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About Mohammad
Journalist,producer, fixer, searcher based in Islamabad/Peshawar with experience in both print and broadcast media. My roles include writing, editorial and reporting.  Utilising my established position within the local media infrastructure, I also contribute regionally and nationally with stories I generate or participate on. I have also worked as a fixer, researcher and freelance for international media I have a demonstrated interest in generating breaking news stories and investigative work, which is supported by my extensive 'on the ground contacts' and being able to negotiate complex access required for sensitive stories.
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COP28: Kashmir’s orphan school ‘KORT’ wins Sustainability Prize - BBC URDU

Wild Life of Pakistan: The video of the snow leopard tweeted by Prime Minister Imran Khan

Hope: Pakistani bear who gave hope to all oppressed wild animals- BBC URDU

Struggle of Pakistani Folk Singer: 'They don't listen to us even if we dance' - BBC URDU

Struggle of Pakistani Folk Singer: 'They don't listen to us even if we dance' - BBC URDU I was reporter, searcher, producer

Pakistani bear who gave hope to all oppressed wild animals- I was reporter, searcher for this report

Pakistani Man Moves Closer to Bringing Murder Charges Against Former CIA Employees Over Drone Strike

03 Oct 2023  |  www.vice.com
A Pakistani court has ordered the registration of a First Information Report (FIR) against two former CIA employees, Jonathan Banks and John A. Rizzo, for their alleged roles in a drone strike that killed two local tribesmen. The court's decision, seen as a victory for victims of US-led drone strikes, mandates police to proceed with legal actions. Haji Abdul Karim Khan, whose son and brother were killed in the 2009 attack, initiated the case, highlighting the reluctance of Pakistani police to act against CIA officials. The ruling underscores the independence of Pakistan's judiciary in protecting citizens' rights.

Leopards’ return to Pakistan capital highlights challenge of human-wildlife conflict

14 Apr 2023  |  eco-business.com
Leopards returning to the Islamabad area of Pakistan have highlighted the ongoing challenges of human-wildlife conflict. In various regions, including Tharparkar district, Kashmir, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, leopards have been killed by villagers for attacking livestock, leading to legal actions against the perpetrators. The largest leopard population is in Ayubia National Park, with 112 leopards killed since 1993. Efforts to restore leopard habitats have been successful, with increased sightings and camera trap documentation. Measures to protect the ecosystem include tree plantation and restrictions on human and vehicular movement. The presence of leopards has helped control the wild boar population in Islamabad. Human-leopard conflicts are often due to proximity to habitats and shared resource use, with conflicts peaking in winter when leopards descend to lower areas.

Leopards’ Return To Islamabad Highlights Challenge Of Human-Wildlife Conflict

05 Apr 2023  |  The Friday Times
Leopards have reappeared in Islamabad's Margalla Hills, causing both excitement and concern among local communities. While their return signals environmental improvement, it also heightens human-wildlife conflict, with incidents of livestock attacks and leopard deaths. Conservation efforts, including habitat protection and anti-encroachment measures, are crucial to mitigating these conflicts. Wildlife authorities emphasize the need for clear legislation and government support to balance human expansion and wildlife preservation.

Pakistani Court Orders Police to Register Case Against Former CIA Officials Over Drone Strike

04 Apr 2023  |  www.vice.com
The Islamabad High Court has ordered the registration of a First Information Report (FIR) against two former CIA employees, Jonathan Banks and John A. Rizzo, for their alleged involvement in a drone strike that killed two civilians in Waziristan, Pakistan. The FIR is a precursor to formal charges in Pakistan. The court's decision is seen as a victory for Haji Abdul Karim Khan, a local journalist who lost his son and brother in the 2009 drone attack. Khan's lawyer, Mirza Shahzad Akbar, asserts that the order upholds Pakistani and international law against the unlawful killings by drone strikes. The case highlights the independence of Pakistan's judiciary and the potential for other victims of drone strikes to seek similar legal actions against CIA officials.

The return of leopards to the capital highlights the challenge of human-wildlife conflict

22 Mar 2023  |  thethirdpole.net
Leopard sightings near Islamabad's Margalla Hills National Park have increased, indicating an improvement in the park's environment. However, this has also led to fear among local communities and incidents of conflict, as leopards have attacked livestock and caused human fatalities. The issue is not isolated to Islamabad but is prevalent across Pakistan, with similar incidents reported in Kashmir, Tharparkar, and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Conservation efforts are underway, including stricter measures against deforestation and illegal hunting, and the establishment of camera traps to monitor wildlife. The presence of leopards has helped control the population of wild boars, which are known to cause damage in Islamabad. Legal actions have been taken against those killing leopards, and there is a call for clear legislation to protect leopard habitats from encroachment and to manage real estate expansion.

