Tag: Violence

Aman Ittehad to hold rallies against violence

LAHORE - Aman Ittehad, a group of leading non-governmental organisations (NGO), on Thursday announced that several rallies will be held on January 1 at 1am nationwide to condemn violence in all forms.
This announcement was made in a press conference held at the Lahore Press Club, which was attended by South Asia Partnership Pakistan (SAPP) Executive Director Muhammad Tehseen, Aurat Foundation Coordinator Mumtaz Mughal and others.
The rallies would be held to condemn

Domestic violence shrinking, minister tells NA

ISLAMABAD - The National Assembly was informed on Wednesday that due to government's efforts, the country saw a downward trend in cases of domestic violence and only 5,404 such cases were registered in the years 2009 and 2010.
In response to a question, Minister for Human Rights Mumtaz Alam Gillani told the House that in 2008, the cases of domestic violence were far more than those registered in two following years.
"In order to curb the offense, the government is creating

Afghan violence kills 18 as Obama reviews war

KABUL: A roadside bomb killed 14 civilians in western Afghanistan on Thursday and four Afghan soldiers died in a US air strike overnight, hours before a US strategy review reported progress in the Afghan war.
Violence is at its worst in Afghanistan since US-backed Afghan forces ousted the Taliban in 2001 after the September 11 Al Qaeda attacks on the United States, with record civilian and military casualties.
US President Barack Obama's review said "notable operational

‘Violence being carried out in the name of Islam’

PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtoonkhwa Information Minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain said on Saturday that violence was being carried out in Pakistan in the sacred name of Islam but it had no concern with Islamic norms.
Addressing a seminar of Muthida Ulema Council held at Peshawar Press Club with a view to observe Ashura in a peaceful atmosphere, he said that they must realise their responsibilities to combat the ongoing trend of terrorism.
He added that no one could deny the

Legislation against domestic violence in limbo

ISLAMABAD: Contrary to its claims to providing equal rights to the women, the government has done little, as legislation against the domestic violence is still a distant dream.
The government took six years (previous and incumbent) to draft a piece of legislation to curb domestic violence and got the Domestic Violence (Protection and Prevention) Act passed by the National Assembly in August last year but the Bill lapsed as the Ministry of Law and Parliamentary Affairs could not

Brazilian film highlighting Rio violence is a hit

SAO PAULO: A Brazilian film highlighting the violence in Rio's notorious slums, "Elite Squad 2," has broken national box office records, with nearly 11 million tickets sold.
The cops-and-criminals picture, which mixes explosive action with an expose of corrupt politicking, has usurped a 1976 Brazilian supernatural erotic classic, "Dona Flor and Her Two Husbands," for the status as most-watched movie in the country's history.
Its success coincided with a spectacular real-life

Gunmen kidnap 18 Afghan deminers in southeast

GARDEZ: Unidentified gunmen kidnapped 18 Afghan deminers on Thursday in southeastern Khost province, the provincial police chief said, the second abduction of a mine clearing team this month.
The group from the Kabul-based Mine Detection Centre were travelling in Musa Khel district when they were stopped by a group of gunmen and then seized, said Abdul Hakim Ishaqzai. "They had gone to the area on the request of the elders to clear mines from their village," Ishaqzai told

Women must rise against violence

LAHORE: South Asia Partnership (SAP) marked 16 days against gender violence, paying tribute to the three American sisters who were physically tortured when they tried to raise their voice against autocracy.
The SAP event brought together change makers, both women and men, from all districts of Punjab. It was discussed that violence against women was present at, at least, three different levels; personal, community based, and regional/national.
Shamim Malik, a lawyer,

Eight killed in election violence in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN: Gunmen shot dead at least eight people in an attack on supporters of Ivory Coast presidential candidate Alassane Ouattara amid tensions over delayed vote results, witnesses told AFP on Thursday.
Violence erupted as Ouattara and President Laurent Gbagbo were locked in a stand-off over results of the hotly contested presidential vote, following pre-election violence that left at least another seven people dead. Witnesses in the western Yopougon district of Abidjan, a

