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.
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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.
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APPEAL FOR INQUIRY INTO DEATH OF PAKISTANI PRISONER IN JAMMU JAIL
We, at Aaghaz e Dosti, an initiative for Indo-Pak Friendship, express our concern over the recent death of a Pakistani prisoner in Jammu jail of India.
Shaukat Ali, who hailed from Pind Sail Jathan in Sialkot, had crossed the international border in 2008 and was arrested until he was deported in 2010. He was re-arrested in 2011 from Jammu for re-entering the border.
On 22nd February, Ali was found hanging from the iron window of a barrack ... Read More
Senior Taliban Commander Shot Dead in Northwest Pakistan
By PTI - PESHAWAR
Senior Tehrik-e-Taliban Pakistan commander Asmatullah Shaheen Bhittani was shot dead along with three others by unknown gunmen in the restive North Waziristan tribal area.
According to security sources, unknown gunmen opened fire on their vehicle near Darga Mandi area of Ghulam Khan tehsil in the area.
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Pakistan 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.
... Read More
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
Five polio workers shot dead in Pakistan: police
Gunmen on motorbikes shot dead five female Pakistani polio vaccination workers on Tuesday, police said, highlighting resistance to the country's immunisation campaign. Four were killed in three different incidents in the sprawling port city and the fifth in the northwestern city of
Peshawar, on the second day of a nationwide three-day drive against the disease, which is endemic in Pakistan.
Sagheer Ahmed, the health minister for Sindh province, of which Karachi is capital, said he had ordered ... Read More
Petition to stop gender discrimination in Pakistan justice system
The gender discrimination in superior courts allows for only three females out of 103 judges
Please sign the online petition to eliminate gender discrimination from the superior courts of Pakistan send_small.gif
Mr. Iftekhar Choudry,
Chief Justice of Pakistan
Supreme Court of Pakistan
Constitution Avenue, Islamabad
Fax: + 92 51 9213452
Mr. Asif Ali Zardari
President of Pakistan
Tel: +92 51 9204801/9214171
Fax: +92 51 9207458
Mr. Raja Pervez Ashraf
Prime Minister House
Fax: +92 51 922 1596
Tel: ... Read More
'Centre clearing decks for Hurriyat delegation's visit to Pakistan'
Ahmed Ali Fayyaz
After releasing passports and issuing travel documents to some separatist leaders, the Government of India seems to be clearing the decks for a Hurriyat delegation’s Pakistan visit from December 15.
Sources in the Hurriyat Conference faction led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq disclosed to The Hindu that the Ministry of External Affairs in New Delhi had given its green signal to a separatist delegation’s Pakistan visit, which was being scheduled between December 15th and 22nd. ... Read More
PAKISTAN: Complete tenure of PPP Government and country is more corrupt?
Aijaz Ali Khuwaja
Pakistan's first political party is PPP, which has governed country, first time, continuously for last five years. What nation got in continuous rule of a vibrant political party? Nothing. We have jumped in list of more corrupt and insecure nations of the world. Here in our country only those are safe who are murderous, plunders and more and more corrupt. General masses are only "queuing Up for everything" from Roti to CNG.
In ... Read More
Global ’Malala’ war chest for girls’ education launched
Paris: Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari today announced a USD 10-million donation for a global war chest to educate all girls by 2015 set up in the name of Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by the Taliban for campaigning for girls' education.
The "Malala Fund for Girls' Right to Education" aims at raising billions of dollars to ensure that all girls go to school by 2015 in line with United Nations Millennium goals.
Pakistan Education Minister Waqas ... Read More
Journalists threatened for reporting the rape case of a six years old Hindu girl
The two prominent journalists of the area, Mr. Arbab Bheel of Dharti TV and Mr. Mushtaq Qamber of Daily Sindh Express, have been threatened by the main accused, Mr. Muhammad Mangrio, the brother-in-law of former Town Nazim (chairman) of Tehsil and his nephew Mr. Mashooq Mangrio, who told them over the telephone and conveyed through their henchmen that if they come to the place, the Ghulam Nabi Village, for further reporting they would be killed. ... Read More
US drone strike kills al Qaeda commander in Pakistan
Covert CIA drone strikes have killed a series of senior al Qaeda and Taliban leaders in Pakistan's tribal region over the past few years. The attacks are controversial because the secret nature of the program makes it difficult to determine how many civilians are being killed.
