As these lines were being written on the evening of February 13, Lahore, the heart of Pakistan, suffered a suicide bombing that left 13 persons, including five police officials, dead and 83 injured. The bomber exploded himself near police officials who were engaged in negotiations with representatives of a pharmaceutical and medicine firm protesting against …

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The Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP), once reckoned amongst the most powerful street forces of the country and a representative of leftist ideology, faced another debacle on political and ideological fronts when it withdrew a law on January 7, 2017. The law, against forced conversions also known as the Criminal Law (Protection of Minorities) Bill, was …

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Freedom of expression and differences of opinion are basic components of the concept of democracy. A democratic government must protect these components. Unfortunately, various elements in Pakistan have been trying to muffle freedom of expression and difference of opinion for the last 70 years. But, Pakistan’s soil keeps producing intellectuals, poets, artists and writers who …

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The recently released ‘Quetta Inquiry Commission Report’ exposed the government and law enforcing agencies’ seriousness regarding the implementation of the National Action Plan (NAP) against terrorism and extremism. The one-judge commission was formed by the outgoing Chief Justice of Pakistan, Anwar Zaheer Jamali, after the deadly attack targeting the lawyers’ fraternity in Quetta in August …

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Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s strong body language while announcing the National Action Plan against terrorism in January 2015 had shed a ray of hope for those who want to see Pakistan a terrorism and extremism-free state. The NAP was considered the state’s final battle against terrorism, sectarian violence and hate speech. The top leaders of …

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Senator Sajid Mir, Chief of Jamiat Ahle Hadith Pakistan, sparked vigorous argument on social media through his video message in the wake of appointment of the new army chief. He said, “According to my knowledge, one of the generals being considered as the new army chief belongs to a family which does not believe in …

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Continuing in the spirit of the Truth Tracker’s first issue, which came out earlier this month, our competent team highlights the promises made by the governments, and the progress of their fulfilment in this second fortnightly issue. In addition to monitoring pre-election promises made by the PML-N and PTI, this issue also touches upon allegations …

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  Welcome to the first issue of Truth Tracker, a fortnightly magazine established by a team of highly professional local and international journalists. We’ve decided to take this initiative despite a myriad of obstacles, because we all believe strongly in the need for this type of reporting. Truth Tracker is being launched at a crucial …

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 Statement In a recent statement, former Federal Minister for Information Qamar Zaman Kaira said that the PPP fulfilled 80% of the clauses in the Charter of Democracy. Background The Charter was formulated and signed by Nawaz Sharif and Benazir Bhutto, representing the two major political parties, in May 2006. The Charter established common ground between …

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  The Promise Sartaj Aziz, a senior economic advisor to the Prime Minister elect Nawaz Sharif, says that electricity load-shedding would be reduced “to some extent” during first 100 days of Sharif’s government. [Dawn article] [Radio Pakistan] The Plan In an interview with UPI Next, Aziz reiterated that load-shedding would be eased during first 100 …

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