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Every year on March 8 International Women’s Day is celebrated with pledges for parity regarding women’s rights. This day was initiated with the hopes to provide an opportunity for women to press for their demands and rights. In comparison with Western countries women in Asia, Africa and in Middle East...

Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) has announced on Tuesday to probe allegations of horse trading by certain political organisations after Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) won majority in Senate elections held on March 3. According to a notification issued Tuesday, the commission has directed party heads and parliamentarians to file details of horse trading by March...

Chief of Army Staff (COAS), General Qamar Javed Bajwa has said that the provision of civic facilities and peaceful environment in less developed areas of Balochistan is a dream coming true. According to a press release issued by Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Monday, the COAS was speaking at the closing ceremony of the three-day Makran Festival 2018 at Kech...

A historic first

March 6, 2018

Despite the claims of horse trading and buying of votes a pleasing development emerged from Senate polls that a woman belonging to marginalized community has been elected as Senator of Pakistan. International media also highlighted the news that Pakistan that is a Muslim-majority country has elected its first female senator from the lowest Dalit caste. Surprise victory...

As the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz won the expected 15 seats in Senate elections on Saturday after having suffered a major setback in Balochistan, the Pakistan Peoples Party pulled off a surprise win on 12 seats which with the likely support of independent candidates may further allow it to consolidate its position in the upper house. The PML-N backed candidates...

According to a study released by United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), United Nations Entity for Gender Equality and the Empowerment of Women (UN Women) has found that found that societal barriers remain to women’s representation and advancement in the civil service in Pakistan. The case study found that while civil service promotions are based on years in service,...

Senate election

March 3, 2018

The Senate of Pakistan is set to hold election on as 52 of its 104 senators complete their six-year terms on March 11. Polling will be held today in the four provincial assemblies and the national assembly on. Despite suffering some political setbacks in recent months, the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) is all set to become the single largest party in the...

At least six security personnel were martyred in two separate attacks in Quetta on Wednesday. In the first attack, two police officials were martyred when assailants opened fire at the vehicle of Deputy Superintendent Police (DSP) Hameedullah Dasti on Quetta’s Samungli Road. The DSP narrowly escaped in the incident, but two policemen guarding Dasti died on the spot....

New party President

March 1, 2018

Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) on Tuesday, during a meeting called to choose an interim party president, elected Nawaz Sharif as “party’s Quaid (leader) for life” while Shahbaz Sharif was elected as interim President. During PML-N Central Working Committee meeting Raja Zafarul Haq, Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz...

Misuse of authority

February 28, 2018

It is not rare that unfortunate cases of misuse of authority by powerful state institutions keep emerging. Last week another such case surfaced in the media when allegedly officials of Federal Investigation Agency severely misused the authority while investigating a person belonging to a religious minority. The Cyber Crime Cell of FIA Lahore was interrogating Patras Masih,...

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