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  1. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Fourteen killed, 50 injured in bomb blast on Pakistani train

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 05:42pm by Reuters

    ... the province’s natural resources and leaving its people mired in poverty. They say government-backed death squads routinely abduct, torture and execute ethnic Baluch, accusations echoed by human rights campaigners. The security forces deny violating human rights. Insurgents have also targeted civilians, especially Pakistanis from other ethnic groups who have settled in Baluchistan. The government ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1471592/fourteen-killed-50-injured-bomb-blast-pakistani-train
  2. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Family of Pakistani baby charged with attempted murder goes into hiding

    Posted Apr 09th 2014, 11:04pm by GDN

    ... there are examples of young children being ensnared in the country's blasphemy laws, which have been much criticised by human rights groups. Shahbaz Sharif, the powerful chief minister of Punjab, ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1472102/family-pakistani-baby-charged-attempted-murder-goes-hiding
  3. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Christian sentenced to death for blasphemy in Lahore, Pakistan

    Posted Mar 28th 2014, 10:49pm by AP

    ... GRIFFITHS, AMNESTY Many human rights activists say the blasphemy law, which allows for punishment of life in prison or death, is misused as a way to target people for personal gain or revenge. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1459808/christian-sentenced-death-blasphemy-lahore-pakistan
  4. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Drought and disease afflict desert region of Pakistan

    Posted Mar 16th 2014, 05:13am by AFP

    ... to rain-dependent crops and animals, with farmers relying on beans, wheat and sesame seeds for survival, bartering surplus in exchange for livestock. The drought is not the only reason for the recent ... to the recent outbreak of animal disease, said he and other villagers were envious of Indian villages just across the border. "In the bordering town of India there is greenery all around ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1449603/drought-and-disease-afflict-desert-region-pakistan
  5. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan’s Musharraf arrives at court for first ‘treason’ hearing

    Posted Feb 18th 2014, 04:57pm by AFP

    ... the former general, which Arab promised to decide on Friday. Musharraf has challenged the civilian court’s right to try a former army chief, saying he is entitled to be dealt with by a military ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1430301/pakistans-musharraf-arrives-court-first-time
  6. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Nawaz Sharif slams Taliban’s claim it executed 23 abducted soldiers

    Posted Feb 17th 2014, 06:48pm by AFP

    ... the “sad and condemnable” murders, while President Mamnoon Hussain expressed “grief and sorrow”. “We regret to say that things are not moving in a right direction,” chief government peace ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1429706/pakistan-peace-talks-hit-alleged-killing-23-soldiers
  7. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Pakistani separatist militants blow up three gas pipelines

    Posted Feb 10th 2014, 03:45pm by Reuters

    ... Pakistan’s poorest and biggest province. They accuse the federal government of looting the province’s rich mineral resources and leaving its people to live in poverty. Human rights groups have accused both the Baluch rebels and government security forces of serious human rights abuses, including kidnapping, torturing and killing civilians. ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1425184/pakistani-separatist-militants-blow-three-gas-pipelines
  8. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Death sentence in Pakistan for Briton who claimed to be a prophet

    Posted Jan 24th 2014, 11:28pm by AFP

    ... was arrested, confirmed the sentence. Pakistan's tough blasphemy laws have attracted criticism from rights groups that say they are frequently abused to settle personal scores. In 2012, Rimsha ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1412787/death-sentence-pakistan-briton-who-claimed-be-prophet
  9. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Karachi bomb kills top Pakistani police officer known for hunting down Taliban militants

    Posted Jan 10th 2014, 11:56am by Associated Press in Karachi

    ... on suspects. Human rights activists accuse Pakistani police of routinely using excessive force, as well as torturing and killing suspects. However, Aslam was known for working all night and often ... the rise in Taliban activity, said the head of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, Zohra Yusuf. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif condemned the killing, saying that it would not dampen the morale ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1402137/karachi-bomb-kills-top-pakistani-police-officer-known-hunting-down-taliban
  10. News - Asia - PAKISTAN

    Pakistan’s Malala Yousafzai wins EU’s Sakharov rights prize

    Posted Oct 10th 2013, 05:51pm by AFP

    ... Agence France-Presse in Islamabad Malala has become a global icon of the struggle for girls’ education and peace Malala Yousafzai, Pakistan’s teenage activist, on Thursday was awarded the European Parliament’s prestigious Sakharov human rights prize. “Today, we decided to let the world know that our hope for a better future stands in young people like Malala Yousafzai,” said ...

    http://www.scmp.com/news/asia/article/1328686/pakistans-malala-yousafzai-wins-eus-sakharov-rights-prize

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