Pakistan’s inconsistent blasphemy laws

BY REEMA OMER

PAKISTAN’S blasphemy laws are inconsistent with a number of human rights including freedom of expression; freedom of thought, conscience and religion; and equal protection of the law, which have all been well documented by human rights groups.

One aspect of the blasphemy law, particularly Section 295-C of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), . . . → Read More: Pakistan’s inconsistent blasphemy laws

Role of media critical in war on terror

A parliamentary panel on Tuesday discussed wartime recommendations for the media to counter the narrative of extremists and terrorists in the country, while proposing changes in the existing laws governing public discourse and behaviour on broadcast and social media.

The issue came under discussion during a meeting of the National Assembly Standing Committee on . . . → Read More: Role of media critical in war on terror

Schoolgirl raped by teacher

A schoolteacher was arrested on Monday for allegedly raping a seven-year-old student at school, police said.

They added that the suspect allegedly subjected the Class III student to a criminal assault in the toilet of the government school in Memon Goth during recess.

The police arrested the teacher following a complaint by the girl’s father . . . → Read More: Schoolgirl raped by teacher

A major achievement for women of Pakistan’s Punjab

The provincial government, announcing to observe March 8 this year as Women Empowerment Day, has passed the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women Bill 2013, at the Punjab Assembly.

The bill aims at giving more opportunities of socio-economic development to women and eliminating all kinds of discriminations against them.

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Army intervention was justified, Musharraf’s counsel

In an effort to defend their beleaguered client, former president Pervez Musharraf’s legal counsel on Monday argued that when faced with a threat to national security, military intervention was justified in a developing country.

Qamar Afzal, representing the former president, told a three-member bench of the apex court that the army is a recognised power . . . → Read More: Army intervention was justified, Musharraf’s counsel

Police release sketch of suspect responsible for Karachi blasts

Police on Wednesday released the sketch of a man believed to be involved in Tuesday’s twin blasts near the Bohra compound in North Nazimabad.

Seven people, including an infant and a minor girl, were killed and 22 others wounded in the terror attack.

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JUI-F member jailed for using fake degree

Kishore Kumar, a JUI-F member of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa assembly, was convicted on Monday of contesting the 2008 elections after submitting a fake graduation degree and sentenced to one-year rigorous imprisonment.

District and Sessions Judge Mr Shahjehan Khan also imposed a fine of Rs15,000 on Mr Kumar and suspended his assembly membership.

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NIWC condemns poor working environment in PIA

The National Implementation Watch Committee (NIWC), constituted on the platform of National Commission on the Status of Women (NCSW), held its quarterly meeting on Thursday to monitor and facilitate the implementation of anti-sexual harassment legislation: Protection Against Harassment of Women at Workplace Act, 2010, and amendment to Section 509 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

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Woman burns husband for third marriage

A woman and her accomplices set her husband on fire on Sunday morning.

According to police officials, Bhowana tehsil resident Kausar set her husband, Azam, on fire after he expressed his intention to take a third wife. “Kausar was his second wife and Azam had married her without telling his first wife Ameena,” said . . . → Read More: Woman burns husband for third marriage

Man arrested for stalking sister with the intention of Murder

A burka clad man was arrested near a court for allegedly trying to kill his sister.

According to police officials, the man was arrested in the premises of the Jhang district court after his sister told police officials that he was stalking her.

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