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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.

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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

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