Pakistan

Let’s not open the floodgates

Source: ET Members of parliament have introduced a third amendment into the Elections Act 2017 that was adopted last month. The fresh clause – simply known by the moniker 48-A – borrows a bit too heavily from clause 7B and 7C of the Conduct of General Elections Order, 2002 and […]

Religious freedom

Source: Dawn THE State Department recently missed its legal deadline for designating ‘Countries of Particular Concern’, a list of nations that violate religious freedom in a “systematic, ongoing, and egregious” manner. The US Commission on International Religious Freedom, the body that recommends which countries should be designated, criticised the State Department […]

Our collective failure

Source: ET Belated it may be, but the Islamabad High Court’s direction to the local administration to evict protesters from Faizabad Interchange needs to be applauded. Despite the court orders, the stalemate, however, continues by the time this article goes into print. The sit-in by two religious groups begs some […]

The capital under siege

Source: Dawn FOR the past one week, Islamabad has been virtually under siege with the followers of a radical cleric blocking the expressway connecting the city to the airport. The administration’s move to enclose the Red Zone with containers has added to the chaos. While the clerics blast the civil […]

Dial A for Apartheid

  November 13, 2017 Dial A for Apartheid This year’s annual Khatm-e-Nabuwwat Conference (October 19-20) couldn’t have asked for a more perfect timing.… By K. K. Shahid | Newsbeat National | Published 18 hours ago   This year’s annual Khatm-e-Nabuwwat Conference (October 19-20) couldn’t have asked for a more perfect […]

Human rights review

Source: Dawn ON Nov 13, UN member states will review Pakistan’s human rights record for the third time through the Human Rights Council’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) mechanism. Pakistan has been reviewed twice before in 2008 and 2012, but this time around there is an important difference: Pakistan finally has […]