Pakistani officials often criticize such strikes as a violation of the country's sovereignty, which has helped make them extremely unpopular in the country. But senior Pakistani officials are known to ... Read More
100-year-old temple demolished in Pakistan
Pakistan, December 3, 2012: A century-old temple in Karachi was hurriedly demolished by a builder despite a Pakistani court hearing a petition seeking a stay on such a move, triggering protests by the minority Hindu community on Sunday.
Besides razing the pre-Partition Shri Rama Pir Mandir in Karachi’s Soldier Bazar, the builder demolished several houses near it on Saturday.
Nearly 40 people, a majority of them Hindus, became homeless as a result, The Express Tribune reported on ... Read More
International Day to End Impunity-- Impunity against media rises to unacceptable levels
Ehsan Ahmed Sehar
Eighty eight journalists have been killed in Pakistan during last decade out of which 36 were shot dead in target killing. In 2012, ten journalists including one TV channel driver were killed in three provinces, Balochistan, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa of the country as impunity against Pakistani media rises to unacceptable levels. According to the figures compiled by the Rural Media Network Pakistan (RMNP) twenty six journalists have been killed in Balochistan province ... Read More
Intimidation of journalists continues with the attempted assassination of Hamid Mir
An explosive device was planted in the car of a renowned journalist. It is not known as to whether this was an attempt to assassinate him or merely intimidate him. A right wing journalist by his writings Mr. Hamid Mir, the anchorperson of Geo news channel, has accused some 'state actors' and some 'non state actors' of involvement in planting the bomb under his car. He has been under threat from the Taliban and ... Read More
Pakistan test fires nuclear-capable ballistic missile
Islamabad: Pakistan on Wednesday test fired a nuclear-capable ballistic missile with a range of 1,300 kilometres (800 miles), the military said.
The military described the Hatf V Ghauri missile as a liquid fuel missile, which can carry both conventional and nuclear warheads.
It was Pakistan's eighth missile test so far this year and comes two months after its last test of a Hatf-VII with a range of 700 kilometres.
Sridevi is extremely professional: Adil Hussain
Pakistan successfully test-fires ... Read More
A Statement from the Asian Human Rights Commission
PAKISTAN: The people live in terror not knowing whether they will survive to see another day
Daily life in Pakistan is today marred by terrorist attacks that range from bombings to shootings and execution-style killings. All these are taking place in an environment where the law enforcement agencies are helpless to intervene. Little in the way of investigation takes place and even when the identities of the perpetrators are known no arrests are made.
While the ... Read More
No phone network in Karachi from 1pm to midnight over security fears
A suicide bomber killed 23 people and wounded 62 others at a Shiite procession in Rawalpindi on Thursday, the deadliest bombing in Pakistan for five months.
Ashura falls this year on Sunday and has been a magnet for sectarian attacks with rights groups heavily criticising the government for failing to stop extremist violence.
"We have shut our service in Karachi and Quetta on the instructions of the Pakistan Telecommunications Authority from 1:00 pm (0800 GMT) to midnight," ... Read More
Pakistan allows mobile phone services with India
Authorities have agreed to allow mobile phone services between Pakistan and India though certain issues remain to be settled, a Pakistani parliamentary panel has been informed by officials.
The standing committee on commerce of the National Assembly or lower house of parliament was told by officials of the ministry of information technology on Thursday about the move to allow mobile phone services between the two countries.
