.
Ms. Yousafzai is from Pakistan. The day Taliban terrorists shot her in the head she was on her way to school. Pakistan’s schools, its teachers and its education system are in such a desperate state of rot that the mere act of making one’s way to ... Read More
A ‘Homeland’ We Pakistanis Don’t Recognize
By Bina Shah
EXCERPTS:

Pakistan has long been said to have an image problem, a kind way to say that the world sees us one-dimensionally — as a country of terrorists and extremists, conservatives who enslave women and stone them to death, and tricky scoundrels who hate Americans and lie pathologically to our supposed allies.
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Policeman tries to kill British victim of the blasphemy law in Pakistani prison
A Pakistani policeman tried to shoot dead a British national facing the death penalty for blasphemy.

On Thursday, 25 September Muhammad Asghar, 70, was shot by a policeman on duty in Adiala Jail.

He was charged under the blasphemy law in 2010 for claiming that he was a prophet and earlier this year he was sentenced to death.

British Prime Minister David Cameron had raised his concern about Asghar and the misuse of the ... Read More
Pakistan needs to 'incite' those 'fighting' in Kashmir: Musharraf
PTI
ISLAMABAD: In the wilderness for a long time, former military ruler General Pervez Musharraf made an anti-India rant by saying Pakistan needs to "incite" those "fighting" in Kashmir.

"We have source (in Kashmir) besides the (Pakistan) army...People in Kashmir are fighting against (India). We just need to incite them," the 71-year-old retired general, who is currently on bail in a treason case, told a TV channel.

Musharraf, who had grabbed power in 1999 soon after the Kargil ... Read More
India and Pakistan trade blame over shelling across disputed Kashmir border
By Annie Gowen

NEW DELHI — Leaders in India and Pakistan traded blame Thursday for cross-border attacks that officials said have killed at least 18 civilians in recent days and forced thousands from their homes.

Villagers in the disputed Kashmir region have fled an unusually intense spate of mortar shelling that has gone on for more than a week along the border, one of the most highly militarized zones in the world. It is some of ... Read More
Another Extra Judicially Killed Under Blasphemy Law
Pastor Zafar Bhatti had been under trail for the blasphemy allegations was shot by the policeman deployed to protect him on Thursday morning at the Adyala Jail Rawalpindi.

Pastor Zafar Bhatti was falsely implicated in Blasphemy case through a registered case FIR No. 526 on July 11, 2012 offense under section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and 25D of the Telegraph Act 1885 in the police station New Town, Rawalpindi.

Chairman Jesus World Mission Pastor ... Read More
Pak security council meets on tension, rhetoric over ceasefire violations with India
New Delhi: Eight dead, over 50 injured, thousands displaced - are Indians on the border paying a price for the country's Asiad Hockey win? The Border Security Force (BSF) in its report to Home Ministry on Thursday said that the latest round of firing on the border began hours after India won the hockey match against Pakistan.

Pakistan initially assured India it was just stray bullets. However, a week later, the firing and tension only escalated. ... Read More
PAKISTANI STUDENTS INTERACT WITH DELHI YOUTHS
New Delhi: Aaghaz-e-Dosti, an Indo-Pak Friendship initiative of India-based Mission Bhartiyam and Pakistan-based The Catalyst – TC, organized Aman Chaupal on 4th October at two centres - Hastal Village and Jeevan Park, of AAM Foundation, an NGO that provides free English classes. Aman Chaupal is an interactive session wherein someone from Pakistan interacts with students in a school or college. The objective of Aman Chaupal is to counter stereotypes and misconceptions. It is to show ... Read More
Why Pakistan’s army wields so much power
Sep 20th 2014
The Struggle for Pakistan: A Muslim Homeland and Global Politics. By Ayesha Jalal. Belknap Press; 435 pages; £25.
Fighting to the End: The Pakistan Army's Way of War. By Christine Fair. Oxford University Press; 347 pages; $34.95.

MOST countries have armies, but in Pakistan the army has a country. Historians repeat that aphorism because Pakistan’s military men have always enjoyed disproportionate political clout. The men in khaki have ruled directly for 33 ... Read More
Another Extra Judicial Killing Under Blasphemy Law
Pastor Zafar Bhatti had been under trial for the blasphemy allegations. He was shot by the policeman deployed to protect him on Thursday morning at the Adyala Jail Rawalpindi.

Pastor Zafar Bhatti was falsely implicated in Blasphemy case through a registered case FIR No. 526 on July 11, 2012 offense under section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and 25D of the Telegraph Act 1885 in the police station New Town, Rawalpindi.

Chairman of Jesus World ... Read More
Drone Strike Kills Suspected Militants in Pakistan: Officials
Bannu, Pakistan: A US drone strike killed at least five suspected militants near the Afghan border in northwestern Pakistan on Wednesday, intelligence officials said, amid a rise in such attacks since after the military announced an anti-Taliban offensive.

Four intelligence officials said the strike killed between five and eight militants.

Six locals and two foreigners were killed in the strike in the district of Datta Khel in the mountainous region of North Waziristan, an intelligence official ... Read More
Kashmir belongs to Pakistan, will take back every inch of it: Bilawal Bhutto
Islamabad: Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, the 'Gen-Next' politician of Pakistan, has said that his Pakistan People's Party (PPP) would get back entire Kashmir from India.

Bilawal, in his 20s, was addressing the party workers in Multan region in Punjab on Friday.

"I will take back Kashmir, all of it, and I will not leave behind a single inch of it because, like the other provinces, it belongs to Pakistan," said the scion of highly influential Bhutto family.

When Bilawal ... Read More
Pakistan world's worst in religious freedom: US government commission
Washington: Expressing concern over the deteriorating religious freedom in Pakistan, including attacks on minorities like Hindus and Christians, an independent, bipartisan US government commission has told lawmakers that Pakistan represents the worst situation in the world for religious freedom.

In her testimony before the Committee on House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on National Security, Chair of the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), Lantos Swett said the previous and current governments in Pakistan failed ... Read More
Nice Mangos: Pakistani woman's blog on sex creates ripples
By Shradha Mohanty
A blog, sporting a banner of a woman clutching on to her mangos for dignity, which discusses sexualiy in Pakistan, by a Pakistani woman - quite the page turner (scroller).

Started in May 2010, Nice Mangos is run by a woman named Eiynah.

Apart from sharing her thoughts on several aspects of sex, Eiynah encourages discussions with her readers by clarifying misconceptions, quelling their fears or even lambasting some.

While the blog sports a not-so-fancy-interface and ... Read More
Pakistan to Name New ISI Chief Soon: Report
By IANS

ISLAMABAD: At a time when the Pakistan Army is being viewed as again meddling in politics, the country's top spy agency -- Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) -- may get a new boss with the current ISI chief due to retire in October.

The new ISI chief's name may be announced by next week. The announcement is likely to come along with the appointment of five new lieutenant generals in the Pakistan Army, the Dawn quoted a ... Read More
40 militants killed in Pakistan airstrikes
IANS
The Pakistan army on Wednesday said fighter jets bombed positions of militants in the North Waziristan tribal region and killed 40 local and foreign militants.

“Today in precise aerial strikes five terrorists hideouts and ammunition dumps were destroyed and 40 terrorists, including foreigners, were killed in villages Nawae Killi and Zaram Asar in area north of Datta Khel in North Waziristan Agency,” Xinhua quoted an army statement as saying.

The strikes were part of the major military ... Read More
Pakistan: Protesters Told to Pull Back
By Salman Masood
Protest leaders in Islamabad said Wednesday that their supporters would vacate the Parliament area, where they converged last week, after violent clashes with the police. Muhammad Tahir-ul Qadri, a firebrand cleric, made the announcement but told supporters, “We will not leave Islamabad till the resignation of Nawaz Sharif,” the prime minister. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf, the political party of the opposition leader Imran Khan, has also ordered its workers to leave the area. Mr. Qadri’s ... Read More
Baluch Leaders Demand Baluchistan’s Independence
1. Due to the oppressive policies followed by successive Pakistani regimes, intense human rights abuses have taken part in the Baluchistan region. Pakistan has occupied Baluchistan and expanded injustices against the Baluch people, in addition to exploiting their mineral wealth.

2. Following the independence of Pakistan in 1947, Baluch leaders stated a clear intent to remain independent and maintain their cultural heritage and identity. Pakistan’s response was ... Read More
Nawaz Sharif's ouster could trigger US sanction against Pakistan: Report
PTI
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's ouster through illegal means could trigger another round of democracy-related US sanctions against Pakistan, according to a report.

A congressional reported titled 'Pakistan Political Unrest' warns that "any overt military ouster" of Sharif "could trigger another round of democracy-related US sanctions on foreign assistance to Pakistan", the Dawn said on Wednesday.

This could put "an indefinite halt to what has been one of the highest-priority American aid programmes since 9/11."

The report ... Read More
Sharif thanks Modi for offering help in flood relief efforts
Source : PTI
Islamabad: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday thanked his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi for offering help in flood relief efforts in Pakistan-administered Kashmir and said closer collaboration in disaster management should be a part of their agenda of peace and development in the region.

"I gratefully acknowledge your letter of 7 September, conveying deep sympathies for the people affected in Pakistan by unprecedented monsoon rains and consequent flooding. The offer for assistance in our ... Read More
Chinese President Xi Jinping cancels Pakistan visit
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Friday that Chinese leader Xi Jinping called off what would have been his first presidential visit to his country’s long-time ally because of ongoing political protests in Islamabad.

Mr. Sharif tweeted that the visit was postponed and blamed the anti-government protesters who have been demanding his resignation.

Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Qin Gang sidestepped a question about the postponement, saying the visit hadn’t been formally announced.
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Torrential rains in Pakistan claim 63 lives
Islamabad: At least 63 people were killed and 90 injured in separate incidents triggered by torrential rains in Pakistan, a media report said on Friday.
Pakistan protesters braved the torrential rains at the Red Zone. Reuters

Pakistan protesters braved the torrential rains at the Red Zone. Reuters

The latest deaths reported on Friday are from Rawalpindi and Sialkot, Dawn online reported.

The torrential rains wreaked havoc across Punjab province.

According to the Met department, a number of cities all over ... Read More
Pakistan’s Sharif clings to power as protesters step up assault
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif was clinging to power Monday as protesters stepped up their assault on government buildings while the capital was gripped with fear and confusion about whether the country’s powerful military will step in to defuse the tension.
As the demonstrations calling for the prime minister’s resignation enter their third week, Sharif is trying to navigate Pakistan’s worst political crisis in more than a decade. With the violence increasing, what started ... Read More
End slavery and bonded labour
1.Pakistan's constitution expressly prohibits all forms of slavery and forced labour. Article 11 deems slavery non-existent and forbidden; no law shall permit nor facilitate its introduction in Pakistan in any form; it prohibits all forms of forced labour and trafficking of human beings and the employment of children below the age of fourteen years in any factory, mine or in any form of other hazardous employment. The International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, in ... Read More
25 detained for protesting against Pakistani exhibition in Delhi
New Delhi: At least 25 people were detained here on Thursday for protesting against an upcoming Pakistani lifestyle exhibition.

The protestors belonging to Rashtrawadi Shiv Sena gathered at Pragati Maidan, where the four-day "Alishan Pakistan" exhibition will be hosted from September 11.

"At a time when they (Pakistanis) are killing our people at the border, how can we allow them to sell their products in India," Bharat Sharma, the party`s general secretary, told a news agency.

"This protest ... Read More
Imran Khan blames Sharif brothers for protesters' killings
Source : IANS
Islamabad: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) leader Imran Khan Sunday vowed not to spare Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, and Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif after eight people were killed and 450 injured during anti-government protests here.

Cricketer-turned -politician Imran Khan told his supporters that FIRs would be registered against the Sharif brothers and the interior minister for murder as clashes continued in the Pakistani capital city between police and ... Read More
Imran Khan, cleric Qadri agree to army's mediation to end political crisis
Reuters |

ISLAMABAD: Pakistani opposition leader Imran Khan and cleric Tahir ul-Qadri, who have tried to force Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to quit after a wave of protests, agreed on Thursday to negotiate with the country's powerful army to find a way out of the crisis within 24 hours.
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Hindu homes and temple to be demolished in Pakistan for 'development'
Source : ''IANS

Islamabad: A 79-year old Hindu temple in Rawalpindi may be razed to make way for an educational and housing complex, a media report said on Thursday.

The 79-year-old Maharishi Valmik Swamiji Mandir in Rawalpindi's Chaklala cantonment may become a casualty of development work planned in the area, Dawn online reported.

The locality boasts of a large Hindu majority, which has been living in harmony with Christians and Muslims in the area for several decades now.

Being ... Read More
Government refuses to allow the filing of a FIR against Prime Minister
The government, once again has refused to follow the orders of the Lahore High Court which directed police to register a First Information Report (FIR) which names amongst others, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, the Chief Minister of Punjab Mr. Shahbaz Sharif and 19 others including federal and provincial ministers and government personnel as responsible for the killing of 14 persons in a police shooting on a peaceful protest.

