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
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
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
Pakistan's new spymaster nominated by the Army
By Ajai Shukla
On September 22, Pakistan's military nominated Lieutenant General Rizwan Akhtar to replace Lt Gen Zahir-ul-Islam as chief of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) on October 8. It is important to know what makes him tick, given his organisation's continued reliance on "sub-conventional assets" - referred to in more sensible circles as jihad-fuelled crazies.
The announcement was notable for two reasons. First, it was made by the military, not the civilian government, indicating that the army, ... 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
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
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
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
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
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
(August 8, 2014)
(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
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
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
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.
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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
Peace Briefing From www.erasingborders.org
*Pakistan’s rainwater harvesting, Express Tribune, June 23, 2014
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
By Cy Thannikary
*India-Pak: Shawl-sari diplomacy, Aman Ki Asha, June 11, 2014
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
April 25, 2014
*Afghan woman's risky pursuit of education, CBC News, Apr 20, 2014
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
April 11, 2014
IN THIS ISSUE:
*Muslim sisters' 'nikah' in Shiva temple in Uttar Pradesh, Deccan Herald, March 11, 2014
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
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
*(NRIs & NRP's) Celebrating Women's Day, together, Aman Ki Asha, April 2, 2014
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
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
*Indian actor not act in shows that disparage Pakistan, Aman Ki Asha, March 19, 2014
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.
... Read More
Peace Briefing erasingborders
*Khudai Khidmatgar launch year-long "Caravan for Humanity" campaign, IANS, Feb 23,
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
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.
... Read More
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 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
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
*Let 21st century be about dialogue: Dalai Lama, Arun P Mathew, TNN, Jan 8, 2014
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
*Women rangers now roam Afghanistan's first national park, Guardian, December 31, 2013
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
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
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
*An India-Pakistan love tale and a film -- Zinda Bhaag, SAMN, December 12, 2013
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
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
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
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
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."
The family ... Read More
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
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
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?
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.
http://amankiasha.com/detail_news.asp?id=1221 ... Read More
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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 ?
*Mass Ramzan prayer take pledge against terrorism, PTI, August 05, 2013
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
"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
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
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.
Krrish 3 trailer takes off with lots of ... Read More
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
World's concern about minorities in Pakistan
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
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
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.
Yes Bank hopes ... Read More
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.
The Muslim ... Read More
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
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
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
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….."
"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.
On ... Read More
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
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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ISLAMABAD: After years in oblivion, Nawaz Sharif, known ... Read More
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
Pakistan Politician From Imran Khan’s Party Shot Dead in Karachi
By Khurrum Anis in Karachi at email@example.com; Anurag Joshi in Mumbai at firstname.lastname@example.org
The vice president of former Pakistan cricketer Imran Khan’sTehreek-e-Insaf party was shot dead outside her home in Karachi yesterday.
Zara Shahid Hussain was killed by three men as she parked her car after arriving home yesterday evening, Nasir Aftab, a senior superintendent of police in Karachi in the southern Sindh province, said by phone today.
“The police are investigating whether this was a ... Read More
Anti women practices and policies in the general elections
It was indeed a pleasant surprise to see NA 44 FATA appearing as the "breaking news" on March 31, 2013, and the reason behind this first time privilege was none other Badam Zari, the 38 year old Bajour Agency's resident, home maker turned independent electoral candidate who wanted to work for the women of FATA with the conviction that "Men in Bajour generally respect women". Then followed a 70 year old but enthusiastic widow ... Read More
Pakistan to release 51 Indian fishermen
Islamabad: Pakistan on Friday announced that country's caretaker Prime Minister Mir Hazar Khan Khoso has decided to released 51 Indian fishermen on humanitarian grounds.
All the fishermen have served their sentences.
"The decision was taken at a high level meeting attended by Federal Minister for Law, Ahmer Bilal Sufi, Chief Minister Sindh Justice (R) Zahid Qurban Alvi and senior officials of the Ministries of Interior, Foreign Affairs, Law and Justice and PM's Secretariat," Dawn News reported.
Khoso expressed ... Read More
Imran Khan's party set to form government in Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa
Islamabad: Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf is set to form government in the militancy-hit Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province with the backing of the Jamaat-e-Islami while the PML-N and several smaller parties are expected to form a coalition in the restive Balochistan province.
The Pakistan Tehrik-e-Insaf emerged the single largest party in Khyber-Pakhtunkwa by bagging 35 of the 99 directly elected seats - far short of a simple majority.
