Haripur resident commits suicide after killing wife – 03 Jun 2022

HARIPUR: A man allegedly committed suicide after he shot dead his wife in a remote village of Khanpur tehsil, police said here on Thursday.

The police said that Imtiaz Khan, a resident of Sarbroot village, shot dead his wife Shabana Bibi, 34, for unknown reason.

They said that after some time his body was spotted in the hilly area of the village.

The police said a pistol was also found near the body of Imtiaz which showed that the man had committed suicide. They, however, said that investigation was under way.

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Medical report puts Nimra`s age between 17-18 years, SHC told – 03 Jun 2022

KARACHI: The Sindh High Court on Thursday referred the matter of teenage Nimra Kazmi, who had gone missing from Karachi and resurfaced in Punjab, to the trial court after a medical report said she was between 17 and 18 years of age.

On the last hearing, the SHC had asked the provincial authorities to conduct a medical examination of Nimra to determine her age as the girl, who was taken in protective custody from Punjab and produced before SHC, said that she was adult and had contracted marriage of her own free will while lawyer for the petitioner said she was an underage person.

On Thursday, the investigating officer of the case placed the medical report before a two-judge bench headed by Justice Mohammad Iqbal Kalhoro.

The IO submitted that in view of the medical report and the investigation conducted so far, he was going to file a report before the trial court.

`Insofar as ancillary issues raised by the parties regarding custody of Mst.

Nimra or setting her free, etc. we deem it proper to refer these issue to the trial court for a decision in accordance with law as this petition is only in nature of habeas corpus: to produce Mst. Nimra before the court, which has been done,` the bench in its order said.

It further said the girl stated that she contracted marriage with Najeeb Shahrukh out of her own free will and had not been abducted by him.

While disposing of the petition, the bench sent the girl back to a shelter home and said that there would be no restriction for her parents or husband or relative to meet her.

It also asked the trial court to decide the issue of her custody or setting her free, etc, in the light of material after affording opportunity to both sides within a reasonable time preferably in a month.

The mother of the girl had petitioned the SHC stating that Nimra went missing on April 20 from her house in Saudabad and a case about her kidnapping was lodged at area police station.

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Woman gets life in prison for murdering husband – 03 Jun 2022

KARACHI: A model court has awarded life imprisonment to a woman for murdering her husband in Korangi.

Beena was found guilty of killing her 40-yearold husband Muhammad Shahid with the help of Muhammad Rehan within the remit of Shah Faisal Colony police station in June last year.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Haleem Ahmed of the Model Criminal Trial Court (East) pronounced his verdict reservedafter recording evidence and hearing final arguments from both sides.

The judge noted that the prosecution successfully proved the charge against the accused.

She was also ordered to pay Rs1 million as compensation to the legal heirs of the victim.

However, the judge observed that the convict was not awarded capital punishment since the entire prosecution case rested on circumstantial evidence, which `constitutes strong mitigating factor in awarding lesser punishment`.

The judge acquitted co-accused Rehan for lack of evidence, observing that his guilt could not beestablished because there was no sufficient evidence available against him except for a complaint that the deceased had lodged against him and his alleged confessional statement `that was not sufficient to prove the charge against him`.

According to the prosecution, Beena had killed Shahid by slitting his throat with a sharp knife in June 2021.

A case was lodged under Section 302 (premeditated murder) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code at the Shah Faisal Colony police station on the complaint of the victim`s sister, Muskan.

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Attempt to kidnap college girl foiled by citizens – 03 Jun 2022

DADU: One suspect was arrested and a hunt for his three associates was started after they allegedly hit a college van and tried to kidnap a girl, who was on her way back home, in Sakrand town of Shaheed Benazirabad district on Thursday.

Reports reaching here from the area suggested that four armed suspects, riding a Vigo car, hit the college van to force it to stop and then tried to kidnap an HSC-Il student at gunpoint.

However, the girl raised a hue and cry drawing attention of a number of people, who intervened and rescued her. The suspects, said to be members of some influential families, sped away by their car.

