Man who killed wife arrested in Karachi – 15 Dec 2022

GUJRANWALA: Local police claim to have arrested a man from Karachi, who had fled away af ter killing his wife and hiding her body in his house in Gujranwala.

According to police, suspect Nehal alias Babar, a resident of Baghbanpura, murdered his wife, IshratBibi, over some domestic issue on Nov 23.

The police say the suspect hid his wife`s body under a pile of clothes, left his children at the house of their maternal uncle and fled to Karachi.

After the murder was revealed, Gujranwala City Police Officer Umar Salamat, constituted a team headed by Baghbanpura SHO ZubairAhmed, that went to Karachi and arrested the suspect using modern technology.

The police say the suspect claimed that he planned the murder of his wife after watching some popular crime investigation serials aired by an Indian TV channel.

A member of the police team that arrested Nehal says the suspect was plan-ning to escape from Karachi on a fishing trawler that would have returned after 45 days.

However, timely action by police resulted in his arrest.

Further investigation is going on, say police.

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Man gets death, fine for killing three minor daughters – 15 Dec 2022

MIANWALI: A district and sessions court on Wednesday handed down death sentence on three counts along with Rs1.5 million fine to a man for killing his three minor daughters.

On May 2, 2021, Nadir Khan shot dead his three daughters – Irfa Fatima (4), Alisha Fatima (3) and one-and-a-half-year old Ayesha. The Daudkhel police had registered a case under sections 302/324 of Pakistan Penal Code against Nadir on the complaint of the maternal grandfather of the girls.

Reports said the convict was reportedly enraged over the successive births of daughters after his marriage and often used to fight with his wife.

According to the investigators, the convict, a factory worker, was an addict and would off and on threaten his wife that he would kill the girls.

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Two policemen booked after citizen dies of `torture` – 15 Dec 2022

RAWALPINDI: Two policemen were booked for kidnapping, torturing and extorting money from a man who reportedly died.

Mumtaz Haider, a resident of Bakra Mandi Kamalabad, lodged an FIR, saying his brother Khalid Mehmood, 45, boarded a wagon to go to Quaid-i-Azam Hospital to bring medicines for their sister when two policemen and four other persons in plainclothes signalled the driver to stop.

He said they took his brother Khalid Mehmood to a nearby hotel where they abused him and threatened to implicate himin a drug case.

He alleged that they deprived his brother of Rs30,000 and demanded another Rs500,000.

He said his brother fainted and after his condition worsened, he was taken to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Mohammad Asghar

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Three held for gang rape of teenage girl in DHA – 15 Dec 2022

KARACHI: Police claimed to have arrested three men for their alleged involvement in the gang rape of a teenage girl at a desolate place in Defence Housing Authority on Wednesday.

South-SSP Syed Asad Raza said that the girl was taken to a hospital, where a medico-legal officer carried out her initial examination and confirmed that she was subjected to a criminal assault.

He said that a police patrol caught the suspected red-handed at a desolate place in Phase Vlll on Khayaban-i-lqbal.

The Sahil police registered a case against the suspects on behalf of the state under Sections 376 (punishment for rape) and 34 (common intention) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Complainant Assistant Sub-Inspector Rais Abbasi stated in the FIR that he along with other policemen was patrolling in the Seaview area as per routine. When they reached close to Khayaban-i-lqbal at about Sam, they saw a car parked on the road and heard a girl`s screams.

He said that the policemen reached the scene and found three men and the girl who was in semi-conscious state.

He said he informed the high-ups and called a female police officer and took into custody the three suspects.

The female police officer arrived and talked with the girl and took her into protective custody.

During initial interrogations, the suspects told the police that they brought / kidnapped the girl, aged around 18-19 years, from Nazimabad and gave her sedatives and subjected her to a criminal assault.

The suspects failed to prove the ownership of the vehicle when investigators asked them about the documents of the car.

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Children at risk – 15 Dec 2022

HOW diseased must we be as a society that, four years after little Zainab Ansari`s gruesome ordeal galvanised the nation, incidents of child abuse, rape and murder still remain a regular feature of the news cycle? It is alarming how frequently incidents involving the rape and murder of children appear to be occurring in recent days. At least three stories in this paper on Wednesday alone concerned heinous crimes against children. In Karachi, police arrested a six-year-old girl`s adult neighbour for raping and killing the child and dumping her body in an abandoned house outside the metropolis. She had stepped out of her house to buy something from a vendor. Another story concerned a case involving an 11-year-old`s alleged rape by her stepfather.

After being convicted earlier, the stepfather was exonerated of the charge because the Sindh High Court saw deficiencies in the case investigation.

The third of the stories highlighted an unfortunate reality that needs to be discussed more. The chief justice of the Federal Shariat Court, who has been hearing a case pertaining to the Transgender Persons (Protection of Rights) Act of 2018, wondered at one point whether the state was doing enough to protect transgender children, as they are most vulnerable to exploitation. `It is unfortunate that these children are abandoned by their own families and, as a result, they are abused by criminals and fall prey to paedophiles and other predators in our society,` Chief Justice Syed Muhammad Anwer remarked. The court also made the helpful suggestion that we should have special homes for such abandoned children where they can be protected and looked after. It is inexcusable that such facilities do not already exist. Have we learnt nothing about the need for proactively protecting our children against some of the worst forms of violence perpetrated by human beings? Important strides were made through the Zainab Alert, Response and Recovery Act of 2019, which was meant to reduce kidnappings, quickly recover children and also increase awareness about the dangers they face. However, its implementation has left a lot to be desired. It is imperative that we introduce our children to concepts like `stranger danger`, `good touch, bad touch` at a very early age as a minimum means to ensure their safety. The government must launch a nationwide awareness campaign regarding this menace and educate parents and guardians to protect their children and wards against the dangers they face.

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