Man guns down wife in broad daylight

Accused kills woman for visiting market without his consent

CHAK JHUMRA:

A woman was allegedly gunned down by her husband in a market in Chak Jhumra on Saturday. The police turned over the victim’s body to her heirs after completion of a post-mortem examination and registered a case.

The suspect was motivated to shoot his wife because she went to the market without his consent. Miraculously, the victim’s seven-month-old daughter, who was present, survived the incident.

A case was registered on the complaint of the victim’s father Yousuf Masih, a resident of Mohalla Rasool Park.

He reported to the police that his daughter, Saima, married Asif Masih twelve years ago.

The couple had two sons and two daughters. Around one month ago, Asif and Saima quarreled over her use of a mobile phone that he gave her.

Saima and her seven-month-old daughter Satish went shopping at Jalo market on Saturday afternoon, where Asif arrived at the same time and confronted his wife, demanding to know why she had come shopping without his permission and attempting to snatch the infant girl.

The accused then drew a 30-bore pistol and allegedly shot Saima twice.

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Married woman commits suicide

LAHORE: A 21-year-old woman has committed suicide by hanging herself over domestic issues in Chung area on Saturday.

The victim identified as Sidra was married recently. She had a dispute with her in-laws and had returned to her parents’ house in Gopay Rawah Village.

The victim had an exchange of harsh words with her family members also. She afterwards locked herself in a room and hanged with a fan. In another incident reported in Gulberg, a body of an unidentified 17-year-old was recovered from canal. A passerby spotted it floating it near FC Pulli and alerted police. The identity of the victim is yet to be ascertained.

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Man gets life term in blasphemy case

PESHAWAR: A local court on Saturday convicted a person for desecration of the Holy Quran and sentenced him to life imprisonment.

An additional sessions judge, Bukht Alam, ruled that the prosecution proved its case against the accused without any shadow of doubt and he was convicted under section 295-B of the Pakistan Penal Code.

The court extended to the convict the benefit of section 382-B of the Code of Criminal Procedure, under which his period of detention prior to his conviction would be counted in his prison term.

The FIR of the occurrence was registered at Agha Mir Jani Shah police station here on November 27, 2020. The complainant in the FIR was father of the accused, whereas his brother also testified against him.

The complainant said that his son was a tubewell operator. He claimed that his sonwas mentally stable, not having any ailment, but was addicted to ice drug. He stated that they were asking him not to take that drug.

The complainant alleged that at midnight the accused put on fire a copy of the Holy Quran and intentionally desecrated it.

The deputy public prosecutor, Shah Saud, appeared for the state and contended that the evidence on record fully connected the accused with the commission of the offence.

He said that the accused had also confessed to his guilt while recording his statement before a magistrate under the Code of Criminal Procedure.

The court observed that the site plan and statements of the witnesses including that of the investigation officer were in consonance with the contents of the FIR and thus the accused facing trial could in no way dispel the charge against him or shatter the prosecution version in any way, which could entitle him to its benefit.

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Youth kills married sister for `honour`

SAHIWAL: A youth allegedly shot dead his married sister in the name of honour here on Saturday at Gobindpura.

Reports said Rani Bibi had contracted marriage with Jamil. The couple had six children. The woman quarreled with her husband and shiftedto the house of her younger brother Sarfraz.

Some time bacl(, Sarfraz suspected that she had loose morals.

On Saturday, he brought his sister from his house at Jalian Wala Kho to her husband`s house at Gobandpura, shot her dead and managed his escape.

Pal(pattan District Police Office Tariq Valaayvisited the spot and supervised officials in collecting forensic evidence.

Rescue 1122 shifted the body to the DHQ hospital for autopsy. The DPO has formed a three-member team, led by the Saddar DSP, to arrest the suspect.

ROADS: The highway department will complete four under-construction main roads in Okara district at a cost of Rs4.12 bil-lion under the ongoing Annual Development Programme.

