Haroon Baloch is a journalist and digital rights researcher based in Islamabad, Pakistan. He holds M. Phil degree in Media Studies from the Islamia University of Bahawalpur and successfully completed his thesis exploring the role of the Facebook in Interfaith Harmony in Pakistan. He has over 10 years experience of working as reporter with multiple news organizations, including television, radio, multimedia, wire service and print media. He has been affiliated as researcher and advocacy officer with the country's pioneer digital rights non-governmental organization Bytes for All, Pakistan since 2014. His diverse experience in the field of media and journalism, and international exposure enabled him to teach media students at a university on contractual basis.
The abduction of bloggers triggered a wave of intolerance across the country and resulted in the haunting environment to further intimidate dissenting voices and those touching upon the tabooed areas
Far from the standard of holding someone innocent until proven guilty, those accused of blasphemy in Pakistan are usually not even given a fair chance to prove their innocence as they become victims of mob justice or street violence
The number of forced conversions of lower-caste Hindu or Dalit girls is on the rise in Muslim-dominated Pakistan. Activists and victim’s families say the young girls are suffering in the hands of a few criminal Islamist who fearlessly seduce or kidnap the girls for their lust and end up forcefully converting them to Islam.
China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has opened a new era of development opportunities in Pakistan. Economic interests have strongly compelled the emerging super power China to spread the network of communications, including roads and railways in Pakistan for accessing the strategically important Strait of Hormuz from the shortest possible approach via Kashgar and Gwadar.
Making Ralli quilts is part and parcel of the desert life in Cholistan. Women have been doing this for ages for domestic use in Cholistan of South Punjab, Umerkot, Tharparkar in Sindh province of Pakistan and Indian states of Rajasthan and Gujrat. These quilts have gained international recognition in recent times but Cholistani quilts in South Punjab region of Pakistan have received little attention despite the delicate hand embroidery on them.
One would think that the number of women in the Pakistani workforce is growing as economic pressures mount and double income families become the norm. However, the actual figures are surprisingly low. As yet, only 15.76 percent of the women have been allowed to take part in the socio-economic uplift of the country even though women constitute more or less 50 percent of the total population.
If the unprecedented rate of glacial retreat in the South Asian region is not checked, countries in the area are likely to turn highly food-insecure. Pakistan’s latest Climate Change Policy clearly indicates that freshwater resources in Pakistan are dependent on snow and glacial melting and monsoon rains; both of which are highly sensitive to climate change.
It is unfortunate that every time activists engage the government in a discussion regarding the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB), with the aim of protecting civil liberties in cyberspace, the government in turn makes the law more complex and open to multiple interpretations.
"Hundred Quarters" is a slum area of Islamabad, the capital of Pakistan where the Plan International is working to improve the lives of marginalized communities. Youth Visionaries a community based group established after PI's staff put a lot of their efforts with young girls and boys on bolstering their confidence and brushing up communication skills. With the passage of time the group became popular and started delivering their theatre performances to commercial events thus earning their livelihood in a respectable manner. ROHI, a local TV channel got the wind of their popularity and came up with this news package to highlight their work and encourage other youth.