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Forced conversions of Pakistani Hindu girls

by Quratulain Fatima The writer is a policy practitioner, an Oxford public policy alumnus and Oxford Global leadership initiative fellow Up till now, the attempts to bar forced conversions through specific laws have fallen flat. The proposed bill against forced conversions was tabled in November 2016 in the Sindh Assembly. ...

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Not a single senior cop punished in last four years in KP

by Javed Aziz Khan Not a single police officer of grade-18 or above in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa is among the more than 6,000 policemen who were awarded major punishment for misuse of power, corruption and links with criminals during the last over four years, a source revealed. The situation has resulted ...

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The Muslim Militant at the Heart of Myanmar’s Rohingya Exodus

By James Hookway YANGON, Myanmar—Myanmar’s government calls the Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army “extremist militant terrorists.” The group, known as ARSA, and its founder, Ata Ullah, say it is defending Muslim Rohingya, highlighting decades of repression they have endured in Buddhist-majority Myanmar, where most live along the border with Bangladesh. The ...

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Russia hand in BRICS terror rap on Pak

Sachin Parashar Russia has hailed the Xiamen BRICS Declaration and its naming of Pakistan-based terror groups as a victory for countries concerned about terrorism in South Asia. Despite it being seen as defending Pakistan from US pressure on the issue, Moscow’s position on Islamabad has been quite nuanced. Official sources ...

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China finally agrees Pakistani groups a threat

Farooq Ganderbali When leaders of five big countries jointly issued a statement listing Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) and Lashkar-e-Tayyeba (LeT) as common threats, it signified a most notable departure from the past and a renewed effort to stem the tide of terrorism which has been plaguing many regions, including India, Russia and ...

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Pakistan; Media under threat

Successive governments have had an uneasy relationship with the media in all its formats, and as those formats proliferate and gain in power and reach so expands governmental unease. The desire to regulate the media conflicts directly with a growing public awareness of, and hunger for, basic freedoms of speech. ...

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Missing Persons in Pakistan

By Valentin Popescu Pakistan is up for review before the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) for the third time this year, but Islamabad has taken no steps to make enforced disappearances an actionable crime. And on International Day of the Victims of Enforced Disappearances this year on 30th August, victims ...

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