Earlier, the Sessions Court in Lahore had ordered ... Read More
China's Islamic Militant Group Founder Admits Pakistan Terror Links
By K J M Varma | PTI

BEIJING: In a rare public admission of Pakistani links to militancy in China's Muslim-majority Xinjiang province, the official media here today said the co-founder of al-Qaeda linked East Turkestan Islamic Movement (ETIM) was indoctrinated in a madarasa in that country.

State-run China Daily today published confessions of Memetuhut Memetrozi, 41, co-founder of ETIM which is fighting for secession of Xinjiang from China. He is serving a life sentence for his ... Read More
Militants Attack 2 Air Bases in Western Pakistan
By Salman Masood
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistani security forces repulsed militant attacks on two military air bases in western Pakistan, triggering gun battles in which 10 militants were killed and several security officials were injured, Pakistani officials said Friday.
The attacks Thursday night in Quetta, the capital of the restive province of Baluchistan, coincided with the start of a large street protest aimed at toppling Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, which continued on Friday.
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Pakistan's Imran Khan Left Isolated in Civil Disobedience Call
Islamabad: Pakistan's opposition parties distanced themselves Monday from Imran Khan's call for mass civil disobedience to unseat the government, as talks began to try to end a destabilising five-day political standoff.

Khan, the former cricket star who leads the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaaf (PTI) party, led thousands of supporters from the eastern city of Lahore to rally in Islamabad to demand the government resign.

On Sunday he appealed to the people to stop paying utility bills and taxes ... Read More
The Media in Pakistan
An interview with Puruesh Chaudhary on Pakistan’s media industry, ethics, and the state of investigative journalism.
By Sonya Rehman
--Having been affiliated with the Pakistani media industry for over a decade, Puruesh Chaudhary has become as an integral part of the country’s crop of young and ambitious players in the media sector. From initially working with two leading, local television channels – DAWN and SAMAA TV – Chaudhary has been invited to deliver lectures on the Pakistani ... Read More
Pak PM Nawaz Sharif to address nation ahead of anti-govt protests
PTI
ISLAMABAD: Ahead of two massive anti-government rallies on August 14, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif will address the people and take them into confidence over his administration's strategy on opposition protests.

The decision to directly talk to the people was taken on Monday at a consultative meeting of Sharif with senior party leaders at his Raiwind estate near Lahore.

The televised address will be delivered on Tuesday evening, less than 48 hours ahead of a joint ... Read More
Peace Briefing From
www.erasingborders.org (August 8, 2014)
Cy Thannikary

(Hyderabad, India) Sambandh-2014: Remembering Hiroshima-Nagasaki, August 6, 2014

On August 6, Confederation of Voluntary Associations (COVA), in collaboration with Jawahar Bal Bhavan and Center for People’s Foreign Policy in South Asia organized 12th Annual event Sambandh-2014 to commemorate the nuclear holocaust of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in 1945. The
program consisted of a variety of competitions for students with the theme of Present Conflicts Around the World. 1200 students from 40 schools and10 colleges ... Read More
Mob kills 3 Ahmadis – a woman, a young girl, & a baby
On Sunday evening, July 27, a crowd of around 150 fanatics attacked a small, peaceful community of 17 Ahmadi families living in Arafat Colony, on the outskirts of Gujranwala district, Punjab. As a result of the attack, eight houses were burned down. Three Ahmadis in one of the houses succumbed to the flames. All the three were female, and two were young children.

Not only have the federal and provincial governments failed to provide security for ... Read More
Pakistan mob kills woman, girls, over 'blasphemous' Facebook post
Reuters

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani mob killed a woman member of a religious sect and two of her granddaughters after a sect member was accused of posting blasphemous material on Facebook, police said on Monday, the latest instance of growing violence against minorities.

The dead, including a seven-year-old girl and her baby sister, were Ahmadis, who consider themselves Muslim but believe in a prophet after Mohammed. A 1984 Pakistani law declared them non-Muslims and many Pakistanis consider them ... Read More
The lack legislation adversely affects the rights to health, education, and quate shelter
Shad Begum
Pakistan is prone to natural and man-made disasters. A major earthquake in 2005 and floods and militancy in 2009-2010 caused massive displacements of population, yet we rely on ad hoc measures in times of crisis. Although Pakistan has a National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Provincial Disaster Management Authorities (PDMA) and a FATA Disaster Management Authority (FDMA) to tackle with both natural and man-made disasters and its aftermath; however, no statutory or legal framework ... Read More
Minorities hoodwinked yet again
Shortly before the end of his seven month term and following the Peshawar Church bombing last year which left more than 100 people dead, the Chief Justice of Pakistan, Justice Tassadduq Hussain Jillani, in a case suo motu ( of his own accord) on the 19th of June 2014 , issued a landmark judgment concerning the rights of religious minorities in Pakistan. In the 32-page judgment, Justice Jillani takes a tough stand against “hate ... Read More
A love story ended in honour killing
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received information that a young couple was murdered after they married in a court on their own choice. The local Panchayat decided to kill both, groom and bride, and father of the groom was ordered to handover a girl to the father of bride. The Panchayat decided to handover elder sister of the groom but a high police officer is forcing the family to handover the younger sister ... Read More
Pakistani Taliban Confirm Arrest of Key Commander
By IANS

ISLAMABAD: The Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) Wednesday confirmed the arrest of senior commander Adnan Rashid, who was convicted of trying to assassinate former President Pervez Musharraf.

According to reports, Rashid was arrested by the Pakistani army in Shakai area of South Waziristan this week, Xinhua reported.

Rashid was injured in an earlier strike in North Waziristan and was arrested after fleeing the ongoing airstrikes in the region.

The TTP accused a splinter Taliban group in South Waziristan of ... Read More
A rare look inside Pakistan's militant haven
By Ijaz Muhammed and Riaz Khan
The streets of the one-time militant haven of Miran Shah were all but deserted, with only a few donkeys wandering around and soldiers standing guard in the alleys and roads. The destroyed buildings were testament to the ferocity of a government operation to clear this area in northwestern Pakistan of extremists.

Inside some of the run-down brick houses, the Pakistani military found evidence of the ruthlessness of the militants who have ... Read More
AAGHAZ-E-DOSTI RELEASES CITY MANUALS TO FACILITATE PEOPLE-TO-PEOPLE COMMUNICATION
Aaghaz-e-Dosti, an Indo-Pak Friendship initiative, aims to counter mutual hatred and suspicion. We believe that it is micommunication and lack of communication that has sustained the Indo-Pak conflict. So we through our initiatives that range from aman chaupal sessions in schools and colleges to writing articles, are trying to show the other side of the border that is often mis-representated on both sides.

One basic and important way to counter mutual hatred and suspicion is ... Read More
Pakistan Vows to Target All Militants in Tribal Area
By Saeed Shah
ISLAMABAD—Pakistan will go after all militant groups in its unfolding operation in the North Waziristan tribal area, including insurgents who target neighboring Afghanistan, in what would be a major shift in policy, the defense minister said.

... Read More
Express News bureau chief's house attacked in Peshawar
PESHAWAR: The house of Jamshed Baghwan, who is the Express News bureau chief in Peshawar, was attacked for a third time this year, Express News reported on Wednesday.
Baghwan, who is a resident of Murshiedabad neighbourhood of the city, was leaving his house with his wife when he saw unidentified men – riding a motorcycle – place a homemade bomb near the residence.
The bomb exploded as soon as the bureau chief along with his wife ran ... Read More
17-year-old pilot raising funds for education through world voyage
By Shazia Hasan
EXCERPT:
The Sulemans, who migrated to the US in the 1980s, have undertaken the challenge in a bid to raise money to help educate Pakistan’s poor children.
They are supporting The Citizen’s Foundation (TCF) which is celebrating opening its 1,000th school in Pakistan.
... Read More
Peace Briefing From www.erasingborders.org
Cy Thannikary
*Pakistan’s rainwater harvesting, Express Tribune, June 23, 2014
http://tribune.com.pk/story/725625/rainwater-harvesting-arid-varsity-introduces-conservation-project/
Pir Mehr Ali Shah Arid Agricultural University Rawalpindi (PMAS-AAUR) has introduced a project for water conservation to be used for agricultural purposes, an official of the university told The Express Tribune on Sunday. Under the “water harvesting project” a huge pond has been constructed to conserve rainwater, which otherwise is wasted during rainy season, Nadeem Ahmed, Principal Officer Public Relations and Publication said. The pond, according to ... Read More
Successive governments using torture as a means of oppressive governance
A statement on the UN International Day in Support of Victims of Torture
In Pakistan, torture has become a norm, for oppressive means of government by successive regimes; it is used mainly as a means of oppressing opposition and against youth irrespective of gender, in the suppression of their freedoms, their freedom of thought and expression, and in any attempts of struggle for freedom or for change. It has become a tool to ... Read More
Can Pakistan be saved from going the Iraq way?
The Pakistan military launched Zarb-e-Azb, a major offensive operation against terror groups operating from North Waziristan Sunday, a week after the Karachi airport was audaciously attacked by the Taliban. In the last 48 hours, it is reported that more than 170 terrorists were killed while six soldiers died during the operation which is still continuing.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif declared: "We will no longer allow Pakistan to be a sanctuary for terrorism at any cost." ... Read More
Peace Briefing
From www.erasingborders.org
By Cy Thannikary

*India-Pak: Shawl-sari diplomacy, Aman Ki Asha, June 11, 2014
http://amankiasha.com/detail_news.asp?id=1389

Last Thursday Modi thanked Sharif for gifting his mother a "wonderful" white sari "Nawaz Sharif ji has sent a wonderful white Sari for my Mother. I am really grateful to him & will send it to my Mother very soon," Modi tweeted. Earlier Modi had sent a shawl for Sharif's mother when they met at Modi's inauguration in New Delhi. Shortly afterwards Sharif's ... Read More
Facebook Under Fire for Temporarily Blocking Pages in Pakistan
By DECLAN WALSH and SALMAN MASOOD JUNE 6, 2014
LONDON — Facebook said on Friday that it had blocked users in Pakistan from access to the pages of a popular Pakistani rock band and several left-wing political pages, drawing sharp criticism from free-speech activists who accused the American company of caving in to government censors.
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A look at the history of terrorism in Pakistan
Associated Press
Islamabad: The attack on Karachi's airport - Pakistan's busiest - killed 19 security personnel and civilians, along with the 10 assailants. The group that claimed responsibility on Monday vowed even more violence. Here are the issues related to the history of terrorism in Pakistan:

Who are the Pakistani Taliban and what do they want?

The Pakistani Taliban, formally known as Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan, was formed in 2007 when various terrorist groups already operating in the country's northwest ... Read More
In second attack, gun battle at Karachi airport academy
By Syed Raza Hassan

(Reuters) - Pakistan's Taliban insurgents claimed responsibility for an attack on a security academy at Karachi's airport on Tuesday, less than 48 hours after an all-night siege by Taliban gunmen at Pakistan's busiest airport that killed more than 30 people.

"We accept responsibility for another successful attack against the government," Pakistani Taliban spokesman Shahidullah Shahid told Reuters. "We are successfully achieving all our targets and we will go on carrying on many more ... Read More
Pakistan Suspends License of Leading TV News Channel
By Declan Walsh
LONDON — The Pakistani government on Friday suspended the broadcasting license of Geo News, a popular television news channel, in a major escalation of Geo’s dispute with the country’s powerful Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency.
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Karachi airport siege ends, 28 killed
PTI
Karachi: The siege of the Karachi Airport finally ended after massive armed operation against Pakistan Taliban militants. In a brazen attack, heavily armed terrorists launched an assault on the country's largest airport here in which at least 28 persons, including 10 terrorists, were killed.

Explosions and gunfire rang out as the attackers wearing military uniforms and suicide vests, and armed with grenades and rocket launchers attacked the Jinnah International Airport in Karachi, Pakistan's biggest city and ... Read More
The AHRC appeals to Lateef Johar to end the hunger strike
A young student of 22 year has entered into 43 days of his hunger strike unto death today. His condition is very critical and there are fears of his slipping into coma as he faints most of the time. The government has completely ignored his hunger strike and forget providing medical help has not even bothered with monitoring his health. This has caused much resentment to the student community in Sindh and Balochistan.
Mr. Lateef Johar, ... Read More
INDO-PAK PRISONERS’ LIST ISSUED BY AAGHAZ-E-DOSTI
In view of building trust, Aaghaz-e-Dosti is releasing the details of the Indian and Pakistani prisoners lodged in each other’s jail. This is probably the first time when any such detailed list will be made public. By this, we hope to facilitate transparency as well as to sensitize people on both sides about each other’s pain and towards the larger goal of peace and humanity.

