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Webology Ep 2: Why we need to speak out on child sexual abuse

KARACHI: Celebrities such as Nadia Jamil, Farieha Altaf and Maheen Khan have recently spoken out on the sexual abuse they suffered as children. The revelations come in the wake of the heinous crimes committed against children in Kasur as well as the global campaigns surrounding #MeToo and #TimeIsUp. Whether one speaks about abuse then and…

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COMMENT: Why silence on #MeToo in Pakistan and India?

KARACHI: Visit any mainstream Western media website and you will find at least one story on sexual harassment on a daily basis. The same is not true of Pakistani or Indian mainstream media websites. Why is that so? Is harassment not happening in our countries? Or some other factor(s) are at play? Last year, we…

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How has religious fundamentalism affected the cultural rights of women?

By Minerwa Tahir KARACHI: What are the effects of religious fundamentalism – be it Buddhist, Hindu or Muslim – on the cultural rights of women? Classical dancer and activist Sheema Kermani addressed this question while speaking at a press briefing she organized at the Arts Council of Pakistan, Karachi, on Wednesday. The briefing was on…

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Former assistant of Harvey Weinstein says she was paid £125,000 for silence

NEWS DESK: A British former assistant of Harvey Weinstein says she was paid £125,000 ($165,200) to keep quiet after accusing the movie mogul of sexual harassment, reported BBC. Zelda Perkins told the Financial Times she signed a non-disclosure agreement in 1998 after making the accusations. She said he asked her to give him massages and…

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Qureshi questions govt’s silence over BBC report

ISLAMABAD: Senior leader of the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Thursday urged federal government to break the silence and clear its position over BBC report that blames MQM for receiving funds from Indian authorities, Samaa reported. “This is surprising that even after 24 hours, the federal government is still silent. The government must…

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Siraj slams rights groups for silence on Rohingya persecution

ISLAMABAD: Jamaat-e-Islami Chief Siraj-ul-Haq Sunday said that Rohingya Muslims in Myanmar are being subjected to worst brutalities. Addressing a rally in Islamabad, Siraj said the rights groups and the entire world are acting as silent spectator over the atrocities perpetrated against Muslims in Myanmar. “Even Chengez Khan did not commit so many atrocities against Muslims…

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Erdogan breaks silence as Turkey PM seeks coalition

ISTANBUL: Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was to deliver Thursday his first speech since legislative elections, with his party set to talk to the opposition on forming a coalition after it lost its parliamentary majority in the polls. The ruling Justice and Development Party (AKP), which unexpectedly fell short of a majority in Sunday's vote,…

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Pin drop silence as Altaf counts to three

Rebuilding his past image, Altaf Hussain once again created the ‘phenomenon of silence’ peculiar to MQM's public showings. He counted to three and the entire venue was soundless with not a single voice in massive public gathering.

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Donald hopes South Africa can silence India fans

MELBOURNE: South Africa bowling coach Allan Donald says his team's biggest challenge in Sunday's World Cup blockbuster against India will be to adjust to the intimidating aura of the Melbourne Cricket Ground. More than 80,000 people, mostly India supporters, are expected to pack the iconic stadium for the key Pool B match which will almost…

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Modi breaks silence on church attacks in India

NEW DELHI: India's Hindu nationalist Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday promised a crackdown on religious violence and freedom of worship for all faiths after a series of attacks on churches. Modi has been heavily criticised for not speaking out earlier against religious violence, especially after the attacks on at least six Christian buildings, mainly churches,…

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Bilawal breaks silence on intra-party rifts

LONDON: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari broke his silence on Monday amid speculations of rifts within the party. In a message on twitter, Bilawal said that the PPP leadership stood united, adding that anyone talking against the leadership is not a well-wisher. “The PPP stands united, anyone claiming otherwise and speaking against…

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Pak, NZ teams observe 2-minute silence for Hughes

SHARJAH: Two-minute silence was observed Friday to pay tribute to Australian batsman Phillip Hughes before the start of 2nd day’s play of 3rd Test match between Pakistan and New Zealand. Team players, match officials and referees wearing black armbands lined up at Sharjah cricket ground to pay respect to 25-year-old Hughes who got injured and…

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Wary silence from Arabs over Iran deal

RIYADH: Iran's nuclear deal with global powers was met with wary silence from Arab states on Sunday, with Iran's only two Arab friends Iraq and Syria welcoming the accord but others keeping their opinions to themselves. All Arab countries apart from Syria and Iraq are ruled by Sunni Muslims who mainly regard Shi'ite Iran as…

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JI deplores silence of Islamic world on Egypt situation

Staff ReportISLAMABAD: The Jamaat-e-Islami (JI) on Sunday staged a protest demonstration in front of the Parliament House to show solidarity with supporters of deposed Egyptian President Mohamed Mursi. JI Amir Syed Munawar Hasan and Professor Ibrahim led the protest.Speaking to demonstrators, Mr Hasan deplored the silence of Islamic world on the killings of Muslims by…

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Imran breaks silence on women reserved seat controversy

Staff ReportLAHORE: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Chairman Imran Khan on Sunday spoke out about a controversy regarding women elected on reserved seats. PTI leader Fauza Kasuri was dejected for not being among those who made it to the Parliament on women reserved seats. She publicly vented her anger on a famous social media website, igniting heated…

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Despite countrywide protests, regimes’ silence on Quetta incident is sorrowful: Altaf Hussain

Staff ReportKARACHI: Mutahida Qaumi Movement (MQM) Chief Altaf Hussain has said that despite countrywide protests on Quetta incident, silence of the regime is sorrowful, SAMAA reported on Monday.Altaf Hussain said while talking to the Chief of Pakistan Ulema Council, Tahir Ashrafi, on telephone that people are protesting loudly against Quetta incident across the country but…

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Syria talks offer stands despite Assad silence

CAIRO: Syria's main opposition leader signalled on Monday that his offer of talks with the government to end the country's 22-month-old civil war was still open, a day after a deadline he had set passed without a response.Syrian National Coalition leader Moaz Alkhatib, speaking after talks with the head of the Arab League in Cairo,…

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David Bowie breaks long silence with new music release

LONDON: British singer David Bowie released his first new song in nearly a decade on Tuesday in a surprise launch coinciding with his 66th birthday.”Where Are We Now?”, produced by long-term collaborator Tony Visconti, is a melancholic look back to the time Bowie spent in Berlin in the 1970s with an accompanying video featuring black-and-white…

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Sattar laments silence over display of arms in by-polls

Staff ReportKARACHI: Senior MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar on Saturday questioned why Karachi was being subjected to double standards, adding that verification of voter lists and delimitation of constituencies should be carried out across the country. “Why those who were demanding a military operation in Karachi are now silent on open display of arms in…

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China maintains silence on Xi, rumour mill in overdrive

BEIJING: Chinese authorities and media remained silent on the whereabouts of Vice President Xi Jinping on Wednesday, with speculation mounting over why Beijing was not more forthcoming on the health of its president-in-waiting.Xi has skipped meetings with a number of visiting leaders and senior officials over the past week, including U.S. Secretary of State Hillary…

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Altaf slams silence on extortion activities

Staff ReportKARACHI: Muttahida Qaumi Movement chief Altaf Hussain said on Sunday that Pakistan was passing through a critical phase due to internal and external threats. In a telephonic address from London, Hussain said that the Hindu community was leaving the country over terrorism. He said the business community has been left at the mercy of…

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