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Stories about Pakistan

13 January 2018

Pakistanis Demand #JusticeForZainab, 7-Year-Old Raped and Murdered in Kasur

"12 young girls, have been raped and murdered in the last one year...Failure of Pakistan’s 'Criminal Justice System' lies at the root of this public anger."

20 December 2017

Amidst the Advent Season, Church Blast Leaves Nine Dead and Several Injured in Quetta, Pakistan

On December 17, 2017, the Bethel Memorial Methodist Church, in Quetta, Pakistan was attacked, leaving nine dead and more than 50 injured.

19 December 2017

Pakistan's Digital Rights Foundation Launches Online Safety Network for Journalists

Global Voices Advocacy

Last week, Digital Rights Foundation, a not-for-profit working on digital rights in Pakistan, launched the “Network for Journalists for Digital Rights.” The network seeks to help journalists keep safe while working online...

16 December 2017

#FindRaza: Social Media Campaign Launched for the Safe Return of Pakistani Human Rights Activist

Global Voices Advocacy

Human rights activist Raza Mehmood Khan, who was working to build peace between Pakistan and India, went missing after he was last spotted at an event in Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan.

Art and Music Festival Brings Joy to Islamabad

After a month of tense street protests in Islamabad, an arts festival restores the spirits of its residents.

11 November 2017

Female-Run Restaurant Bends Back Social Barriers in Pakistan's Quetta

"Years ago, women’s lives were limited to the four walls of the house in Hazara Town, but it is no longer the case now."

10 August 2017

She Dared to Say Pakistan’s Most Popular Politician Harassed Her. Then Came the Abuse.

The Bridge

"I wish someone would throw acid on Gulalai's face". The smear campaign against the female tribal politician has been especially fierce on Twitter.

27 July 2017

Can Facebook Connect the Next Billion?

Global Voices Advocacy

New research by Global Voices tech and digital rights experts in Colombia, Ghana, Kenya, Mexico, Pakistan and the Philippines exposes the ups and downs of Facebook's "Free Basics" app.

13 June 2017

The Death of a Sanitary Worker in Pakistan

The Bridge

"This incident hits at my identities as a humanitarian, a global public health advocate, a medical doctor, and a Pakistani minority."

10 June 2017

The Alleged Spy at the Center of India and Pakistan’s Latest Row

It's a matter of life and death for ex-Indian Navy officer Kulbhushan Jadhav.

9 June 2017

Pakistani Journalist Takes Intelligence Agency to Court Over Harassment

Global Voices Advocacy

"Many friends have also confided tht seeing me go thru all wht i've had to has made thm self censor even more. Climate of fear persists"

5 June 2017

In Face of Government and Military Pressure, This Pakistani Newspaper Stood Tall

An explosive news story has resulted in several government officials losing their jobs and a newspaper being intimidated, revealing Pakistani state and military officials' limited regard for press freedom.

2 June 2017

The Muslims You Cannot See

The Bridge

"Islamophobia in its ugliest forms attacks our belonging. It attacks our identity, which is so vast, varied, and intersectional that it cannot possibly fit into a box."

11 May 2017

Pakistanis Are Outraged Over a Washing Machine Ad That Makes Light of Domestic Violence

"Disgusting ad....giving concept that a man should be proud among his friends on beating his wife"

4 May 2017

Iranian News Agency Publishes ‘Fabricated’ Story Accusing UN Special Rapporteur of Misdeeds With Saudi Arabia

It's not the first time Iranian officials have tried to discredit the office of the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Human Rights Situation in Iran.

12 January 2017

Digital Activists Are Disappearing in Pakistan

Global Voices Advocacy

At least six bloggers and digital activists have disappeared thus far in 2017. Despite being a serious human rights issue, the number of people missing in Pakistan is unknown.

6 November 2016

Shehzil Malik Draws the Harassment She Experiences on Pakistan's Streets

“Seeing a woman outside should be normal...It shouldn’t matter. But the fact that it does means this conversation needs to happen."

13 October 2016

As Politicians Beat the Drums of War, Ordinary Indians and Pakistanis Call for Peace

"'Patriotism' that propagates HATE is not patriotism. United we RISE. Divided we fall. Politicians polarise to rule not serve society."

12 October 2016

Will Pakistan Carry Out a Threat to Expel 2.5 Million Afghan Refugees?

After decades of mixed hospitality, Islamabad says it can no longer host refugees from its war-torn neighbour.

Following a Big Scoop, Prominent Journalist Cyril Almeida Is Barred From Leaving Pakistan

"Am concerned, possibly convinced, more than 24hrs after the travel ban was imposed that govt is planning to take further, uglier actions."

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