Slain woman wished to raise children abroad – 26 Jun 2022

Engineering varsity graduate Sajida was axed to death during visit from Australia

Sajida Tasneem, a mother of three who had arrived in Pakistan from Australia in May on a supposedly short trip, was axed to death allegedly by her father-in-law in Superior Town on June 11, according to the police report.

Tasneem’s only fault was that she had been demanding that her in-laws let her return to Australia with her children whereas her father-in-law Mukhtar Ahmed was adamant that he would not allow his grandchildren to be raised in a Western society.

Police spokesman Abid Hussain told The Express Tribune that the Satellite Town police had registered a murder case against Mukhtar, Sajida’s husband Ayub Ahmed, mother-in-law Fatima Bibi, and Mukhtar’s sons-in-law Furqan and Shehzad.

Police arrested the main accused, Mukhtar Ahmed, while steps were being taken to arrest others “involved in the conspiracy”, the spokesman said. The spokesman said that when Sajida had arrived from Australia, her father-in-law took her and her children’s passports from her under the pretext of safely keeping their documents.

As her scheduled date of departure for Australia drew nearer, Sajida asked her father-in-law for her and her children’s passports.

However, Mukhtar reportedly refused. This attitude shocked Sajida, and it dawned upon her that her in-laws’ insistence on her visiting Pakistan so that they could see their grandchildren had actually been a trap, sources said, citing the investigation.

All this while Sajida’s husband had been missing from the scene, since he lived in Bahrain where he had a job. Sajida Tasneem had not been willing to give in to her father-in-law’s demand that they stayed in Pakistan permanently.

A fully-fledged confrontation ensued, and on June 11 it escalated to the point where Sajida’s father-in-law allegedly axed her to death, the police said.

Sajida Tasneem, who was born in Salanwali tehsil of Sargodha, was a graduate of the NED University of Engineering and Technology in Karachi. Immediately after her graduation, her parents had her married to Muhammad Ayub, a resident of Superior Town in Sargodha. After their marriage, Ayub and Sajida moved to Saudi Arabia where they worked for a while. In the meantime, Sajida got a job offer from a company based in Perth, Australia, in 2013.

Sajida and her husband migrated to Australia. While living their Sajida gave birth to two daughters and a son. Along with her job, Sajida had herself enrolled in some courses to improve her career prospects.

After a few years, the family succeeded in obtaining the status of permanent residents.

Then appeared the coronavirus pandemic, and Sajida’s husband Ayub lost his job. He started working online. However, when the online work did not go well, he started applying for jobs in the Gulf countries. He was offered a good job in Bahrain, which he accepted immediately and moved to the state while Sajida and their children continued to live in Australia.

Before moving to Bahrain, Sajida’s husband Ayub and in-laws started insisting that she and the children visit Pakistan to meet their grandparents. Initially, Sajida had been reluctant to make the visit, but when the pressure on her increased, she thought she would make a short visit to Pakistan to have her children meet their grandparents and then return to Australia.

Meanwhile, Sajida’s father Sher Muhammad Khan has taken the custody of her three children.

He said he had never, ever raised his voice while talking to her, but “my daughter was brutally killed”.

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Differently-abled woman raped – 26 Jun 2022

In separate incidents, differently-abled and a minor were raped while two others thwarted attempted rapes

A man allegedly sexually assaulted his differently-abled sister-in-law, while a four-year-old was molested. Separately, a 12-year-old boy and a 25-year-old woman thwarted attempted rapes by making noise.

According to a complaint filed by a resident of Rehmat Park, she was living with her sister in Data Colony, where her brother-in-law, Reyasat Ali, entered the house and picked up her younger sister, who was differently-abled and took her to a room.

Reyasat allegedly sexually assaulted and tortured the victim for resisting, fracturing her arm. Police registered a case against the accused under the Section 376 PPC and started a search for him.

Meanwhile, Ali Ahmed’s four-year-old son was lured by the accused Sadi Ahmed while playing outside his house in Garh area. The suspect allegedly took him to nearby corn crops and molested him.

Separately, the 25-year-old daughter of a resident of Sahiyanwala Khuan was alone in her house when the accused, Javed Iqbal, Shahid Iqbal and Abid, jumped over the wall and tried to rape her. The victim thwarted the attempt by making noise.