The Jamaat-e-Islami, which won seven seats, announced last night it would back ... Read More
Pakistan elections: 49 polling stations had more than 100 percent voting
Islamabad: Forty-nine polling stations in Pakistan achieved the impossible - the votes polled were more than the total number of voters.
Data gathered by Free and Fair Election Network (FAFEN) observers at polling stations have shown voter turnout greater than 100 percent.
Pakistan went to the polls on Saturday and unofficial election results show that the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz is way ahead of its rivals. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf stood second while the ruling Pakistan People's Party is a ... Read More
President of India urged to remit life sentences of Pak-prisoners who have completed 15 years
New Delhi, 9th May, 2013:- Prof. Bhim Singh, Sr. Executive Member of Supreme Court Bar Association (SCBA) who is also Executive Chairman of State Legal Aid Committee has decided to submit a petition to the President of India seeking his intervention under Article 72 of the Constitution of India so that all foreign prisoners, mostly from Pakistan and POK, who have completed 15 years in custody or prison in any Indian jail. Article 72 has ... Read More
FORMER PAKISTANI PREMIER'S SON IS KIDNAPPED
Gunmen in Pakistan kidnapped the son of former Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Gilani.
Ali Haider Gilani, who is running for a provincial legislative seat in Saturday's national election, was abducted Thursday in the city of Multan in southern Punjab.
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The case of Pashtun genocide in the country
Pakistan is an interesting country and there are certain exciting things that only happen here. For instance, in our land of pure every now and then , a revolution is on its way, khakis keep on believing that this country is their constituency and keep on capturing it, Mullahs always find the religion in danger and the top judiciary wastes no time in taking sue motto notice against holding two bottles of whisky. As ... Read More
Imran canvasses for support from hospital bed
Lahore, May 8:
Cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan, who was injured in a fall at an election meeting, has made a dramatic appeal to the people from his hospital bed to vote for his party in the May 11 polls and help build a “new Pakistan”.
“On May 11, remember it is written in the Quran that Allah says He does not change the condition of any people till they change their condition themselves. You have to ... Read More
Pakistan Chief Prosecutor in Bhutto Assassination Shot Dead
By Augustine Anthony in Rawalpindi
The Pakistani chief prosecutor investigating the assassination in 2007 of Benazir Bhutto was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in the capital Islamabad early today as he drove to a hearing.
The car carrying Chaudhry Zulfiqar was attacked as he headed to an anti-terrorism court in the nearby city of Rawalpindi for proceedings related to the Bhutto case, according to police. “His guard said that someone from the rear fired on ... Read More
The military intends to back Al-Qaida candidates for the next parliament
There have been some developments during the past two weeks that reveal that in the coming elections elements of the Taliban and Al-Qaida had been offered seats in the parliament. Before these developments the security agencies with the help of right wing parties have also allowed 53 sectarian candidates to contest the elections without passing through the sword of the articles 62 and 63 of the constitution which debar any candidate known to be involved ... Read More
STATEMENT BY AAGHAZ-E-DOSTI OVER DEATH OF SARABJIT SINGH
We pray for Sarabjit's soul. It is an unfortunate reality. However, we condemn the revival of jingoistic sentiments. It is disturbing that a loss of life has become another opportunity to revive jingoism. Sarabjit's case had been there for two decades but the Indian Government had never took any major step for his release and now after his death, the Prime Minister declared him as "the brave son of the nation". The Indian Government had ... Read More
Musharraf moved from farmhouse to police headquarters
Omer Farooq Khan, TNN
Pak police reach Musharraf's house with court's arrest order
Ensure Pervez Musharraf does not leave Pakistan, SC tells govt
ISLAMABAD: Former Pakistan president General Pervez Musharraf was shifted from his farmhouse in Islamabad to police headquarters in the capital city on Friday, hours after he surrendered himself to authorities and the judicial magistrate granted him a two-day transit remand.
The decision to transfer him to Islamabad's police headquarters was taken by higher police officials ... Read More
AN OPEN LETTER TO ALL POLITICAL PARTIES OF PAKISTAN
The representatives of the Political Parties of Pakistan,
We would like to offer our respect to you for your continuous efforts towards building a people's government in Pakistan. In fact, in spite of various tide and ebbs in the long span of time and in various sectors, internal and external, Pakistan with its government always stood and proved itself a nation that is truly based on courage and desires of people and for the welfare of ... Read More
MQM leader, a candidate in Pakistan elections, shot dead
Islamabad: A Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) leader, who was a candidate for Pakistan's upcoming polls, was shot dead by unidentified gunmen in southern Sindh province today, police said.
