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  • Nawaz inaugurates Greater Iqbal Park in Lahore, says park not for sit-ins

    Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Saturday formally inaugurated the Greater Iqbal Park in Lahore and said that the park is not for sit-in as protesters are often on the look out for such venues...

    "We should also post a sign in the park that it is not a place to hold sit-ins, as protesters are often on the lookout for such venues," said the prime minister...

  • Back to life, historical Jahangir Park awaits formal reopening

    KARACHI: The historical Jahangir Park in Saddar is set to be opened to public after months of renovation and rehabilitation by the Sindh government, which has spent Rs200 million on the project, said an official on Monday...

    The project was initiated after Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah paid a surprise visit to the park in August last year and directed the authorities concerned to renovate the facility, which had turned into...

  • ‘Banning a programme is against freedom of expression’

    Read: Pemra bans Hamza Ali Abbasi from hosting Ramazan showAccording to Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) Chairperson Zohra Yusuf, Pemra has recently taken a number of decisions which seemed to be against freedom of expression...

    “Imposing a ban on a programme is against freedom of expression,” she said, adding that before imposing a ban, the hosts of television shows should be given an opportunity to clarify their...

  • Future as freedom

    Federico Mayor, former DG of Unesco, once observed that “the future is freedom — for the most part, it will be exactly what we make it”...

    The quest for the future as freedom continues...

  • Ataullah — freedom fighter for Rohingya or curse?

    But to the supporters of Arakan Rohingya Salvation Army (Arsa), their leader is an intrepid fighter who left a life of luxury in Saudi Arabia to defend the group against overwhelming odds...

    ”The insurgent left a comfortable life to fight for his community but was cheated by jihadistsAtaullah is believed to have ordered attacks by Arsa in Myanmar’s Rakhine state last month, provoking a ferocious offensive by security forces that has...

  • China tightens restrictions on religious freedom

    China has tightened regulations on religious freedom, intensifying punishments for unsanctioned activities and increasing its supervision of certain groups in a bid to “block extremism” and tackle what it sees as internal threats...

    Beijing has stepped up its crackdown on civil society since President Xi Jinping took power in 2012, tightening restrictions on freedom of speech and jailing hundreds of activists and lawyers...

  • Press freedom situation in Balochistan extremely bad: CPNE

    QUETTA: The Council of Pakistan Newspaper Editors has declared the situation regarding press freedom in Balochistan as extremely bad and contrary to democratic standards...

    According to a press release issued by the CPNE here on Tuesday, the overall situation regarding press freedom in the province was reviewed at a meeting of CPNE’s standing committee in Quetta presided over by CPNE president Zia Shahid...

  • Religious freedom

    THE State Department recently missed its legal deadline for designating ‘Countries of Particular Concern’, a list of nations that violate religious freedom in a “systematic, ongoing, and egregious” manner...

    The US Commission on International Religious Freedom, the body that recommends which countries should be designated, criticised the State Department for the oversight, stating that it “tells violators of religious freedom around...

  • View from abroad: Waiting for freedom

    But from Madrid’s perspective, any concessions to Catalonia might well revive the Basque region’s currently dormant freedom struggle...

    However this risks demands for similar freedom for other regions...

  • ‘Proposed Sindh law will muzzle freedom of speech’

    HYDERABAD: The proposed Sindh Press, Newspapers, News Agency and Books Registration Act would retard growth in learning and muzzle freedom of expression, speakers at a seminar said on Sunday...

    Sindhi Adabi Sangat’s secretary general Ahmed Solangi said his organisation was ready to do everything it can to protect freedom of expression...

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