Around 250-300 Indian and Pakistani prisoners are languishing in each ... Read More
Pak tobacco tax reforms could help half million quit, up taxes by Rs 27.2 billion
Citizen News Service
A potentially path-breaking report shows that the introduction of a uniform specific tax accounting for 70% of Pakistan's average cigarette price could lead to half a million smokers quitting, and reduce premature deaths among adult smokers by over 180,000. At the same time more than Rupees 27 billion (USD 277 million) would be generated in new cigarette tax revenues. Pakistan currently has one of the largest populations of tobacco users in the ... Read More
Government’s failure leads to a pregnant woman being stoned to death
The world is once again shocked by the news of the stoning to death of a 25-year-old pregnant woman, Farzana Parveen Iqbal, in Pakistan. The stoning took place before the Lahore High Court where she had attended due to a summons. The stoning was carried out by 20 members of her own family including her father and two brothers.
The reason for the stoning was that Frazana had married a person of her own choice and ... Read More
Media freedom in Pakistan
FOR its fans, Pakistan’s biggest, brashest television station is like a curry made irresistible by the sheer mix of spices loaded into the dish. On Geo News both conservative and liberal commentators have a pulpit; sensationalist news is leavened with variety shows and political satire. But some of the most powerful people in the land find the station increasingly indigestible. The army, religious conservatives and Imran Khan, the leader of the country’s third-largest party, have ... Read More
The worst of the blasphemy law is yet to come
Nasir Saeed

A blasphemy case has been registered under sections 295, 295C 298C and others against GEO media group owner, Mir Shakilur Rehman, anchor Shaista Lodhi, Veena Malik, Asad Khatak and other people, creating a new state of affairs.

Perhaps this is the first time that such high profile people have been charged under the blasphemy law and these are all very serious charges with the most severe punishment ranging up to the death penalty.

Normally, in such ... Read More
Pakistani Military Says It Killed 32 Militants in Raids
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — The Pakistani military said it killed at least 32 militants in aerial raids on terrorist hide-outs across the North Waziristan tribal region near the Afghan border early Wednesday.

The strikes were carried out in retaliation for recent terrorist attacks by the Taliban and came a day after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and the head of the army, Gen. Raheel Sharif, met to review the security challenges facing the country.

“Confirmed militant hide-outs were targeted ... Read More
Another Killed on Blasphemy Allegation
On Friday a teenager walked into the Sharaqpur police station and shot a 65 year old man arrested on the blasphemy accusation in a village in Punjab near Lahore.



According to the details a shopkeeper had posted derogatory remarks about the Ahmadis, a minority community. Khalil Ahmad and 3 others went to the shop and asked the shop keeper to remove the sticker with the derogatory remarks for the Ahmadis, the shop keeper refused to ... Read More
No more child brides! Bravo Sindh Assembly
Bushra Khaliq

The provincial assembly of Sindh has took the daring lead on 28th April 2014, that deserves appreciation for becoming Pakistan's first elected assembly to have passed a bill restraining child marriages under 18 years. The passage of the bill has come on the heels of controversy that was triggered after the council of Islamic Ideology (CII) had ruled that prohibition of underage marriage was un-Islamic.

The new law would go a long way to help ... Read More
Teaching Liberation to Pakistan’s Girls
By Bina Shah
KARACHI, Pakistan — You can’t go a day on the streets of Pakistan without hearing some spectacularly rude words and colorful insults taken in stride, whether thrown in anger at an errant motorist or in banter among friends at a tea shop. But the words “sex education” are different; they release a tirade of moral righteousness from many Pakistanis, who find this the dirtiest phrase of all. These people fear that it means ... Read More
The practice of fake police encounters exposed
The citizens of Pakistan watched a video recording of a police encounter on all the television channels where a man who had been pronounced dead started crying and screaming that he was alive. The police ignored his cries for help and dragged him by the hair into a police van. He was taken to a mortuary and thrown in the morgue along with three other accomplices. The 'dead man' continued to cry out for some ... Read More
Between bread and bullets
Naseer Memon
Millions of the poor make South Asia a hotbed of perpetuating social and political unrest and turmoil. India, with an advantage of a stable democracy, fares slightly better on the human development index with ten rungs above Pakistan. However, the shining India looks darker at 136th if compared with the rest of the world. Pakistan gives a much pallor look at 146th.

Both India and Pakistan boast astronomical armies and arsenal to cow their neighbours ... Read More
World Press Freedom Day -- 57 journalists killed during the last 15 years
The United States, the United Kingdom and a delegation of the European Union on Friday called upon the Government of Pakistan to resolutely defend media freedom in the country, adding that gags on the media and attacks on journalists were not acceptable.

While marking the World Press Freedom Day today, May 3, the European Union Delegation, in agreement with the EU Heads of Mission in Pakistan, expressed in a statement its deep concern over the steadily ... Read More
Assassination of prominent human rights defender condemned
A lawyer and prominent human rights defender, Mr. Rashid Rehman Khan, was gunned downed yesterday by unknown persons at his chambers at 8.45 p.m. He had been receiving death threats from the Muslim fundamentalists since February. In the month of April he was threatened in court during the proceedings before the judge by a lawyer, Zulfiqar Sindhu and two other complainants and was warned that from the next hearing he should not defend a Muslim ... Read More
Peace Briefing From www.erasingborders.org
By Cy Thannikary
May 5, 2014

*500th Pakistani to get liver transplant in India returns home, SAMN, April 26, 2014

http://www.southasianmedia.net/stories/south-asia/500th-pakistani-to-get-liver-transplant-in-india-returns-home-story

With a success rate of over 90 percent, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals created a milestone by becoming the first hospital in India to reach the 500 mark for patients from a single foreign country. Pakistani patients constitute 29 percent of the liver transplants performed at Apollo Hospitals, Delhi. Two-year-old Nalain Aziz, who became the 500th Pakistani to receive a ... Read More
Can the judiciary still claim to be independent?
It is one year now since Sarabjit Singh, an Indian prisoner, was killed in Lahore prison on April 26, 2013 when he was struck on the head in an attack by two Muslim fundamentalists. He was hit with bricks and his neck and torso cut with sharp weapons from which wounds he subsequently died in hospital on May 2, 2013.

Sarabjit Singh was arrested on August 30, 1990 for a bombing and his case is an ... Read More
Protests against disappearances rise
The people of Pakistan watched the brutal attack by the police on a peaceful demonstration for the recovery of disappeared persons in front of Parliament House in Islamabad on April 28. There were more than 250 persons including a good number of women and children who were from the family members of disappeared persons. The peaceful protest was conducted under the banner of, 'Defence of Human Rights' (DHR) and was led by its chairperson, Mrs. ... Read More
3 Rapes in 1 Week
Special prayers were held for the minor who is still in a trauma and her father is still in illegal police custody. Life For All Pakistan filed a writ at the High Court for his immediate release, as the police refused to release him. The court has ordered immediate release of Iqbal Masih.

After the Sunday mass candles were lit for Sara along with Sawan Masih and Asia Bibi.

The civil society gathered and protested against ... Read More
Journalism in Pakistan
The silencing of the liberals
EXCERPT: ...on April 19th gunmen pulled up alongside Mr Mir’s car as he drove into Karachi from the airport, peppering the celebrity journalist with bullets. The attempt to kill Mr Mir, who survived the assault, came three weeks after a similar attack in Lahore on the car of Raza Rumi, a print and television journalist known for his liberal views. More than a dozen other media personalities have been warned their ... Read More
Peace Briefing
Cy Thannikary
From www.erasingborders.org

April 25, 2014

*Afghan woman's risky pursuit of education, CBC News, Apr 20, 2014

http://www.cbc.ca/news/world/kandahar-to-carleton-u-afghan-woman-s-risky-pursuit-of-education-1.2612370?cmp=rss

As a teenager, Maryam Sahar Naqibullah attended this school in the Afghan desert.... Naqibullah and the other 12 Afghan students in her class - all eager, all of them girls, dressed head to toe in their burqas – walked hours to get there. They sat under the hot Afghan sun on little square mats hand-stitched by their mothers, and drank ... Read More
A Minor Gang Raped in Pakistan
Sara a seven years old Christian girl was gang raped by 4 Muslims in Mally ki Village of Daska Sialkot Pakistan. The minor was immediately shifted to the DHQ ( District Head Quarters) Hospital Sialkot in a critical condition. She is in the ICU in an unstable / critical condition.

The locals with the help from the police abducted minor`s father Iqbal Masih to pressurize the family not to file a case, come to an agreement ... Read More
Media house under ISI attack
The tension between Pakistan’s military and a large section of the country's media has escalated following the assassination attempt on Geo TV anchor Hamid Mir. On the complaint of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI), the Defence Ministry has directed the Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to take action against Geo TV network for levelling allegations against the ISI.

Mir, travelling in his car in Karachi, was shot by assailants riding motorcycles on April 19. Severely wounded, ... Read More
Persecution of religius minorities
The religious minorities in Pakistan has been facing discrimination and persecution, Asia Bibi the mother of 5 was sentenced to death by the session court, the high court has been delaying the hearing against the death sentence due to the pressure from the extremist groups.

Sawan Masih another Christian was sentenced to death following the burning of over 200 houses in Joseph colony. An appeal has been filed against the sentence at the Lahore High ... Read More
Musharraf's Treason Case Hearing Adjourned till April 24
By IANS - ISLAMABAD

The special court constituted to try Pakistan's former president Parvez Musharraf for treason charges Wednesday adjourned its hearing until April 24.

Prosecutor Akram Sheikh, during the hearing, said the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) found evidence only against the former president related to the declaration of emergency Nov 3 in 2007, Dawn online reported.

Sheikh added that the documents contained only Musharraf's signature.

According to the law of Pakistan, the person signing a document is solely ... Read More
Peace Briefing..2
Cy Thannikary

April 11, 2014

IN THIS ISSUE:

*Muslim sisters' 'nikah' in Shiva temple in Uttar Pradesh, Deccan Herald, March 11, 2014

http://m.deccanherald.com/content/391439/muslim-sisters-nikah-shiva-temple.html/#sthash.zVt3MjLw.dpuf

At a time when Uttar Pradesh has witnessed an increase in communal violence, a small temple of Lord Shiva at a village in the state’s Bulandshahar district, turned into a symbol of Hindu-Muslim unity when it became witness to the marriages of two Muslim girls....According to reports, Iqbal Khan, a resident of the village, had fixed ... Read More
13 Pakistan militants die in fresh infighting
Miranshah, Pakistan:

At least 13 militants were killed in a bombing and a gunfight in Pakistan's restive tribal areas on Friday, the latest clashes in almost a week of infighting between rival Taliban factions.

A total of 56 people have been killed in the violence which erupted on Sunday between supporters of commander Khan Said Sajna and followers of the late Hakimullah Mehsud group in troubled North Waziristan.

Both factions are part of the Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) ... Read More
Peace Briefing
Cy Thannikary
www.erasingborders.org

April 07

*(NRIs & NRP's) Celebrating Women's Day, together, Aman Ki Asha, April 2, 2014

http://amankiasha.com/detail_news.asp?id=1330

Indians and Pakistanis came together to celebrate Women s Day together last month in Artesia, a town near Los Angeles in southern California. The event, initiated by the International Sindhi Women Organisation, drew mainly Sindhis, Hindus and Muslims hailing from India and Pakistan, reports Hiro Badlani in India Journal. Sindhis originating from both sides of the border met perhaps for the ... Read More
Blast at Market in Pakistani Capital Kills at Least 20
By SALMAN MASOOD

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A powerful explosion ripped through a crowded wholesale fruit market in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, on Wednesday morning, killing at least 20 people and injuring at least 50 more, according to hospital and police officials. The death toll is expected to rise.

There was no claim of responsibility, and the Pakistani Taliban, who have announced a cease-fire until Thursday as they hold peace talks with the government, denied any involvement.

The explosion ... Read More
Death threats and ongoing intimidation against human rights defender Mr Nasrullah Baloch
On 26 March 2014, human rights defender Mr Nasrullah Baloch was subjected to death threats and intimidation by state security forces, following his appearance at the Supreme Court hearing regarding cases of missing persons. This follows a pattern of intimidation and threats made against the human rights defender and his family.

Nasrullah Baloch is the Chairperson of Voice of Baloch Missing Persons (VBMP) and has come to prominence for his work on cases of missing persons ... Read More
Protests against the Mistreatment of the Minorities in Pakistan
As the Hindu community reels from profane attacks at their places of worship in Larkana, Badin and Hyderabad, yet another incident in a Tharparkar’s ashram has offended them still further.

At Faqir Par Braham’s ashram in Deeplo taluka’s village Verhijhap, the violators stole a trishul and desecrated parrh (a piece of sacred cloth wrapped around the idol). “Three to four persons entered the ashram and dishonored the place,” alleged The Hindu community came out on ... Read More
The trial of Musharraf
Javaid Bashir
It was a historic day yesterday,for the Judicial System and Rule of Law in Pakistan. An Army Chief, ex-President and Iron man appeared before the Special Court and indicted for treason charges under Article 6 of the Constitution of Islamic Republic of Pakistan. The ex dictator has to bow down to the Court.Barrister Faroogh Nasim gave assurance of his legal team's good behavior, and professional conduct.

Mr. Kasuri was stopped from going inside the Court.He ... Read More
A Christian sentenced to death
A Session court in Lahore sentenced Sawan Masih to death.

Sawan Masih a Christian resident of Joseph Colony Lahore, who was accused of blasphemy in March 2013, as a reaction over 150 houses were burnt by the Muslims.

