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State organs working in cohesion to make federation strong: PM

Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Wednesday said state organs were working in total cohesion to make the federation stronger. He was interacting with a group of selected students; young leaders from various Islamabad schools who spent a day at the Prime Minister’s Office. The prime minister said the future …

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SHC seeks details of laws on jirgas and panchayats

The Sindh High Court (SHC) has directed the counsel of a petitioner seeking to move the government to regulate panchayats and jirgas in the country to present any existing laws against the holding of these unofficial dispute resolution councils on record. The SHC on Monday was hearing a petition filed …

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Shrinking political space for minorities

It is unacceptable to look at people through the narrow prism of religion, ethnicity or caste. However, if people are discriminated against on these grounds, then one has to act on his/her conscience, simply because a human being must act humanely. But this alone is never enough. Discrimination must also …

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Clampdown on free speech

A growing crackdown against social media activists in the country ought to be a matter of deep concern to all right-thinking, law-abiding and democratic citizens. The latest disappearances have been alleged by the PML-N itself, with no less a figure than former prime minister Nawaz Sharif denouncingwhat he termed as an …

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Serious rights concerns persist in Pakistan: EU

The European Union says that despite some institutional and legal measures taken by the government of Pakistan in 2016, wide-ranging and serious human rights concerns persist in the country, and that they are exacerbated by a weak criminal justice system, religious extremism and militancy. “Security challenges have continued to slow …

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