The girl`s uncle lodged an FIR against the suspects at the Sakrand police station stating that his niece was returning home by a van from Govt Girls Degree College, Sakrand, when the suspects tried to kidnap her. He shared details of the incident with the police as narrated by the girl. He claimed that his niece was injured when the van was hit by the Vigo car.

The police moved into action and arrested one of the four nominated suspects and started a hunt for the others, according to Nawabshah SSP Amir Saud Magsi.

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Man, son killed by neighbours – 03 Jun 2022

LAHORE: A man was allegedly shot dead along with his young son by his neighbours over a minor issue of cracking jokes in Hanjarwal area here on Thursday.

They were identified as Mohammad Ashraf (50) and his son Azeem Ashraf (25) and their bodies were shifted to the city morgue for postmortem.

Sharing details of the incident, a police official said early on Thursday Azeem Ashraf came out of his house in the street due to loadshedding.

He said his neighbours, including Jamil and Ghulam Abbas, cut a joke with Azeem which led to a brawl between them.

Meanwhile, Jamil’s father Ashraf also came out of his house, he said adding that Jamil and Ghulam Abbas returned with weapons and opened fire and injured Ashraf and his son critically. They were shifted to a local hospital where doctors pronounced them dead. The police later lodged a murder case.

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Young woman forcibly stripped in public – 03 Jun 2022

Suspects were armed, and their aim was to kidnap victim

Four armed men stripped a young woman naked in public when their attempt to kidnap her failed.

The victim had been travelling in a rickshaw with her mother when the criminals intercepted them.

The victim’s mother lodged a complaint with the Women’s Police Station in which she stated that she, along with her daughter, had been on their way to Faisal Chowk in Madinabad in a rickshaw when the accused, Imran Shah, and his accomplices, who had been in a car, intercepted their rickshaw, forced them out of the vehicle, tortured them and attempted to kidnap her daughter.

The two women managed to thwart the attempt of kidnapping. When the criminals failed to kidnap the young woman, they fled but before fleeing they stripped the young woman naked in public.

The Women Police Station registered a case under the provisions of 365B-511-354-148-149 of the PPC and started searching for the accused.

A case whose nature was as horrendous as the nature of the current case occurred in Khurrianwala in March.

A woman and her daughter were allegedly forced into marching in a bazaar in Satiana naked.

The victims, a resident of Chak No. 74 GB, registered a complaint with the then CPO of Faisalabad alleging that the accused, Amin, Nadeem and Shaukat, had broken into their house on March 14, “brutally tortured my mother … and me and struck us with gun butts and grabbed us by the hair and dragged us out of the house and into the bazaar naked and had our house occupied”.

The then CPO, Ghulam Mubashir Mekan, had issued orders to the SP of Jaranwala to act on the complaint and arrest the accused.

The victim told the police that they had been having a property dispute with the accused, and the motive behind the accused attacking them was that very dispute.

The incident happened on March 14, and one wonders how a matter of such a heinous nature remained hushed up for so many days in an era in which even the minutest of traffic violations or other such matters get reported on the social media or other forums.

The victims said that they had contacted Satiana Police Station the very day they had been subjected to such humiliation, but the perpetrators of the act, according to the victims, were so influential a people that Satiana police, instead of registering a case, indulged in delaying tactics and even attempted to make the victims reconcile with the accused.

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Men have their ways of humiliating women – 03 Jun 2022

Husband shaves wife’s head, makes her wear string of shoes

A man, along with his brother, allegedly had the head of his wife shaved, made her wear a string of shoes around her neck and forced her to march through the village.

According to DPO Omar Saeed Malik, he had been informed that a woman was being tortured on suspicion of cheating on her husband in a village in Satghara. He ordered the SHO to take immediate action against the suspects.

When SHO Malik Arshad reached the spot with a heavy contingent of police, the accused had already fled.

The victim told the police that she had married Shahadat four years ago.

SHO Malik Arshad said that initial investigations revealed that the victim had fled with a young man, but returned to her husband a few days later through mediation by a Panchayat.

However, the woman’s husband nurtured a grudge over his wife’s walking out on him for another man and decided to settle the score with his wife and her friend. Police took remand of the accused for three days and were conducting raids for the other accused.

