Climate change toll – 21 Nov 2022

Pakistan’s annual economic output could witness a cut of 18-20% by 2050 due to climate change-associated risks

The economy of Pakistan has long been suffering from a debt crisis, bad economic policies and restricted growth. For the past many years, the novel challenge of climate change has added to this list by adversely affecting economic prospects and destroying the socio-economic fabric of the country. The World Bank, in their latest report, estimates that Pakistan’s annual economic output could witness a cut of 18-20% by 2050 due to climate change-associated risks. The country finds itself caught in a fragility trap.

Warnings were issued way back in 2015, when researchers claimed that vulnerable areas, especially along the coast, will eventually succumb to rising sea-levels and changing weather patterns, but no one heeded the call. This year, we saw one-third of the country submerged in water. This year’s unprecedented monsoon rains coupled with flash floods are indeed a grim reminder that climate-induced disasters can significantly set back development goals. On the one hand, steady changes are slowly withering away Pakistan’s resources and causing a gradual shift, and on the other, the country has to reel with the sudden shock of natural disasters that have increased in intensity and frequency. This double-edged sword has stabbed the very heart of the country. A UN report suggests that annual economic losses due to climate change amount to $26 billion in the worst-case scenario and environmental instability could depreciate GDP by up to 9.1%. Then, a single flood event inflicted a humongous toll of $30 billion, destroying agriculture, infrastructure, communities and livestock.

The resulting humanitarian crisis is a wake-up call that urgent action is required. A fundamental shift is required in development path and policies, whereby a people- and climate-centric approach should be included. The general aim should be to protect the economy from such shocks while also working towards sustainability and resilience.

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Missing child found dead in sugarcane fields – 21 Nov 2022

Six-year-old Hussainullah had disappeared on 15th

DI KHAN:
A six-year-old child who went missing on November 15 from DI Khan district of Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) was found on Sunday.

Police told The Express Tribune that the father of the deceased, Khana Zad lodged an FIR with University Police Station on November 15, stating that he was shifting to a new house from his Ghani Town residence during which he left behind his two sons Adnan, 9, and Hussainullah, 7, behind with the household items.

“When I came back I found Hussainullah missing. Adnan told me that our neighbour and relative, who is also a 10-year-old, locked me up in a room and took Hussain with him,” he said, adding that he rushed to the house of the relative but his father denied that his son had taken away the child.

On Sunday the body of the child was found in sugarcane fields. District Police Officer (DPO) Muhammad Shoaib formed an investigation team to investigate the case thoroughly and ordered the arrest of the juvenile accused.

“Both the deceased and the offender are children. They are first cousins and belong to the Mehsud tribe of Waziristan currently living in Dera,” said a police official, adding that the matter would be investigated properly and the findings would be made public.

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Cousins enraged over marriage proposal kill youth – 21 Nov 2022

Mother of deceased had sought to marry him to suspects’ sister

CHAK JHUMRA:
Three brothers allegedly murdered a cousin of theirs over seeking to marry their sister and threw his body in fields. The police recovered the body and arrested one of the suspects along with a weapon.

According to the local police report, Shamshad Begum, a resident of Chak 133GB, stated in the FIR that she had sent a proposal for the marriage of the daughter of Fazal Abbas, a resident of the same village, with her son Taimoor Abbas.

The complainant claimed that the girl also wanted to marry her son but Fazal and his sons had rejected the proposal and developed a grudge over the issue. She said she had gone for attending a funeral along with her sons Abu Bakar and Taimoor Abbas, after which Ashiq Hussain said he wanted to show them the Ameenpur locality. “My both sons and Ashiq rode away on the motorbike of my son Taimoor Hussain,” she added, divulging details of the incident.

The woman alleged that Ashiq took her sons to his brothers Atif Hussain, Kashif and Ejaz who were present carrying a weapon near a bridge over a lake close to chak 28GB.

“They grabbed my sons and threatened to punish them for sending the marriage proposal for their sister,” she added. She said Kashif grabbed Abu Bakar, while Ashfaq and Ejaz took hold of Taimoor, after which Ashiq Hussain fired at them with a 30-bore pistol. Taimoor was shot in the head. Abu Bakar tried to escape, but Taimoor succumbed to the bullet injury and the suspects fled the scene.

