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Families of Chinese activists face house arrest, harassment from ‘smiling tigers’

BEIJING: When a team of Chinese state security agents picked up Li Wenzu and then prevented her from leaving her own home last week, she was scared but not surprised. She was detained on the seventh day of a protest march she organized in an attempt to get the authorities to explain what has happened to her husband, Wang Quanzhang, a lawyer who has been missing since August 2015 during a sweeping crackdown on rights activists. Li was initially barricaded in her home by dozens of people, including plainclothes security…

Bilawal advises Imran to bring forward ideological activists, not affluent

KARACHI: Chairman Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) Bilawal Bhutto on Sunday said Chairman Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) Imran Khan should bring forward ideological activists from his party rather than relying on affluent people, ARY News reported. "I would like to advise Imran Khan to bring forward his party's ideological workers and avoid fielding ATM (Automated Teller Machine) machines as candidates. Your party activists, who are committed to your party's ideology, can win election for you," he said while addressing a…

Social media activists launch tomato boycott campaign as its price skyrockets

After successful fruit boycott campaign in Ramazan, social media activists have launched tomato boycott campaign now following exorbitant hike in its price lately, ARY News reported. The tomato price skyrocketed on the first day of Eid-ul-Adha and now its price ranges from Rs160 to Rs250 in different parts of Karachi and many other cities. Social media activists came up with the idea of repeating boycott campaign as the sky-high prices profoundly perturbed the citizens. Some people are sharing posts requesting…

PML-N workers attack ARY News team in Gujranwala

GUJRANWALA: Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) workers on Friday attacked an ARY News team and damaged DSNG van while the team was busy in covering the rally of ousted prime minister Nawaz Sharif in Gujranwala.ARY NEWS Reported  The assailants pelted stones on the van and smashed it with batons. They also threatened and used foul language against the team. President Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) Afzal Butt, Pakistan Awami Tehreek chief Tahir-ul-Qadri and Awami Muslim League Chief Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed…

PML-N activists attack journalists for filming stranded ambulance

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Muslim League – Nawaz (PML-N) activists on Wednesday allegedly harassed and assaulted two journalists of a private news channel who were reportedly filming an ambulance stranded in traffic due to the rally of deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. The incident occurred near Faizabad where journalist Sadfar Klasra and a female reporter were harassed and assaulted by enraged PML-N activists. The female reporter was also intimidated and shoved around, while her mobile phone was also confiscated and only…

PML-N activists manhandle ARY News reporting team in Karachi

KARACHI: The Pakistan Muslim League-N (PML-N) activists participating in a rally, in support of President PML-N Nawaz Sharif following his ouster as prime minister, manhandled ARY News reporting team members and subjected them to assault, ARY News reported. According to details, the PML-N rally participants were holding placards and banners with slogans inscribed in their leader’s support. They were chanting slogans and expressing their heartfelt endorsement for Nawaz. The ARY News team was attacked when they were…

Life’s no hoot for owls in Tokyo cafes, activists say

TOKYO: Owls fluff up their feathers and preen beneath the stroking fingers of customers at Owl Village, one of many cafes dedicated to the birds, seen as a symbol of good luck in Japan, that have sprung up amid a boom in animal cafes. But behind the squeals of delighted children in a cafe that is fully booked most days lurks a darker story of careless treatment that may endanger the nocturnal birds, activists say. Just disrupting their natural sleep cycles, and tying their feet to perches, as many cafes do, can…