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Pakistan to End Impunity for Rapists - Irfan Ahmed

Protesters gather outside the Lahore Press Club in the capital of Pakistan’s Punjab province on July 12, 2016 to demand justice for victims of sexual violence. Credit: Irfan Ahmed/IPS LAHORE (IPS) – Amid a wave of reforms to tighten the country’s laws on honour killings and sexual assault, on Feb. 2, the Sindh Assembly passed a law making DNA testing in rape cases mandatory in the province. It follows on the heels of a unanimous vote by Pakistan’s Parliament last October to plug gaps in the criminal justice system and boost the rate of conviction in rape cases. The conviction rate for rape in Pakistan has been less than four […]

By Irfan Ahmed |February 11, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Who pays the bills? – Irfan Husain - admin

ACCORDING to a news report, ex-president Asif Zardari returned to Karachi after over a year of self-exile in a private plane. There has been much speculation in the media about his political strategy for the coming months. But all I want to know is who paid for the plane? And not just the plane, but who funded his months of high living in Dubai, London and New York? After all, Zardari has denied all the many corruption charges levelled against him over decades. So if he’s as clean as he claims to be, where does all the money come from? And it’s not just Zardari, but most of the political […]

By admin |January 8, 2017| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Pervez Musharraf Sets out ‘Higher’ Comeback Plans -David White - admin

LONDON (IPS) – Pakistan’s former President Pervez Musharraf says he intends to make a second bid for a political comeback next year, aiming to return from self-imposed exile to forge a new party that would bridge ethnic and sectarian divides. In an exclusive interview with IPS in London, Musharraf said he wanted to have “something effective on the ground” in Pakistan by June next year so that the new political entity could contest general elections scheduled for March 2018. He was prepared to go to court in Pakistan to face any charges against him as long as he was allowed to move around. He laid out his plans in a […]

By admin |December 6, 2016| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Pakistan One of the World’s First Safe Havens for Refugees - Thalif Deen

A group of refugee women and their children await the arrival of Secretary-General Kofi Annan at the Shamshatoo camp in December 2001. The camp, at a frontier province in north-west Pakistan, served as temporary home to some 70,000 Afghan refugees fleeing fighting between the United Front and the Taliban. Credit: UN Photo/Eskinder Debebe The United Nations has declared that 2015 is already “the deadliest year” for millions of migrants and asylum seekers fleeing war and persecution in their countries. “Worldwide, one in every 122 humans is now either a refugee, internally displaced or seeking asylum,” says the Office of the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). “Even as the current […]

By Thalif Deen |September 2, 2015| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Fear Stalks Students in Northern Pakistan - Ashfaq Yusufzai

A soldier stands amidst the rubble of the December 2014 attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, capital of Pakistan’s northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS – It has been seven months since a group of gunmen raided the Army Public School in Pakistan’s northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, killing 145 people, including 132 students. “Since he died, there has been complete silence in our home. Nobody wants to speak. Asfand used to crack jokes and spread laughter – now he has left us, there is nothing to say.” — Shahana Khan, the mother of one of the victims of the Peshawar school shootings in 2014 For […]

By Ashfaq Yusufzai |September 2, 2015| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Taliban, Army and Hunger haunt Pakistan - Ashfaq Yusufzai

An elderly displaced man carries a sack of rations on his shoulder in northern Pakistan. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS

An elderly displaced man carries a sack of rations on his shoulder in northern Pakistan. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS A doctor shakes his head in despair as he examines a 10-year-old child at the Jalozai refugee camp, about 35 km by road from Peshawar, capital of Pakistan’s northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province. “He is severely malnourished,” Dr. Zeeshan Khan tells IPS. “He is vulnerable to diseases like diarrhoea, and other infections.” “Back home we had agricultural land, which produced enough food for us. We used to sell our surplus grain and vegetables for an income, but now we are becoming beggars.” — Shah Faisal, a refugee from Khyber Agency in northern […]

By Ashfaq Yusufzai |March 24, 2015| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Refugees living a nightmare in northern Pakistan - Ashfaq Yusufzai

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Doctors examine internally displaced children from North Waziristan Agency at a free medical clinic in Bannu, a district of Pakistan’s northern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. Credit: Ashfaq Yusufzai/IPS PESHAWAR (IPS) - Some fled on foot, others boarded trucks along with luggage, rations and cattle. Many were separated from families, or collapsed from exhaustion along the way. They don’t know where their next meal will come from, or how they will provide for their children. In the vast refugee camps of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) province, civilians who fled the Pakistan Army’s military offensive against the Taliban in the country’s northern Waziristan Agency now walk around in a state of delirious confusion. Medical […]

By Ashfaq Yusufzai |July 31, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Pakistan: Where mothers are also children - Zofeen Ebrahim

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Most South Asian nations struggle with the twin problems of early marriage and teenage pregnancy, making it crucial to tackle both simultaneously, experts say. Credit: Zofeen Ebrahim/IPS KARACHI  - If 22-year-old Rashda Naureen could go back six years in time, she would never have agreed to get married at the tender age of 16. “Looking back, I know I was not ready for marriage,” she told IPS. “How could I have been, being merely a child myself?” With only a third-grade education, Naureen became a mother at 17 and got a divorce soon after she delivered. According to Naureen’s mother, Perween Bibi, who works for a small daily wage as […]

By Zofeen Ebrahim |July 31, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment

Child marriages in Pakistan - Irfan Ahmed

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Seven percent of all young boys are married before the legal age in Pakistan. Credit: Irfan Ahmed/IPS LAHORE  - At first glance, there is nothing very unusual about Muhammad Asif Umrani. A resident of Rojhan city located in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province, he is expectantly awaiting the birth of his first child, barely a year after his wedding day. A few minutes of conversation, however, reveal a far more complex story: Umrani is just 14 years old, preparing for fatherhood while still a child himself. His ‘wife’, now visibly pregnant, is even younger than he, though she declined to disclose her name and real age. The young couple sees nothing […]

By Irfan Ahmed |July 31, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment

KS: Back to his roots - Gobind Thukral

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Khushwant Singh:  His Times and His Journalism  [Born 2 February 1915; died 20 March 2014] A news report on April 23, 2014 from Lahore stated,” A fistful of ashes of legendary Indian journalist and author Khushwant Singh have been brought to his birthplace in Pakistan’s Punjab province to fulfill his desire to be “reunited with his roots”. And, Muhammad Hayat, ex-head master of the Government Boys High School Hadali, where Singh studied summed up: “The son has returned to his soil after 99 years.” Pakistani writer and columnist Fakir Syed Aijazuddin brought the ashes from India to fulfill his desire to be “reunited with his roots”, mixed these with cement […]

By Gobind Thukral |July 15, 2014| Southasiapost | 0 comment