Civil Society

‘Rid Karachiites of water tankers’: SC says as CM Murad, Kamal appear in unsafe water caseShafi Baloch December 6, 2017 (Dawn Newspaper)


Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah, former Karachi mayor Mustafa Kamal and Karachi police chief Mushtaq Ahmed Mahar appeared before the Supreme Court on Wednesday for a hearing on a plea concerning provision of clean drinking water and safe environment in the province. Headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar, a three-judge bench at the SC Karachi registry …

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The deadly network of human traffickingThe Express Tribune (Nov 22, 2017)


LAHORE: The notorious gang of human traffickers, involved in an effort to smuggle 20 now deceased people to Europe, has very strong and organised network bases across the country and even outside its borders. The initial investigations conducted by the Federal Investigations Agency (FIA) disclosed that the suspected human traffickers used fake names and whatsapp to communicate. The investigations further …

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Turks being picked up for interrogation in PakistanBy Osman Arslanhan (Oct 1, 2017)

In the early hours of Wednesday, September 27, 2017, Mr. Mesut Kacmaz and his family – Mrs Meral Kacmaz (wife), Ms Huda Nur Kacmaz (17) and Ms Fatma Huma Kacmaz (14) – were abducted from their house located in Wapda Town district of Lahore. Mr Fatih Avcu, a fellow educationist, witnessed the incident and he was arrested by the raid …

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Rights activists condemn ‘enforced disappearance’ of Punhal SarioDawn Report (Aug 5, 2017)


HYDERABAD: Activists of nationalist parties, human rights and civil society organisations have condemned ‘enforced disappearance’ of Punhal Sario, a noted human rights activist and convener of the Voice for Missing Persons of Sindh, a day before. Mr Sario was picked up by occupants of a double-cabin vehicle at around 11pm on Thursday night near the Sindhi Language Authority (SLA) building. …

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Nawaz Sharif has gone. But Pakistan’s high-level corruption survivesTariq Ali (July 29,2017) The Guardian UK

Since Pakistan’s foundation in 1947, not one prime minister has served his or her full term. Things like assassinations and military takeovers happen. Today it was money rather than force that did for Nawaz Sharif. The Pakistan supreme court surprised itself by voting unanimously to ensure that he was not going to be the exception. The court declared him guilty …

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Human Rights Commission calls for building strong democratic traditionsHRCP press statement

Lahore, July 29. Commenting on the Supreme Court verdict in the Panama papers case and the subsequent developments the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has called for a nationwide effort to build strong democratic traditions. In a statement issued here today the Commission said: The highest court in the land has spoken and its command has been duly obeyed. …

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Tackling unemployment in rural SindhBy Naseer Memon (The News, 9th July 2017)


The government of Sindh has announced creating approx 50,000 new jobs in the next financial year. The budgetary announcement was greeted with cheers by many who still believe that a public sector job is the dream destination in one’s life. Youth in the rural Sindh particularly have great enchantment with public sector jobs. Students grow with prayers of getting a …

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The Guardian: Attack on Al Jazeera must be resisted UK newspaper says attack on Al Jazeera is part of ‘assault on free speech to subvert the impact of media in Arab world’.Al Jazeera


A demand by a group of Arab countries to close Al Jazeera Media Network is “wrong”, “ridiculous” and “must be resisted”, The Guardian newspaper has said in an editorial, joining a growing chorus of voices raising concerns about suppresion of press freedom in the Gulf. Saudi Arabia, the United Arab Emirates, Bahrain and Egypt reportedly gave Qatar 10 days to …

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Pakistan’s middle class continues to grow at rapid paceBy Salman Siddiqui May 2, 2017 (The Express Tribune)


KARACHI, May 2: The country’s middle class is experiencing a rapid growth, which is evident from the rising demand for consumer durables, education and health, according to the State Bank of Pakistan (SBP). The central bank, in its latest report on the state of economy, said that the growth in the consumption pattern in the country is indicative of a …

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In Pakistan, Carrying On a Legacy of Answering SOS CallsBy SABA IMTIAZ MARCH 15, 2017 The New York Times


KARACHI, Pakistan — For decades, the sight of Abdul Sattar Edhi pleading for donations was enough to press even the most tightfisted of Pakistanis into reaching for their wallets. Such was the impact of Mr. Edhi, a humanitarian icon in Pakistan who died last summer after a prolonged illness. In a country where many citizens have given up on the …