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Cop ‘tortures’ wife, brother-in-law – 21 Nov 2022

When his wife refused to reconcile, Raza allegedly started torturing her

LAHORE:
A police constable allegedly tortured his wife and brother-in-law over a domestic dispute in Naseerabad.

Constable Kashif Raza, posted at Firdous Chowki Gulberg, went to his in-laws’ house with three accomplices in plainclothes.

His wife had left him and returned to her parents’ house, frustrated over alleged domestic violence. Raza married her several years ago and the couple had a son.

On Sunday, when his wife refused to reconcile, Raza allegedly started torturing her.

When her family intervened, he also subjected his brother-in-law Waqas to torture and took his four-year-old son with him. The suspect had been living in quarters near Walton Road.

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Two women killed over ‘Karo-Kari’ – 21 Nov 2022

SUKKUR: Two women were killed over the ‘Karo-Kari’allegations in districts Kashmore-Kandhkot and Ghotki.

Reports said a man, identified as Allah Rakhio Koash, shot dead his wife, mother of four children, after accusing her of adultery in village Din Muhammad Koash in Kashmore city of district Kashmore-Kandhkot.

Meanwhile, the Obaro Police recovered the decomposed body of a woman from a house situated in village Habib Chohan in district Ghotki. The police, later on, arrested Ali Asghar Chohan, spouse of the deceased woman, over being involved in the murder of his wife, saying that the accused confessed to killing his wife over the ‘Karo-Kari’ allegations.

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Three brothers arrested in honour killing case – 21 Nov 2022

BATTAGRAM: The police on Sunday claimed to have arrested three brothers for killing their sister for honour a month ago.

An official said a month ago the police had received information that body of a woman was lying in a house in Peshora village in the limits of Chanjal police station.

He said the police recovered body of a woman, who was later identified as a resident of Chakesar area of Shangla district. The official said she was killed by cutting her throat in the house of her brother-in-law, where she had gone two days before her killing along with her six-month-old daughter. He said her brother-in-law and his wife had escaped from the house.

The official said the police also recovered a knife and clothes with blood stains. He said police lodged FIR against the victim’s brother-in-law and his wife and later arrested them, who during investigation revealed three brothers of the deceased woman had killed their sister for marrying with a man against the family’s permission one and a half years ago.

The official said the police arrested the three brothers, adding husband of the deceased woman was also traced, who told the police he had left the area out of fear he would also be killed by his wife’s family.

The official said a complaint had been lodged against the man in Shangla for abducting the woman and compelling her to marry against her own will.

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Missing boy found dead in Dera Ismail Khan – 21 Nov 2022

DERA ISMAIL KHAN: The police on Sunday found the body a seven-year old boy with his throat slit in Fateh Morr area of Paroa tehsil five days after he went missing from his house.

The victim, namely Hassan, had gone missing on Nov 15.

His family kept searching for him, and informed the university police station after failing to trace him.

Father of the missing boy had nominated his relative, Kamil Mehsud Khan, of the same area for abducting his son.

After report of the abduction case, regional police officer Mohammad Saleem Khan and district police officer Mohammad Shoaib had formed teams led by SP investigations Shabbir Hussain and DSP Paroa circle Abid Iqbal to locate the boy and arrest the suspect.

The police have also arrested the alleged killer, who is stated to be a close relative and neighbour of the slain boy.

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Three hospital employees sacked for `harassment plaints` – 21 Nov 2022

LAHORE: The Evacuee Trust Property Board (ETPB) administration has removed two women workcharge employees (nurses) and a regular staffer (attendant) af ter they lodged complaints to the higher authorities about being harassed at the board`s premier infirmary in Lahore -Janki Devi Hospital.

Sources claim that the ETPB, instead of investigating the matter to ensure protection of the women staf f at the hospital, acted upon a baseless inquiry report submitted to it by the top officials of the hospital against the employees.

`It is deplorable that the employees who should have been protected from harassment by the ETPB faced termination of their jobs after they lodged complaints,` says a source. `Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif must take notice of the situation by ordering the authorities concerned to conduct an inquiry into the issue,` he demands.

