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China Takes Control of Key Pakistani Port

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Download China recently took over management of Gwadar port in Balochistan province in Pakistan.

It’s located on the Arabian Sea at the mouth of the Gulf through which 30% of the world’s daily oil supply passes.

The Pakistani government hopes that this would create local jobs for the country’s poorest province.

Shadi Khan Saif and Mudassar Shah went to find out more.

Last Updated ( Monday, 01 April 2013 14:57 )

Pakistani Parliament Bans Corporal Punishment in Schools

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Download Pakistan’s National Assembly recently passed a bill prohibiting corporal punishment in schools.

Anyone found guilty could go to jail for a year or pay a 500 US dollars fine.

The bill is aimed at protecting the dignity and rights of children.

From Peshawar, Shahab-ur-Rahman finds out what kind of impact this will have on Pakistani society.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 23 March 2013 17:45 )

Taliban Warns Shopkeepers Against Selling Obscene Films

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Download The Taliban in Pakistan recently issued a warning to shops in Karkhano Market, telling them to stop selling viagra-style potency drugs and pornography.

The warning still hangs on one of the shop walls.

Shops selling music and movies in Peshawar have been bombed in the past.

Mudassar Shah visits the market and talks to some of  the shopkeepers.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 March 2013 17:31 )

Pakistani Women are Turning to Divorce

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Download In conservative Pashtun society in Pakistan, it’s considered unacceptable for women to ask for a divorce.

Despite this, the number of divorce cases is on the rise with over 1000 cases filed to the court in Peshawar last year.

Back in 1998, there were only 80 cases filed.

Last Updated ( Saturday, 02 March 2013 14:19 )

Cinema Returns to Pakistan’s Swat Valley

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Download The Pakistan government is planning to give Swat the status of ‘film city’ to help boost the domestic cinema industry.

The industry is growing strong as people are no longer afraid of going to the cinema to watch the latest movie.

In the past, under the Taliban rule, movies were banned because they’re considered un-Islamic.

Mudassar Shah has the story.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 26 February 2013 17:53 )
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