Man killed, five injured in factory roof collapse – 08 May 2022

LAHORE : A young man was killed and five others were injured when the roof of a factory collapsed near Droghawala in Baghbanpura area on Saturday.

The victim identified as Hamza, 25, died on the spot after being crushed under the rubble of the factory roof. Rescue-1122 teams rescued the five injured and shifted them to the hospital for immediate medical treatment.

The injured were identified as Sarwar Maqbool, 40, Waleed Sharif, 14, Zulifqar Amanat, 45, Amir Siddique, 39, Shahbaz Mukhtar, 35. However, the reasons for the collapse of the roof could not be ascertained.

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Woman murdered by brother in Pakpattan – 08 May 2022

Police have arrested the accused

A divorced woman was murdered by her brother in the Faridnagar area. The victim, Hamra Bibi, was bludgeoned to death with bricks. She had two children.

Police arrested the suspect. According to the police, the incident took place in Ganj Shakar Colony where Mohammad Riaz killed his sister by hitting her repeatedly with bricks, allegedly in the name of honour.

A heavy contingent of police reached the spot after the incident and a crime scene team gathered evidence. The police transferred the body to the district hospital for postmortem and began an investigation.

According to sources, the victim got divorce from her husband two years ago and was living in a rented house with her children. They alleged that her brother Riaz had argued with her several times over her personal life.

The suspect reportedly went to the home of the victim during Eid holidays and pressed her to reach a settlement with her former husband Ghulam Nabi. Her refusal enraged him.

After returning to his home later, he went again to his sister’s house and killed her. The suspect makes his living by selling goods on his bicycle. He reportedly tried to flee when Faridnagar police arrived at the spot, but was arrested.

Local police station officials said after initial investigation that the deceased had married Ghulam Nabi, a resident of village 1KB, 11 years ago. The couple quarrelled often during the period. They had a nine-year-old son and a seven-year-old daughter. Hamra Bibi took divorce from her husband two years ago.

The SHO of Faridnagar police station, Chaudhry Ehsan, registered the murder case after trying to trace the family f the deceased and the suspect with the help of the son and daughter of the victim.

The children called their uncles and other relatives, but no one contacted the police immediately. The police handed over the body to a brother of the deceased and the suspect after postmortem. They also obtained remand of the suspect from a court for further investigation.

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Youth allegedly gang-raped by three accused – 08 May 2022

Suspects also recorded videos of the boy being sexually abused

A young man along with two accomplices allegedly kidnapped a boy and took him to an unknown location where the accused gangraped him and recorded the whole incident.

They also threatened to make the pictures and videos of the assault viral if he came forward about the incident. They threw the unconscious victim on the side of a road and fled after taking cash from his pockets.

Police registered a case and started searching for the accused. According to the police report, in the case registered by Muhammad Asif, a resident of Samanabad Street, it was stated that one of the accused, Usman was a supervisor at Interloop Mill where the complainant’s son, the victim, also worked.

The accused called the victim on May 3rd and told him to come to Madani Chowk Samanabad for necessary work.

Meanwhile, the accused Usman and his friends followed the victim to Redix Road, where the three suspects stopped the victim and drugged him with chloroform until he was unconscious.

The accused allegedly took the victim to an unknown location where the assault took place. During this time, the accused Usman and his accomplices allegedly gang-raped and continued to record videos and photos of the victim being sexually abused.

Eventually, the accused later left the victim on a green belt near Abdullah Bridge and threatened him that if he told anyone about the incident, the videos and pictures would be uploaded to the internet. The accused also snatched Rs2800 in cash from the victim and fled. Police registered a case against the accused Usman and his accomplices under section 365/377 TPP and started searching for them.

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LHC nixes verdicts denying dowry return – 07 May 2022

LAHORE: The Lahore High Court has set aside the judgements of two lower courts wherein a woman was denied the right to claim her dowry articles back from her former husband on the basis of bizarre presumptions that the woman had a large family and Pashtuns do not give dowry to their daughters.

`A perusal of the judgement of the trial court reveals that the judge while rejecting the case ofthe petitioner for return of dowry articles has been stupendously impressed with the fact that since petitioners were twelve siblings in all, therefore, dowry articles could not have been given to her by her parents,` Justice Muhammad Shan Gul ruled in his verdict allowing a petition of Ms Sharaini.

The petitioner along with her minor daughter had approached the trial court under the West Pakistan Family Courts Act 1964 against her former husband for securing maintenance allowance, delivery expenses and seeking return of dowry articles worth Rs423,526.

