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[28 Jul 2017 | No Comment | ]

By MEHREEN ZAHRA-MALIK in The New York Times online, July 27, 2017
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan — Dr. Faisal Ranjha was examining a patient in the crowded critical-care unit of his hospital in northeastern Pakistan when a federal officer abruptly walked in, seized his cellphone and told him he was under arrest.
Officers took him home to scoop up his laptop and the tablet computer on which his 8-year-old son was playing games, then drove the doctor more than 150 miles to the Federal Investigation Agency headquarters in Islamabad. Only then was he told …

Headline, Human Rights, Pakistan »

[26 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

By Rana Tanveer in The Express Tribune, May 26th, 2017.
LAHORE: The Jain community is left bewildered over where to turn to free their temple from the clutches of illegal occupation by none other than the police.
The Samandhi of Shri Atmaramji Maharaj, reformer of the contemporary Jain community, has been occupied by the force since 1984, or some 33 years. As the property is in police control, no members of the land mafia have been able to establish a foothold—perhaps a blessing in disguise, depending on who the community deems easier …

Headline, Human Rights, PAK SCENE - ARMY/POLICE/ISI/COURTS »

[5 May 2017 | No Comment | ]

report in The Nation, May 04, 2017, 2:45 pm
Web Desk: A complaint against excise officials has surfaced in which they are accused of allegedly physically torturing the North Korean ambassador to Pakistan and his wife on April 9 at their residence in Karachi.
In a letter addressed to the Government of Pakistan and the Deputy General (DG) Excise department, the North Korean embassy in Islamabad requested necessary action against the incident that reportedly took place on April 9.
“10 or more armed and unarmed excise officers illegally entered into the embassy residence …

China, Headline, Human Rights »

[26 Apr 2017 | No Comment | ]

Report in The Express Tribune, April 25, 2017
News Desk: China has released a list of banned Islamic names in the western region of Xinjiang as part of the ongoing crackdown against religion, The Guardian reported on Wednesday.
The Muslim couples in the country will now have to choose names for their children wisely or else they won’t get registered as a household in China.
The list includes names such as Islam, Quran, Saddam, Makkah, all considered unacceptable by the ruling Communist Party and any children having any of these …

Human Rights »

[7 Mar 2017 | No Comment | ]

Almost 40,000 Pakistanis have been deported from Saudi Arabia during the past four months. The official reasoning is the supposed involvement of Pakistani nationals in perpetrating various terrorist incidents in Saudi Arabia. Also, Pakistanis have been accused of involvement in the drug trade and petty crime. Saudi officials have demanded that Pakistani nationals be put through greater scrutiny before being granted work visas. It is interesting to note here that the scrutiny demanded involves checking the political and religious affiliation of Pakistani nationals. Immigrant workers are being targeted and made …

Human Rights »

[31 Oct 2016 | No Comment | ]

LAHORE: Two Christian families have gone into hiding in Sheikhupura fearing for their lives after the registration of a blasphemy case against unidentified suspects.
On Friday, Mananwala police registered an FIR under section 295-B of the Pakistan Penal Code on the complaint of Sub-inspector Shafqat Ali, who alleged some suspects had allegedly desecrated the Holy Quran at an abandoned house in Khan Colony.
Duty officer Ishtiaq told The Express Tribune the police were trying to trace the suspects and would question many people.
The police contacted M*, who lives in the house adjacent …

Human Rights, HUMAN RIHGT »

[1 Mar 2016 | No Comment | ]

The writer is a legal adviser for the International Commission of Jurists.
LAST week, the European Parliament decided to continue Pakistan’s GSP Plus trading status, an instrument of the EU’s trade policy that aims to encourage developing countries to comply with core international standards in return for trade incentives.
The decision was based on the European Commission’s report assessing Pakistan’s performance in meeting the terms of the GSP Plus. In its January report, the European Commission had noted with concern that “human rights violations remain widespread in the country”, but had commended …

Human Rights, Pak Media Report »

[7 Jan 2016 | No Comment | ]

GUJRAT: The administration of a girls high school in Dinga town have found some leaflets carrying a school closure warning from the militant Islamic State group.
However, personnel of Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) say the hand-written pamphlets might be a move of some naughty students to create panic. But the matter is being thoroughly probed.
Reports said when the school was opened on Jan 5, the management found some pamphlets bearing a hand-written warning, “We are the followers of Osama Bin Laden, so close the school otherwise you will be responsible for …

Headline, Human Rights, Pakistan, Taliban, Talibanisation, Terrorism »

[27 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

By Jon Boone in The Guardian, Nov 26, 2015 at 17.37GMT
Islamabad: A founder of a Pakistani terror group has been shot dead in the middle of Lahore, in an incident that senior police sources privately admitted was a killing staged by the authorities.
Haroon Bhatti, who was extradited from Dubai in September, was killed while in police custody, along with three other members of Lashkar-e-Jhangvi (LeJ). LeJ has a track record of attacks on Pakistan’s Shia minority, and intelligence officials feared it could join forces with Islamic State.
Lahore police said the …

Afghanistan, Human Rights, HUMAN RIHGT, Pakistan »

[19 Nov 2015 | No Comment | ]

Pakistan is home to one of the largest displaced populations in the world — the Afghan refugees. They have been here for 35 years or more; many are second generation, grew up and went to school here and have never known life in Afghanistan. They are now marrying and having children and looking to their futures, which may not be in Pakistan. Pakistan at first welcomed them, difficult as it was to accommodate such a large influx, around three million at its peak, because it was politically convenient to do …