A weak and unpopular presidency suits the military better. Why would the military create a situation in which Mian Nawaz Sharif — with greater popularity — would take the reins in his hands and start implementing the Kerry-Lugar Bill’s conditions on the military? …
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By ROD NORDLAND and TAIMOOR SHAH
KABUL, Afghanistan — When Bibi Aisha’s nose and ears were cut off by her husband and her in-laws, no one ever expected much to be done about it, especially because it happened in a remote area under Taliban control. …
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Janane ka haq [WikiLeaks] is the anthem of the Right to Information movement. Janane ka Haq means Right to Know. This song underlines the importance of the Right to Information in day to day life of an individual.
My dreams have a right to know … My hands have a right to know … My feet have a right to know … My hunger has a right to know … My old mother has a right to know … My fields have a right to know … My forests have a right to know … My rivers have a right to know … My village has a right to know … My vote has a right to know …. My Ram … My Rahman has a right to know … My life has a right to live …. This song is written, composed and sung by Vinay and Charu Mahajan.
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Amnesty International Report 2010 – Millions of Pakistanis suffered abuses. Pakistani Taliban and other extremist groups targeted civilians and minorities throughout the country, while security forces used indiscriminate and disproportionate force and carried out suspected extrajudicial executions. In areas controlled by the Pakistani Taliban and allied armed groups, civilians faced severe abuses, including arbitrary arrest and detention; torture and other ill-treatment; a near total absence of due judicial process; stringent restrictions on freedom of expression and assembly; religious and ethnic discrimination; and violence and discrimination against women and girls. Violence against minorities increased, with the government failing to prevent attacks or punish perpetrators. There were no executions, although 276 people were sentenced to death. – Pakistan 28 May 2010 Christian minority member Fanish Masih, aged 19, was found dead on 15 September in Sialkot prison where he had been held in solitary confinement. Prison authorities claimed that he had committed suicide but his relatives reportedly noted bruises consistent with torture on his forehead, arms and legs. Three prison officials were suspended for negligence, but no criminal charges were brought against them.
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Nobel Peace Prize faces boycotts over Liu Xiaobo
China and 18 other countries have said they will not attend Friday’s Nobel Peace Prize ceremony for Chinese dissident Liu Xiaobo, the Norwegian Nobel Committee has said. Russia, Saudi Arabia, Pakistan, Iraq and Iran are among those that will be absent, while 44 countries will attend.
A Chinese official said a “vast majority” of countries would stay away. China would not change because of “interference by a few clowns”, said Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu. …
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