Deutsche Welle: Is Pakistan clamping down on liberal academics?

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Updated 26 April 2018
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Deutsche Welle: Is Pakistan clamping down on liberal academics?

April 25: Deutsche Welle report by Mona Kazim Shah and Aasim Saleem states that in yet another incident of liberal voices being targeted in Pakistan, Dr. Ammar Ali Jan, who is an assistant professor of social sciences at the Punjab University, has gone into hiding fearing arrest. Earlier in April, Jan was accused of spreading violence and ethnic tensions on campus, and was barred from teaching at the university. The university, however, contended that Jan was removed after failing to complete employment paperwork, despite having taught there for over a semester. It also specifically pointed out that Jan was "not being disengaged due to his political views," but for administrative reasons.

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The New York Times: ​Pakistan and US Restrict Diplomats’ Travel, Adding New Strain on Ties

Updated 12 May 2018
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The New York Times: ​Pakistan and US Restrict Diplomats’ Travel, Adding New Strain on Ties

May 11: The New York Times report by Haroon Janjua and Gardiner Harris states that Pakistan on Friday placed travel restrictions on United States diplomats based in the country, the latest in a series of retaliatory measures that threaten to plunge already strained relations to their worst level in years. The restrictions in Pakistan were imposed on the same day that the United States barred diplomats working at the Pakistani Embassy in Washington from traveling outside of a 25-mile radius around the city without approval.

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