Friday 23 April 2021
April 22, 2021
At Least Five Killed In Bomb Blast At Luxury Hotel In Quetta, Pakistan
At least five people were killed and more than 12 injured by a bomb blast at a hotel in Quetta, Pakistan. The Chinese ambassador, Nong Rong, had been staying at the hotel but was not present when the blast occurred. The Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack.
April 20, 2021
Pakistani Authorities Announce Deal With Tehrik-e Labaik Religious Party
Pakistani authorities used shipping containers to block main roads in and out of Islamabad, as protests continued following the anniversary of a French magazine's publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad.
April 20, 2021
No Going Back: Pakistani Hindus 'Forced' To Convert To Islam
As many as 1,000 Hindu girls in Pakistan are forcibly converted to Islam each year and married off to Muslim men. RFE/RL's Radio Mashaal spoke to desperate families who have been torn apart and questioned the clerics behind the alleged forced conversions.
April 14, 2021
'Here At Least We Can Live In Peace': Pakistani Cave Dwellers Flee War And Poverty
A group of people in Pakistan's South Waziristan district have resorted to living in caves. Some were displaced by military operations and violence, others were driven to them by poverty. They say they can at least live in peace in the caves, despite the harsh conditions.
April 13, 2021
Religious Activists Clash With Police In Pakistan
In Rawalpindi, activists loyal to the religious Tehrik-e Labaik (TLP) party blocked the main road leading to the Pakistani capital, Islamabad. The TLP is demanding that the Pakistani government expel the French ambassador in response to the publication of caricatures of the Prophet Muhammad in 2020.
April 12, 2021
For Pakistani Children In One Poor Neighborhood, A New School Makes All The Difference
Mohammad Khan's family fled Pakistan's Waziristan region during anti-Taliban military operations and endured the hardships of life as displaced people. Determined to help other struggling families, Khan founded his own school in a poor neighborhood for kids with no other access to education.
April 08, 2021
Private Schools In Pakistan Protest Coronavirus Restrictions
Hundreds of teachers, students and owners of private schools converged on Islamabad from various Pakistani cities to urge the federal government to reopen their institutions. Schools were closed earlier in the week following an increase in the number of coronavirus cases in the country.
April 05, 2021
Teachers And Private-School Owners Protest Against Ongoing School Closures In Pakistan
Hundreds of teachers and private-school owners protested in Peshawar, the capital of Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, against ongoing school closures. The April 5 protest comes as the government considers whether to further extend current closures as coronavirus deaths continue to rise.
April 01, 2021
Afghan Women Pyrographers Challenge Male Counterparts In The Arts Industry
A group of female artists in Afghanistan’s central province of Bamyan has recently opened a small pyrography and engraving studio to promote fine arts in the region. VOA’s Zafar Bamiyani has more from Bamyan in this report narrated by Bezhan Hamdard.
March 30, 2021
Nurses In Northwest Pakistan Protest For Better Work Conditions
Hundreds of nurses protested in northwestern Pakistan's Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province to demand improvements in their working conditions. Nurses from across the province gathered in Peshawar on March 30 to demand paid vacations, pension benefits, and opportunities for career progression.