Two gunmen, who were riding a motorcycle, shot at Fakhrul Islam outside his home in Halanaka area of Hyderabad city this afternoon. Islam was hit by several bullets and died instantly, police officials said.
The gunmen escaped after the attack. No group claimed responsibility for the killing.
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South Asian corporate leaders for removal of non-tariff barriers, SAMN, April 8, 2013
The corporate leaders of South Asian region have said that Pakistan and India should remove non-tariff barriers to increase bilateral trade which would enable their economies to flourish. Top marketing leaders and chief operating officers of several multinational companies from Pakistan, India and Sri Lanka gathered at a local hotel for a two-day conference titled South Asia Strategic Leadership Summit. Addressing the broader theme of "Collaborating for Change", the event was organised by Nutshell ... Read More
An Open Letter to the media houses after receiving a threatening email from a journalist
It is not unusual for human rights defender to receive death threats from persons, organisations or governments that do not agree with the stance that has been taken. However, when the threats come from a journalist it reveals the devastating plunge in the right to opinion and expression that has taken place in the country concerned. Journalists of all people have a duty to examine both sides of a story in order to ensure fairness ... Read More
Pakistan pitches for continued dialogue with India, SAMN, April 6, 2013
Pitching for continued dialogue with India, Pakistan says there are "very important" issues like Kashmir, Siachen and visa that need to be resolved. He said that there are also people-to-people issues like the visa issue that should also be settled. "As far as Pakistan is concerned, Pakistan wants that all issues with India are settled amicably….This can happen only when both the sides wish and there is a political will. The agenda of the ... Read More
ndia starts visa on arrival for Pakistani senior citizens, PTI, April 05, 2013
Giving a new fillip to its relations with Pakistan, India has started visa on arrival facility for senior citizens of that country….The new visa agreement was signed last September to ease cross-border travel as part of a number of Confidence Building Measures. Some clauses of the relaxed visa regime like multiple-entry and reporting-free visas for businessmen and allowing them to travel to five cities instead of the earlier three were operationalised when Pakistan's Interior ... Read More
Democracy Is Still on a Leash in Islamabad
C. Christine Fair
Pakistan is on the verge of an historic moment: This spring, for the first time, an elected administration will hand off power to another one after serving out its term. The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) government, which came into power in 2008 following reasonably free and fair elections, holds a number of dubious distinctions -- its massive corruption, its refusal to expand Pakistan’s miniscule tax base by imposing industrial and agricultural taxes on ... Read More
Pakistan Supreme Court adjourns Pervez Musharraf treason hearing
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan's top court on Tuesday granted former dictator Pervez Musharraf a breathing space in his battle against treason allegations dating back to his time in power.
Lawyers are petitioning the Supreme Court to have the 69-year-old retired general put on trial for treason for subverting the constitution during his 1999-2008 rule.
Musharraf returned to Pakistan last month from four years of self-imposed exile to stand in the May 11 general election, which will mark the first ... Read More
Two Pakistani women make history, to contest polls for first time
Islamabad: Two women from Pakistan's restive northwest have made history by becoming the first tribal women to file nomination papers for the May 11 parliamentary polls.
Forty-year-old Badam Zari filed nomination papers for a National Assembly constituency in the restive Bajaur tribal region yesterday while Nusrat Begum plans to contest elections from Lower Dir, a tribal district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
While an increasing number of women are taking part in politics in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa, it is almost unheard ... Read More
New Ideological Battle in Pakistan: Traffic Circle’s Name
By SALMAN MASOOD
LAHORE, Pakistan — If ever a squabble over a street name could sum up a nation’s identity crisis, it is happening in Lahore, Pakistan’s cultural capital.
Late last year, a group of Lahoris made progress in getting local officials to rename a busy traffic circle for Bhagat Singh, a Sikh revolutionary who was hanged at the site by the British in 1931 after a brief but eventful insurrection against colonial rule. They see ... Read More
Pakistan Militants Kill 7, Abduct 4 at Power Station
PESHAWAR, Pakistan—Several dozen militants armed with assault rifles and rocket-propelled grenades attacked a power grid station in northwestern Pakistan before dawn Tuesday, killing seven people and taking four hostage, police said.