The panel expressed displeasure at the lack of modern communication facilities ... Read More
Pakistan dismisses blasphemy case against Christian girl
Reuters, November 20, 2012
ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - A Pakistani court dismissed on Tuesday a blasphemy case against a Christian girl which had drawn international condemnation and concern about the rights of religious minorities in the predominantly Muslim country. Rimsha Masih, believed to be no older than 14, was charged with burning pages of the Koran in August but was granted bail in September after a cleric was detained on suspicion of planting evidence to stir ... Read More
Bury the hatchet, Musharraf tells India, Pakistan
Underlining the need to “bury the hatchet,” the former Pakistan President, Pervez Musharraf, on Saturday said the Kashmir issue - the “root cause which spawns war” - had to be resolved.
He claimed that the Pakistan Army fully backed the peace initiative with India and stressed that all issues had to be dealt with at the same time rather than following a “step-by-step” process.
“We have to resolve this [Kashmir issue]. This is actually the root cause ... Read More
THE STREET OF THE TEENAGERS OF FOURTEEN
(Thanks to Shahla Haeri, the well known Iranian anthropologist and friend of
Pakistan, for sending this with the note: "My friend of many years, Nahid
Kabiri, is a multitalented poet, artist, dancer in Tehran. She has written the
following poem (in Persian, translated into English) for Malala and asked me to
send it to my Pakistani friends".)
by Nahid Kabiri
For Malala Yousefzai and all the heroines
like her living in her geographic region
Translated into English by Kambiz Parsai
In that grayish afternoon,
the ... Read More
Pakistan's minority Hindus feel under attack
By REBECCA SANTANA Associated Press
KARACHI, Pakistan—They came after dusk and chanted into the night sky "Kill the Hindus, kill the children of the Hindus," as they smashed religious icons, ripped golden bangles off women's arms and flashed pistols. It wasn't the first time that the Hindu temple on the outskirts of Pakistan's largest city was attacked, and residents here fear it will not be the last.
"People don't consider us as equal citizens. They beat us ... Read More
Pakistan frees 15 Indian fishers
Islamabad: Fifteen Indian fishermen were released by Pakistan on Sunday.
Superintendent of Karachi's Malir district jail Nazir Shah said the fishermen left for Wagah border on bus from where they would be handed over to the Indian security forces.
They were held for illegally entering Pakistan's territorial waters, Geo TV reported.
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Nitish Kumar gets warm welcome in Karachi
Mr Kumar was received at the airport by Sindh Chief Minister, Syed Qaim Ali Shah, and senior members of the provincial cabinet and other high-profile personalities from the business and trade community.
The Bihar chief minister, who is leading a high-level delegation will also visit the Mohenjodaro remains and the Sadho Belo Temple in interior Sindh during his week-long visit.
PM hosts dinner for Mulayam Singh Yadav, Farooq Abdullah
World names November 10 after Pakistan teen activist ... Read More
Pak cabinet ratifies five agreements with India
Rezaul H Laskar
Islamabad, Oct 31: Pakistan's cabinet Wednesday ratified five recent agreements with India, including a landmark visa pact aimed at easing restrictions on several categories of travellers, including senior citizens and businessmen.
Three of the agreements ratified by the cabinet during a meeting chaired this afternoon by Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf are aimed at boosting trade between the two countries.
The visa agreement was signed by then Indian External Affairs Minister S M Krishna and ... Read More
United States bans Pakistan minister for bounty on filmmaker's head
Islamabad: The United States has banned a Pakistani minister from visiting the country over his announcement of a bounty on the head of the maker of an anti-Islam movie.
Minister for Railways Ghulam Ahmad Bilour announced in September that he would give a $100,000 award to anyone who killed the maker of "Innocence of Muslims" which was produced in the US, reported Xinhua, citing Pakistani media.
The Pakistani government had disowned remarks by the minister but Bilour ... Read More
Pakistan puts Sukhbir Badal in clear and present danger
Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal and his 45-member delegation were left unprotected for a short while when their Pakistani police guards left their duty and went off to have dinner at a club here.
The incident occurred last night at the Royal Country Palm Club, where Pakistani businessmen had hosted a dinner for the Indian visitors.
Punjab Police chief Haji Habibur Rehman took serious note of the "security lapse" and ordered an inquiry into the ... Read More
Tariff set for power sale to Pakistan
New Delhi, Nov. 4: India has offered to sell 500 megawatt (MW) of electricity to power-deficient Pakistan at around Rs 7-8 per unit to be delivered at the Wagah-Attari border.