In another incident, Irfan alias Fani lured Yousuf’s 12-year-old son in Tandlianwala from a billiard club and tried to molest him, which he foiled by making noise to draw attention of people present nearby.

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Social media activist, journalist goes missing from Karachi – 25 Jun 2022

KARACHI: A journalist and social media activist reportedly went missing from the city`s Clifton area on Friday, while his friends and family claimed he was picked up by law enforcement agencies from his residence.

Arsalan Ahmed, who has remained associated with channels such as Geo, Abb Tak, Business Plus and A-Plus, is currently working as a freelance journalist and social media activist.

Arsalan`s wife Ayesha, in a video statement shared on social media, claimed that `14 to 15 armed Rangers personnel` entered their house at 4:30am on Friday and held the family at gunpoint.

They took away Arsalan in front of her and their children. She said when she asked where her husband was being taken and for what crime, she was told he was being detained forbeing vocal on social media.

In the video, she urged the institutions concerned to look into the case and help recover her husband.

However, SSP Asad Raza told Dawn the police had not detained the activist. So far, Khan`s family had not approached them with a complaint, he claimed.

In contrast, Ayesha told Dawn on Friday night that she had visited the Clifton police station to register an abduction case, but the police refused to lodge the FIR.

Meanwhile, the Karachi Bachao Tehreek (KBT), an alliance of various political and civil society organisations that Khan was a part of, expressed concern over the `abduction` of their volunteer, and announced a protest against it on Saturday (today).

Khurram Nayar, the KBT convener, told Dawn that Khan was a volunteer withthem. He alleged that the personnel of a law enforcement agency took away the activist from his apartment, close to the Russian consulate, in Clifton, at around 4am on Friday.

He alleged Khan`s family was also harassed, while the security personnel told his wife that her husband was being detained for being `too vocal`. They also took away his laptop and mobile phone. The KBT announced a protest on Saturday against the `enforced disappearance` of the activist.

Spealcing at a news conference at the Karachi Press Club on Friday evening, the KBT and other organisations demanded the immediate release of their volunteer as well as the detained affectees of Sultanabad.

They also expressed concern over the Sindh government`s `illegal` drive to demolish the homes of poor workers in Gujjar Nala, Orangi Nala, Mehmoodabad, Haji Lemo Goth, Sultanabad and Surjani Town and demanded it be halted immediately. The KBT also demanded all the affectees be compensated in compliance with SC orders.

On the other hand, police sources said Arsalan Khan was previously an associate of the late MQM MNA Ali Raza Abidi, and had lately been quite vocal in his support for MQM London, as well as criticism of varioussensitive agencies on social media.

The Karachi Union of Journalists (KUJ) condemned the `arrest` of the social media activist and termed it a serious violation of the right to freedom of expression. They urged the authorities to take note of the incident.

KUJ general secretary Fahim Siddiqi and president Shahid Iqbal claimed Arsalan had been detained by law enforcement agencies. They conducted a raid on his residence in Clifton and took him away. The journalists` body urged the army chief, chief justice of Pakistan, the prime minister and interior minister to take immediate notice of Arsalan`s `illegal detention` and ensure his immediate release.

Moreover, international rights organisation Amnesty International also expressed concern over Khan`s `abduction` from his home in Karachi. `Pakistan must end this abhorrent practice of punishing dissent by wrenching people away from theirlovedones,`Amnesty`s South Asia regional office tweeted.

It asked the newly appointed Inter-Ministerial Committee on Missing Persons to take note of the `jarring disconnect between what they are saying and what is actually happening on the ground`.

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Two Swat men held for harassing tourist family – 25 Jun 2022

SWAT: The police have arrested two locals for harassing a tourist f amily from Lahore.

Talking to mediapersons here on Friday, additional superintendent of police Arshad Khan said owner and operator of a rental tent were arrested by the Kalam police on the complaint of a tourist, which was sent to the Malakand commission through email.

He said in the email the tourist complained that he and his wife were inside a tent near Mahodand Lake when a man barged inside on the night between June 18 and 19 and tried to harass his wife, and also injured him.

Additional SP Arshad Khan said the injured tourist was shifted to a hospital in Kalam, where medical treatment was given to him.