Leopards' return to Pakistan capital highlights human-wildlife conflict

22 Mar 2023  |  thethirdpole.net
Leopards have been increasingly sighted in and around Islamabad, Pakistan, particularly in the Margalla Hills National Park, indicating an improvement in the local environment. However, this has led to human-leopard conflicts, including attacks on livestock and retaliatory killings of leopards. Efforts to restore leopard habitats and manage human encroachment are underway, with wildlife authorities advocating for clear legislation to protect wildlife areas. The leopard population in Ayubia National Park and adjoining regions has shown a slight increase, and measures to minimize human intervention in leopard habitats have been implemented.

Mahira Miyanji, a social activist from Karachi, won the N-Peace network award for Untold Stories Pakistan. She is an advocate for girls’ education in Lyari. Lyari is one of the eighteen constituent towns of the city of Karachi, in the province of Sindh, Pakistan. The very first inhabitants of Lyari were Sindhi fishermen and Baloch nomads. Lyari Town is home of the majority Kutchi speaking people. The ethnic groups include: Balochs, Brahuis, Kutchis, Zikris, Gujratis, Muhajirs, Memons and other. Layri is notorious and conservative area, where education level is low, specially for girls. In this situation Mahira Miyanji work for education specially for the female and brave layri girl bring change.

Bomb-proof, earthquake-resistant and cheap: thousands of Pakistanis are choosing to hunker down in north west of the Pakistan in the big and small cities of the Hasan Abdal, Abbottabad, Mansehra, Haripur, Khanpur, Gilgit and other areas Often poor peoples use to live in these caves but now trend change, rich and middle class peoples also have caves where they use to live in the extreme weather of the hot and cool, because these caves are cool in hot and hot in the cool weather.

The common leopard (Panthera pardus) is one of the five extant species in the genus Panthera, a member of the Felidae. It occurs in a wide range in sub-Saharan Africa, in small parts of Western and Central Asia, on the Indian subcontinent to Southeast and East Asia. Pakistan is home to two of the world's big cats, the common leopard (Panthera pardus) and the snow leopard (Uncia uncia). This common leopard is rescue by the wild department in the area of the Ayubia National Park treated.

Nine-year-old Pakistani girl wins gold medal in Dubai International Taekwondo championship, in 34kg category at the Fujairah Open Taekwondo Championship in Dubai. Ayesha hails from Swat Valley in Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkwa province, and was introduced to martial arts at the tender age of three. Ayesha has won many district, provincial and international medals along with the Gold medal at this years Al Fujiarah Open Internation Taekwondo Championship. In the conservative part of north-western Pakistan, where education for girls still remains a challenge, Ayesha’s father is determined to help his daughter realise her Olympic dream. In the final she was injured, but never told about to his father Ayaz Naik who is also her coach and play like real hero, make proud all her family and Pakistan.

This is the real story about the targety peoples of the Pakistan Northern, Himalaya, Karakoram and hilly areas facing. Asthma become common disease and peoples are dying from it.

This is a real film about the life of a capture snow leopard name it sundar in the Pakistan Himalaya basin city Abbottabad, Khyber Pakhtoon Khawa province. Pakistan is the home of the endangered beautiful big cat, snow leopard. Subscribe “Pakistan Stories” to view the real life videos, films and documentaries about the Wildlife, environment, climate change, conflict, war zone, human rights and health.

Zain Baba 92 is the watchman and closet neighbor of the Osama Ben Laden Compound in the Pakistan city, Abbottabad. He is an eye witness of the all activities of the construction of the compound building and after that when compound residents start living in the compound. He is also one of the main and closet eye witness of the operation operation Neptune Spear, an operation to hunt the world most wanted person.

