Twin blasts in Peshawar cinema claim four lives

PESHAWAR: Two explosions inside a cinema here on Sunday night left four people killed and 31 injured. According to police officials, two hand grenades were lobbed inside the hall of Picture House, one of the oldest cinemas in Peshawar situated on the Cinema Road near Qissa Khwani Bazaar, during the screening of a Pashto film. …

Hangu DPO’s statement puts journalist’s life in danger

Hangu DPO’s statement puts journalist’s life in dangerPESHAWAR: A statement of the Hangu’s district police officer (DPO) has apparently put the life of a journalist in danger.Saleh Din Orakzai, who has been working for the Geo News and The News International as district correspondent in Hangu ran a story of six children killed in an explosion of a toy-bomb placed in garbage […]

Malala Yousafzai book launch censored in Peshawar

Malala Yousafzai book launch censored in PeshawarReporters Without Borders regrets that the launch of 16-year-old blogger Malala Yousafzai’s memoir “I am Malala” at Peshawar University’s Area Study Centre in northwestern Pakistan on 28 January was cancelled as a result of pressure from local officials, who cited security reasons. “We deplore this politically-motivated manoeuvre, which violated freedom of information,” said Benjamin Ismaïl, […]

Pakistani journalist campaigner receives death threats

On January 24, 2014, the International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) expressed its ongoing concern for the safety of journalists in Pakistan with reports that a senior leader of IFJ affiliate, the Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ), has received death threats in direct response to his activism and campaigning. The IFJ is calling on the …

Daniel Pearl’s murder: 12 years on, appellate court moves only an inch ahead

KARACHI: As the 12th death anniversary of American journalist Daniel Pearl draws near, the anti-terrorism appellate court moved only an inch ahead with the four convicts’ appeals against death and life imprisonment and confirmation of the sentences by the high court. Ahmed Omer Saeed Sheikh, a British national of Pakistani decent, was awarded death sentence …