Read more at: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887323296504578397742930690504.html
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Indian army repatriates two minor Pakistani boys
There was encouraging news on this past Sunday as the Indian army on Sunday handed over two Pakistani boys, who had crossed the Line of Control into India, to the Pakistan army as a goodwill gesture. The two boys, identified as Rehmatullah, 15, and Inayatullah, 12, of Kotli area of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), had crossed over to the Indian side of the LoC, that divides Jammu and Kashmir between India and Pakistan…."The ... Read More
Malala Yousafzai to fund Pak school project with Angelina Jolie
Malala Yousafzai to fund Pak school project with Angelina Jolie
London: A fund set up by Pakistani schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education, is to send 40 girls to school in her home region with the support of US actress Angelina Jolie.
Malala, 15, announced the fund's first project in a video message late Thursday to the Women in the World Conference in New York from Britain, where she ... Read More
Who is the best judge of a righteous person - the judiciary or the people?
Pakistan will hold its general elections on May 11, only the second to be held in a civilian environment in 35 years of this new Pakistan. It is, however, the first time in the history of the country that the power would be handed over from one civilian government to another.
Under the supervision of an independent Election Commission (EC), another first in the history of Pakistan, there will be less chance of vote ... Read More
The thirst for honour cannot be quenched unless blood is spilt
Although there is a law in Pakistan against honour killings known as the 'Criminal Law Amendment Act, 2004' these inhuman acts of revenge against innocent people continue to increase. The fact that the law has been amended to include honour killings shows the very real need for this inclusion, however, amending the law alone in insufficient and until and unless action is taken to enforce this law this abhorrent crime will continue.
Despite the fact ... Read More
Pervez Musharraf barred from leaving Pakistan; lawyer throws shoe at him in court
Karachi: It was a good Friday for former Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf. A Pakistani court today extended by 15 days the former military leader's protective bail in a series of cases, and a shoe hurled at him outside court missed its mark.
Mr Musharraf was restricted from leaving the country during the period that his bail was extended, reported the Associated Press.
Sixty nine-year-old Musharraf, who landed in Pakistan earlier this week ending four years of ... Read More
Cricket legend Imran Khan _ Pakistan’s election wildcard _ rallies 150,000 people in Lahore
By Associated Press
LAHORE, Pakistan — As Pakistan looks ahead to a national election later this spring, the biggest wildcard is shaping up to be cricket legend Imran Khan, who rallied at least 150,000 flag-waving supporters in the eastern city of Lahore on Saturday.
After years of trying to gain a foothold in Pakistani politics, the shaggy-haired, ruggedly good-looking 60-year-old has finally elbowed his way into the big league. Casting himself as a populist anti-corruption crusader, he ... Read More
Suicide bomber kills 10 in Pakistan
Peshawar: Ten people were killed in Pakistan on Friday when a suicide bomber attacked a paramilitary police convoy, security officials said.
The assault took place in the northwestern city of Peshawar, about 200 metres (yards) from the U.S. consulate but there was no indication the compound was the target.
Abdul Majeed Marwat, a commander for the Frontier Constabulary, said he was the target. Two members of the force and eight civilians were killed and 15 people ... Read More
Pakistan Army to deploy 50,000 troops to secure May 11 polls
Islamabad: Pakistan Army will deploy about 50,000 troops across the country to secure the general election process on May 11, which is facing a "massive terrorist threat" from the Taliban and other militant groups.
The Interior Ministry has warned of a "massive terrorist threat" during the elections as banned groups like Jandullah, Lashkar-e-Jhangvi and Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan were planning to carry out large-scale attacks in Balochistan province, especially in Quetta and Nushki.
The Taliban are reportedly planning suicide ... Read More
Killing of human rights defender Ms Perveen Rehman
On 13 March 2013, human rights defender Ms Perveen Rehman was shot and killed by armed motorcyclists, close to her offices. Perveen Rehman was a social and economic rights defender, working with communities in the slums of Karachi. She was director of the Orangi Pilot Project, one of Pakistan's most successful non-for-profit social programmes, which helps local communities escape from poverty. Perveen Rehman had recently been documenting the situation in villages close to Karachi, which ... Read More
Musharraf gets bail ahead of return to PakistanBy IANS - ISLAMABAD
Pakistan Friday granted protective bail to former president Pervez Musharraf who faces arrest in the country, just two days ahead of his expected return to Pakistan after nearly five years in self exile, a media report said.
