Friday 5 March 2021
March 02, 2021
School Program Offers Signs Of Hope For Afghanistan's Stateless Jogi Minority
Members of Afghanistan's Jogi minority are not counted as citizens, which means they have no rights to receive an education, vote, or own property. But activists in northern Jowzjan Province have succeeded in bringing about a first step toward change: a school for both children and adults.
February 22, 2021
Thousands Protest Across Pakistan For Missing Persons
Thousands of activists from the nationalist Awami National Party (ANP) came out on the streets of Mardan, Pishin and other cities across Pakistan February 22 to protest what is known as enforced disappearances. Family members allege that their relatives were abducted by Pakistani security agencies.
February 22, 2021
Political Party Grows Out Of Pashtun Civil Rights Movement
Three years after the emergence of the Pashtun Tahafuz Movement (PTM), a civil rights movement campaigning for the rights of the Pashtun minority, several leaders confirm to Gandhara they are launching a political party to appeal to a broader secular base across Pakistan.
February 18, 2021
Protesters From Pakistan's Baluch Minority Demand Release Of Missing Relatives
Members of Pakistan's Baluch minority held a sit-in protest in Islamabad on February 18, accusing the government of detaining their relatives illegally. The protesters say their loved ones have been taken by the Pakistani intelligence agencies.
February 10, 2021
Police Clash With Protesting Pakistani Government Employees Demanding Higher Wages
Police in Pakistan's capital, Islamabad, fired tear gas as thousands of government employees protested on February 10 near the Parliament House building to demand an increase in their monthly salaries.
February 09, 2021
Pakistani Students From Deprived Regions Demand More Admissions For Medical Study
Dozens of students protested in the Pakistani capital Islamabad to demand that more students from Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) and Balochistan province, two of the country's most deprived regions, be admitted to medical colleges and universities across the country.
February 04, 2021
Displaced Pakistani Tribesmen Demand Return Of Government Allowances
Dozens of Pakistani tribesman gathered in Peshawar February 4 to demand the return of a monthly government allowance that they had received since their displacement from North Waziristan by an anti-Taliban government military operation in 2014.
January 27, 2021
Sister Of Murdered Afghan TV Journalist Recalls Gunshot Outside The Family Home
The family of the murdered Afghan TV journalist Malala Maiwand has spoken to RFE/RL about her death. Maiwand and her driver, Mohammad Tahir, were killed in December 2020 in the city of Jalalabad outside Maiwand's family home. Her sister, Fatima Hilal, recalls hearing gunfire and going to the door.
January 25, 2021
Teachers In Islamabad Protest Transfer Order Separating Them From Families
Dozens of teachers protested in the Pakistani capital, Islamabad, on January 25 to demand the cancellation of a government order to transfer them back to cities in the provinces. They say that the order is against the a law that protects a married couple from being separated by a job transfer.
January 22, 2021
Peshawar University Students March For Online Exams, Cuts In Tuition Fees
Hundreds of university students gathered in Pakistan's northwestern city of Peshawar on January 22 to demand that they be allowed to write their exams online instead of being forced to take them in person in examination halls.