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Bees, Bulls, And Blogs — Pakistan’s Media Crisis

July 25, 2019           |                                       

Up to 3,000 journalists have been laid off in Pakistan over the last year. With the country’s traditional media industry in crisis, some unemployed journalists have started up their own digital outlets while others have left the business altogether. Originally published at – https://www.rferl.org/a/pakistani-media-in-crisis/30075495.html

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Detained Pakistani Journalist Wazir Released

May 31, 2019           |                                       

Pakistani journalist Gohar Wazir has been released from custody and returned home on May 31. Wazir told RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal that he was detained by security personnel in plainclothes on May 27 in the town of Bannu after reporting on a protest by a group campaigning against perceived brutality by security forces against ethnic Pashtuns. […]

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Pakistan Arrests Second Pashtun Lawmaker Over 'Attack' On Troops

May 30, 2019           |                                       

A second Pakistani lawmaker accused of being behind an alleged attack on a military post has been arrested, a provincial spokesman said. Shaukat Yousafzai, a spokesman in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, said parliament member Mohsin Dawar was captured in a raid in North Waziristan on May 30. However, local sources said Dawar turned himself in voluntarily. […]

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Pakistani Man Kills HIV-Infected Wife Amid Regional Epidemic

May 30, 2019           |                                       

Police say a man has killed his HIV-positive wife in southern Pakistan, where nearly 700 people, most of them children, have tested positive for the virus that causes AIDS. Authorities on May 29 said the killing of the 32-year-old woman took place in the village of Sikarpur outside the city of Larkana in Sindh Province, […]

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Pakistan Premier Shuffles Cabinet After Finance Minister Quits Amid Financial Crisis

April 18, 2019           |                                       

Pakistan’s prime minister has reshuffled his cabinet after Finance Minister Asad Umar resigned amid criticism of the government’s handling of a mounting financial crisis. Umar’s resignation on April 18 has turned up the pressure on Prime Minister Imran Khan, who’s facing growing outrage over spiraling consumer goods prices. The rupee has lost 30 percent of […]

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Anxious Times In Pakistan’s Pagan Valley: Rising Islamic Influence Pressures An Ancient People

April 14, 2019           |                                       

Nine-year-old Naveed Iqbal frequently accompanies his grandfather to mosque in this valley surrounded by the soaring peaks of the Hindu Kush mountains. But he doesn’t go inside — not yet, at least. “When I go inside to offer my prayer, he waits outside on the mosque stairs until I come out,” his grandfather, Bilal Shah, […]

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Within days, India conducted the first test of an anti-satellite weapon. Its success, in a rare instance, was announced by the Prime Minister himself in a broadcast to the nation! It was implied that it was all because of him and had nothing to do with Nehru or Indira Gandhi, who assiduously built India’s core […]

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Pakistani Student Accused Of Killing Professor Over Coed Party

March 20, 2019           |                                       

A student in Pakistan has stabbed and killed a professor for allegedly planning a party to which both men and women would be invited. The student, Khateeb Hussain, was arrested on March 20 after being held at the scene of the incident by fellow students. Police said he would be charged with murder. English professor […]

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NoToNATO.org: Trump a NATO Booster

March 20, 2019           |                                       

NATO foreign ministers are scheduled to gather in Washington, D.C. on April, 4 2019 to commemorate the 70th anniversary of the organization. There will be protests, news conferences and other events scrutinizing NATO. DAVID SWANSON, david at worldbeyondwar.org, @davidcnswansonSwanson is director of the group World Beyond War, which is helping organize the upcoming protests in D.C. […]

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China Prevents UN Blacklisting Of Pakistani JeM Leader

March 14, 2019           |                                       

China has blocked a bid to designate the leader of the group behind an attack last month that dramatically escalated tensions between India and Pakistan. China prevented the United Nations Security Council on March 13 from blacklisting Masood Azhar, the leader of Pakistan-based group Jaish-e Mohammad (JeM), which claimed responsibility for a suicide bombing that […]

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Diplomats and the mainstream media focused on the danger of another war between the two nuclear-armed countries. But the major media provided less information about the flashpoint for the crisis: India’s brutal occupation of Kashmir. Assistant Professor Junaid Ahmad, director of the Center for Global Dialogue at the University of Management and Technology in Lahore, […]

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Days after coming to the brink of all-out war India and Pakistan stoke chauvinism, exchange threats By Deepal Jayasekera 6 March 2019 Cross-border shelling across the Line of Control (LOC) that separates Indian- and Pakistan-held Kashmir has reportedly declined over the past 48 hours. However, tensions between South Asia’s rival nuclear-armed powers remain extremely high, […]

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Photograph Source International Borders When I heard the first news report, I assumed it was an Israeli air raid on Gaza. Or Syria. Airstrikes on a “terrorist camp” were the first words. A “command and control centre” destroyed, many “terrorists” killed. The military was retaliating for a “terrorist attack” on its troops, we were told. […]

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