Time to act in Pakistan is now, say human rights NGOs

Commitments must be followed by action said national and international human rights NGOs today in the wake of the second review of Pakistan under the UN’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) process. NGO representatives said that they feared that an overoptimistic picture of progress since 2008 had been presented by the government delegation, headed by Minister …

Journalists condemn violent police behavior

PESHAWAR: Khyber Union of Journalists (KuJ) and the Peshawar Press Club have condemned the rude and violent behavior of police after a local journalist was beaten up. Ziaul Haq, ARY TV bureau chief was thrashed by cops Thursday in the presence of Superintendent of Police Khalid Hamdani, reports said. In a hurriedly called meeting at …

Journalists in danger

As the United Nations Human Rights Council prepared for its Universal Periodic Review of Pakistan, Reporters Without Borders expressed alarm over growing threats to journalists’ lives and safety in many regions of the country. The free press organization, which has official consultative status with the U.N., had recommended as recently as April a series of …

Journalist, two cops among 8 gunned down

KARACHI: Eight people including two cops and a journalist of a local newspaper were gunned down while three others were wounded in various parts of the metropolis here on Tuesday.Unidentified armed men opened indiscriminate gunshots on a police head constable Sajid, 40, son of Allah Bux at Timber Market in the limits of Napier police …

Media community concerned over attacks on journalists

Pakistani journalists

KARACHI: The world media community has condemned killings and ‘other forms of oppression of journalists’ and expressed dismay at the failure of many governments to bring the killers to justice. It said ineffectiveness of the United Nations resolutions on the safety of newsmen was disappointing. In a statement issued after a symposium of global media …

Pakistan to showcase rights record at Geneva

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan is set to present a national report highlighting steps the government has taken to improve the country’s human rights record when the United Nations Human Rights Council will meet next week in Geneva. Foreign Minister Hina Rabbani Khar will lead the Pakistan delegation at the Universal Periodic Review (UPR) of international conventions and …