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Dying young in Pakistan, where babies face the highest risk

Islamabad: In the neonatal intensive care department of an Islamabad hospital, scrawny infants struggle for survival — victims of a vacuum in resources and education in the country with the highest newborn mortality rate in the world. “In Pakistan, a baby dies every second minute,” says Haider Shirazi, head of the neonatal department at the…

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This new blood test can detect autism in children

NEWS DESK: Scientists have developed a blood and urine test that can detect autism in children, reported The Independent. Researchers at the University of Warwick said the test, believed to be the first of its kind, could lead to earlier diagnosis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in children who could then be given appropriate treatment…

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When will it stop?

By Zara Maqbool Yesterday I heard the agony and helplessness in a friend’s voice that shook me to my core. She has been divorced since years and has been granted custody by the court and yet day in and out she gets bullied by the ex-husband in one-way or another. She has reached a point…

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KLF 2018: Speakers discuss female education in Pakistan

By: Muhammad Raza Haidery Karachi Literature Festival is underway and Beach Luxury Hotel and sessions on different issues of the country are being held in which renowned national and international speakers and personalities are giving their expertise. The event is all about literacy and female literacy is one of the main issues in the country….

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Acting coach helps children chase Bollywood dreams

MUMBAI: There is an unlikely path to stardom in India’s city of dreams. Turn right at a pair of goats picking through knee-high garbage, pass a new public toilet and look for a hand-painted sign marking a temple to Ganesh, the Hindu elephant god revered as a remover of obstacles. Grab a conveniently hung rope…

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Anger swells in Pakistan as Zainab murder suspect remanded

Islamabad: Pakistanis called Wednesday for the public execution of a suspect accused of raping and murdering six-year-old Zainab, in a case that enraged the country. The suspect, Imran Ali, was remanded in custody for 14 days by an anti-terrorism court in Lahore one day after his arrest over the rape and murder of Zainab Fatima…

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Declare 2018 as “Year of Children”: Farhatullah Babar

ISLAMABAD: Commissioner for Children, Federal Ombudsman Office, Shaheen Atiq Ur Rehman on Friday proposed that Deoxyribonucleic Acid (DNA) should be linked with National Data Base Authority (NADRA) for curbing ratio of crimes in the country. Zainab sexual assault case was not the first one reported, rather a number of issues related to child sexual abuse…

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Pakistani cricketer blessed with a baby girl

KARACHI: Pakistani cricketer Fawad Alam has been blessed with a baby girl. He announced the good news on his Twitter profile. “Allah has blessed me with His most beautiful Rehmet in the universe, introducing my daughter,” he tweeted. The left handed batsmen also said that the medical condition of his wife was well. He added,…

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Fears of serial child killer in Kasur

Kasur: The rape and murders of a dozen children by a suspected serial killer have terrified parents in Kasur, and prompted soul-searching over how the country fails to protect its most vulnerable. The killing of six-year-old Zainab Fatima Ameen became the tipping point last week when her body was found on a rubbish heap near…

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Shehzad Roy: 90% abused children know the abuser personally

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: Pakistani singer and social worker Shehzad Roy said that 90% of the children who are abused know the abuser personally. “I think this injustice [that happened with Zainab in Kasur] is happening with every fifth child,” he said. “Ninety per cent of the times it’s someone the child knows.” It is…

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Books Children Read!

By Gulrukh Tausif Stories that you read and hear in your childhood stay with you all your life. Sometimes as a wisp of a memory and sometimes as a lesson etched into your mind. I have always loved reading and I used to read a lot of Urdu and English books in my youth. There…

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Zainab’s murder: New CCTV emerges

SAMAA has acquired a new CCTV footage in which seven-year-old Zainab can be seen with an unidentified man. Zainab, a resident of Kasur district, was found dead in a garbage heap six days after she went missing from her house. The girl, according to medics, was subjected to sexual assault before being murdered by her…

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Open letter from little Zainab

By Tatheer ul Islam Dear world,  I am Zainab. I am seven years old. I was the eighth child of my parents. I live in Kasur. I was assaulted by beasts in human garb who murdered me mercilessly. He said to me he will offer me my favorite candies and will take me to the…

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Zainab laid to rest in Kasur amid grief, tears

Zainab, a seven-year-old girl, was laid to rest amid sobs and tears as hundreds of devastated family and friends turned up to attend her funeral prayer in Kasur.  Large numbers of local residents attended her second funeral. The first was led by PAT leader Dr Tahir ul Qadri earlier in the day. CM presides over…

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Man weeps for brother who lost life in Kasur protest

am The brother of Muhammed Ali, who was killed in straight fire by police,  said his brother came out on road to demand justice for little Zainab. Talking to Samaa, the brother wept profusely and queried, “Who will provide us justice? My brother has little children.” Watch what he said.

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Tahir-ul-Qadri leads funeral prayer for Zainab

LAHORE: Pakistan Awami Tehreek (PAT) Chairman Dr. Tahir-ul-Qadri Wednesday led the funeral prayer of little girl who was murdered following sexual assault in the city. Dr. Qadri left for Kasur soon after the protests erupted in the city as demonstrators made preparations for the funeral prayers. In the violent protests, two demonstrators lost their lives…

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Two suspects may be involved in children rape cases in Kasur

KASUR: Regional Police Officer (RPO) Kasur revealed one to two suspects may be involved in several cases of sexual molestation in the city, Samaa reported. He made the startling revelation while speaking exclusively to Samaa TV. RPO stated that the DNA and the modus operandi in five cases of child sexual abuse in Kasur are…

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Apple told to take action against children’s smartphone addiction

NEWS DESK: Apple has been told to take urgent action to curb children’s smartphone addiction, amid fears that technology could be damaging the young generation, reported The Independent with additional input from agencies. The warning from two shareholders comes amid increasing concerns about how gadgets and social media could affect the young children who use…

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Karan Johar’s Twitter display picture with his babies is adorable!

NEWS DESK: Karan Johar’s babies, Roohi Johar and Yash Johar, are all set to turn one next month and this one year with his kids has been a fruitful journey for the filmmaker. Karan has been sharing cute little moments of his twins on social media pages and we can’t stop gushing over them. Now,…

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Grandmother angry at Disney selling false eyelashes for children

NEWS DESK: A grandmother has spoken out about her outrage upon finding Disney false eyelashes for sale, marketed at children over the age of three, reported The Independent. Fifty-five-year-old grandma-of-four Nicolette Harvey from Thurrock, Essex explained that she’d found the eyelashes at Poundland but fears such products sexualise children from a young age. The packaging…

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These twins were born minutes apart in different years

NEWS DESK: A pair of Californian twins have made the news by being born in different years despite being delivered mere minutes apart, reported The Independent. Anyone who’s a younger twin can understand the frustration of being born only a few minutes after their sibling, with the elder of two lording over the fact for…

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