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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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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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Man dies in custody, relatives reject police claim that it was suicide

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Feb 13, 2014. Islamabad – Relatives of a man who had died in police custody at the Kohsar police station on Tuesday filed a complaint with the same police station to register a murder case against the police, alleging the man […]

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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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Elections 2013 – Women NA Candidates: Naila J Dayal

An edited version of this article was published in The Express Tribune on May 5 as part of a short series of profiles on women running for the National Assembly elections on a general seat. Islamabad – Things have gotten worse for the Pakistani Christians since the last time Naila Joseph Dayal, a Christian political […]

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Pakistan turning into a violent, undemocratic society: HRCP

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Apr 5, 2013. Islamabad – Pakistan is dangerously teetering on the brink of becoming a violent, undemocratic society, according to the 2012 annual report of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP). The HRCP launched its “State of the Human Rights […]

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Islamabad Christians protest against Joseph Colony massacre

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Mar 11, 2013. Islamabad – Seen from the eyes of Master Rafaqat Masih, life has always been tough for Pakistani Christians. When their houses are not being burned on allegations of blasphemy, they are turned down for jobs because of their religious […]

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Family of brother killed in Kohistan Video violence hold protest demonstration

An edited version of this article was first published in The Express Tribune on Jan 9, 2013. Islamabad – The family of three Kohistani victims of violence protested in front of the National Press Club in Islamabad on Tuesday, seeking justice for its slain family members. On January 3, 2012, three of Afzal Khan’s brothers were […]

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