Police shifted the woman to the hospital under their supervision and registered a case against five nominees and two unidentified persons and arrested the two main accused, Shahadat and Saleem.

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Women in poverty – 03 Jun 2022

As Pakistan goes through turbulent times on the political and economic fronts, women sink deeper and deeper into poverty. No one seems to care, least of all those leaders who are responsible for the public chaos, the economic uncertainty and insecurity they have created by their casual stance on serious issues.

Tehrik-i-Niswan, whose commitment to the women`s cause has never slackened, has come to the fore in these critical times. Last Friday, it organised a `peace table` on women living in poverty. The Tehrik`s founder, Sheema Kermani, set the stage for a serious discourse with an enchanting musical performance in honour of women. This was a significant move. In fact, Sheema`s role in the women`s movement in Pakistan has been quite remarkable. She launched the Tehrik-iNiswan in 1979 at a time when women in Pakistan were in dire straits. The Hudood Ordinances, the chaadar and chaardiwari and other such tools of oppression and suppression were being used by Gen Ziaul Haq to crush women.

Creating the Tehrik proved to be a smart move. Its goal was the liberation of women and the medium used was music. Music is universally acknowledged to have a deep impact on the psyche and is a powerful medium for mobilising people for resistance. Sheema has a brave record of dancing for defiance. She has continued to lead this process of systemic change for more than three generations.

Why a peace table? This concept was initiated by some global women claiming that women play the role of peacemakers and have their own inclusive perspective on issues in times of conflict. They must be included in peace negotiations. In that context, Friday`s event was important. It had an array of women speakers who impressed and inspired Azra Sayeed, Tahira Abdullah, Hoorunnisa Palijo. They reassured us that women activism is as alive today as ever before.

The peace table was indeed timely. With so many women now visible in the media and on the political stage, we tend to forget that the really disadvantaged among them are not even visible though they constitute a huge number.

Unemployment, food insecurity, ill health, illiteracy, denial of reproductive health rights and violence have driven women to poverty. Today, 75 per cent of those living below the poverty line are women who are exploited and oppressed. The speakers laid out these facts. With activists like Veeru Kohli around nothing was lef t unsaid.

What next? Unlike earlier practice, a list of demands was drawn up and circulated. They mainly focused on registering and documenting women`s contribution to the nationaleconomy and society. This would require calculating the GDP differently by taking into account women`s unpaid work and disaggregating by sex all statistics related to labour and social welfare. Then there is the demand to revitalise the First Women Bank that was launched by Benazir Bhutto in her first term as prime minister and was providing useful services to women. It mainly financed women-initiated projects.

Some of the demands reiterate the rights of women that have long been ignored, such as ensuring women`s access to assets and ownership of property. Thelistincluded the demand for the registration of women-headed households.

The list of demands confirmed a healthy shif t in the orientation of the women`s movement in the last seven-plus decades. Starting out by performing acts of charity and philanthropy, the women`s movement developed in the next stage as a drive to educate women and give them awareness about themselves.

That was the conscientisation of women to create awareness of their own potential. Thiswas the first step towards the empowerment of women by preparing them to enter the workforce.

Thereafter, it has been the phase of consolidation, confirmation and winning public acceptance.

This process should not be under-estimated given the fact that as the movement grew, a backlash was created by the misogynist, obscurantist and patriarchal section of society. Since by then enlightened and progressive-minded men had become a part of the feminist movement, feminism began to lose its gender hue.

Some of the demands for the registration and documentation of women`s economic activities come at a vital time. This is the time when the need for documentation of the national economy is being seen as a `must do` measure that will be most timely.

PS: Isn`t it strange that in the current melee in the country today, women have no voice in decision-making? The women who are seen on television are either party spokespersons or party leaders mostly guarding their family`s political legacy. They do not have an independent position of their own.

Where is the women`s parliamentary caucus that had been set up in the National Assembly more than a decade ago? It is in times of such polarisation that women`s voices are sadly missing. m www.zubeidamustafa.com

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A mafia land – 03 Jun 2022

By Raoof Hasan

When I was much younger in life, I had umpteen opportunities to have left this country, but I resisted the temptation with pride. The opportunities kept coming during later years, yet my insistence to stay in my own country never wavered. As a matter of fact, even as things were visibly deteriorating in Pakistan, my passion kept growing stronger that this was the place I belonged to, and this is where I am going to be.