NGOs mark day against gender violence

LAHORE: Shirakt Gah, South Asia Partnership Pakistan and Kashf Foundation along with other non-governmental organisations (NGO) organised a walk and solidarity rally at the Lahore Press Club to mark the International Women Rights Defenders Day.
The participants carried banners and placards demanding an end to all forms of violence against women and acts of harassment against human rights defenders. November 29 is a day of recognition for human rights activists when activism,

Three killed in Ivory Coast poll violence: UN

ABIDJAN: Violence in western Ivory Coast during Sunday's second round of presidential elections has killed three people, the UN envoy to the divided west African country, Youn-jin Choi, said Monday.
The previous toll, given on Sunday by the government, was two dead, and the authorities blamed Dozo traditional hunters.
"We have confirmed three deaths yesterday in the west," Choi told a press conference, without giving details of "this violence, these troubles," which he said

Rio braces for more violence in drug crackdown

RIO DE JANEIRO: Residents of Rio's northern slums braced for more violence on Friday as hundreds of reinforcements joined a widening crackdown on drug gangs that has killed at least 30 people in six days.
Armored vehicles rumbled through the pockmarked streets of the Vila Cruzeiro slum on Thursday as elite police units backed by helicopters and snipers battled drug traffickers under a cloud of black smoke from torched buses.
Police claimed to have wrested control of the

Violence in Bangladesh over ex-PM’s eviction from home

DHAKA: Police in Bangladesh fired tear gas and rubber bullets on Saturday to clear demonstrators trying to prevent authorities from evicting the leader of the opposition from a home she has occupied since 1982.
At least 50 people were injured and more than 20 demonstrators detained in the capital Dhaka, police said. Police and witnesses said up to 4,000 protesters armed with sticks and stones set fire to vehicles and attacked officers near the headquarters of former prime

Violence in south Yemen after separatist’s arrest

ADEN: Gunmen attacked a military checkpoint outside a south Yemen city on Thursday and demonstrators tried to break into a jail to protest against a southern separatist leader's arrest, local officials said.
The checkpoint clash occurred hours before about 4,000 people, according to local residents, took to the streets in the southern city of Dalea for a second day of protests against Tuesday's arrest of the leader of a southern secessionist group. Hasan Baoum is accused of

16 killed in Karachi violence

KARACHI: At least 16 people were killed and another three injured in a fresh wave of violence in Karachi on Wednesday.
Kalakot police said bodies of two men were found near the post office adjacent to Baloch Chowk in Lyari. The victims were identified as Jamil and Zakir, believed to be associated with the Baba Ladla gang in the area. Soon after the bodies were found, a gun battle erupted between two gangs of Lyari - the Baba Ladla group and the Muslim Shahzad group - following

Pope condemns ‘ferocious’ anti-Christian violence in Iraq

VATICAN CITY: Pope Benedict XVI condemned the "absurd violence" against Christians in Iraq on Monday after two priests and 35 worshippers were killed in a hostage drama at a cathedral in Baghdad.
"I pray for the victims of this absurd violence, all the more ferocious in that it struck defenceless people united in the house of God, which is a place of love and reconciliation," Benedict told pilgrims in St Peter's Square during an address to mark All Saints' Day.
The pontiff

LDA guards beat up journalists trying to protect woman from violence

LAHORE: Security guards of the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) attacked the staff of the Dunya TV channel when they tried to rescue an elderly woman (an ex-LDA employee) from being beaten by the guards at the LDA Building on Egerton Road on Friday.
Fouzia, a teacher sacked from the LDA School in Johar Town, had approached the LDA along with court orders for her reinstatement. She was trying to meet the LDA's top brass when security guards headed by Sohaib Abdul Rehman began