Pakistan

alert status : Genocide Watch

 

Genocide stage:

6- Polarization

Affected groups :

  • religious minorities

  • women and children

  • LGBTQI+

 

Current situation:

  • The Pakistan government 

 

Developments

Recent abductions of a journalist and an activist have underscored Pakistan’s worsening rights conditions as the country’s security forces pressure the news media and human rights groups.

When Prime Minister Imran Khan boasted last year that Pakistan had one of the “freest presses in the world,” journalists were quick to object, saying that intimidation of reporters across the country was intensifying. It has only gotten worse...

June 8, 2020

Fear, panic grips residents in the heavily militarised zone on both sides of the de facto Kashmir border.

Fear, panic grips residents in the heavily militarised zone on both sides of the de facto Kashmir border.

Thousands of villagers living along the heavily militarised Line of Control (LoC) dividing Pakistan- and Indian-administered Kashmir have migrated to safer places in fear of artillery fire exchanges across the border.

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(CNN)Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has likened India's revoking of Jammu and Kashmir state's autonomy to Nazi ideology, and warned the international community that inaction would be similar to appeasing Hitler. 

Indian-controlled Kashmir, one of the world's most sensitive regionsremains in lockdown amid a communications blackout, with landline connections, internet and mobile coverage all suspended. Tens o...

SRINAGAR, Kashmir — Ever since Kashmir’s autonomy was suddenly revoked last week, Raja Mohi-ud-din, an editor at one of the few Kashmiri newspapers still operating, has been starting his days extremely early.

At 2 a.m., he jumps on his motorcycle with a hard drive in his pocket and zooms down Srinagar’s back alleys, the roar of the bike’s engine echoing against the tight brick walls.

He weaves around coils of barbed wire, past s...

August 9, 2019

The Kashmir conflict, referred to as a “territorial dispute,” has been central to tense relations in Asia for more than 70 years, particularly between the two nuclear powers of India and Pakistan.

Tensions have escalated between the countries many times in the past and have sometimes resulted in military confrontation.

Kashmiris are an Indigenous people living under colonial occupation who have been fighting for their right to p...

August 8, 2019

The UN has said the latest restrictions imposed on Indian-administered Kashmir are deeply concerning and "will exacerbate the human rights situation".

A UN spokesperson highlighted a telecommunications ban, the arbitrary detention of leaders and a ban on political assembly.

The region has been on lockdown since Sunday with communication cut off.

It came as India made the controversial decision to remove its special constitutional...

Subjugating an entire people wasn’t enough for Prime Minister Narendra Modi

LAHORE, Pakistan — Pakistani kids are taught in and out of school that Kashmir is our “shah rug” (jugular vein). Indians believe that Kashmir is their “atoot ang” (indispensable body part). Urdu and Persian poetry is full of paeans to the beauty of Kashmir. If there is paradise on earth, “it is this, it is this, it is this,” the 14th-century poet Amir K...

November 8, 2018

Pakistani protesters earlier this month burn a poster depicting Asia Bibi, who spent eight years on death row on blasphemy charges before being acquitted by Pakistan's Supreme Court.

Pervez Masih/AP

Asia Bibi, a Pakistani Christian woman acquitted days ago of blasphemy, has been freed from jail after spending more than eight years in solitary confinement awaiting execution.

The acquittal of Bibi, who is Catholic, was announced ju...

QUETTA: Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar Friday said Hazara killings in Quetta were akin to “genocide”.

The top court judge made these remarks while heading a two-member bench that resumed the hearing of the suo motu taken on the target killings of members of the Hazara community at the apex court’s Quetta Registry.

“We do not have words to condemn the incidents of Hazara killings,” said the two-member bench headed by...

Manzoor Pashteen has accused the Pakistani military of promoting militancy (Photo Credit: Alamy)

Tens of thousands of Pashtuns are demanding an end to extrajudicial killings and abductions they blame on the Pakistani state - and a charismatic young man has become their spokesman.

A compelling, bearded tribesman in his late 20s, Manzoor Pashteen is the unlikely figurehead for protests that have now mushroomed into a wider movemen...

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