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Call for lifting of YouTube ban after US ruling

ISLAMABAD: Internet campaigners said on Thursday there was no excuse for the government to maintain its ban on YouTube, after a US court ordered the removal of an anti-Islam film from the website. The video-sharing website has been blocked in Pakistan since September 2012 over its failure to take down the ‘Innocence of Muslims’ movie that sparked furious protests around

Remove anti-Islam film from YouTube, US appeals court orders Google

WASHINGTON: A US appeals court on Wednesday ordered Google to remove from its YouTube video-sharing website an anti-Islam film that had sparked protests across the Muslim world. By a 2-1 vote, a panel of the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals on Wednesday rejected Google’s assertion that the removal of the film “Innocence of Muslims,” amounted to a prior restraint

Pakistan most dangerous place for journalists: PFUJ

QUETTA: The president of PFUJ (Pakistan federal Union of Journalists), Hafiz Afzal has declared Pakistan as the most dangerous place for journalists, with 103 of them being the victims. Addressing the 2nd 3-day meeting of central executive committee (CEC) of PFUJ here in Balochistan’s Provincial capital, he expressed his strong concerns that unfortunately none of the killers of the journalists,

Teenager confesses to cinema explosions

PESHAWAR: A teenager confessed to bombing Peshawar’s Shama Cinema before a local judicial magistrate on Monday and said he and his accomplice had hid hand grenades used in the terrorist activity under shalwar to deceive guards on the premises. The bombings left 15 people dead and dozens injured on Feb 11. Official sources said the 15-year-old suspect from Bara tehsil

Journalists to lay siege of assemblies if lives not protected

SYED ALI SHAH QUETTA: Journalists have threatened to lay siege of the National Assembly and all provincial assemblies, if political parties failed to put forward legislation protecting the lives and jobs of media men in Pakistan before March 20 this year. The announcement was made by president Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), Afzal Butt while addressing a seminar with

No sound of music: Silenced nightingales

PESHAWAR: In a small cramped apartment in Kabadi bazaar Peshawar, 17 singers have been living a tough life for the last seven years. This bazaar is famous for recording and selling audio albums for avid music buffs of K-P. One of them is Wazir Khan Afridi, a renowned singer of the Khyber Agency, who has to his credit more than

Physical remand: Accused in Shama Cinema blast sent into three-day police custody

PESHAWAR: The 15-year-old held responsible for the attack on Shama Cinema was handed over to police by an anti-terrorism court (ATC) on Friday till they complete the investigation. The boy identified as Hassan was produced before the ATC amid tight security. The investigation officer from Faqirabad police station told the court that on February 11, several people were inside the

Wali Babar’s brother transferred to Islamabad following death threats

ISLAMABAD: Elder brother of slain Geo TV’s reporter Wali Khan Babar and main complainant in the murder case, Mohabbat Khan Babar, is being transferred to Islamabad following serious threats to him from target killers in case he continues pursuing the case. Earlier, the government ordered shifting the case from a trial court in Karachi to interior Sindh to avoid any