Pakistan elects first non-Muslim to general seat as concerns about minority rights grow under Imran Khan

27 Jul 2018  |  The Independent
Mahesh Kumar Malani, a Hindu, has been elected to Pakistan's national assembly, marking a historic win for a non-Muslim in a general seat. As a member of the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP), Malani will oppose the government likely to be formed by Imran Khan's Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), which won the most seats in the recent elections. Malani criticizes the PTI for recruiting 'electables' who switch parties for personal gain, questioning Khan's ability to bring promised change. Despite concerns about Khan's approach to minority rights and his past rhetoric, Malani expresses a willingness to work for the betterment of all Pakistani citizens and offers his best wishes to Khan.

Pakistan election: Ex-cricket star Imran Khan declares victory over Sharif's PML in 'fairest election ever'

26 Jul 2018  |  The Independent
Imran Khan has declared victory in Pakistan's general election, with his PTI party projected to win comfortably. In his address, Khan promised to create a 'new Pakistan,' pursue strong relations with China, and develop mutually beneficial ties with the US. He also addressed concerns about election fairness, offering to investigate any claims of rigging. The election commission has not yet declared official results, but PTI leads in most projections. Opposition parties, led by the PML-N, have rejected the results, citing delays and irregularities. The Human Rights Commission reported issues with women's voting rights and biased polling staff. Despite these challenges, Khan's message has resonated with young voters, and celebrations are underway among his supporters.

Pakistan election 2018: Fears of instability 'no matter who wins' after brutal and violent campaign

24 Jul 2018  |  The Independent
Pakistan is set to make history with its second consecutive democratic transition of power, but the election campaign has been marred by violence and accusations of pre-rigging. Former prime minister Nawaz Sharif is in jail, and Imran Khan is the narrow favorite. The Pakistan People’s Party may play a crucial role as a kingmaker. The campaign has seen around 200 deaths, and there are concerns about the military's influence and election fairness. Despite assurances from the Election Commission, instability is feared regardless of the outcome.

Malala Yousafzai in emotional return to hometown where she was shot in the head

31 Mar 2018  |  yahoo.com
Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Peace Prize laureate, made a heartfelt return to her hometown Mingora in the Swat Valley, Pakistan, for the first time since the Taliban shot her in 2012. Her visit, under heavy security, was met with mixed reactions, with some conservatives criticizing her as a proponent of Western values. Malala expressed joy at reuniting with family and friends and acknowledged the Pakistani Army's efforts in combating the Taliban. Despite the Taliban's continued presence, Malala's advocacy has led to educational improvements in the region, including the opening of an all-girls school funded by the Malala Fund. Her return to Pakistan has sparked debate, with some educational associations protesting her visit, while others praise her as a role model.

Malala Yousafzai in emotional return to hometown where she was shot in the head

31 Mar 2018  |  The Telegraph
The article discusses Malala Yousafzai's return to Pakistan, particularly to her hometown of Mingora, where she was attacked in 2012. Malala, who was shot by a Taliban gunman on her school bus, expressed her happiness during an emotional reunion with her friends and family. She reminisced about her life in Pakistan, from the natural beauty to the everyday aspects like the streets and her neighbors. Despite her positive sentiments, the article notes that her return has been met with cynicism and hostility by some conservative factions in Pakistan.

Malala to return to Pakistan after finishing her studies in Britain

30 Mar 2018  |  yahoo.com
Malala Yousafzai, the youngest Nobel Prize laureate and women's education activist, intends to return to Pakistan permanently after completing her studies at Oxford University. She plans to focus on children's education and enable girls in Pakistan to achieve high-level education. Malala, who survived a Taliban assassination attempt in 2012, has founded the Malala Fund and co-authored her biography 'I Am Malala.' While her return is welcomed by many, she faces criticism from some groups in Pakistan who accuse her of promoting non-Islamic values.

Three dead in Kabul suicide bomb intended to strike security firm G4S

17 Mar 2018  |  The Telegraph
A Taliban car bomb in Kabul killed at least three people and wounded two in an attack targeting the British security firm G4S. The suicide bomber detonated the vehicle before reaching the target in the high-security Dispichari area. The Ministry of Interior confirmed the casualties, while the Taliban claimed responsibility, stating the attack was aimed at a foreign forces' convoy. The incident highlights ongoing security challenges in the Afghan capital.

Pakistan court convicts 31 over campus lynching of student falsly accused of blasphemy

07 Feb 2018  |  The Telegraph
A court in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, Pakistan, has sentenced one person to death and imprisoned 30 others for their involvement in the lynching of Mashal Khan, a university student falsely accused of blasphemy. The incident occurred last year and involved a mob attack on Mr. Khan, a communications student, following a religious debate in a dormitory. The case had a total of 57 suspects, including students, teachers, and university officials. The court acquitted 26 suspects. The event has caused Mr. Khan's family to fear for their safety, leading to his siblings discontinuing their education.