Additional Session Judge Chaudhry Ghulam Murtaza sentenced Sawan to death and a fine of 200,000 Rupees under section 295 C,

The court had accepted the bail for those who had burnt down Joseph Colony, but Sawan Masih has ... Read More
Legalising prostitution -- the Wisdom of the UN?!
According to a research, modern day trafficking, aka slavery is a $32 billion annual industry and according to the U.N. about 2.5 million people around the world are ensnared in the web of human trafficking at any given time. The usual victims of atrocious crimes of sexual and gender based violence, including rape against women & girls (young, adolescents and teen) are poor, uneducated, rural and trafficked ones.

Men and boys are also trafficked but ... Read More
40 Killed in Pakistan Road Accident
By IANS - ISLAMABAD

At least 40 people were killed Saturday when an oil tanker collided with two buses in Pakistan's Balochistan province.

The accident happened when the two passenger buses with over 100 people on board collided with the oil tanker near Gadani checkpost in Hub district of Balochistan province, Xinhua reported.

Eyewitnesses said that one bus hit the oil tanker coming from the opposite direction on RCD Highway in Balochistan, while another bus that was following ... Read More
Pak news in brief
Cy Thannikery
*Indian actor not act in shows that disparage Pakistan, Aman Ki Asha, March 19, 2014

http://amankiasha.com/detail_news.asp?id=1320

Leading Indian film actor Om Puri has declared that he will no longer appear in any films or TV shows that disparage Pakistan. Speaking at a press conference in Lahore last week, he urged the governments of India and Pakistan to ease visa restrictions and let people meet each other.
He also called on the cinema communities of India and Pakistan ... Read More
Pakistani Court Issues Arrest Warrant Without Bail for Musharraf
By Salman Masood

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — A special court on Friday issued a warrant for the arrest of Pervez Musharraf, the former military ruler of Pakistan, after he failed to appear in court for the proceedings in a treason case against him, lawyers said.

The court order said the warrant would take effect on March 31. It is a type known as “non-bailable,” which means that Mr. Musharraf cannot apply for bail and will be arrested if ... Read More
Pakistan’s Culture Wars
By Bina Shah
KARACHI, Pakistan — On the banks of the luminous China Creek, overlooking old mangrove swamps and the shipping cranes at the port, more than 50,000 people flocked to this year’s Karachi Literature Festival, held annually in February when the flowers bloom, the weather is temperate and the city feels alive with possibility.

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*Khudai Khidmatgar launch year-long "Caravan for Humanity" campaign, IANS, Feb 23,

http://ummid.com/news/2014/February/23.02.2014/khudai-khidmatgar-campaign.html

New Delhi: Khudai Khidmatgar, a New Delhi based NGO Saturday - the death anniversary of Maulana Abul Kalam Azad launched from Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) a nationwide "Kaarvaan-e-Insaniyat (""Caravan for Humanity) campaign to encourage people to join hands and spare time for the society, so that they can have a society "where peace reigns supreme and every individual's needs of 'roti, kapda aur ... Read More
Why are more and more women joining the media sector in Pakistan?
By Farahnaz Zahidi

On this International Women's day, Google two words: "Pakistan" and "Women". The results will show pages and pages with headlines about girl-child marriages, honour killings, acid attacks, sexual harassment, not enough women-friendly legislation passed by the National Assembly of Pakistan, patriarchy, preference for male child, alarming maternal mortality rates, and the list goes on.

A recent report by the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) shows that Pakistan ranks as the fourth most dangerous country ... Read More
Abolish the Council of Islamic Ideology
In its latest direct onslaught on the women rights, Pakistan's Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) has declared laws regarding second marriage of a man in the presence of first wife, against religious principles. The chairman of the council Maulana Mohammad Khan Sheerani, has said in a press statement that "Sharia allows men to have more than one wife and we demanded that the government should amend the law".

However, the existing laws require a man to ... Read More
Politician Gunned Down in Pakistan
By IANS - ISLAMABAD

A local leader of the Balochistan National Party (BNP) and his bodyguard were gunned down in Pakistan's Balochistan province Sunday.

Police said Attaullah Muhammadzai was killed after unidentified assailants opened fire indiscriminately at the car he was travelling in with his guard on Chakar Khan road in Khuzdar town, Dawn online reported.
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Inspired by AAP, party with same name launched in Pakistan
The success of Aam Admi Party in India seems to have crossed boundaries and inspired people in Pakistan, where a party has been launched with the same name.

A group led by Arslan ul Mulk, a rights activist from Gujranwala, has registered the name “Aam Admi Party” with the Election Commission of Pakistan.

The Pakistan AAP chairman said his party will strive to make Pakistan a country as dreamt by its founder Mohammed Ali Jinnah.

Interestingly, Mr. Mulk ... Read More
Three bomb blasts targeting Pakistan polio team kill 12
Police officers stand guard as a child is given polio drops in Pakistan.

Peshawar: Twelve people were killed and 11 injured when three roadside bombs targeting a polio vaccination team in Pakistan's restive northwest exploded on Saturday, officials said, in the latest attack on efforts to combat the crippling disease.

Militant strikes and threats of violence have badly hampered campaigns to stamp out polio in Pakistan, one of only three countries where the disease remains endemic.

Eleven ... Read More
Disappearances in Balochistan
Balochistan province, at this moment in time, may be said to be the place in the world where the largest number of enforced disappearances take place. The Supreme Court of Pakistan and several High Courts have recognised the high level of disappearances that take place in the province. However, neither the courts nor the government have been able to take any effective steps to stop the practice of enforced disappearances or even to bring down ... Read More
Pakistani Pashto singer shot dead
PTI
A local Pashto singer was shot dead by unknown gunmen in this northwestern Pakistani city today, police said.

Wazir Khan Afridi was killed when gunmen opened indiscriminate firing in the Faqir Killay area, suburban locality in Peshawar.

Afridi was a renowned singer from the Khyber Agency.

Earlier there were reports that the singer was facing threats from militants who were asking him to stop singing.
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APPEAL FOR INQUIRY INTO DEATH OF PAKISTANI PRISONER IN JAMMU JAIL
We, at Aaghaz e Dosti, an initiative for Indo-Pak Friendship, express our concern over the recent death of a Pakistani prisoner in Jammu jail of India.

Shaukat Ali, who hailed from Pind Sail Jathan in Sialkot, had crossed the international border in 2008 and was arrested until he was deported in 2010. He was re-arrested in 2011 from Jammu for re-entering the border.

On 22nd February, Ali was found hanging from the iron window of a barrack ... Read More
Senior Taliban Commander Shot Dead in Northwest Pakistan
By PTI - PESHAWAR

Senior Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan commander Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani was shot dead along with three others by unknown gunmen in the restive North Waziristan tribal area.

According to security sources, unknown gunmen opened fire on their vehicle near Darga Mandi area of Ghulam Khan tehsil in the area.
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Pakistan Peace Talks Canceled After Militants Kill 23 Soldiers
By Augustine Anthony and Andrew MacAskill - Feb 17, 2014
Pakistan scrapped peace talks with Taliban insurgents after militants said they killed 23 kidnapped soldiers, jeopardizing the latest effort to end the decade-long insurgency in the country.

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Pakistan Close to Completing Privatization Deals
Government Plans to Sell Mobile-Phone Licenses, Split Flag Carrier PIA Into Two Companies
By Yaroslav Trofimov And Saeed Shah

ISLAMABAD—Pakistan expects to complete a series of large privatization transactions this spring, the country's finance minister said, in moves that would raise badly needed foreign exchange and dispel growing concerns about the slow pace of reforms.
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The long march
The Long March in support of the families of victims of enforced disappearances is under threat and the government is preparing to halt the marchers by force

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received reports that Mama Qadeer, the organiser of the Long March from Balochistan to Islamabad, the purpose of which is to urge the Pakistani government to do something about the ongoing enforced disappearances of Balochi activists is receiving death threats.

The marchers have ... Read More
Condition of Pakistanis imprisoned in Saudi
In response to an e-mail sent to the Chief Justice , the Court has taken suo motto notice of the deteriorating condition of Pakistanis imprisoned in Saudi Arabia. The Court has directed the foreign office to submit a comprehensive report Some of the prisoners have been killed in the jail.

Saudi government has arrested these persons to deport them. But the Pakistan's diplomatic mission has not prepared their paper work for the deportation. Overseas Pakistanis ... Read More
A Christian Man tortured and Murdered by the Police
The civil society staged a protest in front of the Islamabad Press club on Wednesday against police brutality.

Sabir Masih 24, an employee of CDA ( Capital Development Authority) father of 2 was arrested by the police on the suspicion of theft on Tuesday from 100 Quarters located in the sector F/6 in Islamabad. He was brought to the Kohsar police station where he was kept for the night and interrogated. His family rushed to ... Read More
Blast aimed at Pakistani police bus kills 11, wounds 33
Rescue workers move the body of a police officer, who was killed in a bomb blast on a bus, in a mortuary van outside Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre Hospital morgue in Karachi.
Islamabad: An explosion targeting a bus full of Pakistani policemen killed 11 and injured 33 near the southern port city of Karachi on Thursday, officials said, in the latest incident of violence while the government and the Taliban are engaged in peace talks.

Many ... Read More
Giving peace another chance?
The government scored a moral victory over the Talibans by deciding to hold talks with them. But it evaported by the smart move of Talibans by appointing its supporters and sympathizers on its committee. It was a good counter attack.

The P.M called it giving peace another chance. a sugar coated poisonous pill has been given to the 180 million souls living in the country. They were baffled by this decision. though it was rejoiced ... Read More
Can we trust the Talibans?
The recent terrorist attacks on cinemas in Peshawar and bombing of Aman Lashkar head's house and killing nine persons there, are source of anguish and concern..Although the TTP spokesperson has denied the responsibility of these incidents. But the question that arises in the minds is, who is responsible for these callous, and brutal attacks ? No cease fire has been declared as yet.

Can we trust them on the face value of their ... Read More
U.S. Debates Drone Strike on American Terror Suspect in Pakistan
By Mark Mazzetti and Eric Schmitt
WASHINGTON — The Obama administration is debating whether to authorize a lethal strike against an American citizen living in Pakistan who some believe is actively plotting terror attacks, according to current and former government officials.
It is the first time American officials have actively discussed killing an American citizen overseas since President Obama imposed new restrictions on drone operations last May.

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Privatization of Public Institutions
The present federal government of Pakistan is bent upon privatizing the Public institutions of national importance. It should not hurriedly go for out right sale of these institutions for throw away price. This is tantamount to selling the country on "loot sale". This is the price , we have to pay for the IMF loan with strings. We agreed to sell the Public Corporations to fulfill its conditions. These are essential and sensitive assets ... Read More
Youth loan scheme doomed
Mr. Sharif inaugurating the , 'Youth loan Scheme' said that his government has delivered on the election promise. The government may have the best intentions in introducing this Scheme , the brain child of some bureaucrat. But this scheme is doomed to fail like the past schemes of PML (n) governments. We can not become a party in this loot and plunder.

First of all the Croyanism and nepotism has been reflected from ... Read More
16-year old kidnapped and forcibily converted and married
Samariya Nadeem D/o Nadeem Masih was abducted and illegally married to a land lord.

Samariya a 16 year old was abducted from 270-TDA Layyah district on her way to the school 22 days ago.

The family filed an application for the kidnapping at the karod police station ( FIR No. 14/14 under section 365 B).

Samariya was abducted and illegally converted and married to the local land lord. The Police has been unable to act due to the ... Read More
The number of deaths in 2013 reached to 5665 in incidents of violence
A report by Center for Research and Security Studies (CRSS)

The month of December saw a moderate reduction in the number of casualties related to militant, sectarian and politically-motivated violence plaguing Pakistan.

The overall death toll was at around 275 while up to 325 people were wounded in these hostilities bringing the total number of deaths in 2013 to 5665. The figures recorded in November stood at 320 deaths and 320 wounded.

It is, however, difficult to ascertain ... Read More
Pakistan court sentences Briton to death for blasphemy
Islamabad: A court in Pakistan has sentenced a British man to death for blasphemy for claiming to be a prophet of Islam, a prosecutor and police said on Friday.

Mohammad Asghar, a British national of Pakistani origin, was arrested in 2010 in the garrison city of Rawalpindi, near Islamabad, for writing letters claiming to be a prophet, police said.

The special court inside Rawalpindi's Adiala Jail, where Asghar is being held, rejected defence claims that the ... Read More
The lives of the long marchers are in danger
The long marchers are threatened by the ISI to stop their march or they would be severely dealt with

The participants of the long march from Karachi to Islamabad for the recovery of Baloch missing persons are facing threats from the notorious intelligence agency, the ISI. The marchers have been threatened not to enter Punjab province otherwise they would face serious consequences.

The ruling political party, the PML-N is based in Punjab and they also have governments ... Read More
Pakistan again halts gold imports to stem smuggling into India
Mumbai: Pakistan has temporarily banned gold imports for the second time in six months as it tries to stem smuggling into India, which has clamped down on its own bullion buying to rescue state finances.

