Man shot dead in Gujr – 30 Jan 2023

GUJRAT: On Saturday, a Pakistani-Spanish man was shot dead near Chah Beri Wala in the Sadar Gujrat police precincts on Saturday

Abdul Wahab lived in Pakistan for some time and was in the compound of his house on Saturday when two gunmen travelling in a car shot him dead. The suspects fled, but their car was left behind, and the police took custody of it.

The deceased leaves behind two children and a widow.

On the basis of the mother of the deceased’s report, police filed a case against Waqas and an unidentified accomplice under section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

The police began an investigation and raids were carried out to apprehend the culprits.

ROBBERIES: Up to Rs1.2 million was snatched in two robbery incidents. Three gunmen intercepted a loader vehicle in Chakora village of Kunjah police precincts and looted Rs625,000 from the driver. In the second incident, gunmen snatched Rs580,000 from Sheeraz near the Boley area of civil lines police precincts.

Also, two motorcycles were stolen in Alipura and Boley areas of Gujrat city. Police registered cases.

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Six of family die as car rams into tree – 30 Jan 2023

BAHAWALNAGAR: Four women and two children of a family died while two others suffered critical injuries on Sunday after their car rammed into a roadside tree allegedly due to speeding near Farid Kot in Chishtian tehsil.

According to Rescue 1122 officials, on being informed the incident occurring on Gajyani Road, a team of emergency service reached the scene and shifted the dead bodies and the injured persons to the Chishtian Tehsil Headquarters Hospital.

They said the car carrying members of the same family rammed into a tree due to speeding, resulting in the deaths of Taslemm Bibi (22), Faizan Bibi (17), Naveed Bibi (15), three-year-old Abdul Rahman and six-month-old Usman Ali, on the spot.

The injured include Waheed (22), Sidra (20) and Ambreen (18), who were shifted to the THQ hospital in critical condition, where Sidra also succumbed to her injuries.

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Two labourers killed by lightning bolt – 30 Jan 2023

TOBA TEK SINGH: Two men were burnt alive when they were struck by lightning during torrential rain in Pirmahal’s Chak 332-GB Jakhra village on Sunday evening.

Rescue 1122 reported that Muhammad Arshad, 36, and Abdul Latif, 45, were busy with construction work on a shrine in izafi abadi of the village when suddenly they were struck by a lightning bolt. Resultantly, both died instantly.

Meanwhile, in the Mahndi Town locality of Faisalabad’s Samundri city, three members of a family fell unconscious after having lunch at home on Sunday. Rescue 1122 personnel shifted them to Samundri THQ Hospital where they had yet to regain consciousness till the filing of this report.

They were identified as Anwarul Haq, 50; his wife Naureen Akhtar, 40; and their daughter Noor Perveen, 7. It is suspected that they consumed a poisonous substance in their food. Police were conducting an investigation.

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Two more die of suffocation in Abbottabad – 30 Jan 2023

ABBOTTABAD: Two more persons died due to suffocation caused by gas leak in Abbottabad, taking the total deaths occurred so far this winter to 13, the police said on Sunday.

The deaths occurred in Rehmat Abad area on Saturday night, less than 24 hours after a woman had suffocated in Nawan Shehr area.

According to the police, wife of late Malik Mohammad Younis and her servant Nasir were found dead in their rooms due to suffocation caused by gas leak. The bodies were shifted to a hospital.

The woman was daughter of businessman, late Mir Alam.

The Sui Northern Gas Pipelines Limited has asked the general public to switch off gas heaters before going to bed.

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Bid to marry off minor girl foiled – 29 Jan 2023

Accused allegedly falsified the girl’s age on the marriage certificate

A case was registered against 4 accused, including a nikah khawan and witnesses, over preparing a bogus marriage certificate for a 14-year-old girl by pretending she was an adult.

Amirah Naushin, a resident of 90 RB, told police that the accused were allegedly involved in marrying her 14-year-old daughter to Aslam by falsifying her age on the marriage certifcate.