Musharraf, 70, has been living in exile in Britain and the United Arab Emirates since he resigned as the president in August 2008. He had earlier announced that he will return to his country March 24.
An anti-terrorism court had ... Read More
The Supreme Court must ensure that Ahmadis should not be disfranchised
A Golden Opportunity to abolish self-contradictory Franchise System and Restore true Justice and Democracy in Pakistan
The world has strongly and repeatedly drawn the attention of Pakistan to its self-contradictory franchise system which denies the Ahmadi Muslims the fundamental right to vote.( Click here to read our previous statement on the issue
The Supreme Court of Pakistan has judiciously taken a firm action to open a petition submitted in 2007 by Kanwar Idrees, a ... Read More
A letter on persecution of Christians in Pakistan
Fr. Anand Muttungal
Bhopal: Isai Maha Sangh(IMS) expressed anguish over the violent attack against Christians in Joseph Colony, Lahore, Pakistan. Isai Maha Sangh held prayer for suffering minority people in Pakistan.
Isai Maha Sangh wrote a letter to Pakistan President Shri. Asif Ali Zardari , UN Secretary General, Shri. Ban-Ki-moon and Indian Prime Minister Shri. Manmohan Singh. In the letter IMS highlighted the plight of Minorities in Pakistan. It is since long years the ... Read More
Atrocities on minorities in Pak condemned
New Delhi: Condemning atrocities on minorities in Pakistan, a BJP member on Monday demanded in the Rajya Sabha that India raise the issue at international level as it was violation of human rights.
"The day Pakistan Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf was praying at Ajmer Sharif Dargah for world peace, Christian minorities were being subjected to atrocities in his own nation...Hindu minorities have been facing severe atrocities ...Why not take up the issue at international level," ... Read More
Pakistan leader to break ground on Iran pipeline
GABD: Pakistan's president traveled to Iran on Monday for a ceremony to mark the start of construction of a controversial pipeline to bring natural gas from Iran despite American opposition to the project.
The Iran-Pakistan pipeline is intended to help Pakistan overcome its mushrooming energy needs at a time when the country is facing increased blackouts and energy shortages.
But there are serious doubts about how Pakistan could finance the $1.5 billion needed to construct the pipeline ... Read More
Polio, Taliban, and media
Resistance to polio vaccination has been going through a constant phase of evolution in Pakistan, and with every passing day, it goes one notch up from its previous level involving people from conservative camps to enlightened ones as well. About six months ago, Maulvi Ibrahim Chishti of Muzaffargarh’s rural Khan Pur Bagga Sher area declared polio drops as ‘poison, un-Islamic’ and a ‘western conspiracy’ to render the population impotent. A few days later, tribal ... Read More
Health agenda should be embedded in political parties election manifesto
The 1946 Constitution of the World Health Organization (WHO), preamble states that, "the enjoyment of the highest attainable standard of health is one of the fundamental rights of every human being without distinction of race, religion, political belief, economic or social condition". The WHO further states that the right to health means that governments must generate conditions in which everyone can be as healthy as possible. Such conditions range from ensuring availability of ... Read More
The killings of journalists continue unabated
Two senior journalists were killed during the short span of 48 hours. As is usual, enquiry committees have been formed by the authorities to investigate the killings and the motives behind the incidents. However, as committees have been formed in the past for the same reason which have not shown any results there is not much hope that the latest committees will show any progress.
On February 27, Mr. Malak Mumtaz Khan, a renowned journalist ... Read More
Power returns to Pakistan cities after grid collapse
Islamabad: Power was restored in cities across Pakistan on Monday after the national grid collapsed on Sunday night, plunging most of the country into darkness for several hours.
Authorities said they had restored power in several areas of the largest cities, including Karachi, Lahore and Islamabad, though many regions in all four provinces continued to be without electricity.
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf had been monitoring the situation after the rare nationwide breakdown began at about 11.30 ... Read More
Pakistan arrests militant leader over Quetta bombings
Multan , Pakistan: Police said they arrested the leader of a banned militant group on Friday in connection with sectarian attacks in the northwestern city of Quetta that have killed nearly 200 people this year.
Two bombings about month apart targeting the minority Shi'ite community in Quetta, claimed by the Sunni militant group Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ), sparked demonstrations across the country and the dismissal of the local government.
