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Evicting the homeless, keeping Islamabad beautiful?

There are community-specific slums in Islamabad; the slum found in the sector I-11 belongs primarily to the Afghan refugee population, while those in sectors F-6, F-7, G-7, G-8 and G-12 belong to the Pakistani Christian and Muslim population. The people that reside in these slums are inherently poor and lack basic facilities of life. However, they perform a very important task of providing essential services to the permanent residents of Islamabad. Most of the male and female population in these slums is employed as sanitary workers, guards and cleaners in the Capital Development Authority, as well as in nearby households.


July 31st, 2015|In The Media, News Watch|0 Comments

Anatomy of a murder

It was a 9mm gun, probably a Stoeger. Before Saad Aziz got this “samaan” through an associate, by his own admission, he had already plotted a murder. On the evening of Friday, April 24, 2015, he met four other young men, all well-educated like him, somewhere on Karachi’s Tariq Road to finalise and carry out the plot. As dusk deepened into night, they set off towards Defence Housing Society Phase II Extension on three motorcycles. Their destination: a café-cum-communal space – The Second Floor or T2F – where an event, Unsilencing Balochistan: take two, was under way. Their target: Sabeen

July 31st, 2015|In The Media, News Watch|0 Comments

Hacking Team hacked: The Pakistan connection, and India’s expansion plan

Leaked email exchanges between Hacking Team (HT) and Pakistani contractors vying for their controversial Remote Control System (RCS) surveillance tool provide insight into how the business of cyber security operates behind closed doors.

The story, which begins in 2011, is one of intrigue and troubling intentions on the part of both buyer and seller.

July 28th, 2015|Featured, In The Media, KholoBC|0 Comments

A step ahead: Sabeen’s mother takes the torch forward

KARACHI: The mother of Karachi’s wild child Sabeen Mahmud has decided to carry forward her legacy by establishing a foundation that will promote young artists and give a voice to the subdued.

Sabeen was taken away from the city too soon for its good but the seeds she laid down will hopefully reap benefits for generations to come. Her mother, Mahenaz Mahmud, is taking the torch forward.

July 27th, 2015|Featured, In The Media|0 Comments

Pakistani activists risk death in speaking out against religious extremism

In recent weeks, a string of slayings in Karachi and beyond has presented a grim picture for minorities in Sunni-dominated Pakistan, as well as for Pakistani human rights activists and others who speak out against injustices.

June 25th, 2015|In The Media, News Watch|0 Comments

An Interview with Mohammad Jibran Nasir, Pakistani Counter-Terrorism Activist

Mohammad Jibran Nasir is a 28-year-old lawyer, blogger and civil rights activist from Pakistan. He contested the 2013 general elections as an independent candidate in the city of Karachi. He has appeared on a number of mainstream TV channels as an anchor and analyst as the past. He runs NGOs and leads movements and protests against extremism and sectarian violence. His movement shot to increased fame and prominence in the wake of the December 16, 2014 attack on a school in Peshawar by the Taliban, when he led a protest against an infamous religious cleric who refused to condemn the

May 21st, 2015|Featured, In The Media|0 Comments

Pakistani Activist Launches Global Tour To Fight Religious Extremism Back Home

Back home in Pakistan, he’s been arrested at protests, gone head-to-head with radical clerics and even received death threats from (allegedly) the Taliban. This month, Mohammad Jibran Nasir is turning to America.

The Karachi-based activist is currently on a six-week tour of the U.S., where he’s speaking at more than two dozen top colleges and universities from Boston to California. The goal of his tour is to convince young, educated Pakistanis and Pakistani-Americans to combat the religious extremism he believes is ravaging Pakistan.

“My job is to make my country safe so that people will return home rather than leave it,” Nasir,

May 8th, 2015|Featured, In The Media|0 Comments

Aziz has apologised for defending APS attack, says Nisar

WASHINGTON: Maulana Abdul Aziz, the imam of Islamabad’s Lal Masjid, has submitted a written apology to police over his implied defence of the Dec 16 attack on the Army Public School in Peshawar, Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said on Friday.

The minister was talking to journalists after ending a three-day visit to Washington. Asked why Islamabad was reluctant to arrest the Lal Masjid cleric, Mr Khan said the government was careful, not reluctant.

February 22nd, 2015|In The Media|0 Comments

Human Shield formed outside Karachi imambargah to send ‘message of unity’

KARACHI: Citizens on Friday formed a human chain around Imambargah Shah-i-Najaf in Karachi to send a message of unity in response to the recent deadly sectarian attacks on imambargahs in different cities of the country.

The human chain was formed on the call of the Pakistan Youth Alliance (PYA). The organisation was formed in 2007 and comprises a network of youth activists who believe in a politically progressive, religiously harmonious and economically just Pakistan.

February 20th, 2015|In The Media|0 Comments

Muslim Group To Form Human Shield Around Oslo Synagogue

On Feb. 21, a week after a shooting outside a synagogue in Copenhagen, Denmark, left two people dead and five injured, a Muslim group in Norway plans to take measures to help ensure the safety of Jewish worshipers in that country.

The group of Norwegian Muslims will form a human “peace ring” around a synagogue in Oslo, according to a Facebook page for the event.

“We think that after the terrorist attacks in Copenhagen, it is the perfect time for us Muslims to distance ourselves from the harassment of Jews that is happening,” 17-year-old organizer Hajrad Arshad told the Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation

February 10th, 2015|Human Shields, In The Media|0 Comments