Category: Pakistan

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Pakistan, India should sign ‘no-arrest policy’ for fishermen: PFF

Published in The Daily Times on Feb. 15 :: Pakistan Fisherfolk Forum (PFF) has demanded an amicable resolution of fishermen’s detention on both Pakistan and Indian sides and urged authorities concerned to release them on humanitarian grounds. Chairman PFF Muhammad Ali Shah talking to a group of women journalists who visited coastal area of Deh Aatharki, Shah Bander district Sujawal...

INDIA-PAKISTAN: Fishermen as cannon fodder

Published in The Dhaka Tribune on Feb. 08 by Garga Chatterjee :: When gung-ho posturing happens, the pit-poor daily wage earners like fishermen ultimately pay for it  In this world of breaking news and constant updates, we sometimes need some distance in time to digest the full implications of an event. A good example is the recent “terror-boat” incident off...

PAKISTAN: Civil Society organizations demand legislation to protect religious minorities

Published in The Pakistan Christian Post on Feb. 11 :: South Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAP_PK) and REAT Networks have jointly formed alliance of civil society Organization CSOs meeting on 10 February 2014 at Indus hotel Hyderabad. The main Objectives of Meeting were to promote and protect the rights of religious minorities through taking collective efforts for reducing the violation of...

Relatives mourn over the body of Rashid Rehman, a lawyer who was killed by unidentified gunmen a day earlier, at his residence in Multan

PAKISTAN: A Glimmer of Hope for Victims of Pakistan’s Blasphemy Law

Published in www.hrw.org on Feb. 10 :: Some of the hundreds of people jailed and awaiting trial on charges of violating Pakistan’s dangerously ambiguous and discriminatory blasphemy law have reason to be cautiously optimistic. Punjab’s provincial judiciary has drawn up a shortlist of 50 cases of alleged blasphemy in which it found the accused have been “victimized” by inadequate evidence...

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PAKISTAN: NA committee reminds UN its resolution on Kashmir

Published in The Pakistan Today on Feb. 05 :: A memorandum, addressed to the United Nations secretary general, was presented on behalf of the National Assembly Special Committee on Kashmir chairman in connection with the Kashmir Solidarity Day on Thursday. The memo was presented to the UN Resident Representative Timo Pakkala in his office by Kashmir Committee members Malik Shakir...

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PAKISTAN: No place to call home

Published in The Express Tribune, February 2nd,  2015 :: The Shia community, as well as minorities, be they religious or ethnic, are faring increasingly poorly in Pakistan. Faring equally poorly are a swathe of human rights, and the picture painted by the newly-released Human Rights Watch (HRW) World Report 2015 is bleak indeed. There was a significant rise in attacks...

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...