Oct 142017
FIR registered against FIA SHO

LAHORE: Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) has registered an FIR against its Special Investigation Unit (SIU) SHO on charges of corruption and corrupt practices, The News has learnt. The FIR, 27/17,… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Sep 172017

PESHAWAR: A man killed his two teenage daughters over ‘honour’ on Saturday night in Peshawar’s Achar Kalay area. A Banamarhi police official told The Express Tribune that the complainant, Amjad Al, had lodged an FIR against his father Abdul Ghani stating that he had killed his daughters Shamim Bibi, 18 and Noreen Bibi, 14 to save the family’s “honour”. “The man [Ghani] suspected that the two girls were having an affair and shot both of them dead,” the policeman added. He further said that a few days ago, Noreen had left the house and had come back after three days. Around midnight on Saturday, the girls were trying to escape from the house when Ghani woke up and opened fire on them. Teenage couple electrocuted in Karachi ‘honour killing’ Ghani then escaped after the killing the girls. Police have registered an FIR and are searching for him. As per official police reports, around 24 women have been killed in the province in the first eight months of this year as compared to 44 such murders in 2016. Rakshinda Naz, a women’s rights activist, said in most cases of honour killings, when the complainants and the accused are from the same family – as is the case in this incident – families pressure the complainant to settle the issue. She added that to prevent that from happening, the state should be the complainant in honour killing cases. The post Father murders two teenage daughters for ‘honour’ in Peshawar appeared first on The [Read More…]

Apr 162017
Christian man tortured in Sheikhupura for 'befriending' Muslim woman

A Christian man was reportedly assaulted and burnt with hot iron rods, allegedly by the family of a Muslim woman in Sheikhupura district, for having "friendship" with the girl, it has been learnt.The victim had received severe burn wounds and after failing to get proper medical care in Sheikhupura, he was shifted to Mayo Hospital, Lahore, on Sunday for further medical treatment.The incident happened earlier this month and a police case has also been lodged against the father and brothers of the girl, who were reportedly against the friendship between the two and allegedly tortured 21-year-old Ansar Masih.According to the First Information Report (FIR) undersigned by Masih's sister in Sheikhupura's Saddar police station, Masih first established contact with the woman two years ago and their friendship grew with time. They often spoke on phone and Masih would also visit the woman neighbourhood to meet her, the FIR stated.When the woman's family learned of the friendship, her father, Manzoor, and her brothers called Masih's father asking him to tell his son to stay away from the woman, warning them of dire consequences if their instructions were not followed, the FIR added.On April 1, Ansar's mother sent him to run an errand in the woman's neighbourhood where Ansar was allegedly kidnapped by the accused and his two sons, the report stated, adding the three unclothed him, beat him and burned him using hot iron rods.The FIR further states that the accused then brought Ansar to his house and told his family that [Read More…]

Mar 242017
Plea for justice

My father, Dr Hasan Zafar-Arif, has been detained in Karachi Central Jail since October 22, 2016. He was originally detained under the MPO ordinance. On December 21, 2016 he was released and subsequently re-arrested and charged with facilitating hate speech due to his presence in July 2016 at an event where a recorded speech by Altaf Hussain was played. This act of listening to a speech has been classified as ‘facilitating hate speech’ and appears on an FIR from July 2016 on which Dr Zafar-Arif’s name does not appear. Ironically, those whose names were on the FIR have since walked free. Since January this year, my father’s hearing has been delayed or interrupted on an almost weekly basis. At no point has he or my family been given an adequate explanation for these absences and delays. This is undeniably and inarguably a gross injustice, and one we have so far been helpless to act against. Article 10A of the constitution ensures every citizen’s right to a fair trial and due process for the determination of his civil rights and in any criminal charge against him, and this is a right my father has been repeatedly denied. My father is seventy years old and a heart patient. Remaining in the poor conditions of the overcrowded jail without access to a proper doctor or to his prescribed medication poses a serious risk to his life. He continues to be incarcerated despite his poor health without even the opportunity to entertain bail. His [Read More…]

Mar 222017
Man guns down wife in suspected honour killing in Sindh

A woman was shot dead in a suspected honour killing case in Sindh's Qambar Shahdadkot district on Wednesday, police told Dawn.Bahram Station House Officer (SHO) Meboob Ali Mithiani said that Quran Ali Chandio allegedly gunned down his 27-year-old wife using a pistol over 'honour'.Mithiani said that the accused suspected his wife was having an affair with someone in the same village, adding that a First Information Report (FIR) for the murder has yet to be filed. "No FIR has been registered yet. If no one comes forward to lodge the case within the next two days, we will register the FIR against the accused on behalf of the state," the SHO said.He added that following a postmortem at a local hospital, the woman's body was handed over to her relatives. The SHO added that the accused was at large and a search was ongoing in the area. Click for detailed story

Mar 132017
MNA among seven booked for PPP leader?s murder

LAHORE: PML-N MNA Sohail Shaukat Butt, Manawan SHO and seven others were accused of killing PPP leader Babar Sohail by the victim’s family in an FIR registered by the Manawan Police on… [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]] Click for detailed story

