Category: Pakistan

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US killer drone strike kills at least 5 in Pakistan

A US assassination drone strike has killed at least five people  in Pakistan’s northwestern tribal region near the border with Afghanistan, Pakistani security authorities said. “The US drone fired two missiles targeting a militant compound, killing four rebels,” an unidentified Pakistani security official told AFP on Saturday. The attack took place in the Warokey Mandi area of the Shawal district in North Waziristan, where the...

Pakistan and the Rome Statute

Having an overarching international statute governing the state will help the Pakistani state apply to the ICC to resolve issues it is either unwilling or unable to tackle on its own   The Pakistani state should ratify the Rome Statute, which creates the International Criminal Court (ICC) at The Hague. Even though Pakistan was one of the 120 states that...

SAHR Statement condemning the killing of civilians in Karachi

SAHR Statement condemning the killing of civilians in Karachi – 14 May 2015 South Asians for Human Rights (SAHR), a democratic regional network of human rights defenders, strongly condemns the attack on members of the Ismaili sect, killing 47 and injuring a dozen more, by gunmen in Karachi, Pakistan. On 13 May, six armed men on three motorbikes had opened fire...

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TTP deny involvement in Sabeen Mahmud’s murder

PHOTO: FILE ISLAMABAD: The outlawed Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan claimed on Sunday they are not involved in the brutal murder of rights activist Sabeen Mahmud. “We categorically deny involvement in the murder of Sabeen Mahmud,” TTP spokesperson Mohammad Khorasani said. Read: T2F director Sabeen Mahmud shot dead Gunmen on a motorcycle shot dead the director of the popular arts center, T2F, shortly after she...

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Pakistani rights activist Sabeen Mahmud shot dead

Prominent Pakistani rights activist Sabeen Mahmud has been killed after hosting a discussion at her cafe [Alia Chughtai / Al Jazeera] Karachi, PAKISTAN – Sabeen Mahmud, a prominent Pakistani social and human rights activist, has been shot dead, shortly after hosting an event on Balochistan’s “disappeared people”, in the southern city of Karachi, officials have told Al Jazeera. Mahmud, 40,...

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Pakistan condemns human right violation in occupied J&K

  Islamabad: Pakistan has expressed its deep concerns, at the increase in systematic human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir.Foreign Office Spokesperson Tasnim Aslam today said we condemn the brutal use of force by Indian security forces against peaceful and unarmed protesters, resulting in killing of two Kashmiri young men.She said the people and government of Pakistan extend their...

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The state of human rights

  This year, as in the years past, there is not a lot to be satisfied about with respect to the state of human rights in the country, as presented in the annual report released by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). The HRCP report has noted that the country’s human rights record remains almost as dismal as it...

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HRCP presents dismal rights picture

  LAHORE: “The state of human rights in the year 2014 overall has been bad,” said I.A. Rehman. The HRCP general secretary was speaking at launch of the annual report on the State of Human Rights (for 2014) at the HRCP auditorium on Friday. The findings in the report denote that the condition of the country regarding human rights, journalists’...

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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...