“India has proposed a tariff of Rs 7-8 for a unit of power, which is almost similar to the electricity tariff prevalent in that country. Further discussions on tariff and technicalities on wheeling out power will be held soon,” a senior power ministry official said.
On the ... Read More
Pakistan urges Indo-Pak visas on ID cards for Elders
The Punjab Assembly speaker said that Indian and Pakistani citizens who are over 60 years of age should be exempted from routine visa formalities and issued visas against their national identity cards.
Rana Muhammad Iqbal also urged the two governments to enhance mutual trade to strengthen Indo-Pak economy.
Speaking to a delegation of Sikhs from India, the speaker said the two neighbours should not become a “tool of external powers”, adding that they should work for the ... Read More
India’s entry could put Pakistan-Iran-Turkey train back on track
If a railways ministry proposal goes through, goods can be seamlessly sent from Calcutta all the way to Istanbul via cargo trains. The only entity standing in the way, quite literally, is Islamabad.
The ministry has proposed signing an agreement with India to grant it permission to use Pakistan’s rail services for transporting goods from Wahga to Iran, an official from the ministry told The Express Tribune.
The service could be provided using the Gul Cargo Train, ... Read More
Pakistan approves liberalised visa accord with India
Islamabad, Nov 1 (IANS)
Pakistan has approved a liberalised visa agreement with India that will relax curbs on issuing travel documents to traders, elderly people, tourists, pilgrims, members of the civil society and children, Xinhua reported.
The two countries had signed the agreement in September during the then Indian foreign minister S.M. Krishna's visit to Islamabad.
Pakistan Information Minister Qamar uz Zaman Kaira told a news conference Wednesday that at a cabinet meeting presided by Prime Minister ... Read More
India to lower tariff on most items exported from Pakistan
The Indian government has agreed to reduce its Sensitive List, maintained under the South Asia Free Trade Agreement, to only 100 items from present list of 614 items by April 2013.
Official sources in commerce ministry told The Nation that India will further lower duty on 514 items being imported from Pakistan, excluding them from sensitive list, and protect just 100 products of its country, keeping high tariff regime on their import.
This was decided under the ... Read More
Pak infiltration through Nepal border increases alarmingly
BAHRAICH: Pakistan is sneaking an increasing number of infiltrators through the porous Indo-Nepal border using four little known gateways in the Terai region along the western border. This year, 107 men and 43 women infiltrated through the Nepal border till October, reliable sources told TOI. The 2012 count is the highest in the last five years.
Between 2007 and 2010,127 men and five families from Pakistan crossed the Indian border. The number rose in 2011 ... Read More
Pak leader moots common currency for India, Pakistan
Over 1,200 items on the negative list regime for trade with India will be withdrawn in December and the time has come for the two countries to think of introducing a common currency to boost trade, ruling Pakistan People's Party leader Jehangir Badr has said.
"Precisely 1,209 items on the negative list of trade with India will be withdrawn by December," Badr said while addressing a Pakistan-India Media Conference at the Lahore Press Club yesterday.
The time ... Read More
Five die in feud over goat
By IANS - ISLAMABAD
Five people, including four members of a family, were gunned down in a feud over a stolen goat in Pakistan's northwest, police said.
The exchange of firing took place between two groups in Dogdara area Wednesday, reported Online news agency.
Members of Sherbaz group proceeded to Haya Gul Gujar's residence to inquire into the theft of their goat. But they were fired upon following which a shootout took place.
During the firing, Gujar ... Read More
Pak Persecution Worsens: Two more churches vandalised in Karachi
The St Francis Church, which has already been attacked twice, was vandalised on Friday after people protesting against power outages pushed broke in
The St Francis Church, which has already been attacked twice, was vandalised on Friday after people protesting against power outages pushed broke in
Pakistan, October 20, 2012: Two churches have been vandalised within 10 days in the southern Pakistani city of Karachi, taking the total number of churches attacked this year to six and ... Read More
Pak-India peace conference
A one-day Pak-India peace conference was held last week Friday at Lahore Press Club to promote friendly relations between the two countries.
