Pakistan: Thousands urge cutting ties with France over defense of prophet cartoons
09 November 2020 | 2:00 pm
Tens of thousands rallied in Karachi, calling on Pakistan to sever diplomatic ties and boycott French products. Demonstrators trampled on images of the French president and burned French flags.
Pakistani authorities imposed new restrictions on online content. Critics and content producers are worried about their negative impacts on the digital economy.
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The Pakistani government's media watchdog has imposed a ban on "intimate" scenes on television amid growing religious conservativism in the country. Activists have decried the move.
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In Pakistan, where 70 percent of the population lives in rural areas, access to education remains a major issue. According to a recent study, 22 million Pakistani children never complete their 10 years of compulsory schooling. They either drop out or never begin school. The telling of tales and legends from older to younger generations has long served as an educational vehicle in rural areas. But storytellers are gradually disappearing in Pakistan, ousted by competition from televisions and smartphones. Our correspondents report.
Lawmakers will vote on a motion of no-confidence against Prime Minister Imran Khan. Opposition legislators say they have enough votes to push it through.
Pakistan's lower legislative chamber has been dissolved after a vote of no confidence in Prime Minister Imran Khan was blocked. The country will hold fresh elections in 90 days unless the Supreme Court rules otherwise.
The Pakistani leader continues to assert that the US is behind an attempt to remove him. Meanwhile, a Pakistani general said his country should expand ties with Washington.
The rejection of the opposition's no-confidence motion against Prime Minister Imran Khan could have serious repercussions for Pakistan's democratic set-up, say experts.
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