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  • Australia claims foiling ‘terror plot’ to bring down aeroplane

    SYDNEY: Australia has foiled an Islamist-inspired terrorist plot to bring down an aircraft with an improvised explosive device, authorities said on Sunday, after four people were arrested in raids across Sydney...

    Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said the plot appeared to be “elaborate” rather than planned by a lone wolf, as security was strengthened at major domestic and international airports across the nation
  • Swat: Parveen Rehman’s services for marginalised communities praised

    Highlighting different aspects of Perveen Rehman’s life at a gathering, Fazal Noor, a social worker, said that she wanted to work for the marginalised communities for which she quit her job and joined the Orangi Pilot Project run by Dr Akhtar Hamid Khan...

    “She challenged the well-off societies and started installation of underground gutter line for poor communities as carried out in planned societies...

  • Call for rehabilitation of displaced communities

    Titled ‘Displacement of the Poor — A Case Study of Islamabad,’ different stakeholders and activists fighting for the displaced were present to offer an updated status of the case that has now reached the Supreme Court of Pakistan...

    Tasneem Ahmad Siddiqui, chairman of Saiban — Action Research for Shelter, spoke about the need to rehabilitate the displaced communities in Islamabad...

  • Ahead of NA-246 by-poll, Imran makes appeal to Karachi communities

    KARACHI: Addressing supporters at a rally ahead of the highly-anticipated NA-246 by-poll, Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan said Karachi's plight began deteriorating in 1985, ever since politics in the name of 'muhajirs' began...

    Khan said the Urdu-speaking community progressed rapidly after migrating to Pakistan; "top bureaucrats, intellectuals, soldiers, and politicians have hailed from the muhajir community," he...

  • UK's Cameron tells Muslim communities to do more to tackle extremism

    BRATISLAVA: British Prime Minister David Cameron urged Muslim communities and families on Friday to do more to fight extremism, warning some Muslims risk fostering radicalism in young people by quietly condoning extreme views...

    While the government has a role to play in tackling radicalisation, so too do communities and families, he said...

  • Muslim communities urged to do more to curb extremism

    BRATISLAVA: British Prime Minister David Came­ron urged Muslim communities and families on Friday to do more to fight extremism, warning that some Muslims risk fostering radicalism in young people by quietly condoning extreme views...

    While the government had a role to play in tackling radicalisation, so too did communities and families, he said...

  • ‘Vulnerable communities facing various methods to silence them’

    KARACHI: Different strategies are being used to silence vulnerable communities in Pakistan at the moment and the solution lies in the way the law is written and interpreted, said representatives of the Ahmadi community at a consultative meeting on Sunday...

    Organised by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) at a hotel, the meeting included views, suggestions and changing media attitude towards the community, vulnerable...

  • Communities should be given heritage sites’ ownership

    SAHIWAL: Participants at the concluding session of a three-day international conference on Harappa stressed the need for transfering the ownership of cultural and historical heritage to youth and local communities...

    They said Pakistan should make its cultural and heritage sites an attraction for tourists the way India, Egypt and China had done in these sectors...

  • Gated communities

    Leaving aside the legal issues, what are the consequences of gated communities? Do gated communities create security? Do they make for a better larger community? Or do they fragment communities and reduce social capital in a society?There will be some invasion of privacy too: guards will be asking people at the barriers which house they are going to...

    Gated communities reduce interaction amongst neighbours and adjacent communities,...

  • Call for legislation to empower non-Muslim communities

    The seminar titled ‘Safety and security of religious minorities: role of state and society’ was organised by the Pakistan Institute of Labour Education and Research (Piler)...

    The speakers highlighted the need to reinforce the importance of empowering minorities in Pakistan, as many instances have shown that this neglect caused widespread losses to both property and human life...

  • ‘Underdeveloped communities should set their own development agenda’

    ISLAMABAD: Adviser to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz has said that the basic needs of underdeveloped communities can be met only if they are empowered to set their own development agenda...

    He said Pakistan is well placed to plan for and meet the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and that the people themselves will have to help in meeting the SDGs especially in eradicating poverty, and improving health and...

  • New Senate body to work for ‘marginalised’ communities

    ISLAMABAD: The Senate on Tuesday decided to form a special committee to propose measures to ad­d­ress the problems being faced by the marginalised segments of society, including transgender individuals...

    The house unanimously approved the formation of the committee after a two-and-a-half-hour discussion on the prevailing situation of laws and policies relating to the marginalised elements in society, including vulnerable women and...
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