`While in hospital, the tourist did not lodge any complaint or file a report with the police and went back to Lahore in the morning,` the police officer said, adding af ter the Swat police received an email forwarded by the commissioner, the Kalam police registered an FIR and arrested about 45 suspects and shared their photos with the complainant. Mr Arshad said the complainant identified one Habib-ur-Rehman aka Affan, a resident of Usho valley, as the offender. He said during investigation, the man confessed to the crime.

The additional SP said later the police also arrested the tent owner, Khanzada alias Khanji, also a resident of Usho. He said the police were grateful to the elders of Kalam and Mahodand for cooperating with the police in arrest of the culprits.-Correspondent

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Policewoman raped, filmed by male colleague – 25 Jun 2022

DADU: A female police constable was subjected to rape by her male colleague who also filmed the episode and made the videos viral on social media in Hala town near Matiari a day before.

Hala police arrested the alleged rapist, constable Yousuf Bilal, af ter the victim filed an FIR against him under Secdons 336, 337, 356b, 506 PPC on Friday.

The victim told local journalists that the constable had called him to a police official residence on the pretext of working on an inquiry against a certain suspect. He gave her a cup of tea mixed with some sedative drug, which made her fall uncon-scious and then he raped her and made videos of the episode, she said.

She said that her tormentor spread the videos on social media and was now trying to blackmail her.

Hyderabad range DIGP Syed Pir Mohammad Shah said that the alleged rapist would be punished according to law and speedy justice would be served to the victim.

He said that women police of ficials had been made duty officers and writing head constables at several police stations across the province for the first time in Sindh police`s history on the directives of Sindh IGP Ghulam Nabi Memon but such tragic incidents would prove highly discouraging for them.

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Man`s body found in Fatehjang – 25 Jun 2022

TAXILA: Body of a man was found from a deserted place in Fatehjang police area on Friday.

Police sources said that some passersby spotted the body and informed police who shifted it to Tehsil Headquarters Hospital for autopsy.

The body could not be identified till filing of this report. Meanwhile, a man shot and injured Hashim after exchange of hot words over some petty dispute in Wah Cantonment and fled away.

Respective police have registered separate cases andlaunchedfurtherinvestigation.Bakery sealed The Punjab Food Authority (PFA) sealed production unit of a bakery in Hassanabdal for being unhygienic. A case has also been registered against its two owners.

Food of ficer Af shan Javaid told newsmen that the owners of the production unit were repeatedly issued notices to improve the hygienic condition of the unit.

Besides, they were also asked to use quality food colours but they ignored their notices.

She said the authority`s was left with no option but to register a case against owners for further legal action besides sealing the unit.

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Man kills daughter, injures wife, three kids – 25 Jun 2022

TOBA TEK SINGH: A man killed his minor daughter and injured his wife, two other daughters and a son critically at Chak 203-RB, Malikpur, in the limits of the Mansoorabad Police Station of Faisalabad on Friday.

According to police, suspect Zeeshan Shaukat attacked his wife and children with scissors and injured all of them and he ran out of home.

His father-in-law told reporters that Zeeshan, a van driver, was suspicious of the character of his wife, Shama Bibi (27), who he would of ten torture.

He said he was also at Zeeshan`s home when he started quarrelling with Shama. At this, the complainantimmediatelywent out to call his other daughter residing in the same village to cope with the situa-tion. On his return, he found Shama and her four grandchildren injured. Of them, three-year-old Anoosha was declared dead later on.

The rescuers shifted the injured to the Allied Hospital, Faisalabad.

They were identified as Shama, her son Talha (5) and her two daughters, Saman (2) and threemonth-old Huma.

Doctors said both the minor girls were in a serious condition.

Mansoorabad police arrested Zeeshan in the evening.

DROWNS: A minor boy drowned in a canal located on the Burj Mandi Road in tehsil Chak Jhumra.

Rescue 1122 reported that Sajjad Haider (5), a son of Saifullah, was playing near the bank of the canal when he slipped into it and drowned.

His body had been retrieved.

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Labourer murders wife, man for `honour` – 25 Jun 2022

VEHARI: A man allegedly killed his wife and a man for `honour` in Jallah Jeem area in Mailsi Saddar police limits, some 45km from here, on Friday.

