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#JusticeForZainab: Is Protest the Answer?

By: Muhammad Raza Haidery There are no words to describe the horrific rape and killing of seven-year old Zainab Ansari in Kasur, the burial place of renowned Sufi poet Hazrat Baba Bulleh Shah. But the city has earned a notorious reputation for one of the most horrendous crimes on earth – child  abuse. In 2015,…

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Iran declares victory following week of unrest that left 21 dead

NEWS DESK: Huge counter-demonstrations have taken place against the protests in Iran with the head of the Revolutionary Guards declaring victory against “forces of sedition”, which had sought to create “anarchy, insecurity and intrigue in the Islamic Republic”, reported The Independent. As what was described by the state media as “the revolutionary outburst of Iranian…

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Iranian police arrest 100 protesters in capital as crackdown intensifies

People protest in Tehran, Iran December 30, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. REUTERS LONDON: Iranian police arrested 100 protesters in the capital on Monday, the deputy governor of Tehran said, as a police crackdown intensified against anti-government demonstrations that began last week, reported Reuters. Security forces have struggled to contain protests that…

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Ten killed in Iran unrest on Sunday: state television

Opponents of Iranian President Hassan Rouhani hold a protest outside the Iranian embassy in west London, Britain December 31, 2017. REUTERS/Eddie Keogh DUBAI: Ten people were killed during street protests in Iran on Sunday, state television said on Monday, reported Reuters. The nationwide protests have drawn in tens of thousands of people and represent the…

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Two people killed in Iran amid calls for fresh protests

People protest in Tehran, Iran December 30, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. REUTERS. DUBAI: Two people were shot dead in protests in Iran bringing to four the number of fatalities in the country’s most serious unrest since 2009 and messages on social media called for more anti-government demonstrations on Monday, reported Reuters….

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Iran temporarily restricts access to social media

LONDON: Iran will temporarily restrict access to some social media and messaging apps to control protests, Iranian state television quoted an informed source as saying on Sunday, reported Reuters. “It has been decided in the highest security level to restrict access to Telegram (messaging app) and Instagram,” the source said.

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Iran warns protesters who pose major challenge to country’s leadership

TEHRAN: Tens of thousands of Iranians have protested across the country since Thursday against the Islamic Republic’s unelected clerical elite and Iranian foreign policy in the region. They have also chanted slogans in support of political prisoners. Demonstrators initially vented their anger over economic hardships and alleged corruption but they have also begun to call…

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Iran said protesters should pay a high price if they break the law

People protest near the university of Tehran, Iran December 30, 2017 in this picture obtained from social media. TWITTER/@kasra_nouri/via REUTERS LONDON: Protesters in Iran who have staged three days of demonstrations over economic hardship and alleged corruption should pay a high price if they break the law, the government said on Sunday, reported Reuters. The…

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Protests hit Tehran, two demonstrators reported killed in Iran town

TEHRAN: Street protests hit Iran for a third day running on Saturday, spreading to the capital Tehran with crowds confronting police and attacking some state buildings, and a social media report said two demonstrators had been shot dead in a provincial town. The wave of anti-government demonstrations, prompted in part by discontent over economic hardship…

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Palestinian stabs Israeli guard in Jerusalem

Protesters are seen near the U.S. embassy in Awkar, in Beirut, Lebanon December 10, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamed Azakir JERUSALEM: A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli security guard at Jerusalem’s main bus station on Sunday, police said, and violence flared near the U.S. Embassy in Beirut over U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, reported…

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Israelis march in Tel Aviv to protest against Netanyahu, corruption

TEL AVIV: Thousands of Israelis protested in Tel Aviv on Saturday for the second consecutive week against government corruption and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is under criminal investigation over allegations of abuse of office, reported Reuters. Police estimated the number of demonstrators at about 10,000 and they followed last Saturday’s demonstration, which was by…

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Private schools in Karachi to be closed on Monday, KU exams postponed

KARACHI: Private School Management Association (Karachi) has announced that schools in Karachi will remain closed on Monday due to the tense law and situation in the city, Samaa reported.  President of P.S.M.A (Karachi) Sharfuddin Siddiqui stated that the decision to close schools on Monday was taken while considering the ongoing situation of the city. “Parents…

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Protesters chant Pak Fauj Zindabad in protest

ISLAMABAD: Protesters were chanting “Pak Fauj Zindabad” as military trucks were moving along the Express Highway, Samaa reported.  The protesters of religious party were raised the slogans in the favour of the military as its vehicles were on its route. It is pertinent to mention that the federal government passed a notification regarding deployment of…

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At least five dead as protests across Pakistan continue

ISLAMABAD/KARACHI: At least five people have been killed and over 150 people have been injured in clashes between protesters of a religious parties and security forces in different parts of the country, Samaa reported. In the federal capital, the protesters have gathered at Faizabad Interchange whereas the main roads of Islamabad and Rawalpindi are closed…

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Here’s everything you need to know about the Quaid-i-Azam University dispute

By Minerwa Tahir NEWS DESK: You must have seen pictures of protesting students of the Quaid-i-Azam University, Islamabad, many of them injured, on social media. We have compiled everything you need to know about what’s happening at the university in Islamabad: 1. Over 70 students of Quaid-i-Azam University (QAU) were arrested by the police on…

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NFL says it will seek compromise over ‘taking the knee’ anthem protests

NEWS DESK: The NFL will try to find a compromise over the issue of players protesting during the national anthem when team owners meet this week, reported BBC. Colin Kaepernick first sat down during the US national anthem in August 2016, before opting to kneel instead, in protests against racial injustice. Other players followed suit,…

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Restrictions imposed in Srinagar to prevent protests called by separatists against ‘braid chopping’

NEWS DESK: Restrictions were imposed in various parts of Srinagar on Friday to prevent protests called by separatists against increasing incidents of braid chopping in Jammu and Kashmir, reported Hindustan Times. Police said these prohibitory orders were in place in Khanyar, Rainawari, Nowhatta, MR Gunj, Safa Kadal, Maisuma and Kralkhud. Divisional commissioner of Kashmir Basheer…

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Donald Trump says that the NFL is ‘going to hell’ if players don’t stop protesting

NEWS DESK: Donald Trump is really going for the NFL’s jugular. While juggling all of the difficult tasks associated with being president, Mr Trump has found the time to start a war with the most successful professional sports league in the US — and now says that the business will go to “hell” if it doesn’t…

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Thousands take to streets of Barcelona to protest crackdown on separatists

NEWS DESK: Tens of thousands poured onto the streets of central Barcelona and further afield in Catalonia, outraged at the escalating crackdown on a separatist-led referendum on independence for the region on 1 October that saw 14 local government officials arrested, including the region’s deputy vice president, reported The Independent. According to police, about 4,000 demonstrators gathered near…

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Video: Protests against Aisha Gulalai across Pakistan

Protests are taking place against Aisha Gulalai in several cities of the country since she parted ways with the party. The former PTI worker has also been termed ‘Gullo Butt’ by the female party workers.

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Imran Khan warns Nawaz Sharif of ‘unprecedented’ protests

ISLAMABAD: Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), Imran Khan, has warned the ruling clique that he would launch an ‘unprecedented’ protest campaign against Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif if the latter ‘attempted to demolish’ state institutions, Samaa reported. “After destroying state institutions like FBR and NAB, I’m sure they are going to attack more institutions like Supreme Court…

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