India's import duty stands at a record 10 percent and tight restrictions on supplies have virtually dried up legal imports into what used to be the world's biggest bullion buyer, spurring a surge in smuggling and recycling to meet persistent ... Read More
Development Challenges for Children amid Growing Terrorism
Amir Murtaza
The Pakistani nation has been united in pouring salutes and tributes to Aitzaz Hassan, who has sacrificed his life to save the lives of his fellow school children. The fifteen-years-old hero of the country had captured a suicide bomber targeting his school in Pakistan's Hangu area.

According to media reports almost 2000 students were present in the school at the time of attack by the terrorist. The courage and sacrifice of Aitzaz Hassan have made ... Read More
Peace briefing, Jan 10
Cy Thannikary
*Let 21st century be about dialogue: Dalai Lama, Arun P Mathew, TNN, Jan 8, 2014

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Let-21st-century-be-about-dialogue-Dalai-Lama/articleshow/28530071.cms

COIMBATORE: The Dalai Lama, the spiritual and political head of Tibetans, called for reinvigorating the Parliament of World Religions, while addressing reporters in Coimbatore after inaugurating a marble statue of Swami Vivekananda. "The Parliament of World Religions exists, but that should be made more active. This can help solve many of the problems facing the world, especially conflicts among religions," ... Read More
Peace briefings Jan 6
Cy Thannikary

*Women rangers now roam Afghanistan's first national park, Guardian, December 31, 2013

http://www.theguardian.com/environment/blog/2013/dec/31/women-rangers-afghanistan-band-e-amir-conservation

The Band-e Amir lake in Afghanistan Photograph: Massoud Hossaini/AFP/Getty Images

It took 62 years for women rangers to achieve equal status with their male peers in the US National Park Service: in Afghanistan, it has taken just three. In a landmark event for Afghanistan, four women were recently hired as park rangers in the country's Band-e-Amir National Park – the first female park rangers ... Read More
A pending matter-Aasia Bibi case
Waqar Gillani

http://tns.thenews.com.pk/pending-matter/#.UsrywTqqob0

Four and a half years after she was first charged with blasphemy, what exactly is happening with Aasia Bibi and her casePeople seem to have forgotten Aasia Bibi while she languishes in one jail or the other for the last four and a half years. Her appeal for review of her death conviction remains pending before the Lahore High Court. In June 2009, Aasia Bibi was asked by her co-workers to fetch water while ... Read More
Musharraf Is Taken From Court to Pakistani Military Hospital
By SALMAN MASOOD
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pervez Musharraf, Pakistan’s former military ruler, was taken to a military hospital on Thursday while he was being transported to a court hearing to face accusations of treason, lawyers and police officials said.

A senior police official told Justice Faisal Arab, who is heading a three-member panel of the special court that is hearing the case, that Mr. Musharraf had developed a heart problem.
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Pakistan Shariat court gets first woman judge
By IANS - ISLAMABAD

Chief Justice of the Federal Shariat Court of Pakistan Justice Agha Rafiq Ahmed Khan Monday administered the oath of office to Justice Ashraf Jehan, the first woman judge to be appointed to the Federal Shariat Court in the country.

The ceremony was held at the Sindh High Court in Karachi, the Associated Press of Pakistan reported.

Among those present at the ceremony were Sindh High Court Chief Justice Maqbool Bakar, judges and senior lawyers, ... Read More
Pakistan’s Persecuted Christians
By AKBAR AHMED
LAHORE, Pakistan — If ever there was a target for the Pakistan Taliban, I thought to myself, this would be it.

Besides the 750 graduating students and more than 2,000 guests gathered on the campus of Forman Christian College on Nov. 30 were the university’s American rector and two of Pakistan’s five provincial governors. Senior officials in Lahore had already warned the public to be vigilant. The police had information that the Taliban ... Read More
INDO-PAK CALENDER LAUNCHED IN NEW DELHI
21 DEC: Aaghaz-e-Dosti, an initiative of India-based Mission Bhartiyam and Pakistan-based The Catalyst - TC and CYDA, aims to create unwavering bonds of peace and friendship between India and Pakistan. The bonds that will survive the vagaries of troubles times. But these bonds will not be artificial ones, they rest on the belief and claim that people of India and Pakistan not only share the same language, culture, values and challenges but also the desire ... Read More
China to grant $6.5 bn for nuke power project in Pakistan
ANI
China has committed to grant a loan of 6.5 billion dollars to Pakistan for the construction of a major nuclear power project in Karachi in a bid to strengthen ties with its strategic partner.

The China National Nuclear Cooperation (CNNC) has promised to finance the project with two reactors of 1,100 megawatts capacity each, the Express Tribune reports.

Chairman of the Pakistan Atomic Energy Commission Ansar Parvez said that the project would be completed by 2019 and ... Read More
Peace briefing
Cy Thannikary
*An India-Pakistan love tale and a film -- Zinda Bhaag, SAMN, December 12, 2013

http://southasianmedia.net/index.html#StoryId_79676

A girl from Kolkata flew to London a few years ago to pursue her PhD in film studies, where she met a Pakistani youth - a journalist with BBC. They got married but without the chaos and friction of India-Pakistan ties. This real-life classic border tale continued to get rosy. Years later, the couple has come together to melt borders with ... Read More
Break the barriers and speak out
Nida Nida

The open debate about the denial of equality between men and women may be seen as historically recent. However, the reality of gender imbalance has been a factual data for centuries and unfortunately, when we look at countries like Pakistan, the journey towards gender equality appears to be a long and insidious odyssey.

The relationship between men and women in Pakistan, as well as in other Asian countries, has always been unbalanced and characterized by ... Read More
Whereabouts of 9,120 arrestees from Karachi remain unknown
The suspects are missing after arrest and 150 have been extrajudicially killed during the last three months of the "Karachi operation"

The federal government has started an operation in Karachi, the capital of Sindh, under the title: "Targeted Operation" with the support of the police and Pakistan Rangers. The operation, which commenced on September 5, is supposedly against the increase in targeted killings, extortion, kidnappings and incidents of terrorism including bomb blasts. The Pakistan Rangers has ... Read More
Hindu's in Karachi to hold Bhajan and Qawali night on New Year
Yudhvir Rana,TNN
AMRITSAR: A night full of bhajan's , hymns, Sufi songs and Qawali's is what the Karachi based Hindu NGO Pakistan Hindu Seva Welfare Trust (PHSWT) has planned for entering in the New Year while carrying forward the message of peace and promoting interfaith harmony and dialogue for a peaceful coexistence.

"Today we held a meeting in the office of Arts Council and began the process of enrolling singers and qawal's with PHSWT who would ... Read More
Peace briefings ..2
By Cy Thannikary
*Buddies without borders, Malini Nair, Aman Ki Asha, December 4, 2013

http://amankiasha.com/detail_news.asp?id=1248

Dhruv Kool Rajamani and Usman Faisal are on Skype at least twice a week discussing typical 17-year-old concerns - the tyranny of impending board exams, revision overload, college choices, Indian Ocean (the band, and not the body of water), and of course, football. They also make plans about their next meeting. It is a fresh friendship, forged in Lahore a month ago when ... Read More
PEACE BRIEFINGS
By Cy Thannikary
*1000 greetings cards of Indo-Pak Friendship, Chandigarh, November 23, 2013

Chandigarh, November 23: A program organized by Yuvsatta, in a very heart touching gesture, over 1000 students of DAV Sr. Sec. School (Lahore), Sector 8 B, Chandigarh presented 1000 Indo-Pak Friendship Cards to Prof. Manjit Singh and Dr. Mohd. Khalid of Panjab University, Chandigarh who’re leaving tomorrow for a conference in Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan.

*Sufi conference...call for tolerance, interfaith harmony,..., Express Tribune, Nov 28, ... Read More
Mixed Legacy for Departing Pakistani Army Chief
As the taciturn Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani steps down, little has changed in the American-Pakistani relationship despite years of diplomatic effort.

LONDON — When he leaves his post on Friday, Gen. Ashfaq Parvez Kayani, the inscrutable Pakistani Army chief and former spymaster, will end a nearly decade-long chapter as the focus of American fears and frustrations in Pakistan, the reluctant partner in a contentious and often ill-tempered strategic dance.
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Freedom of expression - the voices that need to be heard
Nine journalists suffered the worse kind of suppression with assassinations and attacks

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 freedom of expression, Article 19, is being used to control ... Read More
A prominent lawyer and five other activists disappear after arrest
With the change in Army command on November 27, a crackdown against the people in Balochistan started. A prominent lawyer, Mr. Haider KB son of Khuda Bux age 33, resident of Koshkalat, was arrested by plain clothed persons riding in a non registered two door jeep. The police stations in Quetta, capital of Balochistan province, deny his arrest. Police say when forces from security agencies abduct persons they do not bring them to any police ... Read More
A Pastor Charged with Blasphemy
Adnan Masih a pastor from Lahore has been charged under sections 295-A, 295-B and 295-C.

According to the details, Masih was filling in for his brother on 7th October, who works a glass shop, called Diamond Glass, while he as there he was going through the drawers, he came across a book which was written by a cleric who is the leader of a banned religious organization. He started reading it and he saw some lines ... Read More
Pakistan businesses favour granting MFN status to India, SAMN, November 16, 2013
Pakistan should grant Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India, said Federation of Pakistani Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FPCCI) President Zubair Ahmed Malik at a trade event, Zee News reported on Friday. Malik is in India as the head of a Pakistani business delegation participating in the India International Trade Fair. While attending an event organised by the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), he emphasised the need for the two ... Read More
The Long Marchers have completed 700 km
Before reaching Karachi a car tried to ram the walkers on three occasions and the marchers are receiving death threat messages on their cell phones
The Long March for the Baloch missing persons has entered its 27th day after completing 690 KMs. It will reach its intended destination at the Karachi Press Club, Karachi, the capital of Sindh province tomorrow, November 22. Today the marchers will reach the suburbs of Karachi where the local people ... Read More
Christian killed in Karachi over a False Blasphemy Accusation
Boota Masih a 58, who worked for over 30 years at the Liaqatabad Gold Market in Karachi was murdered by a fellow worker over a false blasphemy accusation.

Professional rivalry or blasphemy? A member of the Liaqatabad Jewelers Association said," I have been seeing Boota Masih working in this market from past 3 decades, he was an honest worker, no complaint was ever reported against him, had never seen him even speaking against anyone ever."

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Safety of Fishers on World Fisheries Day
On November 21, the occasion of the World Fisheries Day, the Asian Human Rights Commission is forwarding this following joint press release from the Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum and the World Forum of Fisher Peoples.

All over the World Fisher people are facing violating borders in the process of fishing. It is very common and severe between Pakistani and Indian sea boarders. Since the sea borders are not earmarked the Fisher People of both the countries are ... Read More
Pakistan to restore Hindu, Sikh religious monuments
http://southasianmedia.net/index.html#StoryId_79475

Pakistan plans to conserve and restore a Sikh ‘Samadhi’ and a Hindu temple, two important historical monuments located near the Lahore Fort, at a cost of Rs 22 million, a media report on Tuesday....Quoting officials of Punjab Archaeology Department, it said work on both the projects would start in January next year to be completed in 2016
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WHY PAKISTAN LIONIZES ITS TORMENTERS
BY MOHAMMED HANIF
Excerpt:
During his four years as the head of the T.T.P., Mehsud raised the Taliban game in Pakistan. No longer were they just tribal men fighting to preserve their way of life; they started dreaming they could convert everyone to it. Mehsud consolidated a number of small but ruthless militant and sectarian groups into close-knit fighting units that seemed able to strike anywhere at will. He ordered attacks on Pakistan’s military bases, organized a ... Read More
Child labor -- Who are the ultimate losers?
Amir Murtaza

According to the International Labor Organization (ILO), "Child labor refers to the employment of children in any work that deprives children of their childhood, interferes with their ability to attend regular school, and that is mentally, physically, socially or morally dangerous and harmful".

Child labor has been a persistent problem throughout the South Asia, for a very long time. Endemic poverty, lack of employment opportunities for adults, large family size and the absence of strict ... Read More
Nine years on there is no justice for Faraz Ahmed Naveed
Nine years after the brutal murder of Faraz Ahmed Naveed on November 8, 2004 his family still awaits justice. No progress has been made in the investigation. The first report was made by the police officer who attended the scene of the incident and stated that Faraz' body had a bullet wound in his back and bore several marks of torture. The body of Faraz Ahmed Naveed, the son of Baseer Naveed, was immediately taken ... Read More
An entire Ahmadi family was targeted in sectarian killings
Mr. Bashir Ahmad Kiyani (70), was murdered as a result of religious hatred in Karachi. He was shot dead while on his way to Friday Prayer Services at the nearby Mosque in Korangi, Karachi. In the last three months both Mr. Kiyani's son and son-in-law were also killed by Muslim fundamentalists. According to the details known, Mr. Bashir Ahmad Kiyani and an Ahmadi child was going to the Ahmadiyya worship place "Baitul Hamd" when unknown ... Read More
Court to decide on Nov 18 whether Musharraf can leave Pakistan
A Pakistani court will decide on November 18 whether former president Pervez Musharraf will be allowed to visit his ailing mother in Dubai, revoking a government ban on him travelling abroad.