A 40-member Indian journalists’ delegation arrived here in the City on Thursday to take part in the peace moot on the invitation of Lahore Press Club (LPC). President, LPC, Arshad Ansari and members of the governing body welcomed the visiting guests at Wahga border amid beat of drums and songs by folk singers.
President Chandigarh ... Read More
Karachi Church attacked and desecrated
Pakistan, October 16, 2012: On Friday afternoon (October 12th), after Muslim Jumma prayer a 600 strong mob attacked and damaged a church in the old city area of Karachi. Earlier the same villagers set fire to the belongings of Ryan Bryan a teenager now accused of blasphemy in the same town. On Saturday a large number of civil society activists and members of the Christian community held a demonstration, urging the authorities to protect them ... Read More
India-Pakistan border trade may see a boom
The Attari-Wagah international land border between India and Pakistan in Punjab has been witness to two wars and has troopers guarding it round the clock, but things could change for the better in 2013 as trade through the crossing is set to expand.
Pakistan has agreed to allow trading of up to 6,000 items from the current 137 via the land border route. This means that trade between both countries could go up by at least ... Read More
Shot Pakistani girl, Malala Yousufzai, can recover, say UK doctors
Birmingham, England: A Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban has every chance of making a "good recovery", British doctors said on Monday as 14-year-old Malala Yousufzai arrived at a hospital in central England for treatment of her severe wounds.
Yousufzai, 14, shot in the head and neck for advocating education for girls, was flown from Pakistan to receive specialist treatment at Birmingham's Queen Elizabeth Hospital at a unit expert in dealing with complex ... Read More
Fast-track business: Fresh move for speedier India-Pakistan trade
Pakistani authorities have decided to enhance the existing capacity of resources and manpower to ensure fast-tracked trade between Pakistan and India.
Thereby, customs officials at the Wagah border are instructed to perform their duties round-the-clock in three shifts, starting from today, The Express Tribune has learnt.
The decision was taken at an inter-departmental meeting held at the Wagah border.
Joint Director of the Anti Narcotics Force (ANF) Colonel Amjad, Commanding Officer National Logistic Cell (NLC) Colonel Ishtiaq Wayen, ... Read More
Mentally challenged Christian girl Rimsha Masihi accused of blasphemy given assylum in Norway
Norway, 9th October, 2012 : Rimsha Masih, 14, arrived in the Scandinavian nation with support from the Norwegian government, said Farrukh H. Saif, executive director of the Pakistan-based Christian aid and advocacy group World Vision In Progress (WVIP).A mentally challenged Christian girl who was detained in Pakistan on charges of ‘blasphemy against Islam’ has fled to Norway with family members, a Christian official involved in the operation confirmed Monday, October 8.She is accompanied by her ... Read More
Faisalabad: Muslim-Christian march for peace and religious freedom
Pakistan, October 10, 2012: A Christian-Muslim march to demand an end to the violence against religious minorities, respect for human rights and an end to the personal attacks against journalists, women and innocent workers. It is an initiative promoted by civil society of Faisalabad (Punjab), under the motto “Non-violence for a peaceful coexistence.” Supporters of the march include Peace and Human Development (Phd Foundation), led by Christian leader Suneel Malik, and the Association ... Read More
Pakistan Erupts in Anger Over Taliban’s Shooting of Schoolgirl
Shakil Adil/Associated Press
The Muttahida Qaumi Movement, a party based in Karachi, prayed for the well being of Malala Yousafzai on Wednesday.
By DECLAN WALSH
A Taliban gunman singled out and shot the girl, Malala Yousafzai, on Tuesday, and a spokesman said it was in retaliation for her work in promoting girls’ education and children’s rights in the northwestern Swat Valley, near the Afghan border.
Ms. Yousafzai was removed from immediate danger after the operation in a military hospital ... Read More
Indian students find home in Lahore
Walking across Wagah border from India into Pakistan, the Indian students had expected to step into a foreign land. But they found mostly familiarity — familiar people, food, culture and history.