This was stated at a high-level meeting with Commissioner Shoaib Iqbal in the chair on Saturday morning. The commissioner said the roadshad beenunder-construction for the last two years as the required funds could not be released as per the schedule.

Highway SE Arshad Nadeem told the participants that 24-km Depalpur-Haveli Lakha road, 19-km Depalpur-Basirpur road, 27-km Hujra Shah Mugeem road via Shergarth and 16-km Renala Khurd-Shergarth road would be completed in coming three to four months. `Now the cost has increased and another Rs400 million are needed to accomplish the work.

Meanwhile, in a videolink meeting with the commissioner, Punjab caretaker chief minister Mohsin Naqvi gave the go ahead for reconstruction of 6-km Sahiwal Bypass at Lahore-Khanewal National Highway at a cost of Rs1.5bn.

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Neighbour allegedly rapes teenage girl in Taxila

TAXILA: A 13 years old girl was raped allegedly by her neigbour in the limits of Taxila police station on Saturday.

The victim`s father reported to the police that the suspect took his daughter into his house where he sexually assaulted her.

After a medical examination, the police confirmed the assault, registered a case against the suspect and sent him behind bars.

Separately, two siblings were injured in Wanni village in the limits of Taxila police station.

Sources said Ahmar was cleaning his gun when it accidentally went off, hitting his hand as well as his sister. Both siblings were rushed to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital where their condition was stated to be out of danger.

In another incident, police arrested a proclaimed offender wanted in a murder and attempted murder case. Police sources said the suspect, identified as Zubair, along with his accomplices shot Basit dead and injured another man identified as Atif.

The suspect went underground after these incidents and was later declared proclaimed offender (PO) by a local court. Correspondent

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Man booked for harassing women in F-9 Park

ISLAMABAD: The capital police have booked a man on charge of harassing women in F-9 Park, police said.

The case was registered at Margalla police station under PPCs 294 and 509 on behalf of the state and a policeman became the complainant.

The case was registered in response to a video going viral on Instagram and twitter in which a man at F-9 Park harassing different women walking in the park by making provocative gestures towards them, it added.

The police said the case was being investigated and efforts were being made to identify the man appeared in the video and to trace him through the safe city cameras, they added.

The police have also appealed to the people to assist them in the identification of the man and share details about him if they have any, they said.

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Man arrested for ‘trying to rape minor’

Police say incident occurred inside a mosque in Haripur

HARIPUR:

Police in Haripur have apprehended a suspect for allegedly attempting to sexually assault a 5-year-old child inside a mosque.

According to a spokesperson for the police, the incident took place on Thursday inside a mosque in the Saradhana village, falling within the jurisdiction of Khanpur police station.

At the request of the complainant, a case was registered against the accused. Taking immediate notice of the incident, Haripur DPO Muhammad Umar Khan ordered to apprehend the suspect. Upon which local police arrested the accused, identified as Atif, a resident of Sarhadna.

The spokesperson further said an investigation is currently under way.

Separately, the Haripur police have thwarted an attempt to smuggle a large quantity of drugs from Peshawar to Haripur and arrested a ‘notorious drug dealer’. According to a spokesperson, the police seized a significant amount of drugs during the operation, including over 11 kgs of hashish and 113 grams of Ice meth.

He said during their patrolling in the Sara-e-Saleh area, the police team intercepted a suspicious car. A search of the vehicle led to the discovery of 113 grams of Ice meth and a packet containing over 11 kgs of hashish. Upon interrogation, the arrested individual identified himself as Sher Hussain, son of Akbar Hussain, and a resident of the Haji Banda area in Peshawar.

A case has been registered against the accused, and further investigations are under way.

BRICK KILNS SEALED

To safeguard the environment and enforce Peshawar High Court (PHC) orders, the Director of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Abbottabad on Saturday conducted thorough inspections of brick kilns in Haripur and sealed five for omitting pollution and violating EPA laws.