Nikah registrar Qazi Abdul Shakur performed the nikah before the witnesses Muhammad Siddique and Muhammad Aslam. Zohaib Aslam, another resident of the village was also involved. A photocopy of the bogus nikahnama was enclosed with the application submitted before police.

“My daughter is a minor,” Amirah said, adding that her daughter’s birth certificate and school leaving certificate were also attached, showing that the girl was born on September 5th 2008, therefore making her marriage illegal.

Forged marriage certificates and marriage fraud are not a new phenomenon in Pakistan, particularly when it comes to falsifying the ages of underage girls. The high-profile case of Dua Zahra last year is a prominent example, where the girl’s passport and birth certificate showed that she was 14. Moreover, her father publicly stated in 2022 that he married in 2005, making it impossible for Dua herself to be 18.

In another case in November 2022, a woman successfully proved before a court that her marriage certificate had been forged, ending a decade-long legal battle.

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‘Punjab govt to follow ECP orders’ – 29 Jan 2023

Caretaker cabinet decides to relax police recruitment rules for kin of martyrs

The caretaker cabinet of Punjab pledged on Saturday to ensure transparent, fair, independent and peaceful elections.

Presiding over the first provincial cabinet meeting, Caretaker Chief Minister Mohsin Naqvi emphasised that the basic responsibility of the caretaker government was to hold transparent and fair elections. The government would ensure holding of the general elections in a transparent and fair manner in the light of the Election Commission of Pakistan’s (ECP) directions, he added.

He also expressed his desire to undertake public welfare work that could provide relief to the people.

The cabinet members, following the example of the caretaker CM, announced that they would not take salary and use official residences.

The caretaker cabinet approved the allocation of Rs1 billion to provide financial assistance of rs3.5 million each to the families of police martyrs.

According to an official announcement, the families of officials who had laid down their lives during the past one and a half years had not been provided financial assistance.

It was decided that the departmental rules would be eased to induct children of martyrs into the police, including relaxation in height and chest measurements. Monthly financial assistance for the widows of police personnel was enhanced Rs25,000 from Rs2,500.

Then cabinet decided that the inspector general and other senior police officers would hold open kutcheries for promptly redressing public grievances. The caretaker CM called for planning to provide maximum relief to the people during Ramazan. Preparation of the Ramazan package should be started immediately, he added.

He directed all ministers to visit other cities to review availability of subsidised flour in the markets. He ordered an indiscriminate crackdown against land grabbers and the use of narcotics in the educational institutions.

Approval was granted during the meeting to reconstitute the cabinet standing committees for finance and development, legal affairs, privatisation and law and order.

The caretaker cabinet accorded formal approval for the appointment of Dr Usman Anwar as the Inspector General of Police.

The cabinet was given a briefing on the law and order situation in the province and a crackdown against criminal elements.

It was also given a briefing about the wheat reserves and needs in the province.

It was apprised that the Punjab government had 1.48 metric tonnes of wheat available, while 250,000 metric tonnes was being procured from the Pakistan Agricultural Storage and Services Corporation (PASSCO). A 10kg wheat bag is available for Rs648 and flour mills are being provided 26,000 tonnes of wheat daily.

The chief secretary briefed the cabinet about government affairs, duties and performance of departments, administrative structure and rules of business.

Caretaker Provincial Ministers Doctor Javed Akram, SM Tanvir, Ibrahim Murad, Bilal Afzal, Jamal Nasir, Mansoor Qadir, Syed Azfar Ali Nasir and Amir Mir, Chief Secretary Zahid Akhtar Zaman, Inspector General of Police Dr Usman Anwar and other officials concerned attended the meeting.

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Measures to curb street crimes reviewed – 29 Jan 2023

High-level meeting held under IG Sindh’s chairmanship

A high-level meeting regarding the prevention of street crimes was held under the chairmanship of the IG Sindh Ghulam Nabi Memon. The IG was briefed about the operational strategy, investigation and performance to curb street crimes at the district level. Street crimes and criminals are our target, meeting was informed.