Mr. Musharraf’s legal team on Tuesday filed a petition in Sindh High Court pleading to strike off his name from the Interior Ministry’s Exit Control List (ECL) which restrains him from leaving the country without permission of trial courts.

His chief lawyer Raza Kasuri said that ... Read More
Saudi nuclear weapons 'on order' from Pakistan
Saudi Arabia has invested in Pakistani nuclear weapons projects, and believes it could obtain atomic bombs at will, a variety of sources have told BBC Newsnight.

While the kingdom's quest has often been set in the context of countering Iran's atomic programme, it is now possible that the Saudis might be able to deploy such devices more quickly than the Islamic republic.

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A vendor being hunted on Blasphemy charges
Arif Masih and Tariq Masih own a fireworks stall in Thatta Faqirullah Wazirabad have been accused of 295/B. A FIR number 533/13 has been registered against them at the Saddar Police Station Wazirabad.

Khurram Shahzad a resident of Thatta Faqirullah claims that his friend Muhammad Zahid was getting married on 27th October, they bought the fireworks from Arif and Tariq Masih, they started the fireworks, a few of them didn’t go off, so they opened them ... Read More
Indo Pak young entrepreneurs build bridges
Some 35 young Indian entrepreneurs, professionals and change makers crossed over to Pakistan at the Wagah border this past weekend, dressed in white shalwar kurtas, to participate in a groundbreaking Bilateral Indo-Pak Young Entrepreneurs Summit starting in Islamabad on Oct 29....The Convention brings together change makers and young entrepreneurs to interact, promote linkages, discuss, deliberate and share ideas on building bridges and propose ecommendations for the political leadership of both countries.



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Pakistan Taliban appoints new chief
Islamabad: Pakistan Taliban Saturday appointed Khan Said Sajna alias Khalid as its new chief after a US drone attack killed its former leader Hakimullah Mehsud in Pakistan's North Waziristan region Friday.

The consultative body of Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP) appointed Khan Said the new chief of the outfit at a meeting at an undisclosed place in North Waziristan, reported Xinhua citing reports in Pakistani media.

Khan Said, who was the close aide of former chief Hakimullah, got 43 ... Read More
The Long March against disappearances
Civil society must join the peaceful long march in solidarity with the relatives of disappeared persons and provide all possible assistance to the marchers

The relatives of missing persons from Balochistan started a 730 kilometre peaceful long march for the recovery of disappeared persons. The participants assembled and started their march from the Quetta Press Club yesterday. The rally includes women and children and will reach Karachi, the capital of Sindh province after one week. The ... Read More
Misunderstanding Runs on Both Sides of U.S.-Pakistan Ties
By MARK LANDLER
WASHINGTON — The meeting between President Obama and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif at the White House on Wednesday is the most recent attempt by American and Pakistani leaders to reset a fraught relationship.

Husain Haqqani, Pakistan’s former ambassador to Washington, has documented that legacy of mistrust in a new book, “Magnificent Delusions” (Public Affairs, Nov. 5). Mr. Haqqani, a former adviser to Mr. Sharif who now teaches at Boston University, was a victim ... Read More
The country ranks third in the Global Slavery Index
Liliana Corrieri

Pakistan ranks third in the Global Slavery Index. It is estimated that there are 2,000,000 – 2,200,000 people involved in various forms of modern slavery in Pakistan. Pakistan counts a population of 179, 000,000 people and with the increasing birth rate the number of enslaved people will consequently escalate.

The Walk Free Foundation, an organisation based in Australia and which addresses the problem of modern slavery, has this month released the first edition of the ... Read More
Pakistani mini-celebrities in Chandigarh
By Aliya Harir
"Isn't Pakistan unsafe having bomb blasts almost every day?" "Do women still wear those traditional kinds of burkas (topi wala) and that same way?" These were the questions commonly posed which I sort of tried to answer. I logged into my facebook account and showed them photos of friends from Pakistan. I was struck when someone asked, "How do Pakistanis like Nasibo Laal?"
I was attending the International Youth Peace Fest by an India-based ... Read More
New blockbuster movie shows why Pakistan loves to hate India
By Mehreen Zahra-Malik
(Reuters) - Militants overrun a Pakistani police academy and kill 100 officers. An Indian spy and her accomplice waltz in a glitzy flat in Islamabad to celebrate the success of their mission.

This is a scene from Waar ("Strike"), Pakistan's first big-budget movie which opened this month to enthusiastic audiences in the nuclear-armed South Asian country of 180 million.

Filmed with the support of the all-powerful military, the movie depicts every volatile aspect of Pakistan's ... Read More
AHRC lauds the efforts of the Pakistani Embassy in Saudi Arabia
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) appreciates the efforts of the Pakistani Ambassador to Saudi Arabia and his two-member fact finding team to probe the cases of the Pakistanis who are on death row and awaiting beheading on the charges of drug smuggling. The government of Saudi Arabia must also be praised for its readiness to show sympathy for the plight of the prisoners and has agreed to the request by Pakistan to halt the ... Read More
Lack of direction more worrying than the crisis confronting state
Lahore, October 14: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan has voiced concern at the absence of clarity and direction in dealing with the many 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 (HRCP) expresses serious concern at lack of clarity and direction in dealing with the multidimensional crisis confronting the state. The ... Read More
Civilian Deaths in Drone Strikes Cited in Report
By DECLAN WALSH and IHSANULLAH TIPU MEHSUD
LONDON — In the telling of some American officials, the C.I.A. drone campaign in Pakistan has been a triumph with few downsides: In more than 300 missile attacks there since 2008, dozens of Qaeda and Taliban leaders have been killed, and the pace of the strikes, which officials frequently describe as “surgical” and “contained,” has dropped sharply over the past year.

But viewed from Miram Shah, the frontier Pakistani ... Read More
Did Malala Teach Us Anything?
By BINA SHAH
KARACHI, Pakistan — At a luxury mall here recently, I spied a tiny girl selling flowers to passersby on the street. Never mind that she should have been in school, or playing with friends. Someone, perhaps a fearful parent, had cut off her hair and dressed her in boys’ clothing, perhaps to shield her from the threat of sexual assault. It was as if this feeble disguise could protect her from the fact ... Read More
Human chain form to protect Islamabad church
ISLAMABAD: A human chain was formed around the Our Lady of Fatima Church in Islamabad during the Sunday Mass in a show of solidarity with the Christian community of Pakistan. The event was organised by Pakistan For All – a collective of citizens concerned about the growing attacks on minorities. A small crowd gathered for the event, which saw the church’s pastor join the activists with ulema from the Shia and Sunni sects.Previously, similar human ... Read More
Human chain formed to protect Islamabad church
ISLAMABAD: A human chain was formed around the Our Lady of Fatima Church in Islamabad during the Sunday Mass in a show of solidarity with the Christian community of Pakistan.
The event was organised by Pakistan For All – a collective of citizens concerned about the growing attacks on minorities. A small crowd gathered for the event, which saw the church’s pastor join the activists with ulema from the Shia and Sunni sects.
Previously, similar human chains ... Read More
Persecution of Ahmadis in September 2013
(Hong Kong, October 17) Following are excerpts from the press release of the Ahmadyya Jamat Report on the Persecution of Ahmadis in Pakistan, September 2013. The full report may be seen here.

In the month of September persecution against Ahmadis continued in Pakistan. In Orangi Town on September 18, Mr. Ijaz Ahmad Kiyani was shot dead by unknown assailants at 7:30 a.m. He had left home for work but had not gone far when two men ... Read More
Graft charges against former Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari
Islamabad: Pakistan's anti-graft court has reopened five corruption cases against former president Asif Ali Zardari dating back to the 1990s, officials said on Monday.

The allegations against Zardari relate to kickbacks, money laundering and the illegal construction of a polo ground at the prime minister's official residence, during his slain wife Benazir Bhutto's two stints as premier.

As president Zardari enjoyed immunity from prosecution, but this ended when he stepped down after five years in September and ... Read More
Trafficking organs of dead Christians -- the government must conduct a high powered probe
AHRC-STM-176-2013.jpg A Vatican news agency, Agenzia Fides, reported a horrific crime taking place in Pakistan where, not only hundreds of Christians were killed in a church bombing in Peshawar city, KPK, but now it is reported that the dead were stripped off their organs by paramedics which were then sold the illegal organ trade black market.

According to Wikipedia Agenzia Fides is the news agency of the Vatican. It is based in the Palazzo de Propaganda ... Read More
Abolish the death penalty and amend the Constitution
On October 3, the Government of Pakistan made a move towards respecting human rights and announced its decision to renew the moratorium on the death penalty. This decision came in response to a great deal of international pressure from NGOs and media outlets calling on Pakistan to respect the right to life. The moratorium had been in place since 2008 when the Pakistan People's Party (PPP) took office, and expired on June 30, 2013. In ... Read More
The attack on Peshawar church could be a game-changer
Nasir Saeed

Pakistani Christians continue to protest against and condemn the killings of dozens of innocent Christians in Peshawar on 22nd September. But as they mourn, it is hardly comprehensible that there are reports that the organs of the victims were stripped from their bodies and trafficked on the black market. These horrendous reports have only served to rub salt on the wounds of Pakistan’s grieving and oppressed Christian minority.

If these reports are true, they ... Read More
Pakistan's Malala Yousafzai wins EU human rights prize
Reuters
BRUSSELS: A Pakistani teenage activist shot in the head by the Taliban last year for campaigning for better rights for girls, won the European Union's annual human rights award on Thursday, beating fugitive US intelligence analyst Edward Snowden.

Malala Yousafzai, 16, who was attacked in northwestern Pakistan by a group of gunmen who fired on her school bus, is also a favourite among experts and betting agencies to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize.

The Sakharov Prize ... Read More
Pakistan most dangerous country! Why?-A View
By Balbir Singh Sooch-Sikh Vichar Manch

The problem or admission rather confession, “USA responsible for making Pakistan most dangerous country”, must also be taken other way around, the armed forces of Pakistan, for various external as said in the article as well as also due to internal reasons, are dominating Pakistan politically.

For the reason, the Chiefs and the commanders of Pakistan armed forces speak, write, utter negotiate etc and are openly outspoken politically to highlight ... Read More
India, Pak authorities discuss cross-border trade, travel
Chakan da Bagh: Indian and Pakistani officials met at Zero Point Chakan-da-Bagh in Poonch District to discuss matters related to cross border trade and travel.

Poonch District Development Commissioner Sajjad Ahmed Khan held parleys with the Director General of Trans-LoC (Line of Control) Trade and Travel in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir Ismail Khan.

Khan later told media that the meeting was held as per directions of the working group to review quarterly progress on travel and trade matters.

"We are ... Read More
Amid Bloodshed in Pakistan, a Stock Exchange Soars
By DECLAN WALSH
LONDON — If the best time to buy, as the old business adage says, is when there is blood on the streets, then Pakistan’s commercial capital, Karachi, offers the ideal investment opportunity.

For more than a decade, the sprawling seaport megalopolis of about 20 million people has been racked by political, militant and criminal violence that has taken thousands of lives. Yet, over the same period, the city stock market, which is also ... Read More
Burka Avenger: Conservative Pakistan’s New Animated Liberal Superheroine
By Krista Mahr @kristamahrAug. 01, 2013She already had her own Facebook page with over 20,000 fans, as well as a phone game, soundtrack and T-shirts — and she hadn’t even made her entrance. Now she has: Burka Avenger, Pakistan’s new controversial cartoon series starring a female superhero of the same name, premiered on Pakistani television on July 28. Whether the mild-mannered school teacher who dons a black burka to fight evil is a commercial success ... Read More
The state apparatus has gone to the dogs
The AHRC urges the government of Pakistan to carry out a high powered inquiry into the killings of Christians by a commission of experts rather than the police

The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) strongly condemns the two deadly suicide attacks on the All Saints Church in Peshawar, the capital city of Khyber Pakhtunkha province that killed 96 innocent Christians and injured a further 145 persons who were attending the Sunday service. Among those killed ... Read More
Rockets fired at Pakistan quake relief helicopter
Awaran: Militants fired rockets at a helicopter carrying the head of Pakistan's disaster relief agency in the country's quake-hit southwest today, military officials said, but no damage was done.

The helicopter with Major General Muhammad Saeed Aleem, chairman of the National Disaster Management Authority, on board was flying over Awaran district in Baluchistan province, the area worst hit by Tuesday's 7.7-magnitude quake.

"Two rockets were fired on the helicopter and the target was missed," a military official ... Read More
17 killed, 34 injured in Pakistan blast
By IANS - ISLAMABAD

A Pakistani woman who was injured in a bomb blast arrives on the back of a vehicle at a hospital in Peshawar, Pakistan, Friday, Sept. 27, 2013. A bomb exploded in the back of a bus carrying government employees in northern Pakistan on Friday, killing and wounding dozens of people, officials said. (AP Photo/Mohammad Sajjad)
A Pakistani woman who was injured in a bomb blast arrives on the back of a vehicle at ... Read More
victim-friendly legal mechanisms required to minimize sexual violence against women and children
Amir Murtaza

The brutal rape of a five-year-old girl in Lahore last week has literally shocked the country, from the officials in the highest office down to the ordinary citizen in the street.