He was accompanied by Additional Assistant Commissioner (AAC) and Assistant Director (AD) of EPA. During the inspections, the EPA team examined various brick kilns, meticulously assessing their compliance with court orders and environmental regulations. The team sealed the brick kiln found to be in violation.

Earlier, PHC ordered EPA to seal all brick kilns in the province those were posing threat to the environment and emitting pollution.and also ordered the kiln owners to shift their plants to modern Zigzag technology.

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Troubled waters

SECURING Pakistan`s water rights, as spelled out by the Indus Waters Treaty signed with India over six decades ago, is an existential issue for this country. Of late, there have been some noises emanating from across the eastern border calling for changes to the treaty. While the document can be altered, it cannot be done unilaterally. Unfortunately, many of India`s actions regarding transboundary rivers have been questionable, and jeopardise the free flow of the western rivers to Pakistan, as guaranteed by the IWT. Amongst these actions is the construction of the Kishanganga project on the Jhelum in held Kashmir, as well as the Ratle project on the Chenab, also in IHK.

Pakistan had initiated legal proceedings in 2016 against both schemes at the Permanent Court of Arbitration in The Hague, and as the court recently confirmed, it was the competent authority to adjudicate on the matter, rejecting India`s position that the court had no jurisdiction in the said dispute. This has been seen as a vindication of Pakistan`s stance, while the court noted that the decision was binding on all parties, and could not be appealed.

The IWT allows for bilateral resolution of disputes which India favours. Yet when irritants cannot be addressed by both states, the treaty calls for the involvement of a neutral expert, or a court of arbitration. Ideally disputes between Pakistan and India should be resolved bilaterally. But as the past few years have shown, bilateralism has not yielded any major dividends where dispute resolution is concerned, which leaves room for third parties to step in and try their hand at mediation.

Therefore, India needs to respect the decision of The Hague court and not stonewall efforts to find a just and practicable solution to the disputes concerning transboundary waters.

Where India`s demands to alter the IWT go, as mentioned above, it cannot be a unilateral decision. The treaty has proved remarkably successful in tackling the sensitive technical and legal issues arising out of the sharing of transboundary waters.

The Indian government must not politicise the water issue just to please its rabid voter base as elections in that country approach.

Technical and environmental issues must not be sacrificed at the altar of ultranationalist ideology. For Pakistan, protecting its water rights is non-negotiable, and all efforts must be made to let the Indus waters flow freely.

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The two facets of injustice

Evil nexus between the two adds to the legitimacy of injustice and leaves little prospect of resistance

Injustice is a pervasive issue that has plagued most societies throughout human history. Except for the earliest social organisations of foraging bands, which were relatively small, need-based, fair and egalitarian, the ones that followed evolved into increasingly complex, ranked and stratified structural and functionalist forms. However, despite identical individual needs and almost similar inherent potential, what is it that has caused social stratification?

The differences in socioeconomic status are hardly a natural phenomenon: these are, in fact, the manifestation of a planned intervention and social construction. They mainly result from the manipulation of social roles, forceful encroachment on resources, and the subsequent differential access to rights, resources and influence. These wrongdoings accord social architects a privileged position in social strata and encourage them to manage societal affairs through more injustice. However, the powerful alone hardly inflict so much harm unless the forces aimed at resisting the injustice chose to show indifference to it or abet it.

This way, injustice manifests itself in two interconnected ways: the injustice of infliction and that of indifference. The injustice of infliction is caused by the institutions, people and groups that deliberately indulge in wrongful acts toward their fellows in society. It consists of a wide range of systematically planted unjust and wrongful acts including, but not limited to, aggression, exploitation, discrimination and physical violence.