As per police, the suspect, a local labourer, Gulam Yaseen, allegedly found his wife Nadia (34), a mother of four, with a man, Allah Ditta (35), when he entered his house.In a fit of rage, Yaseen attacked them with a cleaver, inflicting critical injuries. As a result, both of them died on the spot.

Station House Officer (SHO) Naveed Warraich said that af ter committing the double-murder, the suspect surrendered himself to police with the weapon used in the crime.

He said a case had been registered against the suspect and the bodies were shifted to the tehsil headquarters hospital for their autopsies.

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Infant found alive in plot – 25 Jun 2022

LAHORE: An infant girl dumped by unidentified suspects in an empty plot near Nadeem Park on Amir Road, Shadbagh was recovered alive on Friday. The victim being alive started crying. Nearby people noticed and alerted police and Rescue 1122. The teams rushed to the spot and recovered her. She was handed over to Child Protection and Welfare Bureau (CP&WB).

Robbers injure woman on offering resistance: A woman was shot at and injured by firing by two unidentified suspected robbers for offering resistance during a house robbery attempt in Nishtar Colony on Friday.

Reportedly, the victim Sumera was inside her house when two suspected robbers climbed the wall to enter her house. They were carrying fire arms and threatened the victim. She on seeing the suspects started making noise. The suspects were panicked and opened firing leaving the victim severely injured. The suspects afterwards fled from the scene. Police said that they were investigating the matter and searching for the suspects.

Youth attempts suicide: A Turkey-returned youth attempted suicide outside a mosque in Misri Shah on Friday. The victim Fahad had a family and living in Turkey. He had returned to Pakistan few weeks back. On Friday, he offered prayers in a mosque. As he was returning home, he suddenly whipped out a gun and shot at himself. The victim received an injury in his head and was moved to a hospital. According to family, the victim was disturbed due to personal reasons.

4 arrested for violent clash: Rang Mahal police arrested four members of two groups for a violent clash on Friday. The arrested suspects belonged to Aftab Billa Group and Jajja Group and have been identified as Usama, Aftab, Khadim Jajja and Jibran. Police also recovered illegal heavy ammunition from their custody. A case was registered against them.

Protest: A large number of citizens staged a protest in Mughalpura as four persons including women were injured due to firing. Reportedly, the suspects identified as Khaaran Butt and Usama Butt to create panic among citizens had resorted to firing. As a result, four persons including two women had received injuries. It infuriated the public that gathered on Shalimar Link Road and closed it for every kind of traffic. The protestors left after holding a dialogue with police officers.

Woman, 73, found dead: A 73-year-old woman was found dead under suspicious circumstances from a house in Nishtar Colony on Friday. The victim had been living alone in State Life Society. On Friday, the neighbors noticed the foul smell emanating from her house and alerted police. A team rushed to the spot, removed the body to morgue and also collected forensic evidences from crime scene. The victim was identified as Sarwat Akhtar Bibi.

Cop injured: An Elite Police official was injured after mistakenly firing a bullet in Qila Gujjar Singh on Friday. The victim identified as Nadeem reportedly had mistakenly pressed the trigger. As a result, a bullet was fired that hit him in the chest. The victim was moved to a hospital.

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Mystery shrouds four murders of a family – 25 Jun 2022

LAHORE: Owing to massive flaws in the course of evidence collection, Investigation Wing of Lahore police including CIA Civil Lines have badly failed to trace out the killers of four members of a family, who were brutally murdered at their home in the Green Town police precincts on March 08, 2020, despite the lapse of over two years.

A 16-year-old boy named Abuzar, 17, his two teenage sisters Khansa, 16, Atiqa, 12, and their father Ishaq, all residents of House No 315-E New Punjab Society Phase-II Green Town, were shot dead at their home by two unknown suspects at around 9:35 p.m.

The victim Ishaq’s wife Shagufta, who was in kitchen at the time of incident, and his son Urwa, 20, who received bullet injury but succeeded to lock himself in bathroom, were the only survivors in the family. A 3-year-old baby girl, who was in the lap of victim Abuzar, had also survived the attack as Abuzar had thrown her in the neighboring house.

Urwa told this correspondent that he had asked his brother Abuzar to park the car inside home when the attackers approached them and resorted to straight firing. As a result, Abuzar received 13 bullets and died on the spot while he received one bullet and rushed to the drawing room and hid himself in the bathroom.