The tragic incident has sparked a nationwide debate and outcry against the lack of a safety mechanism in the country for women and children.

Certainly, women and child molestation cases are nothing exceptional in this part of the world; however, the coverage of the recent ... Read More
People Vent Anger Against Terrorist Attacks in Pak Church and Nairobi
Bhopal: 24/09/2013, People expressed their anger against the terrorist attacks that killed over eighty innocent people in All Saints Church in Pakistan and over sixty people in a Shopping Mall in Kenya. A protest rally was organized in the evening 4 pm from the Vyapam Crossing to Ambedkar Crossing in Maharana Pratap Nagar in Bhopal(Madhya Pradesh, India). The Rally was organized by Isai Maha Sangh(IMS) and Rashtrya Secular Manch(RSM).

A memorandum addressed to President of India, ... Read More
Pakistan university fines girls for wearing jeans: Report
IANS

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani university has fined girl students for wearing jeans on the campus, a media report said on Wednesday.

The National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST) made it compulsory for female students to wear dupatta and imposed a ban on wearing jeans in the university premises, the Dawn reported citing sources.

The NUST authorities, however, denied the report, saying they only instructed the students to wear "decent" dresses, the report added.

According to a notice ... Read More
126 extrajudicial killings, 400 disappearances in Balochistan
Counting up to August 2013, as many as 126 extrajudicial deaths and over 400 disappearances have taken place in the Balochistan province of Pakistan. Violent killings and disappearance after arrest by authorities continues without relent. Most bodies, of those murdered extra judicially, have been found in the Balochi speaking districts of the province, particularly Quetta, Khuzdar, Kalat, and Mekran.

Balochistan has remained under the control of the military and other allied security agencies since the Musharraf ... Read More
Earthquake in Pakistan creates 'island' off Gwadar coastline
PTI
Islamabad: A small 'island' of about 40 square feet has appeared in the sea off the Gwadar coast as a result of the strong earthquake that struck remote southwestern Pakistan.

TV channels showed images of the 'island' that sprung up after the 7.7 magnitude earthquake hit southwestern part of the country, killing 45 people and injuring dozens.

According to DIG Gwadar Moazzam Jah, the 'island' is at a distance of 350 feet from the Gwadar coast.
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Pakistanis facing beheading in Saudi Arabia need immediate UN intervention
1. In view of the discussion on human rights, which is due to be held during the month of September 2013, the Asian Legal Resource Centre (ALRC) would like to direct the attention of the Human Rights Council (HRC) to denial of justice and fair trail being faced by several young Pakistanis detained in Saudi Arabia.

2. Some of young men presently await being beheaded.

3. The death sentence is by itself an unacceptable verdict. It is ... Read More
Ahmadis continue to be harassed persecuted and murdered while the government looks on
Ahmadi Muslims in Pakistan continue to be persecuted, prosecuted, humiliated, harassed, tortured and subjected to target killings. In the very recent past hundreds of Ahmadis have been murdered for their faith and belief and this horrifying brutality continues under the very eyes of the Government who take no notice or action and blatantly allow the culprits to go scot-free.

The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community keeps the world aware of such atrocities in the hope that the international ... Read More
Pakistan news in brief
*Zubin Mehta's concert enthralls Kashmir, Rediff, September 07, 2013

http://www.rediff.com/news/report/zubin-mehtas-concert-enthralls-kashmir/20130907.htm

Soulful strains of some of the most popular and best known western classical music compositions reverberated in the majestic backdrop of Zabarwan Hills when Zubin Mehta, world famous conductor, performed before a mesmerised audience in the Shalimar Gardens on the banks of Dal Lake in Srinagar on Saturday evening. In a unique setting in the 400-year-old Mughal Garden with its magnificent chinars, some as old as ... Read More
Fresh murder charges against Musharraf
By IANS - ISLAMABAD

Musharraf, who resigned as president in 2008, returned to Pakistan this year in March after over four years of exile. He is under house arrest in Islamabad. (File/AP)

Musharraf, who resigned as president in 2008, returned to Pakistan this year in March after over four years of exile. He is under house arrest in Islamabad. (File/AP)

Police in Pakistan Monday registered murder charges against former president Pervez Musharraf over killings of students during a ... Read More
Pakistan news in brief
Far from home, but closer to school in Pakistan, IRIN, August 26, 2013

http://www.irinnews.org/report/97863/far-from-home-but-closer-to-school-in-pakistan

PESHAWAR - Ten-year-old Aliya and eight-year-old Asma arrived at Jalozai refugee camp two weeks ago, after escaping a recent surge in hostilities between government forces and militants near the border with Afghanistan. But fleeing home has come with an unexpected benefit - for the first time the girls are going to school. “They were so excited to get pencils and crayons from their ... Read More
Pakistani Girl Shot by Taliban Honored with Peace Prize
CBNNews.com

The Pakistani girl who survived a Taliban assasination attempt last year is being given the prestigious International Children's Peace Prize.

Malala Yousafzai is an outspoken advocate of girls' education. That fact led a Taliban gunman to shoot the teenager in the head and neck while on her way home from school.

After surviving the shooting Yousafzai moved to the United Kingdom to recover and study.

She will receive the Children's Peace Prize next month in the Netherlands.
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China, Pakistan 'pledge to further boost' their military ties
Press Trust of India

Beijing: Bracing up to hold a 20-day joint exercise between their Air Forces, China and Pakistan today "pledged to further boost" the cooperation between the two militaries.

Vice Chairman of Central Military Commission Xu Qiliang met Pakistan's chairman of Joint Chiefs of Staff Committee Khalid Shameem Wynne and the two generals "pledged to further boost military cooperation between the two countries", official media reported in Beijing today.

Mr Xu said China and Pakistan ... Read More
Children can play an important role in disaster preparedness
Amir Murtaza

In the last ten years, the country has experienced multiple disasters of gigantic proportions – both natural and man-made. While the loss of life and property is insurmountable, it is equally disturbing to see such a high number of children being adversely affected. Be it the large number of lives lost when schools collapsed during the 2005 earthquake or the recurrent cases of drowning and electrocution we see each year during the monsoon season, ... Read More
Who is responsible for the mockery of booking journalists on charges of terrorism?
The Balochistan government has registered a case under the Anti-Terrorism Act against the chief executive and three other employees of a television channel, ARY Digital, for releasing a documentary about the attack on the former residency of the father of the nation. The three other employees are the Executive Director, Owais Tohid, the Quetta bureau chief, Shahid Hameed Rind and the Islamabad bureau chief Sabir Shakir.

A mystery has arisen as there is a great deal ... Read More
Religious persecution in Pakistan
As her religion faces persecution across the Middle East, a Christian woman explains why she faces hanging in Pakistan for the crime of ‘blasphemy’

By ASIA BIBI

Last Updated: 1:33 AM, August 25, 2013

To her neighbors, Aasiya Noreen “Asia” Bibi, a poor mother of five in the tiny village of Ittan Wali in central Pakistan, was guilty — guilty of being Christian in a nation that is 97% Muslim. For four years she has languished in ... Read More
From acoss the border
*Confluence of South Asian crafts in India from tomorrow, SAMN, August 22, 2013

http://southasianmedia.net/index.html#StoryId_78690

Craftspeople and crafts organisations from Pakistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Nepal and Afghanistan will come together with their Indian counterparts to showcase their techniques and products at Dastkar South Asian Bazaar. The bazaar, to be held in association with Delhi Tourism, will offer an insight into the cultural heritage of the region, and showcase common, shared traditions that the nations have in weaving, block printing, ... Read More
Erasing Borders: An Af-Pak-India Peace Initiative ?
Cy Thannikary

*Mass Ramzan prayer take pledge against terrorism, PTI, August 05, 2013

http://zeenews.india.com/news/kerala/mass-ramzan-prayer-take-pledge-against-terrorism_866857.html

Malappuram (Ker): Braving inclement weather, hundreds of believers converged here for a mass prayer and took a pledge against terrorism and alcoholism to mark the 26th day of the holy month of Ramadan. The Sunday prayer meeting, which lasted till this morning, was organised by Malappuram-based Ma'din Academy, a major educational and charity centre...

*Ramadan meal in India’s Kashmir turns into communal harmony, Reuter, August ... Read More
The AHRC welcomes the stay on executions
The Asian Human Rights Commission welcomes the postponement of the scheduled executions of condemned prisoners in Pakistan which were to take place from August 20, 2013.

A temporary stay on the hangings was announced on Sunday, August 18 in response to protests from outgoing President Asif Ali Zardari and various international human rights organizations. This stay is set to last until Zardari returns to Pakistan and can discuss the matter with incoming Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. ... Read More
Youth- ignored and marginalised
Nida Nida

"The destiny of any nation, at any given time, depends on the opinions of its young men under five-and-twenty." – Goethe.

If what Goethe said is true then what is the problem with the destiny of Pakistan? Why is its destiny twisting in a whirlpool of troubles though it is a rich country? It is blessed with 63\% of its 183 million people being youth, a much higher statistic in comparison to other countries. What ... Read More
Love Across Borders
Speak to someone you know well from Pakistan or India, and they will have a story to tell about the loss, sorrow and heartbreak that accompanied the birth of these two nations in 1947. Everyone seems to have lost relatives, friends or acquaintances. As hard as it is to honor the memories of those who suffered, are these narratives of loss keeping the two countries from moving forward? Is the burden of the past casting ... Read More
Gender imbalance in Pakistan judiciary
Sarmad Ali

The percentage of women working in civil services is 5.4 while the representation of women judges in superior courts is 2.91 percent as against the 33 percent required by the UN Beijing Conference of 1996 to which Pakistan is a signatory.

The Constitution of Pakistan provides a framework for legislation to empower women. The Article 25 of the Constitution guarantees equality regardless of skin, colour, caste, creed, and breed. The United Nations Convention on Human ... Read More
After four years of Gojra - Christians are still waiting for justice
The Centre for Legal Aid, Assistance and Settlement (CLAAS) is calling for justice four years to the day since a horrific attack on the Christian town of Gojra in Pakistan.

It was on 1 August 2009 that a Muslim mob went on the rampage in the town, burning eight people to death, including children, and torching dozens of homes.

The attack was triggered by reports that local Christians had desecrated the Koran, a crime punishable by life ... Read More
60 dead in rains, floods; Karachi worst-hit
PTI

Islamabad: Heavy monsoon rains and flash floods across Pakistan have killed 60 people over the past three days, with southern port city of Karachi being worst-hit, officials said today.

Most of the people were killed in Karachi where some areas like Gulistan-e-Jauhar, Amroha Society and Saadi Town are still inundated, they said.

The deaths occurred due to electrocution, roof-collapsing and drowning, said a rescue official of Edhi ambulance service.

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Marriage by choice becoming taboo
By Nida Nida

It was spine-chilling for Pakistanis to hear news of the grandfather who killed his daughter and his own grandchildren only for protecting the so-called honour of the family. The crime was that the daughter had married a man of her own choice, and not that of the head of her family. The father was so vindictive he waited five years to take revenge for his ‘honour’. He was quite satisfied after taking his ... Read More
Karzai to ‘visit Pakistan by August-end’
President Hamid Karzai, while accepting the invitation of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, assured Sartaj Aziz, adviser to the PM on National Security and Foreign Affairs, that he would travel to Pakistan at the end of August.
“Karzai told Aziz that he had important engagements after Eid, but at a time convenient to both sides would visit Pakistan in August.

In the meeting on Sunday which was also attended by Foreign Secretary Jalil Abbas Jilani and Ambassador Mohammad ... Read More
SAFMA plans joint friendship festival in Amritsar, Lahore
South Asian Free Media Association, in collaboration with Hind Pak Dosti Manch, Folklore Academy, Puranjyot and Punjab Jagriti Manch, is organising a Hind-Pak Dosti Festival simultaneously in India and Pakistan on August 13 and 14.
SAFMA Secretary General Imtiaz Alam discussed details about programmes for the Hind-Pak Dosti Festival being held simultaneously in India and Pakistan on August 13 and 14.

Speaking about the possibility of better Indo-Pak relations under the regime of new Pakistan prime minister ... Read More
Pak's first sect-free mosque calls for end to discrimination
Amid a string of sectarian attacks in Pakistan, a newly built mosque in Islamabad's Margalla foothills is calling upon its followers to stop discriminating along sectarian lines and to start praying together -- in whichever way they like under the same roof.

Darul Iman Jamia Masjid Qurtuba, is the first sect-free mosque in Pakistan, a country that has seen thousands of lives being lost due to sectarian violence.

Zahid Iqbal is a local businessman who conceptualised the ... Read More
Mass jail break in Pakistan as Taliban gunmen storm prison
(Reuters) - In an operation carried out with military-like precision, Taliban fighters disguised as police and armed with bombs broke 250 prisoners out of a Pakistan jail on Tuesday with the help of what appeared to be insider informants.
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World's concern about minorities in Pakistan
Nasir Saeed

The issue of minority rights in Pakistan is discussed often around the world these days, in parliaments, human rights groups like Amnesty International, religious freedom departments, foreign affairs committees and international organisations like the Commonwealth and the UN.