Pakistan court convicts 31 over campus lynching of student falsely accused of blasphemy

07 Feb 2018  |  The Telegraph
One person was sentenced to death and 30 others were imprisoned for the lynching of Mashal Khan, a university student falsely accused of blasphemy in Pakistan. The court in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province acquitted 26 other suspects. The case involved 57 suspects, including students, teachers, and officials from Abdul Wali Khan University. The prime suspect, Imran Ali, confessed to shooting Khan and received a death sentence. The regional government plans to appeal the acquittals and seek harsher punishments for those given life sentences. Blasphemy remains a highly sensitive issue in Pakistan, often leading to mob violence.

Walnut trees destroyed in Chitral for transmission line

05 Feb 2018  |  dialogue.earth
In Chitral, Pakistan, the Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) has cut down thousands of trees, including protected walnut trees, to make way for a transmission line from the Golan Gol Hydropower Project. Local landowners, including Nisrat Azad and Fakhar Alam Khan, express grief and anger over the loss of their trees, which were a significant source of income and ecological balance. Despite legal petitions and the requirement for a No Objection Certificate (NOC) from the Chitral forest and agriculture department, WAPDA proceeded without proper authorization. The Environmental Protection Agency Khyber Pakhtunkhwa also confirmed that an Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) report was not submitted. The deforestation has exacerbated environmental degradation in the already vulnerable region, leading to further ecological strain.

Pakistan village council 'ordered revenge rape' of teenage girl as punishment for her brother's crime

26 Jul 2017  |  The Telegraph
Fourteen members of a village council in Pakistan have been arrested for ordering the rape of a 16-year-old girl. This was decreed as punishment for a rape her brother had committed against a 12-year-old girl. The incident took place in the neighbourhood of Raja Ram in Muzaffarabad, near the city of Multan. The family of the victim sought the local village council's intervention after the initial rape, leading to this punitive and illegal decision.

Exclusive: Police in Pakistan search former home of London Bridge terrorist Khuram Butt and question his uncle

06 Jun 2017  |  The Telegraph
The article discusses the historical connection between the Mirpur region of Pakistan and Britain, which dates back to the 1960s when the construction of the Mirpur dam led to the relocation of locals to Britain. A significant portion of Britain's Pakistani community is said to have roots in Mirpur. The region maintains strong ties with Britain, evident in local businesses and cultural influences. However, the recent involvement of an individual with Pakistani roots in the London Bridge attack has raised concerns, highlighting Pakistan's past challenges with terrorism and its efforts to overcome the stigma of being a breeding ground for Islamic terror. The article also touches on the role of Pakistan's ISI intelligence service and the international pressure faced by Islamabad.

Pakistani police 'botched probe into alleged honour killing of British woman' by focusing on her marital status

01 Aug 2016  |  The Telegraph
The article discusses the investigation into the death of Samia Shahid, a British woman who died in Pakistan. Shahid's second husband, Syed Mukhtair, claims she was the victim of an 'honour killing' by her family due to her divorce and remarriage. The family denies this, stating her second marriage was void as she was not formally divorced from her first husband. Officials have criticized the Pakistani police for focusing on Shahid's marital status rather than pursuing leads that could explain her death. This oversight led to the loss of crucial evidence, complicating the case. The article also mentions a 'vague report' from the post-mortem, implying negligence in the investigation process.

Land dispute threatens Pakistan’s Diamer Bhasha dam

11 Jul 2016  |  The Third Pole
The construction of the Diamer Bhasha dam in Pakistan is facing a significant hurdle due to a land dispute between the Harban and Thor tribes over an eight-kilometre stretch in the Gandlo Nala area. The conflict, which has previously resulted in violence, is exacerbated by the backing of rival tribes by the governments of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and Gilgit-Baltistan. Despite government efforts, including a jirga, the issue remains unresolved. The dam is considered essential for addressing Pakistan's severe power shortages and providing water storage for irrigation. The dispute has also halted the construction of a section of the Karakoram Highway. The situation threatens the progress of the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and the dam's construction, which has seen costs rise from USD 6.7 billion in 2004 to USD 14 billion.

