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Bangladeshi jailed for Facebook death threat to PM

DHAKA: A Bangladeshi university lecturer was sentenced to jail in absentia on Thursday for threatening to kill Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and defaming her on Facebook, a prosecutor said. A court sentenced Hafizur Rahman Rana, a lecturer at a prestigious university, to seven years in jail for posting the comments last April during a protest on campus, prosecutor Tapash Kumar ...

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EDITORIAL: A report on atrocities

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has compiled a report basedupon its recent fact finding mission to the restive province of Balochistan. The revelations contained in the report are nothing new. It speaks of how human rights abuses continue unabated in the province, how the people have hope in the newly elected democratic government but still hold the intelligence ...

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In Support of Declan Walsh’s Return to Pakistan

At least seventeen foreign news organizations based in Pakistan have appealed to the new democratic government to allow New York Times Pakistan bureau chief Declan Walsh to return to Pakistan. It was a disgrace that the respected correspondent, who had been covering Pakistan for nearly nine years, was expelled on May 9, 2013, two days before the general elections. It was ironic ...

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A Word of Solace

By Sehrish Naudhani I have been watching and hearing the news of bomb blasts, riots and violation on the face of earth on television and newspaper. But on June 15th, 2013, I heard a disastrous sound with a blow of air. It was approximately 2:25 p.m. I ran outside to see what had happened. Someone told me that it was ...

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Eight preachers abducted in Awaran

Awaran: Eight workers of preaching party abducted from Mosque in Tehsil Jhao Tuseday-Wednesday night.  According to the eye witnesses, unidentified   armed men surrounded mosque and kidnapped eight persons who were on mission of preaching Islamic values and teachings. The victims belonged  to Peshawar and Bannu, who had arrived Telar Jhao area of Tehsil Jaho some 80 Km from district Awaran ...

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Shutter down strike against murder of Bugti tribesmen

Hasrat Iqbal Baloch Quetta: On 26 June, a complete shutter down was observed throughout Balochistan against enforced disappearance of seven young Bugti tribesmen allegedly   picked up by security forces and later on their dead bodies were recovered. The Baloch nationalist and pro-freedom party Baloch Republican Party B.R.P being led by Bramdagh Bugti had given call for shutter down against their murder. ...

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Universal Media Ethics and Modern Media

By Baloch Khan, SME University, Karachi There is no legal sanction behind ethics except morality. Only a man morally responsible is ethicized. Ethics are related with duties to ourselves or duty to others. The coast of ethics sets certain duties and responsibility toward organizations oblige for operating the writing and broadcasting machinery. These ethical rules have check over the journalist, ...

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Editorial: Not the Words but Actions Required in Balochistan

Addressing a press conference on Tuseday, renowned human rights activist and member of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Asma Jehangir said that there are continuing reports of serious human rights violation, enforced disappearances, torture and extra-judicial killing in Balochistan. The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan team comprising Asma Jahangir, Justice Malik Saeed Hassan, journalist Kamran Shafi, cultural critic and human ...

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Fact-finding: Jahangir calls for paradigm shift in Balochistan

By Mohammad Zafar QUETTA: Amidst rampant allegations of extrajudicial killings and unabated militant violence in Balochistan, famed rights campaigner Asma Jahangir has appealed to the security and intelligence agencies to work within the ambit of the Constitution. “The government will have to avoid a pro-security policy, and formulate pro-peoples policies,” Jahangir, the former president of the Supreme Court Bar Association, told a ...

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Bolan Medical Complex Hospital re-opens today

By: Farah Jamil, QUETTA:  Bolan Medical Complex was reopened on Tuesday, 10 days after a terrorists attack on the medical facility and a suicide blast in a university bus, killing over 25 people in the violence-ravaged capital of Balochistan, media reported. Amid tight security in the hospital, doctors started their services today as long queues were witnessed at OPDs. Three nurses, ...

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