I must concede that, at this late stage in life, this resolve has grown wobbly. I am numbed by the happenings of recent times and feel highly embarrassed to be living in a country which is ruled by a cabal of convicts, alleged criminals and absconders. Almost 70 per cent of the incumbent cabinet is made of such kind of people which is a matter of unmitigated shame for every self-respecting citizen. But this gruesome reality is not likely to have an impact on the orchestrators of this latest tragedy which has befallen the country.

Virtually all institutions of the state are guilty of having contributed to the fulfilment of a sinister plan to dismantle a democratic and constitutional government. They became willing partners in committing this crime in violation of all moral, constitutional, judicial and such other practices on which the edifice of the civilized world proudly rests. In the process, Pakistan has become a rare country where crime is not treated as crime and its perpetration is legitimised by the institutions which are deemed as the custodians of law and constitution. This is the new norm which is being instilled into the national ethos.

Indeed, we are such a rare country, and in so many different ways. Find me another country which has been so malevolently handed over to a bunch of certified criminals to restart their spree of loot and plunder. Find me another country where state institutions are lined up to pander to the sinister pleasure of the orchestrators, irrespective of whether doing so would be in conformity with democratic traditions and constitutional provisions.

Find me another country where the courts open at midnight to implement a foreign-inspired and funded regime-change conspiracy in collaboration with local thugs and crooks by transgressing into what strictly falls within the domain of parliament. Find me another country where an imported government comprising a myriad variety of criminals moves to make person-specific amendments in laws that would facilitate their exoneration from grievous financial, money-laundering and other crimes. Find me another country where protesters are doused in poisonous tear gas and state terror of draconian measure is unleashed upon peaceful marchers, where women are manhandled and dragged out of their vehicles and cases registered against all with indiscriminate haste.

Find me another country where parliamentarians are hauled as animals because they are purchased commodities for a price for changing political loyalties and where the leader of the opposition establishes his compromised status by stating that he would be fighting the next election on the ticket awarded by the party of the sitting prime minister. Find me another country where human conscience is the cheapest article displayed on the stands. Find me another country where shame is an extinct commodity and crime is celebrated publicly with victory signs.

This humiliation list is endless – the one narrating it would be exhausted in the process. As T S Eliot once wrote, “I am tired with my own life and the lives of those after me/I am dying in my own death and the deaths of those after me”. It is such an excruciatingly painful phenomenon that one is at a loss for words to describe it.

For most of the years since its creation, the people of this country remained in deep slumber as it was being brutally ravaged. They neither had the awareness of what was happening around them, nor the power to confront the onslaught. They were enslaved by the beneficiary elite across the sprawling urban habitations and the backward rural communities. Economic enslavement was the most vicious form of this capture where generations are sold out for pittance as people pass through the rumblings of life with their fates sealed and their destinies stamped. They don’t have a clue what lies in store for them except that they are lumbered like animals on the day of elections to vote in favour of the masters they have sold their future to. It is a merciless enactment of how the fate of the country is enslaved in the hands of the privileged elite who use the vilest tactics to keep people in perpetual bondage.

Pakistan owes it to the passionate exhortations of Imran Khan to sensitize people to look after their interests and safeguard the sanctity of the country from those who are out to dishonour it. That is why they have increasingly grown conscious of the tragedy that stalks their lives. They have broken the shackles of fear and servitude and are today more vocal than they have been in the past. The manner in which they have responded to Khan’s calls is unprecedented in the political history of the country and the passion they have exhibited at the protest gatherings has been phenomenal. This reflects a paradigm shift: the ones who were clueless about their own bondage and the lack of opportunities they had for improving their lot are today not only vocal about it; they are also raring to act to snatch it from the usurpers. There is this incredible drive which is propelling them forward with boundless passion.

