Pakistan

Islamabad protesters demand mosque leader condemn school massacre

One hundred and thirty-two children were killed by the Pakistani Taliban in their attack on a school in Peshawar earlier this week. But this was not enough to get the leader of one of the country’s biggest public mosques, the Red Mosque in Islamabad, to condemn the Taliban. In a brave move, hundreds of protesters showed up in front of the mosque Thursday night to demand he do so. Read more…

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Pakistan school attack: ‘I saw kids in blood-soaked uniforms’


Over a hundred people, mostly children, have been reported dead after a Taliban assault on a military school in the Pakistani city of Peshawar. Our Observer witnessed the chaos that followed the attack. Read more…
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Extremists force girls out of school in Pakistan

 
Over the past few weeks, girls and their supporters have been holding protests in remote areas of Pakistan’s troubled Balochistan province, where dozens of schools have been forced to close due to threats from extremists. Read more…
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FRANCE 24 Observer killed in Pakistan bomb blast

 
Basit Ali, our main Observer in the city of Quetta in western Pakistan, was killed on Tuesday when a bomb struck a bus of Shiite pilgrims returning from Karbala, Iraq. Ali, who regularly sent us images from the region, witnessed the terrible reality of a city torn apart by terrorism by Baloch nationalists as well as Sunni extremists who attack the mainly Shiite Hazara people. Read his friends’ tributes...

Pakistan's Balochs march to protest 'disappearances'

 
For a week now, members of Pakistan’s Baloch community have been on a march from Karachi to Islamabad, the country’s capital. Their goal is to condemn the disappearance of many individuals of Baloch origin, for which they blame the Pakistani military. Read more...
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Pakistanis 'embrace' YouTube mascot to protest internet censorship

Pakistani activists are turning to humor as a weapon in their fight against state internet censorship. YouTube may have been banned for over a year, but it still managed to make an appearance on the streets of Karachi: as a mascot offering hugs to those who want it back. Read more...

Pakistanis of all faiths protect churches with human chains

For the past two Sundays, hundreds of Pakistanis of all faiths have formed human chains in front of churches during mass – first in Karachi, then in Lahore. This solidarity movement was launched in reaction to the attack that killed 81 worshippers at a church in Peshawar, making it the deadliest ever perpetrated against the country’s Christian minority. Read more...

“Dronestagram”: Mapping covert wars through aerial photos

 
Most people who use the popular photo-sharing site Instagram post pictures of their daily life – their friends, their families, their pets. James Bridle, however, posts photos of remote places that have been hit by drones. Each time a drone strikes in Pakistan, Yemen, or Somalia, he posts an aerial shot of the targeted location. Read more…
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