Feb 112017

BAHAWALPUR: The number of child labour cases is continuously rising in Bahawalpur while the labour department is tight-lipped on the situation and actions are only limited to paper work. District labour office in the city inspected around 451 locations from January 2016 to December 2016 and registered FIRs against 30 people for hiring child labour, said District Labour Inspector Bahawalpur Mehar Azhar Hayaat while talking to The Express Tribune. According to The Global Slavery Index 2013, Pakistan comes third, after Mauritania and Haiti, in the prevalence of child labour. The government has failed to conduct a child labour survey since 1996, which made it difficult to ascertain details of children working in different sectors in the country. A resident of Bahawalpur Chaudhry Abdul Razzaq said there are a number of places in the city where minor children are forced to work at shops, workshops of mechanics, naan shops, confectioneries and tea stalls. The areas where these children can be found working are Circular Road, Fareed Gate, Fawara Chowk, Saraiki Chowk, Welcome Chowk, Shahi Bazaar, Chowk Bazaar and Saraafa Bazaar. He demanded of Bahawalpur Commissioner and Bahawalpur DCO to take notice of this situation. It is also believed that it is extreme poverty that leads the parents of young children to put them to work. Ten-year-old Kashif who is learning welding said his father is a patient of tuberculosis and works as a labourer. “I am paid Rs50 per week from a shop where I am learning welding. I want to go [Read More…]

Jan 262017
Case against Qandeel’s parents for ‘backtracking’

MULTAN: Police on Thursday registered a case against the parents of the slain social media celebrity, Qandeel Baloch, for “deviating from their earlier statements against the elder brother of Qandeel in connection with her murder case”. The FIR No 49/17 was lodged under section 213 of Pakistan Penal Code against Muhammad Azeem and Anwar Bibi on the complaint of Assistant Sub-Inspector Allah Ditta. The FIR states that one of the nominated accused, Muhammad Aslam Shaheen (the elder brother of Qandeel Baloch), handed over an envelope to his parents while saying “your demand has been fulfilled and now record your statements in our favour in court”. Subsequently, both parties were summoned in court where Qandeel’s parents submitted their contradictory affidavit in favour of Aslam which is a crime under section 213 of PPC, states the FIR. Aslam had been nominated in the case under section 109 of PPC for abetment. ASI Allah Ditta told Dawn that Qandeel’s parents recorded their statements in court on Jan 19 and a few days later, on Jan 25, they submitted their affidavit. He said they had deviated from their statement against their elder son Aslam and there’s likelihood that they would do so in the case of main accused Waseem, a younger brother of Qandeel, as well. Qandeel Baloch was found dead in her rented house in Multan on July 16. Her father alleged that she was killed by Waseem at the behest of Aslam in the name of honour. Waseem fled the scene but [Read More…]

Jan 182017

LAHORE: The Punjab University administration and the victim of assault at a hostel have absolved the Islami Jamiat-e-Talaba (IJT) of any blame in an incident that took place on Tuesday. Suhail Ahmad, a law student who lives at a Punjab University hostel, was tortured and confined for over three hours after reportedly tweeting his support of Islamabad-based activist Salman Haider. He also shared a poem of Faiz Ahmed Faiz to express solidarity with the missing person. Speaking at a press conference held on Wednesday, PU Vice Chancellor Dr Zafar Mueen Naseer said the university had filed an application with the Muslim Town police station against the kidnapping and torture of its student Suhail Ahmad. He said a case had been registered against an individual who had been identified, but was not a student of the varsity. He added that the student union accused of torturing the PU pupil reached out to the latter and declared that he had no association with IJT. The victim, Suhail, also toed the university line and told The Express Tribune that he was not abducted or tortured by the IJT. He identified one individual instead. “The people who tortured me were not students of the university as I would have identified them. If they were activists of IJT, I would have identified them. The university administration have contacted me and on my request and identification, registered an FIR on my behalf,” he said. Suhail Ahmed also said he did not make any statement about abducted activist [Read More…]

Jan 182017

LAHORE: The father of a nine-year-old domestic worker, whose hands were allegedly burnt by her employer, has reportedly compromised with the accused and withdrawn his case, The Express Tribune has learnt. The uncle of the girl had filed an application against the employer, but failed to get the case registered. Ultimately, the minor’s parents withdrew the application, thus absolving the accused of all charges. Supreme Court Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar on Monday had taken suo motu notice of the incident and ordered the Punjab IGP to file a report within three days. | Ghalib Hussain, the uncle of nine-year-old Abida, filed an application with Defence-B police station. He said Junaid burnt the hands of his niece for breaking a windowpane. He sought action against him, but the police, instead of registering an FIR, kept delaying the matter, Ghalib told The Express Tribune. He said on the first day, the police refused to conduct a medico-legal examination and asked them to return on the next day. He said they went again to the police station on the day 2, but the investigation officer claimed the doctor would not be available at that time. Again, the minor was asked to return on the following day and this time the examination was conducted.  The uncle said the tests proved she had suffered burn injuries. Defence B SHO Muhammad Akram told The Express Tribune that the police, after preliminary investigation, understood that the burns were caused by either cooking oil or something related. He [Read More…]

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