By contrast, the Pakistani government hardly mentions it and pays very little attention to the repression minority groups in the country are suffering. If anyone attempts to lobby or campaign on this issue, they are ... Read More
Blasts in northwest Pakistan kill 40
PTI

Peshawar: At least 40 people were killed when twin suicide bombings ripped through a town in northwest Pakistan's restive tribal belt today in a sudden surge in violence against the minority Shia community.

State-run Radio Pakistan said that at least 40 people were killed and over 100 injured in the bombings which occurred in a span of a few minutes in the central market of Parachinar town in Kurram Agency, one of seven tribal districts where ... Read More
Zardari's party to boycott presidential election in Pakistan
PTI

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People's Party on Friday decided to boycott next week's presidential election to protest over advancing of the polling dates.

Senior PPP leader and presidential candidate Raza Rabbani said the rescheduling of the election date to July 30 from August 6 had drastically curtailed the time period needed for campaign.

The Election Commission had announced that the polls would be held on August 6, which falls on 27th day of the Muslim holy month of ... Read More
Pakistani parties name presidential candidates
Islamabad: Pakistani political parties have nominated their candidates for the upcoming presidential elections with the ruling party's candidate seen as the front-runner.

Tariq Azeem, a spokesman for the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-N party, says the party on Wednesday nominated Mamnoon Hussain, a former governor of southern Sindh province.

In Pakistan, the president is elected not by a popular vote but by voting in the Senate, National Assembly and the assemblies of the four provinces.

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Ahmadis killed and gravely wounded in attacks
The persecution of the Ahmadis, a minority sect, by police and fundamentalist Muslim groups is continuing unabated. In the month of June, two persons from the Ahmadiyya sect were gunned downed by 'unknown killers' in Karachi and Lahore. Another Ahmadi was shot and seriously injured.

In the city of Sialkot, Punjab province, the Ahmadis were stopped from offering Friday prayers and police asked them to produce a No Objection Certificate (no such thing exists) for offering ... Read More
Supreme Court to hear Pakistani prisoners’ matter
* Several petitions filed by State Legal Aid Committee & Panthers Party shall come up for hearing (Court No.4) on 16th July, 2013 namely, Bhim Singh vs. Union of India & Ors.

* A petition on the prisoners of war 1965 has also been listed for hearing.
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Jihad to convert Hindu girls to Islam rages on
The Jihad to convert Hindu girls is continued unabated under the indifferent attitude of Pakistani authorities. In recent months, seven Hindu girls have been targeted in the conversion to Islam campaign. Of the seven, five have been abducted and converted by Muslim goons. One Hindu girl was abducted and forced to convert to Islam, but she has been subsequently recovered by the police. In one case, the attempted abduction was foiled by the passer-byes.

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Letter from PM Nawaz Sahriff to Indian PM
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PEACE ACTIVIST FROM PAKISTAN INTERACTS WITH STUDENTS IN AMAN CHAUPAL
"Ma'm, Kya Pakistan mein Hindus rehte hai?" (Ma'm, Do Hindus live in Pakistan?) asked a student.

"Haan, Beta. Pakistan mei Hindu, Sikh, Christians, sab rehte hai" (Yes my dear, there are Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and people of other religions in Pakistan), replied Saeeda Diep, a renowned Peace Activist and Chairperson, Institute of Peace & Secular Studies, Lahore from Pakistan.

"Pakistan ke log hamare baare mei kya soche hai?" (What do people from Pakistan think about ... Read More
Campaign supporting those that stripped Christian women naked begins
The Asian Human Rights Commission (AHRC) has received a report issued by a Christian organization, CLAAS (Center for Legal Aid, Assistance & Settlement), negating the stripping and parading of Christian women in what appears to be an attempt to exonerate those that violated the rights of the women. Throughout the report, the organizations that joined the so-called fact finding mission of CLAAS, have not in any way condemned the incident itself, where women were ... Read More
A young woman stoned to death for having a cell phone after ruling by a Panchayat
Arifa, a mother of two, has been stoned to death on the orders of Panchayat (a tribal court) for possessing a cell phone. She was executed on 11 July in the district of Dera Ghazi Khan in Punjab province. The victim was stoned to death by her uncle and relatives on the orders of Panchayat after she was found to have a mobile phone.

According to media reports her uncle, cousins and other relatives threw stones ... Read More
Suicide attack the biggest sin in Islam
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Report Cites Pakistan’s Failings Before U.S. Killed Bin Laden
By DECLAN WALSH

LONDON — Osama bin Laden lived unmolested in Pakistan for almost a decade because of the “collective incompetence and negligence” of the country’s security forces, according to a scathing Pakistani government report that was leaked to the news media on Monday.

The four-member Abbottabad Commission, led by a Supreme Court judge, interviewed 201 people, including the country’s intelligence leaders, in an effort to piece together the events around the American raid on May 2, ... Read More
Brutal murder of a 13 year old boy by the wife of a feudal lord
Two brothers, Javed, age 9 and Jameel, age 13 were taken against their parents' will from their village, Kotla Rahm Ali Shah, to go work in Multan as servants in the home of Faheem Abbas Shah, the land-owner for whom the family works. The parents of the boys repeatedly asked for the return of their sons. They wanted their boys to study and not work in the city. Faheem denied their request and did not ... Read More
Hafiz Saeed asks Pakistan govt not to buy electricity from India
PTI

LAHORE: Pakistan should not buy electricity from India, Jamaat-ud-Dawah chief Hafiz Saeed has told the government, days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif directed his power minister to visit India to address the severe energy crisis facing the country.

"India is producing electricity on Pakistani rivers and offering the same to us to buy. Don't our rulers understand this basic point?" Saeed, the mastermind of the 2008 Mumbai attacks, asked while addressing an 'Ummat Conference' at ... Read More
Pakistan brings back death penalty
Reuters

Islamabad: Pakistan's new government, striving to appear determined to rein in escalating crime and militancy, has ended a ban on the death penalty, in a move condemned as "shocking and retrograde" by rights group Amnesty International.

Such a reinstatement of capital punishment is rare, with about 150 countries having already either abolished the death penalty or stopped administering it.

A 2008 moratorium imposed by Pakistan's previous government, praised at the time by global rights groups, expired ... Read More
Musharraf fails to appear before anti-terrorism court in Pakistan
Press Trust of India

Islamabad: Former Pakistani military ruler Pervez Musharraf, one of main accused in the assassination of ex-premier Benazir Bhutto in 2007, today failed to appear before an anti-terrorism court, which took strong exception and ordered his physical presence on July 9.

Mr Musharraf, 69, has been named as one of the main accused in assassination of Ms Bhutto by the Federal Investigative Agency (FIA) last month.

The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) in Rawalpindi fixed July 9 ... Read More
Musharraf should be tried for treason: Sharif
Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Monday said Pervez Musharraf will be tried for high treason for subverting the Constitution twice, including when the former military ruler ousted him in a 1999 coup.

If Mr. Musharraf is convicted of high treason, he could face a possible death sentence or life imprisonment.

Mr. Sharif made the announcement in the National Assembly or lower house of parliament less than three weeks after returning as premier following his PML-N party’s ... Read More
Pakistan bombs kills 10, wounds top judge: Officials
KARACHI: Bomb attacks in Pakistan killed 10 people and wounded nine others on Wednesday, including a senior judge who was critically injured following a blast in the business capital Karachi, officials said.

The first bomb targeted Maqbool Baqir, a judge at the high court in southern province Sindh in the port city of Karachi, killing at least seven people on a busy street during the morning rush hour.

The bomb, planted on a motorbike, exploded as Baqir ... Read More
Suicide attack kills 14 at Pakistan Shiite mosque
Peshawar: A bomb attack killed 14 people and wounded more than 25 others at a Shiite Muslim mosque and religious seminary on the outskirts of Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar today, officials said.

"It was a suicide attack in which 14 people were killed and more than 25 others were wounded," senior police official Shafi Ullah told AFP at the scene.

"The suicide bomber, who was on foot, first opened fire at police guards who were deployed ... Read More
"It was her destiny to die this way….."
Nida Paras

"It was in her fate to die this way", these shameful words were said by a mother after she threw acid on her own daughter. These are the words used commonly by many families in Pakistani society in order to justify their actions and take shelter in this orthodox society.

This incident took place in the remote area of the southern district of Kotli, Pakistani Kashmir. Anusha (the victim) was first beaten by her parents ... Read More
First Hindu member in 16 years in Pakistan's Punjab assembly
For the first time in 16 years, a Hindu has entered Pakistan's Punjab Assembly as a lawmaker, less than a fortnight after the first ever Sikh became a member of the House since the country's creation in 1947.

Kanji Ram is only the second Hindu to be part of the provincial assembly after Seth Bharta Ram, who was elected a lawmaker in 1997.

Ram and Sikh representative Sardar Ramesh Singh Arora were both nominated by the Pakistan ... Read More
Multiple Attacks Shake New Pakistan Government
By SALMAN MASOOD

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Islamic militants blew up a bus carrying female university students in Baluchistan Province in southwestern Pakistan on Saturday and then attacked a hospital complex where the wounded had been taken and local officials had gathered to comfort them, leaving at least 23 people dead.

Lashkar-e-Jhangi, a banned sectarian group with links to Al Qaeda, claimed responsibility for the attacks in Quetta, the provincial capital.

The violence shook the newly formed ... Read More
Pakistani Taliban claim attack on NATO supply line
Pakistani Taliban claim attack on NATO supply line
Peshawar: The Pakistani Taliban are claiming responsibility for an attack on NATO supply trucks that killed four people in the country's northwest.

Around 15 militants on Monday fired rockets at the trucks as they traveled in the Khyber tribal region on their way to Afghanistan. Because of such attacks, the US has for years been reducing its use of Pakistani land routes to get supplies to troops in Afghanistan.

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Ahmadis are once again persecuted even as the new government is formed
For some time now anti-Jamaat-e-Ahmadiya (Jaamat) activities have been escalating all over Pakistan and particularly in Lahore. The members of Jamaat have been mercilessly tortured and rebuked in public over fake and felonious accusations. They have been threatened physically and mentally tortured and now live in fear of their lives. They have even been harassed while offering funeral rites for their dead. In Lahore, the person leading these inhuman and illegal activities is Muhammad Hassan ... Read More
Supreme Court disposes of missing persons' case
Lahore, June 6, 2013: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has moved the Supreme Court of Pakistan to review an order disposing of a petition filed in 2007 for recovery of a large number of victims of enforced disappearance.

On May 18, the Supreme Court had disposed of through a short order HRCP's constitutional petition regarding enforced disappearance of citizens filed in 2007 and observed that the petitioner could pursue the matter before a commission ... Read More
The Council of Islamic Ideology intends to complete the elimination of the religious minorities
Nasir Saeed

The Council of Islamic Ideology in Pakistan held a meeting on May 29, headed by Maulana Sherani, and warned that if the blasphemy laws are amended, the country's minorities will be unsafe, but how much worse could the situation get?

Minorities have been suffering since these laws were introduced by General Zia Ul Haq in 1986. Why is the council only now expressing concern about this? As if it had not noticed all the ... Read More
Musharraf remanded to judicial custody
Pakistan former President Pervez Musharraf was today formally arrested and remanded to judicial custody for a fortnight over the 2006 killing of Baloch nationalist leader Akbar Bugti.

Musharraf, 69, was arrested by a team from the Crime Branch of Balochistan Police.

The team was sent from Quetta to Islamabad yesterday after an anti-terrorism court in Balochistan rejected Musharraf’s bail application and ordered his arrest.

Acting on a request from the Balochistan Police team, an anti-terrorism court in Islamabad ... Read More
Nawaz Sharif formally elected Pakistan's Prime Minister
By PTI | 5 Jun

PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif was today formally elected Pakistan's Prime Minister by an overwhelming majority in the National Assembly, setting the stage for an unprecedented third term as premier.PML-N chief Nawaz Sharif was today formally elected Pakistan's Prime Minister by an overwhelming majority in the National Assembly, setting the stage for an unprecedented third term as premier.
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Pakistan Faces Struggle to Keep Its Lights On
By DECLAN WALSH and SALMAN MASOOD

LONDON — A week before he is to be sworn in as Pakistan’s prime minister for the third time, Nawaz Sharif has secured one form of power, yet now faces a fierce battle to find another.

Electricity shortages, bad for years, have reached crisis proportions. Lights go out for at least 10 hours a day in major cities, and up to 22 hours a day in rural areas. As the ... Read More
Stop factories from becoming slaughterhouses of workers
Karachi, May 24: The governments and International Brands are directly responsible for the gory incidents in Ali Enterprises Baldia Karachi and garment factories of Dhaka, Bangladesh, as their criminal negligence resulted in loss of lives of thousands of innocent workers. Strict steps should be taken to ensure proper safety of workers and stop turning the factories into slaughterhouses of workers.

This was said by labor leaders, addressing a large rally in front of Karachi Press Club ... Read More
Regional ties to ensure economic growth in slowdown: Pakistan
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