The killers then attacked on his father who was standing in the corridor along with him. Then they opened firing at his two sisters who were studying in the TV lounge. His mother was in the kitchen and she hid herself behind the boxes.

As the attackers left the house, Urwa after some time contacted his friend and told him about the incident. His friend reached the site and informed police.

Sources told The News that Operations and Investigation wings of Lahore police reached the scene but failed to collect forensic evidences soon after the incident, which made the blind murders further hard to trace out the killers.

Police also failed to trace out a car, which was used by the handlers of killers. It was spotted in a camera of Safe City but police failed to link the chain of its movement.

Soon after the registration of FIR (465/20), the investigation Incharge and Investigation Officer of Green Town police failed to collect interlinking CCTVs from Safe City Authority and private installations. They also showed lethargy in working efficiently on CDRs and geo-fencing rather wasted first important month after the incident to trace out the killers and motive behind killing due to the reasons best known to both of them and their bosses. This lapse resulted into the unavailability of CCTVs from Safe City as the Authority keeps data for only one month due to huge influx of CCTVs from across the provincial metropolis.

Police also avoided recording statement of an eyewitness who witnessed the entire episode while standing at the balcony of house. Police picked up four suspects during the initial investigations but they were also released after allegedly taking bribe on the intervention of a local goon.

After one month or so, the investigation of the case was verbally given to CIA Civil Lines as there were no official orders till December 2o21. So the investigation of the case was hanged in the balance for over one and a half year.

The Investigation Wing of Green Town police station thought it was with CIA Civil Lines while the latter took it half-heartedly as they had no official orders. In this way, Investigation Wing of Lahore Police spoiled forensic evidences which gave killers benefit to a great extent. Sub Inspector Ayub of CIA Civil Lines talking to The News said there is no major breakthrough in the case so far.

However, he said the investigations are underway and they have been investigating the incident keeping in view all aspects. He confirmed that CIA Civil Lines received the investigation of this case in the last months of 2021 saying the delay has resulted into tough situation to trace the killers.

About a suspect in custody, he said he is a criminal minded person with criminal record but he was also a drug addict, which is a big hurdle in applying all ‘investigation methods’. However, sources claimed that he was the brother of a stage actress and using her influence to avoid proper interrogation.

SI Ayub further said CIA police have interrogated a number of suspects but could not get sufficient solid evidences so far. He also confirmed that there was a great lapse in the collection of forensic evidences soon after the happening of the horrific incident.

DSP Nabi Baksh Butt of CIA Civil Lines told The News that the victim Ishaq, the head of the family, had so many personal and political issues and he had also been in jail for 14 years over the murder of a person.

He went on to say his two sons Urwa and Abuzar had also some scuffles with one Abdullah and Ameer Ali Shah over petty issues but police could not collect solid evidences against them over their involvement in the four murders.

He further told that only Ishaq’s wife and his son Urwa had survived in the incident. Police have also interrogated the case keeping in view property dispute in the family but to no avail so far.

It is learnt that CIA Police had also picked up Urwa’s cousin Tahir and subjected him to severe torture to know if the killings were due to some family/property dispute. As the Urwa was so young, he could not pursue the case keeping in view traditional norms of Thana culture, it helped killers remain scot-free till date.

A senior police officer, requesting anonymity, told this scribe that the victim Ishaq had couple of disputes in Begum Kot Shahdra but the investigators could not find clue about the involvement of his opponents in eliminating the family.

In Punjab Society house, the victim family had a dispute with a neibor Ameer Ali and his son Raj Ali, who had kept over 12 pet dogs at the rooftop of their house. Amir Ali and his son had also reportedly thrashed Urwa once over objection on keeping dogs. Ameer Ali had also resorted to firing at the home of victim family few months ahead of the incident.

The victim family had another dispute with one Sarim, who was the classmate of victim Abuzar, over hooting at her sister in academy. Sarim also called his friend Abdullah, the nephew of stage actress, and one Moazzam Khokhar and gave Abuzar good thrashing. Police have been working to know if the dispute with Sarim and Ameer Ali had resulted into the killings.

It is worth mentioning here that two important witnesses have died during the last years, who knew about the killers. The motive behind their deaths could also give police major breakthrough, sources claimed.

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