He said that Karachi police ensure stricter snap-checking and patrolling. Moreover, the accountability process has started regarding the performance of police officer at police station level. All SHOs should focus on their performance against crimes. A police officer who cannot perform well is unsuitable for an important post.

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Poliovirus detected in Lahore sewage again – 29 Jan 2023

Virus found in Multan Road area samples on Jan 16 and from Gulshan-e-Ravi on Jan 2, says NIH

The National Institute of Health (NIH) on Sunday confirmed the detection of poliovirus from Lahore’s environmental samples for the second time this month.

According to the NIH, the poliovirus was detected in sewage water in the Multan Road area on Jan 16 and in the samples taken from Gulshan-e-Ravi, Lahore on Jan 2.

Experts said that environmental samples from Lahore currently contain polioviruses from South Waziristan and Nangarhar, Afghanistan.

However, the NIH said, no polio case had been reported in Pakistan, so far, this year.

The last poliovirus case from Lahore was reported in July 2020. However, the virus had been periodically detected in its sewage water. Last year, four environmental samples were found positive for the virus.

On Tuesday, Minister for National Health Services, Regulations and Coordination Abdul Qadir Patel confirmed Pakistan’s first detection of the wild poliovirus in 2023 — found in an environmental sample in Lahore.

The poliovirus found in Gulshan-e-Ravi’s sample had links to Afghanistan’s Nangarhar province from last November, the NIH said.

Patel said the two “countries are united in the fight against the virus and are working together to eradicate” the crippling disease.

He added that while the isolation of the virus was a cause for concern, it was excellent to note that it was detected promptly. “This timely detection of the virus in the environment was crucial to protecting children from being paralysed by the poliovirus.”

Stressing the need to vaccinate children timely, the minister said: “The only way to stop the virus is to vaccinate all children under the age of five. It is critically important that parents and caregivers, particularly in Lahore, ensure that their child is vaccinated in the February round.”

While there was no cure for polio, vaccination was the most effective way to protect children from the crippling disease. Each time a child under the age of five was vaccinated, their protection against the virus was increased.

Repeated immunisations protected millions of children from polio, allowing almost all countries in the world to become free of polio, besides the two endemic countries of Pakistan and Afghanistan.

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Passer-by cop killed, several hurt in firing – 29 Jan 2023

DERA GHAZI KHAN: A police official from Balochistan was killed and more than a dozen locals suffered injuries in a firing incident here on Friday night at Sokarr, native village of Malghani Baloch tribe.

Reports said a couple of days back, some men from Shah Sadardin had fired on the son of a local Riaz at Sokarr village who miraculously escaped the attack. However, the villagers overpowered one of the assailants and handed him over to the police after beating him.

On Friday night, 20 men armed with kalashnikovs riding 10 bikes attacked the village to avenge the earlier incident and opened fire. Haris Mulghani, an employee of the Balochistan police [on leave], was killed while Atif, Muaz Samiullah, Mitha Gauman Chiltonwala, Gulshir and eight other villagers were injured and shifted to Taunsa THQ hospital.

Later, in reaction to police’s ‘failure’ to protect people, residents of Sokarr attacked the police van that came to investigate the incident. The protesters blocked the inter-provincial Indus highway at Bhai Mor, throwing traffic out of gear.

According to police sources, the Taunsa circle has been alerted and teams formed to nab the assailants.

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Robbery suspect dies in custody – 29 Jan 2023

SAHIWAL: A robbery suspect died in the Qaboola police custody in Arifwala on Saturday.

Police left the body of Fateh Muhammad at the THQ Hospital, Arifwala, and claimed that the 60-year-old was nominated in more than 42 cases across Punjab. Sources said Qaboola police had arrested him a few days back.

Earlier, he was brought to the Malka Hanse Police Station, Pakpattan, for investigation into a dacoity at the house of ex-parliamentary Pir Ahmed Shah Khagga.

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