Police said they arrested LeJ leader, Malik
"LeJ has ... Read More
Pakistan’s Media Police
By HUMA YUSUF
ISLAMABAD — Maria Khan, the host of a Pakistani television talk show,raided a massage parlor in a private residence in Lahore last week and accused the women working there of being prostitutes. Accompanied by the police, Khan and her “Baat Say Baat” camera crew threatened the employeeswith arrest, rifled through their purses, and cross-examined them about their work. The women’s faces were caught on camera despite their repeated requests not to be filmed. ... Read More
Prominent human rights defenders are targets of assassination
Two prominent lawyers and a well known human rights defender have been assassinated in target killings on February 2, 2013. Mr. Malik Jarrar 47, a Supreme Court lawyer, was shot dead in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber Paktoonkha province by unknown persons, riding a motorcycle. He was on his way to pick up his two sons from school. Mr. Jarrar was the former vice chairperson of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), an NGO, ... Read More
Religious extremists attempt to create a bloodbath in Sindh
Though the police have exonerated all five persons falsely accused of committing blasphemy they have failed to take any actions for their protection. This is particularly important as no action whatsoever has been taken against their accusers who are members of the militant Ahle Sunnat Waljamat. Regrettably this is another example of the policy of appeasement of the government towards religious fundamentalists who want to mold society to their way of thinking. It is likely ... Read More
Violence against aid workers goes Unabated
The protection of human rights defenders, community and health workers and NGOs staff have become a serious issue in Pakistan as incidents of violence against them has been reported in regular intervals. Unfortunately, the government officials have so far not devised any mechanism to provide protection to those who are trying to alleviate the sufferings of disadvantaged sections of the society.
On 31January 2013, four male community workers of HANDS were kidnapped from the ... Read More
Malala Yousufzai has successful skull surgery in UK
London: A Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban for advocating girls' education has undergone successful surgery at a British hospital to reconstruct her skull and help restore lost hearing.
A team of doctors carried out a five-hour operation on Saturday on 15-year-old Malala Yousufzai, who was shot in October and brought to Britain for treatment.
The procedures carried out were cranial reconstruction, aimed at mending parts of her skull with a titanium plate, and ... Read More
Country's war against Human Rights Watch
"A pack of lies" is Pakistan army's favorite defensive phrase whenever it is blamed for committing human rights abuses or covertly sponsoring Islamic extremist organizations. On December 13, 2012, the Pakistan army described an Amnesty International report, The Hands of Cruelty, as "a pack of lies" when the London-based international human rights watchdog exposed the involvement of security forces in widespread human rights violations in the country's tribal regions bordering Afghanistan.
On February 2nd, the Pakistan ... Read More
Suicide bomber kills 19 at Pakistan mosques
Peshawar: A suicide bomber targeted a Shiite Muslim mosque in northwest Pakistan on Friday, killing 19 people and wounding dozens as worshippers poured out of weekly prayers, officials said.
The bomber detonated explosives packed into a motorcycle in a narrow lane containing both the Shiite and a Sunni Muslim mosque in the town of Hangu, long a flashpoint for sectarian violence against minority Shiites.
"It was a suicide attack which targeted Shiites but Sunni Muslims also fell ... Read More
Pakistani girl shot by Taliban to have skull reconstructed
The shooting of Yousufzai, in the head at point blank range as she left school in the Swat valley, drew widespread international condemnation.
She has become an internationally recognised symbol of resistance to the Taliban's efforts to deny women education and other rights, and more than 250,000 people have signed online petitions calling for her to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize for her activism.
British doctors who treated Yousufzai say the bullet hit her ... Read More
Development challenges in Pakistan
Kumarian Press will release a new international development title next month that I feel you will find of interest entitled Development Challenges Confronting Pakistan.
In Pakistan, there has been limited substantive research conducted to identify the unique blend of structural impediments to development that prevail in the country today. Indeed, Pakistan’s prospects to promote viable, sustainable social development appear bleaker today than a decade ago. Development Challenges Confronting Pakistan seeks to rectify this void by bringing ... Read More
The AHRC condemns and protests against the calculated Shia extermination
On January 10th 2013, the New Year in Pakistan started with a gruesome bang of a continuing holocaust of sectarian cleansing in which Quetta witnessed 4 bomb blasts targeting Hazara Shias. The death toll of the day was 102 dead and hundreds injured. The day has been labeled as Black Thursday. Ali Dayan Hasan of Human Rights Watch stated “As Shia community members continue to be slaughtered in cold blood, the callousness and indifference of ... Read More
Pakistan Supreme Court Orders Arrest of Prime Minister
By DECLAN WALSH
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Pakistan’s Supreme Court ordered the arrest of Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf in a corruption case on Tuesday afternoon, dramatically raising the stakes in a tense standoff between the government and its opponents.
