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The arrest of a journalist in Quetta on Sunday illustrates the extent to which the legislation on electronic crimes can be used to stifle dissent.

 

It is not often that we hear such good news coming out of Pakistan. But last week the state issued its first passport with a separate category for the ‘third gender’. This is an important milestone for the country’s marginalised transgender community.

 

A Baloch separatist, Abdul Rasool, leader of the Baloch Liberation Army, along with his group surrendered to the security forces on Wednesday.

 

Spare a thought for the people of Parachinar. First militants strike them, leaving more than 100 dead. Then they are subjected to law enforcement gunfire for daring to protest the government’s seeming indifference to their plight.

 

DESPICABLE attacks in Quetta and Parachinar yesterday — one of the most sacred days of Ramazan — have caused a terrible loss of life and injury.

 

A SECOND confession, and yet more revelations. The ISPR on Thursday released another video recording of convicted Indian spy Kulbhushan Jadhav in which he gave further information about his subversive activities in Pakistan.

 

In what some might consider an unusual intervention the Pakistan High Commissioner to India, Abdul Basit — whose tenure ends at the end of July 2017 — has said that ‘there is room for rethink’ in the case of the spy Kulbhushan Jadhav.

 

IN a society where a culture of violence and machismo seems to have become entrenched, journalists — whose job it is to report on events and developments both positive and otherwise — can often find themselves in a difficult situation.

 

One wonders why PPP that loves to describe itself as “liberal and progressive” party always surrenders to the pressure of right wingers and other influential groups.

 

Afghanistan over the last couple of years, has understood the advantage of playing the victim card; both on national and international.

 


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