Dawn’s senior columnist Cyril Almeida put on Exit Control List for ‘misleading’ story on national securityDaily Pakistan Hamza Rao

ISLAMABAD, Oct 11 – Senior columnist of Dawn Cyril Almeida has been put on Exit Control List after his ‘misleading’ story regarding purported deliberations in a meeting on the security issues stirred controversy. The writer announced Government’s latest move against the controversial story on Twitter. Dawn’s editor Zaffar Abbas defiantly replied after the Government placed its staffer Cyril Almeida on …

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JIT To Investigate Hazaras Murders in QuettaThe Express Tribune

Quetta launch

QUETTA, Oct 9: A day after gunmen shot dead four women from the Shia Hazara community, the Balochistan administration decided to form a joint investigation team to probe into the grisly violence which officials say violates all tribal norms of the province. A high-level huddle reviewed the security situation following Tuesday’s deadly assault on a bus which was en route …

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PPP Thunders in Parliament: `Why has the Govt been Unable to Defend Pakistan?’Dawn Report

Sherry Rehman (Credit newsanaotao.com)

ISLAMABAD, Oct 7: The Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) played the role of a vibrant opposition party today when it asked the government some tough question about its handling of the Kashmir issue. On the third day of the joint session of Parliament today when a resolution was passed on Kashmir, PPP lawmakers systematically criticised what they said was the government’s …

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People outraged as Karachi authorities poison at least 700 stray dogsReuters

Poisoned  Dogs (RT.com)

Pakistanis are shaming Karachi authorities over their poisoning of at least 700 stray dogs. City officials counter that the canines bite thousands of people yearly, and there is no other way to curb the problem. The poisoning of dogs got a fierce reaction from social network users, with most of them being outraged at the authorities’ actions. “Just bloody horrible”, …

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‘Pakistan Has Never Had a Functioning Democracy’THE WIRE Akbar Notezai Sept 17, 2016


Nafisa Hoodbhoy, the first female reporter in Pakistan, talks about the country’s ties with China, civil-military relations, terrorism and much more. Nafisa Hoodbhoy is a senior Pakistani journalist and author based in the US. She recently authored Aboard the Democracy Train: Pakistan Tracks the Threat Within, a book about politics and journalism in Pakistan. As the only female reporter working …

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Brothers Among 3 Brussels Suicide AttackersBy ALISSA J. RUBIN, KIMIKO DE FREYTAS-TAMURA & AURELIEN BREEDEN The New York Times

Brothers in crime
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BRUSSELS, March 23 — The Brussels suicide bombers included two Belgium-born brothers with a violent criminal past and suspected links to plotters of the Islamic State’s Paris attacks last November, the authorities said on Wednesday, raising new alarms about Europe’s leaky defenses against a militant organization that has terrorized two European capitals with seeming impunity. One of the brothers was …

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ATDT Website Completes One Year in September 2012

This website completes one year on September 11, 2012. That coincides with the 11th anniversary of the biggest terrorist attacks on US soil – and which have also turned into America’s longest serving war. The 9/11 attacks fetched me an offer by a US based publishing giant to write a book on Pakistan. For me, the motivation to write a …

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Bhambore – Crossroad of Ancient Trade Route to China & Middle EastDawn.com - March 14

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KUDOS to Sindh’s culture department for holding a series of moots at heritage sites to highlight the latter’s significance. The latest conference held last week at Bhambore with participation from national and international scholars and local citizens was part of the effort to draw public attention to the province’s rich heritage. The ruins at Bhambore date back, arguably, to at …

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NY Literati Attend ATDT Book Launch on Feb 21Listen to Audio of Book Launch

Author at book signing

In busy New York city, throbbing with frenetic commercial activity, the Western literati flocked on a cold Tuesday evening into the independent book store, McNally Jackson. They had come to hear the only woman reporter under Gen. Zia ul Haq, Nafisa Hoodbhoy launch her book, `Aboard the Democracy Train: A Journey through Pakistan’s Last Decade of Democracy.’ The event was …

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What Ails Pakistan RailwaysThe Express Tribune

Striking railway workers (Courtesy Kamran Razi)

Oct 17, 2011 (9:49 PM) In Pakistan ISLAMABAD: With train operations coming to a halt across the country on Monday, a high level meeting was summoned to find a way out of the deepening crisis that has pushed Pakistan Railways (PR) to the brink. But the outcome of the meeting, summoned by President Asif Ali Zardari, was far from definite …

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Saving the Mohenjodaro Ruins from RuinationRecommendations of the Mohenjo Daro Conference
Dawn editorial

