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Why Is Pakistan Shying Away From Signing The UN’s Optional Protocols?

Human Rights: Why Is Pakistan Shying Away From Signing The UN’s Optional Protocols? May 13, 2017 | By Sana Tauseef | Blog - Pakistan   In the first half of 2010, after much delay, the Pakistan People’s Party-led government signed and ratified two key international treaties of the United Nations - namely the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR) and the Convention Against Torture and other Cruel, Inhuman or Degrading Treatment (CAT). Both treaties, which ensure basic human rights, were formulated in 1966 and 1986. Yet, they caught Pakistan’s attention only recently, after its human rights abuses against minorities and women, grabbed headlines and in turn compromised its international standing. The binding treaties restrict curbs on free speech; prevent torture, imposes responsibilities and obligations on states to ensure core human rights are protected. This was a cause for much celebration. But hold off on them for now. Pakistan has still not ratified

Hunger strike for restoration of Baloch students at QAU continue about 6 hours ago ISLAMABAD: The condition of two Baloch students of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) deteriorated as they continue their hunger strike for the restoration of the expelled friends in Islamabad. One of the students, Saddam Baloch, was shifted to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (Pims) on Friday to due to deteriorating health issues. Students sitting on hunger strike said that Saddam Baloch lost conscious and his health is rapidly falling. On Saturday evening, the health of Norouz Jamali Baloch also worsened, and he too reportedly lost conscious. Outside, the hunger strike protest of Baloch students’ banners and placards read: “the hunger strike until the restoration of the expelled students will continue, give us education or death, education is our human rights, and dying to live.” The students associated with the Baloch Students Council went on hunger stri

China to Create Its Own International Courts for Maritime Claims November 4, 2017 17:18, Last Updated: November 5, 2017 1:00 This photo taken on July 14, 2016 shows a woman walking past a poster of the South China Sea, with the slogan at the bottom “China's territory, never to yield an inch of our ground” on a street in Weifang, Shandong province. China plans to create two Chinese-controlled international maritime courts that would be used to justify its own maritime claims, including those in the South China Sea that have already been ruled unlawful by an international court in July 2016. China may build mobile nuclear power plants in the South China Sea, state media reported on July 15, days after an international tribunal dismissed Beijing's vast claims in the strategically vital waters. (STR/AFP/Getty Images) SHARE   Share Tweet Share Email     By  Paul Huang China is continuing with its plan announced earlier this year to crea

China’s ‘island maker’ alarms congressman Published November 5, 2017, 10:00 PM By Ellson A. Quismorio An opposition lawmaker is alarmed by the news about China’s giant dredging vessel, which has been nicknamed “Asia’s most powerful island maker.” “This newest addition to China’s maritime arsenal provides increased and faster capacity to dredge and reclaim islands,” said Magdalo Party-List Rep. Gary Alejano. Alejano was referring to the recently launched 140-meter-long 28-meter-wide dredger, the Tian Kun Hao. “The Tian Kun Hao is quite alarming in itself….It would make it easier for China to build artificial islands and reclaim more reefs. Take for instance what China did when it reclaimed its seven reefs in 2013 to 2016. Given the earlier aggressive reclamation activities of China, one cannot help but be alarmed on what this massive dredger could do,” he said. The dredger, is as big as nine basketball courts, can dredge up to 6,000 cubic meters a

Newspaper distribution remains suspended in parts of Balochistan The Newspaper's Staff Correspondent November 05, 2017 GWADAR: Police stand guard at the Gwadar Press Club which has been closed for several days.—Dawn QUETTA: The distribution of local and national newspapers in southern and central Balochistan remains suspended, since their delivery was stopped by Baloch militant organisations on October 25. At present, newspapers are only being distributed in Pashtun areas of Balochistan. The militant organisations had demanded space in the media. They gave media houses a deadline of Oct 24 to decide on whether they would carry their statements and news of activities, and announced that they would not allow the distribution of newspapers in the province after the deadline. Press clubs in several towns attacked and are closed Journalistic activities were suspended in several towns and cities of the province and press clubs in Mastung, Kalat, Turbat, Panjgur, Gwadar, Pasni, Ormara, Awaran, Nushki, Dalban

Will destroy UK, Switzerland over emergence of 'Free Balochistan' posters: Pakistan defence expert Pakistan summoned British High Commissioner Thomas Drew over the emergence of 'Free Balochistan' posters Photograph: (Twitter) FOLLOW US ANIBirmingham, United KingdomNov 5, 2017, 05.25 PM (IST) STORY HIGHLIGHTS Pakistan on Friday summoned British High Commissioner Thomas Drew over the emergence of 'Free Balochistan' posters, which it said directly attacked its territorial integrity and sovereignty. A Pakistan defence expert has suggested that the country should consider creating gangs of terrorists and separatists to dismember the United Kingdom and Switzerland for allowing the flagging of ' Free Balochistan ' posters. "In retaliation, Should Pakistan also create terrorist/separatist gangs in Pakistan who should work to destroy/dismember UK & Switzerland? (sic)," Zaid Hamid, a Pakistani political commentator and

NLC plans setting up international standard rest areas on CPEC route Published: November 5, 2017 PHOTO: AFP RAWALPINDI :  In view of anticipated rise in volume of heavy vehicular traffic in wake of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), National Logistics Cell (NLC) has planned to establish rest areas of international standard astride national highways and CPEC routes with integrated facilities for commuters in general and truckers in particular. According to an NLC statement, the initiative has been undertaken by NLC in line with recommendations of National Trucking Policy which provides for setting up multipurpose parking and resting facilities for drivers at major locations astride National Highways. The Project has been named as NLC Drivers Emergency and Rest Areas (DERA). CPEC security: 20 hotels in Karachi to be monitored ADVERTISEMENT Under the phase one of DERA project, 8 Rest Areas will be set up at various locations on N – 5 fro

CPEC security: 20 hotels in Karachi to be monitored By  Our Correspondent Published: November 2, 2017 KARACHI :  A software known as the ‘ Read Eye Hotel Software’ has been installed at around 20 key hotels in Karachi as part of taking extraordinary measures being taken for the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), said Sindh Inspector-General of Police (IG) Allah Dino Khawaja , adding that similar software would be installed at hotels in Hyderabad and Sukkur soon. He said this while presiding over a follow up meeting of CPEC’s security at the Central Police Office on Wednesday. The meeting was attended by senior police officials, including additional IGs of the Special Branch, administration, Karachi, headquarters, Rapid Response Force (RRF) and finance. CPEC to attract more foreign investors: Brazil envoy ADVERTISEMENT Ad The IG directed district SSPs to hold scheduled meetings with representatives of the chambers and industrial zones on dist

Baloch in London Protest against Pakistan

Daughter of Dr Allah nazar broke down the toy gift given to her by CM balochistan

Daughter of Dr Allah nazar broke down the toy gift given to her by CM balochistan