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Sikhs protest march on to the Parliament House

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 24, 2014. Islamabad – In an unprecedented move which exposed chinks in Islamabad’s security, members of the Sikh community protested outside the Parliament House on Friday against incidents of desecration of their holy book, the Guru Garanth Sahib. The protest demonstration, […]

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International Labour Day 2014: No respite for Islamabad’s daily wage workers

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 2, 2014. Islamabad – They shake their heads almost simultaneously. None of the eight daily-wage labourers, sitting under the shade of a tree by the G-9/4 service road near Peshawar Mor, have ever heard of Labour Day. They are not […]

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Missing persons’ relatives to hold fort at D-Chowk two days after police brutality

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on May 1, 2014. Islamabad – Relatives of missing persons and activists demanding an end to enforced disappearances continued their sit-in at the D-Chowk for the third consecutive day on Wednesday. On an exceptionally hot last day of April in the capital, […]

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Pakistani state has failed its citizens

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Apr 25, 2014. Islamabad – The Pakistani state has failed to devise a broad and all-inclusive strategy to tackle the country’s worsening situation of human rights, which did not show any significant improvement in 2013, according to representatives of the Human […]

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International Women’s Day 2014: The pending laws

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 8, 2014. Islamabad – Except one “private member” bill introduced in September 2013, there are no women-specific laws pending in the National Assembly at the moment. This is not entirely because of efficient elected representatives looking out for women rights. […]

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Film challenges “official” narrative on military drone strikes

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jan 12, 2014. Islamabad  There is an apparent demand from human rights activists and some journalists to challenge the narrative pushed by officials on the military use of unmanned aerial vehicles or drones, especially the US drone strikes in Pakistan among […]

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Girl Rising screening in Islamabad

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jan 11, 2014. Islamabad – The voice-over sentences carry a significant and staggering statistic: “A girl born on planet Earth today has a one-in-four chance of being born into poverty. And without education, that is where she will stay.” The words […]

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Land rights rally

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Oct 4, 2013. Islamabad – After the arrest of scores of their peers, collective voice of landless peasants and residents of katchi abadis rang across the federal capital on Thursday. The participants of the “Haq-e-Malkiat” or land rights rally, organised by […]

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Christians protest Peshawar church attack

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Sep 24, 2013. Islamabad – As the sun set on the federal capital on Monday, slogans of protection for Pakistani Christians and justice for the victims of Sunday’s deadly attack on a Peshawar church tinged the September air with a profound […]

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Slavery in modern times: The Pakistani brick-kiln workers

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Sep 15, 2013. Islamabad – When Muhammad Akram, a brick-kiln worker from Mandi Bahauddin, demanded fair wages from the brick-kiln’s owners in August, he claims the owners got him kidnapped, tortured him and tried to implicate him in a fake criminal […]

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