The four-member team from Vasant Valley School, New Delhi, was visiting Lahore to participate in the first International Sondhi Debating Challenge Cup. Held at the Lahore College of Arts and Sciences (LACAS), in mid-September, the event is named for the respected late Prof G.D. Sondhi, ... Read More
Attack on teenage girl exposed extremist mindset in Pakistan: General Kayani
General Kayani said the terrorists had underestimated the "resolve and resilience" of the people.
"It is time we further unite and stand up to fight the propagators of such barbaric mindset and their sympathisers," he said.
"We wish to bring home a simple message: We refuse to bow before terror. We will fight, regardless of the cost, we will prevail Insha Allah," General Kayani was quoted as saying in a statement issued by the military.
However, the Army ... Read More
Pakistan allows extra 200,000 tonnes of sugar exports to India
Traders from neighouring India are showing interest in the sugar as prices there are much higher than in Pakistan. Most sugar so far exported from the nation has gone to Afghanistan, Saudi Arabia and east African countries.
Pakistan will allow exports of 200,000 tonnes of sugar on top of the 300,000 tonnes already permitted, a producers’ body said, as it looks to trim surplus stocks and bolster domestic prices.
“There was a request to allow (extra) exports ... Read More
Training in civil journalism, social activism
Islamabad—The first-ever Youth TechCamp in Pakistan concluded Saturday after three days of hands-on, interactive training in civic journalism and social activism.
A signature series hosted by the U.S. Department of State to increase digital literacy, Youth TechCamp Pakistan provided 40 young Pakistanis with three days of training with top Pakistani technology experts who are experts in civic journalism and social activism. The young participants are alumni of the U.S.-sponsored Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) ... Read More
Blasphemy laws may be used to punish Muslims
KARACHI, Pakistan (AP) — Pakistan's blasphemy laws may be used to punish Muslims suspected of ransacking a Hindu temple, an intriguing twist for a country where harsh laws governing religious insults are primarily used against supposed offenses to Islam, not minority faiths.
The blasphemy laws, sections of which carry the death penalty or life imprisonment, have drawn renewed international scrutiny this year after a young Christian girl in Islamabad was alleged to have desecrated the Muslim ... Read More
Pakistani authority's top post sees three changes in 24 hours!
The top post at Islamabad's Capital Development Authority (CDA) saw three changes within 24 hours.
Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf Monday ordered senior officer Javed Iqbal Awan to replace the incumbent Farkhand Iqbal, Dawn reported. A while later, he had second thoughts and chose Syed Tahir Shahbaz. Awan was reassigned to head the National Highway Authority.
Farkhand Iqbal promptly went to the Islamabad High Court to protest his removal. The Establishment Division, which processes postings ... Read More
Asif Zardari rakes up Kashmir canard at UN again
Pakistan once again resorted to its old tactics of raking up the Kashmir issue in the United Nations when its President Asif Ali Zardari sought a solution to the issue under UN resolution.
He said Kashmir remains a symbol of failure of the UN system and Pakistan's principled position on territorial disputes remains a bedrock of its foreign policy.
"Kashmir remains a symbol of failures, rather than strengths of the UN system," Zardari said in his 20-minute ... Read More
Pakistani Minister Offers Bounty Over Anti-Islam Video
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Ghulam Ahmad Bilour, the federal railways minister, said at a news conference in the northwestern city of Peshawar that he would personally finance a bounty aimed at the maker of a crude, low-budget video that denigrates the Prophet Muhammad.
Mr. Bilour acknowledged that incitement to murder was illegal, but said he was “ready to be hanged in the name of the Prophet Muhammad.” And he ... Read More
Insults to Islam ignite violence in Pakistan, 15 killed
Islamabad: Muslim protests against insults to the Prophet Mohammad turned violent in Pakistan, where at least 15 people were killed on Friday, the Muslim day of prayer, but remained mostly peaceful in other Islamic countries.
In France, where the publication of cartoons denigrating the Prophet stoked anger over an anti-Islam video made in California, the authorities banned all protests over the issue.