These acts ultimately cause public misery and infringe on their inherent rights, sanctity and dignity. Moreover, the unjust acts reinforce socioeconomic divisions, perpetuate poverty, develop systematic inequality and obstruct the roads to social inclusion. These acts often stem from the exploitation of legitimate authority, misuse of power and deliberate use of brute force. The other mode of injustice in a society is that of inaction and indifference. It arises when national institutions and authorised individuals or groups witnessing wrongdoings choose not to intervene in favour of the aggrieved. This failure encourages the forces of tyranny and allows them to perpetuate unjust acts without any fear of resistance or retribution. This facet of injustice stems from apathy, self-vested interest and the deliberate failure to fulfil the legal, moral and constitutional responsibility of guarding the rights of the masses.

Now, the question: who among the two holds the most liability for the acts of social injustice — those who inflict harm or those who choose not to intervene? My answer is: the latter. Because unlike the former who passionately inflict injustice despite being wrong, the latter refrain from fulfilling their rightful job of resistance. Their inaction acts as implied consent and adds to the confidence of the tyrant. The aggressors, no matter how powerful, would hardly sustain injustice if faced with stiff resistance. Furthermore, it creates more tyrants. Therefore, apathy in the face of aggression by institutions, individuals and the general public does more harm than the aggressors alone could. Worst, however, is the opportunistic collusion between the aggressors and authorised individuals and entities.

The evil nexus between the two adds to the legitimacy of injustice and leaves little prospect of resistance. One might ask what brings the empowered in connivance with the tyrants. The answer is no-brainy: self-vested interests. Two groups mutually share the acts and benefits of injustice. With time, the unchallenged acts of injustice become codified, institutionalised, legalised, and make every member of society suffer injustice in silence and with patience. Is there a way forward? Enlightening the public, dispelling their fears and discrediting the forces of evil would help create prospects of social salvation sooner than later. Who shoulders the responsibility of public enlightenment? Everyone of us

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Harassment at every turn

It would not be an exaggeration to say that women in Pakistan face an increasingly toxic and unsafe society, with the patriarchy continuing to see women as unequal citizens whose safety is just not guaranteed. While there is more media attention now on public harassment cases, there is still a lot that needs to be done. Violence against women comes in many forms – from gender-based violence to harassment cases at workplace and in public to domestic abuse. With the widespread use of surveillance cameras in residential areas and public spaces of the country, there is now more robust documentation of public harassment of women. In the most recent case that has been reported, on July 4, a digital news outlet shared a now-viral video that shows a masked man on a motorcycle in the Gulistan-e-Jauhar area of Karachi. He waits for a young girl to pass by and then tries to assault her. Luckily the girl reacts quickly, forcing the man to escape. There are layers of impunity here that must be unpacked. The very fact that a man had the audacity to expose himself in a residential area at daytime goes to show how little deterrence there is for such crimes. The fact that he was masked and on a motorcycle whose licence plate was missing highlights that he was aware that his identity could land him in trouble.

After almost a week and despite having access to sophisticated tools that can help identify the suspect, the Sindh Police have failed to catch him. But they have taken one right step – registering an FIR on the state’s behalf. Some reports suggest that the victim has not come forward to file a police complaint, which is understandable given there is no respect for such victims and if they come forward, they are bombarded with inappropriate questions. It is impossible to forget the gaslighting reactions the Lahore motorway rape victim/survivor got for driving late at night.

The tragedy of so many women in the country is that they are remembered only in the trauma they have had to face in a society that seldom sees rape and harassment survivors with any kind of empathy or sympathy. From a dictator implying that women make false rape allegations to get asylum abroad to a former prime minister saying that “men are not robots” when asked about growing cases of sexual violence, we are a society deeply populated by men who do not acknowledge that women’s safety should be a top priority. According to Sindh Police data, 15 gang rape cases were reported in Karachi from January 2023 to April 2023. One shudders to think what could have happened had the girl not reacted quickly. Women continue to get killed, raped, tortured and kidnapped, and even in death somehow manage to become the holders of their entire families’ honour. What the Pakistani woman needs from the state and this society is thorough implementation of laws that will give them the right to safety, no matter where they choose to go, or how they choose to dress.

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