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Book Readers at Karachi Press Club get International Perspective on Pak PoliticsWhy Pakistan Finally Resolved to `Track the Threat Within'


Karachi, March 10: Journalists, writers, poets and political activists heard Nafisa Hoodbhoy speak about the final updated edition of her book, `Aboard the Democracy Train, Pakistan Tracks the Threat Within,’ at an event held at the Karachi Press Club on Friday. Moderated by senior journalist and anchor person, Mujahid Barelvi, the audience also heard from former assistant editor of Dawn …

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I was handcuffed and tied but it was worth my fight against One Unit

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50 years ago, 4th March, 1967 marked a watershed event in the post-Partition history of Sindh. It was the day when 207 students were arrested en masse at the G.M. Barrage between Jamshoro and Hyderabad as they staged a rally against the One Unit scheme that had been in place in the country since 1955. The protests were a culmination …

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Piecemeal approach to justiceBy Peter Jacob The News (Feb 18, 2017)

The National Assembly has passed Criminal Law (Amendment) Act 2017, a bill that seeks to address the issues of abuse of blasphemy law, sectarian hate speech, forced marriage of non-Muslim women and the crime of lynching. Therefore, the bill now due to be presented in the Senate, introduces changes to sections; 182 (falsification), 298 (hate speech), 498 B (forced marriage) …

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Missing activist: Samar Abbas’ family petitions IHCThe Express Tribune Feb 12, 2017

ISLAMABAD, Feb 12: Over a month after he went missing from the capital, the family of a Karachi-based social activist approached the Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Saturday, urging the court to recover him. The family has also urged the court to protect the missing activist from harassment and torture. Samar Abbas, a resident of Gulshan-e-Iqbal neighbourhood in Karachi, had …

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Blogger Goraya breaks silence on abduction but refuses to identify his kidnappersFeb 10, 2017 Islamabad


An activist abducted last month has broken his silence on his weeks-long disappearance, but is refusing to point fingers at who his abductors were. Ahmad Waqas Goraya was among five activists who vanished in Pakistan in early January. Human Rights Watch, opposition lawmakers and activists have said their near simultaneous abductions pointed to government involvement in a country with a …

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Court Refuses to Reinstate Travel Ban, Dealing Trump Another Legal LossBy ADAM LIPTAK The New York Times Feb 10, 2017

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WASHINGTON, Feb 9 — A federal appeals panel on Thursday unanimously rejected President Trump’s bid to reinstate his ban on travel into the United States from seven largely Muslim nations, a sweeping rebuke of the administration’s claim that the courts have no role as a check on the president. The three-judge panel, suggesting that the ban did not advance national …

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Trump’s Order Blocks Immigrants at Airports, Stoking Fear Around GlobeBy MICHAEL D. SHEAR and NICHOLAS KULISH The New York Times

WASHINGTON, Jan 28 — President Trump’s executive order on immigration quickly reverberated through the United States and across the globe on Saturday, slamming the border shut for an Iranian scientist headed to a lab in Boston, an Iraqi who had worked for a decade as an interpreter for the United States Army, and a Syrian refugee family headed to a …

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Three weeks on, five missing Pakistani rights activists return homeMubashir Zaidi The Hindu (Jan 28, 2017)


ISLAMABAD: January 28, Five bloggers and rights activists missing since first week of January have returned home in the early hours of Saturday as mysteriously as they disappeared. Police confirmed that they reached home. They did not say who kidnapped them or handed them over to the police. The relatives of the missing had registered cases of their disappearance with …

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Pakistan activist Salman Haider found, returned home Deutsche Welle (AP, AFP, Reuters)

Salman Haider, a rights activist and university lecturer who went missing earlier this month, was returned back to his family late Friday night. Senior authorities and relatives confirmed to local and international media that Haider had returned to his home on the outskirts of the capital, Islamabad. He was said to be safe and well.   “Police sources have confirmed that …

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Pakistan bans religious TV host Aamir Liaquat Hussain over blasphemy allegationsReuters Jan 26, 2017

Pakistan’s television regulator has banned a well-known talkshow host for hate speech, after he hosted shows accusing liberal activists and others of blasphemy, an inflammatory allegation that could put their lives at risk. Blasphemy is a criminal offence in Muslim-majority Pakistan that can result in the death penalty. Even being accused of blasphemy can provoke targeted acts of violence by …

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