"There will be strictly no exceptions. Demonstrations will be banned and broken up," ... Read More
Students protest against anti-Islam film in Pakistan
There have been dozens of protests around Pakistan over the past week and at least two people have been killed, but Thursday is the first time protests in the capital have turned violent.
Police fired tear gas and live rounds as the protesters, chanting "We are ready to die to safeguard the Prophet's honour," tried to break through a barrier of truck containers set up to block access to the diplomatic enclave.
"I was ordered by my ... Read More
Pakistan TV Airs Obama Ad Denouncing Anti-Islam Video
The U.S. State Department is airing a message on television channels in Pakistan with President Barack Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton disavowing an anti-Islamic film that triggered riots.
The U.S. embassy in Islamabad produced the ad from public comments by Obama and Clinton, and the State Department spent about $70,000 to buy commercial time to show it, department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland told reporters in Washington yesterday.
The ad is an attempt to defuse ... Read More
Hindus from Pakistan flee to India, citing religious persecution
Pakistani Hindu pilgrims arrive at the India-Pakistan border post in Wagah on Saturday
Pakistani Hindu pilgrims arrive at the India-Pakistan border post in Wagah on Saturday
Pakistan, August 15, 2012: Pakistan has 2.7 million Hindus in a majority-Muslim population of 180 million.They represent those who chose to stay after the sectarian blood bath that accompanied the 1947 partition of the subcontinent at the end of British rule.
The Pakistani Hindus’ allegations of persecution and expressed desire to stay ... Read More
Christian girl granted bail in Pakistan Islam defamation case
Islamabad: A Christian girl arrested in Pakistan for defaming Islam was granted bail on Friday, a judge said, days after police detained a Muslim cleric on suspicion of planting evidence to frame her.
It was not clear when the girl, Rimsha Masih, would be released.
Masih, whose arrest last month angered religious and secular groups worldwide, may be in danger if she is set free and stays in Pakistan.
In Muslim Pakistan, the mere allegation of causing offence ... Read More
SM Krishna calls on Pakistani Prime Minister
Islamabad: Pakistani Prime Minister Raja Pervez Ashraf told India's External Affairs Minister SM Krishna that his country is looking forward to a visit by his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh.
Mr Krishna and Mr Pervez talked about ways to carry forward Indo-Pak relations, sources privy to the meeting said. Pakistan Foreign minister Hina Rabbani Khar was also present during the 20-minute meeting.
Meanwhile, leaders from Pakistan's three main political parties called on Mr Krishna, who arrived in Islamabad ... Read More
Hate content against Hindus, Sikhs in Pak text books increases manifold
At a time when Pakistan is plagued by terrorism, its official academia has been unable to stop the inclusion of hate material targeting Hindus, Christians and Sikhs and fanning sectarian hatred in school curriculum.
This hate materials included in text books being used in Punjab and Sindh provinces mainly targets the country's religious minorities Hindus, Christians and Sikhs and
India and Westerners, says the NGO National Commission for Justice and Peace.
"The latest text books have more hate ... Read More
Still no bail for Pakistan 'blasphemy' girl
Islamabad: A Pakistani court on Monday adjourned by another four days possible bail for a Christian girl accused of blasphemy in a case that has sparked international criticism.
Judge Muhammad Azam Khan has repeatedly delayed bail proceedings for Rimsha Masih, who was arrested last month accused of burning papers containing verses from the Quran in breach of Pakistan's blasphemy laws, punishable by death.
Judge Khan on Monday again put back the hearing until September 7 following a ... Read More
Explosive-ridden vehicle rams into US govt vehicle in Pak, 3 killed
An explosives-laden car rammed a vehicle leaving the US Consulate in Peshawar city of northwest Pakistan today, killing at least three persons and injuring over a dozen others, including foreigners.
The incident occurred at a short distance from the US Consulate and an office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees at Aabdara Road in Peshawar, the capital of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province.
Police said the vehicle leaving the US Consulate was rammed by the explosives-laden car.
Three persons ... Read More