The task of embedding this change is monumental. It is not just a case of struggling to win back your rights. It is not just a moment for demanding what is stipulated in the constitution. It is not just an opportunity for ensuring that state institutions refrain from interfering in the functioning of the government in any manner which is inconsistent with the laws of the land. The challenge is much more formidable than that. The challenge we are faced with is that of shaping a revolution which will alter the way how this country has been reared, how its people think about their rights, and how the siege that the beneficiary elite have laid upon their lives can be lifted. All this has to be secured to free the people from the humiliating bondage they have been caged in.

In the meanwhile, the country has been reduced to becoming a harrowing crime circus, a sickly mafia land. I shall resist the temptation of naming the Don.

The writer is a political and security strategist and the founder of the Regional Peace Institute in Islamabad. He tweets @RaoofHasan

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Aerial firing remains a bloody nuisance – 03 Jun 2022

At least five people, including a little girl, have fallen victim to wayward bullets in the last four months

For a city historically riddled with enough violence to have a neighbourhood named Golimar, it is no surprise that most karachiites are accustomed to the sound of gunshots. While most outsiders would instinctively quiver at the report of a rifle, a seasoned resident of this madding city is likely to shrug it off as the sound of celebration.

“I remember my sister’s wedding a few years ago when we fired some shots into the air and lit fireworks at her reception to celebrate, as one does. Our guests from Islamabad were a little startled to the point of thinking we were being attacked,” recalled Shahzaib, a graduate student who belongs to a moderately affluent household. “I have spent much of my childhood in an area called Gulistan e Jauhar, which is famous for two things: being rowdy and full of wedding halls and banquets. So every time we’d hear a gunshot growing up, we would try to guess whether it was something hostile or a wedding celebration. Maybe it was that kind of nonchalance that sort of normalised the sound for us,” he added.

However, despite the normalisation that this city seems to have granted aerial firing, this callous act of celebration is known to have claimed hundreds of lives in the last few decades. The most notorious day for this kind of activity remains the night of New Year’s eve when the city’s police force is kept on high alert for any cases of aerial firing, while emergency services are also kept on standby. “Our ambulance drivers and rescue workers are specifically prepared for emergency situations like such during festival season. We have to stay ready for rapid response and there are always some cases of death or injury by aerial firing,” shared Chhipa Foundation’s spokesperson Chaudhry Shahid Hussain.

This year, it was an 11-year-old child who was killed by a wayward bullet shot into the air, while at least other 17 people were reportedly injured across the city on the same night, as the city reverberated with celebratory gunfire.

According to District Kemari’s Deputy Commissioner Mukhtar Abro, under the law, aerial firing is an offense that warrants arrest and registration of a criminal case. “This form of celebration is entirely illegal and risks precious lives. The police launch routine crackdowns against offenders and they are more than likely to end up behind the bars for aerial shootings in public,” he told.

However, Hassan Sabir, who is a legal practitioner believes that there are several lacunas in the law that allow such offenders to dodge critical punishment, which in turn encourages them to continue bending the law. “We need to have more stringent laws for gun violence and aerial firing so that habitual offenders realise that their actions are not free of consequence,” he urged.

Speaking in this regard, Naeem Khan, who is a local activist against gun violence, was of the view that in addition to police arrests, the licensing authorities also need to take action against the offenders. “When firearm licenses are issued, it is with trust that the licensee is mature enough to only use it for self-defense and will not endanger others by using it callously. So if a person is arrested for aerial firing, the licensing body should immediately confiscate their firearm and rubbish their license,” he opined.

When probed regarding the legislative need, Sindh Labor Minister Saeed Ghani corroborated that aerial firing is considered a criminal and a punishable offense in the province. “The Sindh government has issued stern action orders against those engaged in this illegal activity,” he told.

However, the said stern action seems to have done little to stop aerial firing in the city. Jinnah Hospital’s police surgeon and medico-legal officer Dr Samia Tariq, believes that she’s only seen a rise in cases of casualty and injuries from blind bullets in the past few years. “Most such incidents happen outside a wedding party, and these bullets can land on absolutely anyone. In the last four months, I have seen at least five such cases, which also included a little girl who was shot in the neck by a wayward bullet while the balcony of her own residence,” she told The Express Tribune, urging citizens to forsake aerial firing and adopt safer celebratory practices.

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