Category: Pakistan

PAKISTAN: 2014 worst year in history of Pakistani media

Report predicts a menu of key challenges that media in Pakistan will face in the course of 2015 Published in The Daily Times on Jan. 26 :: The year 2014 was the worst ever in the history of Pakistan for the media with the highest number of casualties – 14 journalists, media assistants and a blogger got killed for their...

PAKISTAN, INDIA: Ceasefire violations and effects on civilians in border areas of Jammu and Kashmir – a preliminary report by PIPFPD

PAKISTAN INDIA PEOPLES’ FORUM FOR PEACE & DEMOCRACYC/o: F-10/12, (Basement), Malviya Nagar, New DelhiContacts: 09869077718, 09582452343, 011-26687724 Website:www.pipfpd.org Email: pipfpd.india@gmail.com Press Note January 21, 2015 Release of Preliminary Fact Finding report on “Effects of ceasefire violations on civilian population residing in the border areas of Jammu & Kashmir” The ceasefire violations on the International Border and the LoC between Pakistan...

PAKISTAN: Human rights violations in Pakistan continue ruthlessly: moot told

Published in The Daily Times on Jan. 16 :: A national network of civil society organizations for GSP Plus monitoring was formed at a roundtable on “Civil society’s role in GSP Plus monitoring compliance” jointly organized by Democracy Reporting International (DRI), Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (PILER); and Sindh Human Rights Commission at a local hotel. In his...

PAKISTAN: Concern over rising violence

Published in The News International on Jan. 13 :: The Joint Action Committee (JAC) comprising 33 civil society organisations Monday in a press conference expressed its reservations over the government’s commitment and vision to eliminate terrorism after an attack on Army Public School in Peshawar. It has voiced concern over rising violence in society amidst claims from the government for...

PAKISTAN: Pakistan/US: Talks Should Address Rights Rollback

Published in www.hrw.org on Jan. 12 :: The Obama administration should press Pakistan’s government to address both new and longstanding human rights problems, Human Rights Watch said today in a letter to US Secretary of State John Kerry. On January 14, 2015, Kerry will meet with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and other senior policymakers during the US-Pakistan Strategic Dialogue in...

PAKISTAN: Why we cannot hang extremism

Published in The News International on Jan. 12 :: The passing of the 21st constitutional amendment with no one voting against it apparently seems a victory for Mian Nawaz Sharif. However, there are reports of dissent within the PPP and the PML-N. Raza Rabbani breaking down into tears and publically admitting that the voting against his ‘conscience’ indicates the massive...

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PAKISTAN: HRCP expresses concern on setting up of Military Courts

Published in The Nation on Dec. 27 :: The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has expressed its serious concern over the decision to set up special courts to be headed by military officials to try terrorism cases. In a statement issued on Friday HRCP said; “The Commission is dismayed that all political parties supported this unfortunate decision, although some...

PAKISTAN: Crisis of impunity

Published in The Dawn on Dec. 27 by Reema Omer :: The release of the US Senate Intelligence Comm­ittee’s report highlighting the CIA’s appalling abuses against at least 119 detainees comes at a time when torture and ill-treatment are also in focus in Pakistan. A private members’ bill was introduced some time back in the National Assembly by PML-N parliamentarian Maiza...