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Lal Masjid protest: FIR registered against Maulana Aziz

ISLAMABAD: A First Information Report (FIR) has been registered against Lal Masjid’s chief cleric Maulana Abdul Aziz at Aabpara Police Station upon unremitting pressure exerted from protesting civil society on Friday night. The non-bailable FIR was registered under section 506 (2).

A candlelight vigil and protest was organised in response to a statement by Maulana Abdul Aziz in which he refused to condemn the massacre of students and teachers in a terrorist attack on a school in Peshawar.

December 22nd, 2014|In The Media|0 Comments

VIDEO: #KholoBC Viral Music Video Fights Pakistan’s YouTube Ban

It’s been over a year since Pakistanis have had to go without YouTube or resort to proxy servers and VPN services to use the site. The world’s most popular video-sharing site has been banned in the country since September 2012 after an anti-Islam film on YouTube, “Innocence of Muslims” sparked protests in many parts of the world.

There has been steady resistance since. This time, unhappy Pakistanis registered their protest in a music video.

March 1st, 2014|In The Media, KholoBC|0 Comments

Pakistani artists say their country’s YouTube ban is about politics, not religion

Pakistani musicians and activists have joined forces to renew the push against a ban on YouTube in Pakistan in place since September 2012. Rapper Adil Omar, comedian Ali Gul Pir and music producer Talal Qureshi this week released an edgy new song and video calling on the Pakistani government to end online censorship.

And they posted it to YouTube.

The title of the song, “Kholo Ban Chor” means “Open the ban, thief” in Urdu, but also sounds very similar to a fairly offensive curse. The video shows a stereotypically sleazy politician signing off on what is presumably an order to ban YouTube,

February 28th, 2014|In The Media, KholoBC|0 Comments

Karachiites give YouTube a big hug

KARACHI: YouTube may be banned in Pakistan but that didn’t stop it from taking to the streets of Karachi. Or rather, a mascot sporting the video-sharing wesite’s logo made the rounds of the city, asking people to hug it if they want YouTube back.

Team members of ‘Pakistan For All,’ a citizens initiative, gave Karachiites an opportunity to hug YouTube as part of a cheekily named campaign against state censorship and content regulation. A video of the campaign was released online on Friday and was widely shared on Facebook and Twitter.

November 16th, 2013|In The Media, KholoBC|0 Comments

Pakistan Muslims Protect Christians From Islamic Extremists, Form Human Chain Around Church

October 8th, 2013|In The Media|0 Comments

Human ‘shield’ in support of minorities

LAHORE: Scores of Muslim men, women and children formed a human shield around St Anthony’s Church here on Sunday to stand in defiance of those who seek to harm it.The participants of the shield which was a part of the National Day of Prayer and Resistance included members of the civil society, religious scholars and citizens.

The event was arranged by Pakistan for All that is a collective of concerned citizens outraged by the persecution of minorities in Pakistan. The participants raised slogans against those killing minorities and attacking their places of worships in the country without any reason. The message

October 7th, 2013|Human Shields, In The Media|0 Comments

Human chain formed to protect Christians during Lahore mass

LAHORE: The Muslim and Christian communities came together during Sunday mass in a show of solidarity in Lahore.

Hand in hand as many as 200-300 people formed a human chain outside the St Anthony’s Church adjacent to the District Police Lines at the Empress Road, in a show of solidarity with the victims of the Peshawar church attack two weeks back, which resulted in over a 100 deaths. The twin suicide attack on All Saints church occurred after Sunday mass ended and is believed to be the country’s deadliest attack on Christians.

October 1st, 2013|In The Media|0 Comments

Solidarity expressed over church bombings

Citizens and religious leaders gathered at St. Patrick’s Cathedral on Sunday, September 29, 2013, to express their solidarity with the Christian community after the Peshawar church bombings.

September 13th, 2013|Human Shields, In The Media|0 Comments

Pakistani Muslims Form Human Chain To Protect Christians During Mass (PHOTOS)

Hand in hand as many as 200-300 people formed a human chain outside the St Anthony’s Church adjacent to the District Police Lines at the Empress Road, in a show of solidarity with the victims of the Peshawar church attack two weeks back, which resulted in over a 100 deaths. The twin suicide attack on All Saints church occurred after Sunday mass ended and is believed to be the country’s deadliest attack on Christians.

August 10th, 2013|Audio/Visual, Human Shields, In The Media|0 Comments