Two of the sacked employees, having service of more than 15 years in the hospital, also had restraining order from the Lahore High Court `that no adverse action shall be taken against them`. `The third one is a regular employee but in her termination order, it was written that herservicecontracthadbeen terminated,` says the source.

He adds that their termination orders were issued with retrospective ef fect.

Two staff nurses and the attendant residing in hospital`s quarters complained to the ETPB chairman about the issues they claimed to have been facing for long.

They also claimed that they complained to the hospital`s authorities but to no avail, forcing them to lodge complaints to the ETPB head.

`A person used to sit in the office of Medical Superintendent Dr Farah Hafeez. He also had his ECG at the infirmary dedicated for the women patients. Once he also misbehaved with me while I was administering injection to him in the presence of the MS. The MS also used to harass the women employees through the subordinate staff,` Nuzhat Nasreen, staff nurse, complained in her application to the ETPB chairman.

`I would request you to take action against the officials involved in harassing the employees,` she demanded. In her earlier application, she alleged that an electrician misbehaved with an attendant and some staffers had some employees including a woman attendant dismissed from service for spurning their advances.

Another employee, Safeena Rafique also reported similar complaints to the top authorities. Sajida (staff nurse) also lodged complaints to the authorities but to no avail. `I would request you to stop entry of the official in the hospital and order an inquiry,` Nasreen said.

Nasreen, while speaking to Dawn, alleged that the problem existed on the part of the medical superintendent in whose presence I was once humiliated by being called a transperson. `I was harassed in other ways too,` she added.

Safeena said the hospital workingenvironment was very unsafe for the women staffers. She said she complained to the MS about sexual advances of an electrician but she (the MS) didn`t do anything.

MS Dr Farah Hafeez dispelled the impression, stating that the employees did not approach her with any complaint.

She said the employees had been removed in the light of an inquiry completed on the order of the ETPB chairman.

`I am not at all involved in this case as they never approached with any complaint related to harassment,` she added.

ETPB chairman Dr Habibur Rehman Gilani said an inquiry was conducted into the allegations levelled by the employees.

`Since their allegations did not turn true, the inquiry officer recommended their termination.` He said the employees should have filed their complaints to the board`s office established for the protection of human rights and that he had no problem in further probing the case.

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Villager kills sister-in-law – 21 Nov 2022

The area police said that Allah Rakhiyo Kosh fled the village to escape arrest after killing his 50-year-old sister-in-law, Meeran Kosh, on suspicion of her extramarital affair with someone.

SUKKUR: A man allegedly shot dead his sister-in-law in Deen Mohammad village within the riverine area of Ghelpur in KandhkotKashmore district on Sunday.

Police mounted a hunt for the suspect but could not trace him till late in the evening.

The woman`s body was transported to the Kandhkot Taluka Hospital for a post-mortem examination and then handed over to the heirs by police.

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DNA samples of five collected over girl`s rape, murder – 21 Nov 2022

KARACHl: Police on Sunday sent DNA samples of five suspects detained for questioning in connection with the brutal rape and murder of a seven-year-old girl in Landhi.

The minor girl was kidnapped, raped and murdered on Wednesday and her body was found from a plot in the Muslimabad area of Landhi on Nov 18.

Malir SSP (Investigation) Arab Mahar said that the police conducted raids in the locality and detained five suspects over suspicions of their involvement in the gruesome incident.

`Their DNA samples have been taken for cross-matching and the result is expected within next few days,` he said.

He said that he had met with the parents of the victim thrice and they expressed their `satisfaction` over the investigation team.

To a question, he said the area was predominantly a low-income neighbourhood, where use of drugs was also common. He said that drug addicts were often seen near schools and on streets in the area.

Meanwhile, Malir SSP Irfan Bahadur has suspended Quaidabad SHO Mohammed Ameen Khoso and ordered an inquiry over his `conduct`. He also suspended Assistant Sub-Inspector Muhammad Shafiq and ASI Pervez Iqbal of the Quaidabad police station and ordered an inquiry against their conduct.

Such an action was taken against them in the wake of relatives` complaints that they did not lodge an FIR despite multiple visits to the police station by the victim`s family.

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