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Rare secular candidate in Pakistan hounded by angry mobs

July 25

ISLAMABAD (Reuters) - It began with a audience members asking Pakistani parliamentary candidate Jibran Nasir to declare his religion at a public forum, a request he politely refused on the grounds it is irrelevant.

Jibran Nasir, a human rights lawyer and independent candidate for general election, gestures as he speaks at his office in Karachi, Pakistan July 23, 2018. REUTERS/Akhtar Soomro


Finally, a civilised politician

July 25

Jibran Nasir has refrained from slinging insults and abuse at his opponents. He has also not used the religion card like many other politicians

Election campaigns in the developing world remain fraught with mudslinging, street metaphors and insults. It is this kind of behaviour from politicians which demoralises youngsters who aspire to become politicians. Luckily, Pakistan has found a decent future leader in Jibran Nasir.


Young lawyer redefines what it means to be a Pakistani politician

July 25

Jibran Nasir is changing a political discourse based on religious hatred and sectarianism as he takes a second shot at winning election

A new face is emerging in Pakistani politics and he will be tested in Wednesday’s crucial elections. After a massacre at the Army Public School in Peshawar in December 2014, considered the goriest terrorist attack in Pakistan’s violent history, 31-year-old lawyer Jibran Nasir led a massive protest against a notorious cleric.

Abdul Aziz, the Lal Masjid cleric who refused to condemn the APS attack that killed 132 children, had paid allegiance to Islamic State (ISIS). Nasir demanded his arrest for violating Section 122 of the Pakistani Penal Code.


Justice Tahira Safdar nominated as first female chief justice in Pakistan

July 24


Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday nominated Justice Syeda Tahira Safdar as the Chief Justice of Balochistan High Court (BHC), paving way for her to become the first female chief justice of any court in the country.

“Madam Tahira Safdar will be the next chief justice of BHC,” he announced.


PTI's Ikramullah Khan Gandapur martyred in DI Khan suicide blast

July 23
DI KHAN: Sardar Ikramullah Gandapur, a former minister and Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) candidate was killed in a suicide attack in Dera Ismail Khan on Sunday.

This is the third in a string of brazen attacks targeting politicians with Siraj Raisani of the Balochistan Awami Party (BAP) and Haroon Bilour of Awami National Party (ANP) having also been slain in the recent past.

Gandapur, a former provincial minister for agriculture, was contesting the polls on the PK-99 seat in Dera Ismail Khan, Kolachi.“They attacked it [Gandapur’s convoy] en route to a corner meeting,” the district’s DPO Zahoor Afridi said.


BAP leader Siraj Raisani among 35 martyred in Mastung suicide blast

July 13

QUETTA: At least 35 people, including Balochistan Awami Party leader Siraj Raisani, were martyred and dozens others injured in a suicide attack in Balochistan’s Mastung district on Friday in the third such attack on election candidates in the run up to the July 25 general elections.

Siraj was attacked during a corner meeting organised for the promotion of his candidature for the constituency of PB-35. Siraj’s death was confirmed by his brother Lashkari Raisani.

After the incident, a large contingent of security forces established a cordon around the area and the injured were shifted to nearby medical facilities for treatment.

He is also the brother of former Balochistan chief minister Mohammad Aslam Khan Raisani.

ANP leader Haroon Bilour, 12 others martyred in Peshawar suicide blast

Strongly condemning the attack, interim Chief Minister Balochistan Alauddin Murree directed deputy commissioner of Mastung to submit a report of the incident. “The attack is a conspiracy to sabotage the electoral process in the province,” he said in a statement. Murree ordered the law enforcement agencies (LEAs) to ensure those behind the attack are apprehended.

Meanwhile, President Mamnoon Hussain and Prime Minister Nasirul Mulk also condemned the attack in separate statements.


ANP leader Haroon Bilour among 14 martyred in Peshawar suicide blast

July 11

PESHAWAR: A suicide blast claimed at least 14 lives, including that of Awami National Party (ANP) leader Haroon Bilour, and wounded dozens of others late Tuesday when a bomber struck a corner meeting here.

The explosion occurred in Yakatoot neighbourhood moments after Bilour arrived at the venue, near the stage, to address supporters at the meeting as welcoming party members and admirers engaged in a display of fireworks.

The late ANP candidate was set to contest the July 25 elections from Peshawar's PK-78 constituency.

At least 65 other people were wounded in the explosion, and 15 of those were in a critical condition, according to hospital sources. 

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attack, which marks the first major pre-election instance of violence. Live television footage showed volunteers and police rushing the wounded to hospital.


Setting A Magnificent Example Of Empowerment – Meet Basheeran

July 03

Setting A Magnificent Example Of Empowerment – Meet Basheeran, Hyderabad’s Only Female Taxi Driver

The kindest smile on her face, bravery brimming in her eyes and determined to give misogyny a run for its life – meet 67 years old Basheeran Bibi, Hyderabad’s only female taxi driver.

Basheeran got married in her teens and was gifted with an extremely strong and supportive husband. He was a policeman and owned a taxi, that he drove in free time to meet the ends. However, he was a man who believed that role of women extends beyond the kitchen.

Despite Basheeran’s lack of interest, her husband insisted that she learns how to drive. He gave her lessons so she is self-sustainable in his absence.


Govt lifts ban on ASWJ, unfreezes assets of its chief Ahmed Ludhianvi

June 29

ISLAMABAD: In a shocking development, the government has ordered to unfreeze assets of Maulana Ahmed Ludhianvi and removed a ban on his Ahle Sunnat Wal Jamaat (ASWJ) movement.

The National Counter-Terrorism Authority (NACTA) issued on Wednesday a notification in this connection on the recommendations of the Punjab home department.

Ludhianvi is the chief of ASWJ, a proscribed sectarian extremist group, formerly known as Sipah-e-Sahaba. He became the head of ASWJ after the death of Ali Sher Haidri in a 2009 ambush.

Pakistan enacts ambitious reforms to comply with FATF

Ludhianvi, who is also the Joint Secretary of Difa-e-Pakistan Council (DPC), is now allowed to operate his bank accounts which were frozen on the recommendation of Punjab home department.


Girl, 18, shot dead in street by security guard 'after refusing his marriage proposal'

June 23

A teenager was shot dead in the street after rejecting a man who wanted to marry her, prosecutors in Pakistan believe.

Mehwish Arshad, 18, died as a result of the attack in Faisalabad, which was caught in deeply upsetting CCTV footage.

A former colleague has been arrested on suspicion of her murder.The clip shows Mehwish, a bus hostess, being confronted by a man on a flight of stairs.

He was also seen manhandling her while holding her at gunpoint.


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