The court order came as an enigmatic preacher turned politician, Muhammad Tahir ul Qadri, addressed thousands of supporters outside Parliament and repeated calls for the government’s ouster. In earlier speeches, he said that a caretaker administration led ... Read More
India puts on hold visa on arrival for Pakistan senior citizens
By PTI - NEW DELHI
India today (Jan 15) put on hold the operationalisation of visa on arrival for senior citizens of Pakistan amid mounting tension on the Line of Control(LoC).
Government sources said the decision was taken after several agencies sought clarifications on facilities to be offered to the Pakistani citizens though the continued tension along the LoC following killing of two soldiers by Pakistani troops could be the apparent reason.
The visa on arrival facility for ... Read More
Indian Army releases pictures of Pakistan planted landmines on Indian soil
New Delhi: To prove that an infiltration had been undertaken by the Pakistan Army into Indian soil earlier this month, the Indian Army on Wedenesday released photographs of landmines allegedly planted by Pakistani troops.
In a statement, the army said that it had shared these photographs with Pakistan at the recently held brigadier-level flag meeting at Chakan-Da Bagh in the Poonch Sector, where the two sides discussed the repeated ceasefire violations. Pakistan has denied all charges ... Read More
Bomb kills 14 Pakistani soldiers in North Waziristan
Pakistan frequently protest publicly about U.S. drone strikes but has not taken any legal steps to end them.
On Saturday, Hakimullah Mehsud, the leader of the Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), had circulated a leaflet calling for an end to the Taliban's infrequent attacks on Pakistani soldiers in North Waziristan.
Thousands of Pakistani soldiers are stationed in North Waziristan.
The ceasefire did not apply to the rest of the country, where there are often fierce clashes between the Taliban and ... Read More
Protests over Pakistan Shia attacks grow
Protests against attacks on Shia Muslims spread across Pakistan on Sunday as the prime minister flew to the city of Quetta to meet mourners refusing to bury 96 victims of a sectarian bomb attack until they were promised protection from Sunni militants.
The protests were triggered by twin bombings on Thursday targeting Shia ethnic Hazaras in Quetta, capital of Baluchistan province. The attacks, claimed by the Lashkar-e-Jhangvi militant group, killed at least 96 people.
Sectarian killings have ... Read More
A Bloody Terror to Itself and the West
An unprecedented protest is unfolding in the Balochistan city of Quetta in Pakistan. Thousands of people have staged a sit-in, and are using coffins to block a road to protest the slaughter of Shia Muslims by Sunni Muslim terrorists allied with the Taliban.
On Thursday night, January 10, twin bombings targeting Pakistan's tiniest ethnic minority, the Hazaras -- descendants of Central Asians and who are distinguished easily by their unique facial features -- killed over ... Read More
Premier McGuinty Expresses Grief Over Pakistan Bombing
January 11, 2013
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty released this statement following a tragic bombing in Quetta, Pakistan:
“On behalf of all Ontarians, I want to express our sympathies to the people of Pakistan following yesterday’s bombings in Quetta. In particular, we offer our deepest condolences to the families who lost loved ones and our hearts go out to those injured in these senseless acts.
More than 100,000 Ontarians trace their roots to Pakistan, and many still have ... Read More
Death toll in Pak blasts rises to 122
Islamabad: The death toll in a string of devastating terrorist attacks in two restive Pakistani provinces Friday rose to 122 as authorities made special arrangements to airlift critically injured persons to the southern port city of Karachi for treatment.
A total of 88 people were killed in explosions that targeted a snooker club in a Shia-dominated neighbourhood of Quetta, the capital of Balochistan province, last night.
Dozens of people were killed instantly and at least five injured ... Read More
Students of India and Pakistan do what govts are struggling with
They wear different colours, but go through the same rollercoaster of emotions during an intense game of cricket. They have different cuisines, but enjoy food with liberal amounts of spice.
They are separated by stringent visa regimes, but now some schoolchildren of India and Pakistan are beginning to realise they aren’t so different after all.
Under the Exchange for Change programme, over 3,500 children from 17 schools in Karachi, Lahore, Rawalpindi, Delhi, Chandigarh and Mumbai poured their ... Read More
Outbreak of measles causes deaths of over 300 children during 2012
Recently, the Pakistani press and electronic media have displayed detailed pictures of children who sadly died because of measles, a very infectious disease.
