Pakistan: Transgender rights in focus amid religious complaints
24 September 2022 | 4:16 pm
A religious party in Pakistan has filed a petition against a law that protects the rights of transgender people. Opponents say the legislation could act as a gateway to enable same-sex marriage.
A court in Pakistan granted temporary bail to former Prime Minister Imran Khan on charges of terrorism, shielding the ousted leader from arrest until September 1.
Pakistani Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif met with foreign diplomats to brief them about the situation in Pakistan. Torrential rains have caused heavy floods, killing 937 and affecting around 3 million people.
Authorities are racing to evacuate residents as provinces brace for more flooding. Pakistan's top climate official Sherry Rahman tells DW much of the country "resembles a small ocean."
Pakistan's Climate Change Minister Sherry Rehman on floods
Flooding has damaged crops in Pakistan's southern breadbasket, leading Islamabad to consider imports from India. Planning Minister Ahsan Iqbal says recovery could cost more than $10 billion.
Local and international health officials have said that waterborne diseases could spread rapidly under the current conditions. Hundreds of clinics have been damaged and many survivors are unable to reach doctors.
First the glaciers melt, then the heavens open. As Pakistan bails out from unprecedented monsoon flooding comes the stark realisation that this is not some freak of nature, it is the new normal for a nation that scientists rank among the most vulnerable to global warming. We ask about the challenges faced by rescuers.
China, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Turkey and other countries are lending a helping hand to Pakistan amid devastating flooding. Meanwhile, a UN agency said the crisis could aggravate food insecurity in neighboring Afghanistan.
The country has urged the international community not to abandon it as authorities grapple with a relief and rescue operation of a nearly unprecedented scale.
Three attempts have been made to drain Lake Manchar, but inflows mean the water continues to rise. Hundreds of thousands more people will have to leave their homes if the lake overflows.
For decades, Pakistan has been providing "diplomatic" help to separatists in India-administered Kashmir, but the support has waned considerably in the past few years due to rising economic and political turmoil at home.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is likely to appeal for more international aid for Pakistan's flood victims when he arrives in the South Asian country on Friday. But is the aid reaching those who really need it?
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