Pakistani clerics declare transgender marriages legal in Islam

27 Jun 2016  |  The Telegraph
A group of fifty top Pakistani clerics from Tanzeem Ittehad-i-Ummat has issued a fatwa granting transgender individuals the right to marry, inherit and participate in funerals according to Islamic law. The decree specifies conditions under which transgender individuals may marry based on their visible gender characteristics but prohibits marriage for those with signs of both genders. The fatwa also condemns any form of humiliation against transgender people, affirms their inheritance rights, and acknowledges their right to Muslim funeral rites. Although the fatwa is not legally binding, it is significant due to the influence of Tanzeem Ittehad-i-Ummat in Pakistan.

Exclusive: Bin Laden's compound at centre of row over whether to convert it into a playground or a park

22 May 2016  |  The Telegraph
The article discusses the future of Osama bin Laden's last residence in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where he was killed by American special forces. The compound has been demolished, and there is a dispute between local authorities over its redevelopment. Proposals include turning the site into a park with a possible museum or building a girls' high school, which is a local demand. The land is owned by the local provincial council, but the cantonment of Abbottabad claims control over the development decisions. Cantontments are military administrations in Pakistan, and Abbottabad is a significant military town housing the country's main army academy.

Exclusive: Bin Laden's compound at centre of row over whether to convert it into a playground or a park

22 May 2016  |  The Telegraph
The article discusses the future of the compound where Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad, Pakistan. There is a disagreement between local authorities over the redevelopment of the site. Proposals include turning the area into a park with a possible museum or building a girls' high school, which is a local demand. The land, after the demolition of the main house, was transferred to the local provincial council. However, the cantonment of Abbottabad, a military administration, claims control over the development decisions. The town is known for housing Pakistan's main army academy.

Family of Afghan boy who wore home-made 'Messi' t-shirt flee country after threats

03 May 2016  |  The Telegraph
The article discusses the plight of Murtaza Ahmadi, a five-year-old Afghan boy who gained internet fame for wearing a homemade Lionel Messi shirt made from a plastic bag. The boy's family has been forced to flee Afghanistan due to death threats. The story highlights the impact of viral fame on the lives of individuals in conflict zones and the ongoing safety concerns that force families to become refugees.

Tales of heroism and horror as Pakistan mourns those killed during university massacre After at least 21 people were killed by Islamist terrorists, Pakistan mourns those lost but remembers the brave souls who tried to protect one another

Imran Farooq 'hitmen' appeal for extradition from Pakistan to Britain Khalid Shahim and Syed Mohsi Ali were "under duress" when they confessed to north London murder of MQM leader, say relatives

Climate Change and Deforestation Threaten Morel Mushrooms in the Himalayas

15 Mar 2016  |  The Third Pole
The article discusses the impact of climate change and deforestation on the morel mushroom harvest in the Hindu Kush Himalayas of India and Pakistan. Morel mushrooms, a valuable resource for poor villagers, have become scarce, leading to a significant loss of income for local collectors like Gulshoom Bibi. The shortened cold weather season and inconsistent precipitation due to climate change, along with deforestation, are identified as the main causes of the decline in morel mushroom production. This has not only affected local economies but also Pakistan's national exports, with large exporters unable to sell their stock at competitive prices. The future of morel mushroom harvesting in the region appears bleak, with potential for the mushrooms to disappear entirely if current environmental trends continue.

Three-way claim between UK, India and Pakistan set for Koh-i-Noor diamond

08 Feb 2016  |  The Telegraph
The article discusses a legal filing concerning the Koh-i-Noor diamond, where the claimant argues that the diamond was not legitimately acquired. The individual filing the claim asserts that the taking of the diamond was a private and illegal act, not justified by any law or ethics. The claimant emphasizes that a wrongful act does not become right over time or through acquiescence, suggesting that the historical acquisition of the Koh-i-Noor by the British does not legitimize their possession of it.

Pakistan university attack: Dozens of students and teachers killed by militants

20 Jan 2016  |  The Telegraph
Militants attacked Bacha Khan University in Charsadda, located in the northwestern Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. The attack occurred early on Wednesday, with the assailants targeting students and teachers in classrooms and hostels. The incident resulted in several students being trapped within the university buildings, as reported by Vice Chancellor Fazal Rahim to the press.