The World Health Organization (WHO) also substantiates the news reports and informed that 306 children died in the country in 2012 due to this infectious disease. A large number of these deaths were reported in December 2012 in Sindh, the second most populated province of Pakistan.
It is ... Read More
The Art of Blasphemy
By HUMA YUSUF
KARACHI, Pakistan — Administrators at the National College of Arts, Pakistan’s leading arts college based in Lahore, are waiting to find out whether they will be charged with blasphemy, a crime punishable by death. Last summer, the college’s contemporary arts journal reproduced homoerotic paintings by Muhammad Ali depicting clerics alongside seminude young boys.
The controversy is the latest example of Pakistan’s institutions crumbling in the face of extremism and a sign that artistic expression ... Read More
Recently when people were rushing to enjoy their most favorite "Muqabla" of Indo-Pak Cricket match at Firoz Shah Kotla Stadium of New Delhi, some youths under the initiative of Aaghaz-e-Dosti (for indo Pak friendship) gathered outside the stadium with their face painted in colors of peace and love. They distributed pamphlets with messages of Peace and friendship to strengthen bond of India Pakistan relations.
Aaghaz-e-Dosti is an initiative for strengthening Indo-Pak relations and develop unwavering ... Read More
U.S. Drone Strike Kills a Top Pakistani Militant
By SALMAN MASOOD and ISMAIL KHAN
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — An American drone strike killed a top Pakistani militant commander in a northwestern tribal region, security officials said on Thursday. The death of the commander, Maulvi Nazir, was seen as a serious blow to Taliban fighters who attack United States and allied forces in neighboring Afghanistan.
The drone strike took place on Wednesday night and targeted Mr. Nazir’s vehicle in the Angoor Adda area in South Waziristan. ... Read More
PAKISTAN: A Dark Christmas in Balochistan
As the joy of Christmas dawned worldwide from Manila in the east to Managua in the west, and places in between, the spirit celebrating the birth of the Prince of Peace bypassed Pakistan. Most of the country was distracted by the frenzy of a cricket match against rival India, while its tiny Christian population was observing one of their darkest years ever.
But the condition of Pakistan's Christians on this, their "dark Christmas," paled when ... Read More
Pakistan expresses serious concern over India-Russia $2.9 bln defence agreement
Pakistan has expressed serious apprehensions over 2.9 billion dollars India-Russia defence arms agreement, which was signed this week.
Responding to queries during a weekly press briefing, Foreign Office Spokesman Moazzam Khan said that it (the India-Russia deal) is totally against efforts to prevent an arms race in the region.
The defence agreement was signed in New Delhi on Monday during Russian President Vladimir Putin's visit to India.
Under the accords, India will buy 42 Sukhoi Su-30 fighter jets ... Read More
Taliban capture at least 22 Pakistani government forces
DERA ISMAIL KHAN (Reuters) - The Pakistani Taliban have seized at least 22 men from a paramilitary force in attacks on three checkpoints in northern Pakistan, a regional official said on Thursday, but Taliban and other Pakistani sources put the number even higher.
At least 22 men were missing, two had been killed and one was injured after the overnight attacks, said Naveed Akbar, a regional official whose remit covers the paramilitary units.
Other Pakistani officials said ... Read More
Benazir Bhutto's son launches political career
ISLAMABAD: The 24-year-old only son of assassinated former Pakistani prime minister Benazir Bhutto is due to launch his political career on Thursday, the fifth anniversary of his mother's death.
Bilawal Bhutto Zardari is among hundreds of high-ranking Pakistani officials, including the current president, his father Asif Zardari, who gathered to commemorate Bhutto's killing in a gun and suicide attack during a 2007 political campaign rally.
"Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, following in the tradition of generations, will prove to ... Read More
Civil Society from PaK to attend Intra-Kashmir conference in Jammu
NISAR AHMED THOKAR
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Islamabad, Dec 13: A high-level delegation comprising civil society representatives, intellectuals, jurists and traders from Pakistan administrative Kashmir on Friday left for Delhi to attend a two-day intra-Kashmir conference scheduled to be held in Jammu from December 14-16 2012.
About 50 participants, hailing from both sides of line of control LoC, with special experience in judiciary, business, academics, culture, media, development and social fields have been invited in the conference being hosted ... Read More