Pakistan

Missing activists

The sanitised language — ‘missing persons’, ‘the disappeared’, etc — cannot hide an ugly truth: the state of Pakistan continues to be suspected of involvement in the disappearance and illegal detentions of a range of private citizens. Now, with the disappearance of Salman Haider and at least three other activists, a dark new chapter in the state’s murky, illegal war ...

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Four rights activists gone missing this week

AFP: At least four human rights activists known on social media for their leftist views have gone missing this week, relatives and NGO workers told AFP on Sunday, as analysts voiced rights concerns. Two of the men — Waqas Goraya and Asim Saeed — disappeared on January 4, according to a cybersecurity NGO, while Salman Haider vanished on Friday and Ahmed ...

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Military courts stop functioning on expiry of mandated period: ISPR

ISLAMABAD: The military’s media wing on Sunday announced that “the military courts have ceased to function on expiry of mandated period”. The military courts were established through constitutional amendment following the attack on Army Public School in Peshawar. According to a statement issued by Inter-Services Public Relations, “special constitutional arrangements were made to effectively check the terrorists and terrorism”. “Routine ...

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Speakers call for evolving Pakhtun cultural narrative

PESHAWAR: Speakers, at a study circle, have stressed the need for evolving a comprehensive Pakhtun cultural narrative to achieve national objectives. The discussion was conducted under the auspices of Bacha Khan Trust Educational Foundation at the University Town here on Saturday. The topic of the study circle was ‘basics of a successful national political movement’. Delegates from Afghanistan, Balochistan, Fata ...

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Turkish police have recovered abducted Pakistanis: officials

The official spokesperson at the Turkish Embassy in Pakistan claimed Wednesday that Turkish police had recovered several Pakistani nationals abducted in Turkey. The arrests were made on information provided by Pakistani officials investigating the matter. Earlier, the Gujranwala police had also claimed it had arrested suspects thought to be involved in the abduction. The spokesperson said officials stationed at the ...

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Over 150 arrested for attempting to hold ‘pro-blasphemy law’ demonstration in Lahore

Over 150 people were arrested as religious parties attempted to hold a demonstration in favour of the blasphemy law in Punjab’s provincial capital Wednesday on the death anniversary of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer. Protesters belonging to the Sunni Tehreek, Tehreek-i-Khatme Nabuwat and Tehreek-i-Labbaik Ya Rasool Allah were among those who had planned to march from Kalma Chowk to Liberty ...

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Parts of Lahore blocked to deter ‘pro-blasphemy law’ demonstration

A container blocks off an underpass to Gulberg. ─ Photo by author. BY IMRAN GABOL: Demonstrators in favour of the blasphemy law planning to rally in Punjab’s provincial capital Wednesday, on the death anniversary of former Punjab governor Salmaan Taseer, were deterred from doing so as police erected blockades in different parts of Lahore to prevent the gathering. Taseer, a ...

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Pakistan: Muslims demand Shaan Taseer be killed for anti-blasphemy post on Facebook

The son of a Pakistani governor who was assassinated over his opposition to the nation’s blasphemy laws is now the subject of a fatwa calling for his death after he criticized the nation’s blasphemy laws and voiced his support for its victims on Facebook. Shaan Taseer, the son of slain Punjab Gov. Salman Taseer and a human rights activist, took ...

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China to build power transmission line in Pakistan

State Grid of China will help build a 4,000-megawatt power transmission line in Pakistan in a project valued at US$1.5 billion, Pakistan said yesterday, the latest in a series of Chinese investments in its South Asian neighbor. The high-capacity transmission line will be the first of its kind in Pakistan and will link Matiari town in the south, near a ...

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Nisar set to challenge findings of Quetta carnage report

Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan is all set to challenge the findings of the Quetta Commission report. A source in the National Counter Terrorism Authority (Nacta) told DawnNews that it has finalised “responses” and “arguments” to be presented in the Supreme Court in response to a report probing the Quetta Civil Hospital carnage. The source said Nacta’s response to ...

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