Tajikistan’s top court bans six Pakistani religious bodies, 23 others

Quoting reports from the Khovar news agency, the website detailed the Supreme Court’s declaration of 29 religious parties, groups, associations, and websites as “terrorist and extremist organisations” in Tajikistan. The court’s ruling led to the prohibition of their activities within Tajikistan’s territory. Additionally, the websites associated with these banned entities have been blocked, and the import of their literature has been prohibited. Among those listed are Pakistan’s Jamaat-i-Islami, Lashkar-e-Taeba, Hizbut Tahrir, Tablighi Jamaat, and the Taliban

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Progressive student bodies launch pro-Palestine campaign

organized a protest rally and press conference at the National University of Modern Languages (NUML) in Islamabad on Monday, demanding immediate ceasefire and expulsion of ambassadors of the US, Germany and France for supporting Israel’s policies and occupation of Gaza.
They endorsed the Boycott Divestment Sanctions campaign, and advocated for closer alliances with anti-imperialist countries and opposed diplomatic relations with Israel.

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Faysal Bank posts strong financial results for Q1

Faysal Bank profit after tax doubled to Rs6.5 billion as compared to the corresponding period in 2023. Earnings per share increased from Rs2.12 to Rs4.29.

The total assets reached a new high of Rs1.5 trillion, with deposits increasing to Rs1.050 trillion and loan book exceeded Rs603 billion. Advance-to-Deposit Ratio (ADR) was at a healthy 55%, while its Capital Adequacy Ratio stood at 18.57%, well above the regulatory requirement.
The sound financial performance and the strong balance-sheet footing is reflective of the bank’s solid business fundamentals coupled with prudent risk management practices. 

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Collaborative growth: business leaders converge on capital

The 7th edition of the Leaders in Islamabad Business Summit (LIIBS), set to take place on April 23 and 24 at a local hotel, promises to be a significant event on Pakistan’s corporate calendar. The two-day event will serve as a convergence point for over 15 global experts and more than 1000 delegates representing diverse industries from both the public and private sectors. With such a diverse gathering, the primary focus will be on fostering dialogue and exploring avenues for potential partnerships at various levels

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Caught in the web of honour and betrayal

Pakistan is one of the most dangerous places for women and girls. Violence against women and girls is rising throughout the country. According to human rights reports roughly 1,000 women are killed in so-called honor-related crime every year. Supposedly egalitarian societies like Gilgit-Baltistan are no exception. A girl was murdered in Kharmang, Baltistan, by her brother after a video became viral on social media.

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A letter: the hell of harassment

One of the reasons why harassment is so pervasive in our society is that it is often normalized and overlooked. We need to change this attitude and recognize that harassment is unacceptable, no matter what form it takes. We must encourage victims to speak up and report incidents of harassment, and we must hold perpetrators accountable for their actions.

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