Pakistan is losing its honey bees to climate change

24 Nov 2015  |  The Third Pole
The article discusses the decline in honey production in the Pallas valley of Kohistan district, KPK, Pakistan, which is affecting the livelihoods of local communities. The main reasons for this decline are rapid deforestation and unseasonal rains, which have destroyed the flower blossoms bees rely on for nectar. Honey prices in Pakistan have consequently soared. The Hashoo Foundation Pakistan has noted a 40% reduction in honey production, while the Pakistan Beekeepers Association reports the worst season in recent history. Dr. Rashid Hussain from NARC's Honey Bee Research Institute attributes the decline to climate change, which has shortened the flowering season of berry trees, a critical food source for bees. The situation in Pakistan reflects a global decline in bee populations, which has broader implications for plant pollination and biodiversity.

Advertising Cookies

16 Sep 2015  |  The Third Pole
The article discusses the use of advertising cookies by various major tech companies such as Google Inc., Twitter, Facebook Inc., and LinkedIn. These cookies are used to enhance marketing programs, connect users to interesting content, and enable targeted advertising. Google provides services like Google Ads and Google Ad Manager, which help in advertising and analytics. Twitter connects users to the latest news and conversations. Facebook uses a pixel to track user interactions and target them with relevant content, particularly for those interested in biodiversity. LinkedIn is mentioned as a professional networking service. The article also touches on the topic of data privacy and how users can opt out of these cookies.

Asia Bibi death sentence suspended by Pakistan court Christian woman who became first female to be sentenced to death under Pakistan's blasphemy law granted full hearing by supreme court

Shakil Afridi: Scapegoat in the World's Greatest Conspiracy

15 Sep 2015  |  www.vice.com
The article discusses the case of Shakil Afridi, a Pakistani doctor who allegedly assisted the CIA in locating Osama bin Laden and is now imprisoned in Pakistan. His lawyer, Nadeem Qamar, claims Afridi is a scapegoat in a larger conspiracy involving both the United States and Pakistan. Afridi led a hepatitis B vaccination campaign that was a front for the CIA's efforts to obtain DNA samples to confirm bin Laden's presence in Abbottabad. After bin Laden's death, Afridi was arrested and charged with aiding a local warlord, not for his CIA involvement. The assassination of Afridi's former lawyer, Samiullah Afridi, by a Taliban splinter group, has left Qamar as the sole legal representative. Qamar is determined to fight for justice despite the risks and the politicization of the case. The article also touches on the broader implications of the US raid on Pakistani sovereignty and the subsequent local and international reactions.

Pakistani prison officials given 24 hours to explain how they will hang paralysed convict

31 Aug 2015  |  The Telegraph
The article discusses the technical aspects of capital punishment, specifically the calculation of the drop length in hangings. The drop length is defined as the distance from a point on the rope outside the angle of the lower jaw of the condemned prisoner, as he stands on the scaffold, to the point where the rope forms the noose, accounting for the neck constriction that occurs during the execution.

Pakistan hangs Shafqat Hussain despite claims of 'underage' murder conviction

04 Aug 2015  |  The Telegraph
Clive Stafford Smith, the founder of Reprieve, shared his personal experiences with the Telegraph regarding capital punishment. Having witnessed six executions, Stafford Smith expressed his belief that these acts of capital punishment do not contribute to making the world a better place. His statement reflects a critical view of the death penalty and suggests a perspective shaped by firsthand experiences.

Taliban confirms death of Mullah Omar as it pulls out of peace talks

30 Jul 2015  |  The Telegraph
The article discusses the impact of the reports about Mullah Omar's death on peace talks that were scheduled to resume in Pakistan on Friday. It suggests that whether the reports are true or not, they have likely influenced the decision not to attend the talks. Mullah Omar was reportedly in favour of the talks, and his death, if confirmed, could be a significant factor in the ongoing peace process.

Contradictory Reports Emerge Over Fatal Military Helicopter Crash in Northern Pakistan

08 May 2015  |  www.vice.com
A military helicopter crash in the Naltar Valley of Gilgit-Baltistan, northern Pakistan, resulted in the deaths of at least seven people, including the ambassadors of Norway and the Philippines. The MI-17 helicopter, carrying 17 individuals, crashed during an emergency landing and collided with an army school building. While the military cites a technical fault with the tail rotor as the cause, the Pakistani Taliban (TTP) claimed responsibility, stating they targeted Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif with an anti-aircraft missile. Sharif was not aboard the helicopter. The crash occurred as diplomats were being transported to a chairlift project inauguration. No children were in the school at the time, and the prime minister declared a day of mourning.