The ruins of Mohenjo-Daro in the Sindh province of Pakistan. (Credit: memo.fr)

19th October 2011: The preservation of Moenjodaro was discussed at a conference held in Karachi on Saturday in which archaeological experts, top Sindh government officials and Unesco representatives participated. While the provincial government allocated Rs100m to help conserve the 5,000-year-old Indus Valley Civilisation and World Heritage site, experts in their desperation suggested burial of the ruins until such time that …

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Report on Religious Minorities in PakistanNational Commission for Justice and Peace

HRM Title Final

The National Commission for Peace and Justice has issued a report on the Religious Minorities in Pakistan in August 2011 which describes how Pakistan, Afghanistan, Egypt, Iran, Indonesia, Malaysia, Saudi Arabia and Nigeria are among the countries that have anti-blasphemy laws. In Pakistan, they note that under Zia ul Haq’s blasphemy laws, the penalty includes a mandatory death sentence for …

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Why are Pakistan’s ‘moderate’ clerics defending Salman Taseer’s murdererby Syed Hamad Ali, Guardian.co.uk

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He was only 18 years old at the time he was hanged for blasphemy. The accusations against him included allegations that he had made statements that mocked the “holy scriptures” and all “revealed religion”. He was also said to have described theology as “a rhapsody of feigned and ill-invented nonsense”. The man in question wasn’t another Pakistani being victimised by …

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Traders Respond to Government’s Energy Saving MeasuresFive Day Work Week

The Gillani Cabinet had to designate three Ministers to explain why two off days every week would bring about monumental savings in power consumption. Like always, no industrialist or businessmen will do what the government so desperately desires. Factories would run as usual, markets would be humming with the hustle and bustle, and the economic activity would continue on weekends …

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Strengthening Participatory Organization (SPO) Update on Sindh FloodNaseer Memon

The recent torrential rains have created havoc in Sindh. More than 350 people have lost their lives, 8,8million people have been affected among them 1.36 million are children and 240000 pregnant women facing hardships under open sky. Now the rains have stopped, the flood water is standing in almost all cities and villages of Sindh. Due to breaches in the …

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Tenth Anniversary of US Invasion of AfghanistanTerror Networks Relocate to Pakistan
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As the US marks the tenth anniversary of its invasion of Afghanistan, pro Taliban terror networks – driven out of Kabul in October 2001 – have reinvented themselves inside Pakistan. They are enabled by an inept foreign policy and absence of governance that allows the most brutal ideologues to consolidate themselves within failing states. The militants have found the most …

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Balochistan new hub of sectarian killings13 more passengers killed Oct 4
Mujib Mashal, Al Jazeera

5) Protests against massacre of Shia Hazaras (1)

October 06-11: “They ordered the passengers off the bus,” said Hassan, a 16-year-old construction worker who survived the September 19 sectarian attack on Hazaras, a minority Shia group in Pakistan’s southwest Balouchistan province. Carrying around forty passengers, mostly pilgrims going to Iran, the bus was stopped in the Mastung area, just an hour drive outside the provincial capital Quetta, and …

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Citizens Celebrate 25th anniversary of Literacy Drive for Pakistan’s ChildrenCEDF Promoted Education for 10,000 Forgotten Boys and Girls


Citizen’s Education Development Foundation (CEDF) celebrated 25 years on October1, 2011. CEDF is a small NGO with only one goal—Functional literacy for all. The organization has been imparting literacy to the forgotten children of Karachi through its network of 21 informal Home Schools and the Mobile School. After a year with CEDF, students are assisted with admission to government schools. …

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Oxfam Warns of Second DisasterSluggish Response to UN Appeal for Sindh Flood Victims

Sluggish donor response to Pakistan floods is another disaster in the making: Oxfam September 27th, 2011 at 3.02 pm. Islamabad – International aid agency Oxfam expressed alarm over the floods in Sindh and Balochistan provinces, as only $1.30 has been committed per person by international donors in the first 10 days of the UN appeal as opposed to $3.20 committed …

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Conditions for Monsoon Affected People of SindhThar Rural Development Project

Photo Courtesy by : Dr Sono Khangrahani

Torrential monsoon rains have pounded southern Pakistan, triggering serious flooding affecting more than five million people. The disaster has reportedly claimed the lives of 199 people, destroyed or damaged nearly one million houses, and flooded 4.2 million acres of land, prompting the Government of Pakistan to call for support from the United Nations.   Thousands of people are in urgent …

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