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Human Rights commission of Pakistan demands immediate release of Down’s syndrome child KARACHI: The Human Rights commission of Pakistan demands immediate release and protection of 11-year old Christian girl who was accused of blasphemy. According to the some reports, the girl was carrying a shopping bag to dispose of used pages when she was stopped by someone who asked her to show what she was carrying. Burnt pages of Holy Quran were allegedly found in the bag. Local clerics alerted and soon a charged mob gathered outside the Rimsha’s house. The 11-year old girl who is suffering from Down’s syndrome is held in jail in Rawalpindi. Blasphemy laws have been misused against religious minorities and unfounded allegations have led to violent attacks against the minorities. This act will not only affect the safety of the minorities living in Pakistan but also create the great fear and panic in different religious sectors. The Human Rights commission appeal to take all the measures to provide security to the ...

Haqqani resignation - Should it be necessary? Not that Pakistan was going through enough problems already yet another issue has raised its head – Pakistan Ambassador to the US Husain Haqaani’s resignation over a secret call to the Americans to reign in the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). The “Memogate” issue as it is being called is a dubious drama which is on the agenda of every politically motivated individual. An American-based businessman with questionable credibility Mansoor Ijaz’s allegations should be viewed with a pinch ...
LETTERS Smelling a rat At a time, when our foreign office is at loggerhead with the US government, a known Pakistani Qawwal Rahat Fateh Ali Khan was arrested by Indian government on money-laundering charges, refusing to give access to Pakistan Embassy officials in India. Is this incidence anything to do with the Raymond Davis' case and the Americans want to extend pressure through India? Or is it another independent mischievous action by India to disconnect the ongoing ...
Ayetollah Rais Ahmad Khan After restoration of Shah to Peacock throne, the Americans held sway in Iran, and under their tutelage Shah Mohammed Raza let loose an era of obscenity and debauchery on the pattern of the worst in Western civilisation, on one hand, and a reign of terror and oppression against intellectuals and political opponents on a scale that has few parallels in history. In the name and guise of reforms, dubbed 'White Revolution of the ...
Ailing tax system and state of economy Huzaima Bukhari and Dr Ikramul Haq On November 25, 2008, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) approved the $7.6 billion 23-Month standby arrangement for Pakistan, which was later enhanced to 11.3 billion in July 2009. Pakistan was committed with IMF to introduce VAT from 1 July 2010, besides a number of other reforms. However, Finance Minister, Abdul Hafeez Shaikh, in his budget speech announced that the VAT would be introduced from October 1, 2010. Much to the ...
The Reko Diq project Akhtar Ali There is a lot of controversy these days over the Reko Diq Copper and Gold project. A number of people have requested me to explain the rather complicated issue and hence this article. A foreign company Tethyan has completed exploration of the resource located in Chaghi, the famous place where Pakistan's first nuclear explosion was carried out, and has prepared and submitted a feasibility study for consideration and approval of the government of Balochistan. ...
Pakistan Railways The National Assembly Standing Committee on Railways has made several recommendations to steer the department out of its financial troubles, proposing among other measures, that the Rs 4 billion State Bank overdraft be waived or converted into equity, and that the government should take over the liability of foreign loans (worth Rs 26.6 billion) and pensions funds (Rs 6.50 billion annually). The committee also expressed concern that the government decision to cut developmental programme allocations ...


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