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Former Pakistan PM Khan calls off protest march to avoid creating “havoc”

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Islamabad, Pakistan Reuters Former Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his first public appearance since being wounded in a gun attack earlier this month, said on Saturday he was calling off his protest march to Islamabad because he feared it would cause havoc in the country. Khan has been holding country-wide protests to push the […]

Pakistan’s Imran Khan relaunches political march after surviving gun attack

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Islamabad, PakistanReuters Pakistani former Prime Minister Imran Khan told supporters via video-link on Thursday they should keep up an anti-government march, a week after he suffered wounds in a gun attack, and he dismissed a police report that a lone shooter tried to kill him. The 70-year-old former cricket hero was wounded last Thursday in […]

Eight-year-old maid’s death spurs calls for child labour reform in Pakistan

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Karachi, PakistanThomson Reuters Foundation The brutal death of an eight-year-old maid has caused outrage in Pakistan, prompting the government to propose changes to legislation governing child labour. Zohra Shah was taken to a hospital in Rawalpindi, in Punjab province, on 31st May with serious injuries, and she died soon afterwards. Police have arrested the girl’s […]

Pakistan’s Christians wary as asylum offers flood in for Asia Bibi

World Watch Monitor Several countries have offered asylum to the Pakistani Christian woman Asia Bibi, after she was acquitted by the country’s highest court last month of a blasphemy charge carrying the capital punishment. However, local Christians are fearful of repercussions, as the West is perceived as Christian to most Pakistanis. There were violent protests when the Supreme Court […]

Asia Bibi central to trade deals, EU tells Pakistan

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World Watch Monitor The EU’s Special Envoy for Freedom of Religion or Belief, Jan Figeľ, told Pakistani officials during a recent visit that the renewal of their export privileges to Europe depends on the release of Asia Bibi, a Christian woman on death row for blasphemy since 2010. “The EU countries have started believing that […]