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Media houses term PECA a Draconian law

APNS, CPNE, PBA, PFUJ to challenge the law DNA ISLAMABAD: The media Joint Action Committee comprising of APNS, CPNE, PFUJ, PBA and AEMEND, issued a statement outright rejecting the draconian amendments to the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act (PECA), stating it is a blatant move to stifle media independence, freedom of speech and dissenting voices. The statement further said that all media bodies will take any and all legal actions to challenge any attempt to curb media’s independence and its right to raise voice against any steps to curb freedomRead More


Palestinian National Council hails court verdict on anti-Semitism

The Palestinian National Council (PNC) on Sunday welcomed a South African court verdict separating anti-Zionism from anti-Semitism. “The ruling represents a victory to the values of freedom, democracy and justice,” PNC chairman Rawhi Fattouh said in a statement. He said the verdict affirms “South Africa’s support to…the struggle of our people against the [Israeli] apartheid.” The PNC is the legislative body of the umbrella Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO). On Wednesday, the Constitutional Court of South Africa issued a ruling stating that criticism of Zionism was not considered criticism of theRead More


Government, TTP reach accord?

Shamim Shahid PESHAWAR… At last government and banned Tehrik Taliban Pakistan reached on what the tribal elders claim Peace Accord. The accord between the two sides was materialised by Haqqani network with help of traditional tribal elders Jirgas from North and South Waziristan. The tribal sources informed media about possible peace accord on Sunday. In according to first initiatives, the government had made free 100 militants, associated with banned TTP. However, the tribal sources said that TTP is demanding immediate release of 112 persons including hard core militants, included someRead More


President promulgates ordinance to regulate social media as minister warns against indulging in ‘fake news’

ISLAMABAD /DNA/ – President Dr Arif Alvi on Sunday promulgated an ordinance to amend the Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act, 2016 (Peca) as federal Law Minister Barrister Farogh warned that no one would be exempt from indulging in “fake news”. The development comes a day after the federal cabinet gave approval for a presidential ordinance to amend the Peca, 2016. Information Minister Fawad Chaudhry said the approval for the ordinance was sought through circulation. The ordinance, a copy of which is available with Dawn.com, has been called the Prevention of ElectronicRead More


Education Expo organized in Sukkur

SUKKUR /DNA/ – An Education Expo was organized under overall arrangements of PanuAqil Garrison in IBA Sukkur. Prominent Universities including NUST, COMSATs, UET and Bahria University participated in the Expo by establishing educational stalls. Students from all over Sindh visited the education expo and appreciated the efforts of Pakistan Army for organizing the event. Garrison Commander Pano Aqil Garrison visited the expo 2022 and interacted with students where he highlighted the importance of education and role of youth in nation building.


HEC denies allegations of Tariq Banuri regarding funds distribution

Islamabad, Feb 20 /DNA/ – The Higher Education Commission (HEC) has refuted the allegations levelled by Dr. Tariq Banuri in a television programme that disbursement of funds to country’s universities is not done on the formula set for this purpose and that some universities are given preference over the others. Mr. Banuri has tried to portray the special supplementary grant given to financially distressed universities, which was provided after Court orders and all necessary approvals, as favoritism to these institutions. It is important to highlight that the figure of sixRead More