Human Rights

Prominent human rights activist Asma Jahangir passes away in Lahore

LAHORE: Leading Pakistani human rights advocate, lawyer and former UN special rapporteur Asma Jahangir has died of cardiac arrest, her family said Sunday. She was 66. According to her sister, Hina Jilani, the funeral arrangements have yet to be announced. her daughter Munizae Jahangir, In a  statement by said that the  family waited for relatives to return to their hometown ...

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Gaddani: Victims of Sea Erosion still remain shelter less

By: Yousaf Ajab Baloch GADDANI: Sea erosion is a natural phenomenon that takes place along the coastal areas, causing loss of property and resulting hardships for the inhabitants.  Along the coast of Pakistan, Gaddani is also one of the affected areas by sea erosion. Sea erosion has submerged and  damaged houses of the poor fishermen, government owned buildings, religious places ...

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Gwadar’s growing water war

By: Mariyam Suleman The heart of China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) struggles with thirst after years of chronic water shortages and soaring rates of water-borne diseases. As the regional hub of global trade network enters a new phase of development, more people, and on-going construction work are using up the scant water supply. Due to a shortage of clean water, one ...

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Parliamentarians vow to end Violence Against Women

ISLAMABAD:  A dialogue between Parliamentarians and Civil Society on the Status of Women Protection Laws was organised by Oxfam in collaboration with Women’s Parliamentary Caucus (WPC), Bedari and Pakistan Institute of Parliamentary Studies (PIPS). The event hosted many notable women leaders including Senator Seher Kamran, MNA Tahira Aurangzeb, Speaker Balochistan Assembly Rahila Hameed Khan, MNA SuriyaAsghar, MPA Sindh Assembly Rana ...

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Quetta: 9 killed, 55 injured in blast, gun attack on Church

QUETTA: At least nine people, including a woman, were killed in a blast and 55 others injured at a Catholic church in Quetta’s Zarghoon Road on Sunday afternoon. According to Quetta Deputy Commissioner Farukh Atiq, at least Nine people lost their lives and 55 others injured in the attack on the church. Home Minister Balochistan Sarfaraz talking to the media ...

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Water Scarcity: Permanent crisis for Gwadar residents

By: Badil Baloch  “CPEC is a game changer”. “Gwadar will become Dubai, Singapore and Hong Kong”. “Gwadar deep-sea port changing the face of Pakistan”. These are the statements that we often hear coming from the Govt. officials in the media about Gwadar. Let’s accept that all of this is true. But the residents of Gwadar tell a totally different story. ...

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Balochistan Freedom of Information Act 2005 termed as the weakest law in Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Centre for Peace and Development Initiatives (CPDI) has urged the Balochistan government to replace freedom of information Act 2005 with an effective and robust right to information law. Out of four provinces, Balochistan has the weakest right to information law. Executive Director, CPDI, Amer Ejaz, said on Monday “Like provincial governments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Punjab and Sindh, federal government ...

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Karachi: Demonstration held against shortage of drinking water in Gwadar

By: Shoaib Durrazai KARACHI: Residents of Gwadar and members of Civil Society Gwadar held a demonstration against shortage of drinking water here on Monday outside Karachi Press Club (KPC). The protesters had arrived from Gwadar to Karachi covering 700km distance just to raise the issue. Addressing the protest, speakers said that Balochistan government had completely failed to provide drinking water ...

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Expelled Baloch students restored, VC & ASA step back

ISLAMABAD: Expelled Baloch students of Quaid i Azam University Islamabad have been restored after long one month long and hunger strike till death. According to the details Quaid i Azam University Islamabad administration has decided to restore the expelled students. The decision was taken in a meeting held today between Voice chancellor, ASA, federal education minister and other officials in ...

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Senators Walkout over Disappearance of Baloch Woman

ISLAMABAD: The combined opposition along with Pakhtunkhwa Milli Awami Party (PkMAP) senators – an ally of ruling PML-N – staged a walkout from the Senate in protest against the disappearance of wife and children of a Baloch insurgent Dr Allah Nazar from Balochistan. Chairman Senate Raza Rabbani also took serious notice of the matter and warned the State Minister for ...

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