Final Appeal Denied for Pakistani Man Sentenced to Death at 14

17 Mar 2015  |  www.vice.com
Shafqat Hussain, sentenced to death in Pakistan at age 14, had his final appeal denied, with his execution scheduled for Thursday. His case, involving allegations of being tortured into confessing to the kidnapping and murder of a seven-year-old, has sparked international controversy and criticism of Pakistan's justice system. Human rights organization Reprieve and Hussain's family argue his innocence and the illegality of executing a juvenile. Despite promises from Pakistan's Interior Minister for an inquiry into Hussain's conviction, no such inquiry has taken place. The case also highlights broader issues with Pakistan's anti-terrorism courts and the use of the death penalty, especially following the Peshawar school massacre in December 2014. Hussain's family members, interviewed by VICE News, express their belief in his innocence and the injustice of the situation, exacerbated by their poverty and inability to afford legal representation or even visit him in prison.

Final Appeal Denied for Pakistani Man Sentenced to Death at 14

17 Mar 2015  |  www.vice.com
Shafqat Hussain, sentenced to death in Pakistan at age 14, had his final appeal denied, with his execution scheduled for Thursday. His case, involving allegations of being tortured into confessing to the kidnapping and murder of a seven-year-old, has sparked international controversy and criticism of Pakistan's justice system. Human rights organization Reprieve and Hussain's family argue his innocence and the illegality of executing a juvenile. Despite promises from Pakistan's Interior Minister for an inquiry into Hussain's conviction, no such inquiry has taken place. The case also highlights broader issues with Pakistan's anti-terrorism courts and the use of the death penalty, especially following the Peshawar school massacre in December 2014. Hussain's family members, interviewed by VICE News, express their belief in his innocence and the injustice of the situation, exacerbated by their poverty and inability to afford legal representation or even visit him in prison.

Paramilitary Force Raids MQM Headquarters in Karachi, Seizes Weapons and Detains Members

11 Mar 2015  |  www.vice.com
The Sindh Rangers, a paramilitary force under Pakistan's Ministry of the Interior, raided the Karachi headquarters of the Muttahida Qaumi Movement (MQM), seizing weapons and detaining party members. The MQM, which holds 23 seats in the National Assembly, has been accused of political violence and was involved in a 2012 Human Rights Watch report. The raid resulted in the death of one person and the arrest of 15, including Faisal Mota, a central MQM member. MQM claims the weapons were licensed and for protection against Taliban threats. The raid led to closures of schools, shops, and businesses in Karachi and other Sindh cities. MQM leader Altaf Hussain, in exile in London, condemned the raid, while PTI's Shireen Mazari and leader Imran Khan criticized Hussain and the MQM, linking them to past violence and extortion.

Families of Peshawar Massacre Victims Demand Justice During Emotional Protest

08 Feb 2015  |  www.vice.com
Victims' families of the 2014 Peshawar school massacre, where 141 people were killed including 132 children, protested against the Pakistani government's handling of the investigation. The protest in Peshawar featured banners and chants demanding justice and criticizing the government's silence. The Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan claimed responsibility for the attack, stating it was in retaliation for military actions. Protesters, including a grandmother of two victims and parents of slain children, expressed their frustration with the slow investigation and lack of information. They threatened to escalate protests if the government does not respond positively. The government has executed 22 militants and amended the constitution to allow military trials for terror suspects since the attack.

Life After the Massacre: Terror in Peshawar

30 Jan 2015  |  www.vice.com
VICE News visited Peshawar to meet with survivors, paramedics, and relatives of victims from the Army Public School massacre, perpetrated by the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan. The attack resulted in 141 deaths, including 132 children. The report details the community's efforts to cope with the aftermath of the tragedy.

The Peshawar School Massacre: Stories of the Victims and the Aftermath

23 Dec 2014  |  www.vice.com
The article recounts the tragic events of a school attack in Peshawar, Pakistan, where at least 132 children were killed by Taliban gunmen. It tells the personal stories of victims and their families, including Mubeen Quereshi, an aspiring army commando, and teacher Beanish Umar. The article also covers the aftermath of the attack, including the government's response of lifting the moratorium on the death penalty and the opposition leader Imran Khan's visit to the school. The piece highlights the trauma experienced by survivors and the community's call for justice. It also discusses the uncertain future faced by the children and the need for preparedness for similar events.
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