However, her petition, and a subsequent appeal, was dismissed by the lower courts.

In his verdict, Justice Gul observed that the trial court misdirected itself in law in summarily dismissing the claim for dowry articles outrightly.He said the decision is somewhat erroneous in view of the law laid down by the Supreme Court.

`On the face of it, this is a questionable and unwarranted consideration because it has no basis in law. Regardless and irrespective of the number of siblings that a woman has, if the rukhsati takes place (and which did take place) then giving of dowry articles is presumed,` he added.

The judge regretted that the appellate court also could not resist the temptation of committing the cardinal mistake of basing its decision on a questionable and bald presumption that `Pashtun families do not give dowry articles to their daughters`.

The judge observed that there is no legal benchmark or yardstick, which explains that Pashtuns did not give dowry to their daughters. He noted that there is no law that says so, hence the reliance of the first appellate court on this consideration clearly reveals that the appellate court also misdirected itself in law and took into account an absolutely irrelevant consideration.

Justice Gul said the trial court, assuming without proof, of the inability of the petitioner`s parents to give her dowry at the time of her marriage, owing to a large family they had to maintain, or that of the appellate court, again assuming that Pashtuns did not give dowry to their daughters; could only stand if the financial inabil-ity of the parents or customs prevalent in the Pashtun clan were judicially noticeable facts.

He said other than the facts mentioned in the Qanun-i-Shahadat Order 1984, no other fact can either be assumed or taken as proven without evidence. He maintains that neither the financial status of a girl`s parents nor the custom of Pashtuns regarding dowry is one of such judicially noticeable facts.

`Both presumptions, of a large family by the trial court and of a Pathan family by the appellate court, are gratuitous, legally unwarranted and hence anathema,` the judge observed.

He set aside both judgements passed by the trial court and theappellate court to the extent of the question of return of dowry articles.

The judge has not touched the remaining portions of the judgements pertaining to grant of maintenance (for the petitioner as also for her minor daughter), and with respect to delivery expenses.

However, the judge observed that the question of return of dowry articles shall be deemed to be pending before the family court concerned.

And the trial court shall advert to the question of return of dowry articles in line with what has been noted above as also in line with the evidence available on record and without being in any manner influenced by the previous presumptions, the order concluded.

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Recovery of missing Lakki university student sought – 07 May 2022

LAKKI MARWAT: A jirga of elders and public representatives of Marwat tribe has expressed concern over the delay in recovery of a missing varsity student and formed a 16-member committee to take up the issue with relevant government authorities.

The jirga held here in Lakki Marwat city on Friday was attended by MNA Maulana Mohammad Anwar, MPA Hisham Inamullah, tehsil chairmen Shafqatullah Khan, Zeshan Khan, Haji Azizullah and other elders.

Mr Rehanullah, a BS student of the University of Lakki Marwat and son of local businessman Haji Rizwanullah, had been allegedly kidnapped from Lakki city on Feb 21.

The traders had threatened to observe a shutter down strike in March to build pressure on police for safe recovery of Rehanullah.

The protest call was later withdrawn when local police authorities assured the business community that they would soon recover the boy.

After the meeting, former tehsil nazim Fareedullah Khan said he and Lakki tehsil chairman Shafqatullah Khan would head the committee. He said the missing student was the son of soil.

“The boy is untraced despite lapse of over two months and the elders will take up the matter with higher authorities in the coming week,” he said.

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Court orders test to determine girl`s age in free-will marriage case – 07 May 2022

KARACHl: A judicial magistrate on Friday ordered an ossification test to determine the actual age of a girl, who was kidnapped and later got married of her own free will.

Police claimed to have detained Irshad and his brother Jamshed over their alleged involvement in the abduction of Nazneen from the Boat Basin area in April this year.

On Friday, the investigating officer (10) produced both the suspects before judicial magistrate (South) to seek their physical remand in police custody for interrogation and investigation.

The 10 submitted that Nazneen, said to be an underage girl, allegedly went missing in mid-April from Karachi and later emerged in Multan, where she had purportedly solemnized free-will marriage with Irshad.

The 10 said that the girl was recovered from a house in the Machhar Colony from where her purported husband and his brother were also taken into custody.

He requested the magistrate to grant 14-day physical remand of the suspects for interrogation.

On the other hand, defence counsel Sardar Liaquat Gabol opposed the plea and submitted that the girl had married his client Irshad of her own free will and both the suspects had already recorded their statements before police and produced the original nikahnama (marriage certificate).

He submitted that police framed both the brothers with malafide intention at the behest of the girl`s family.

He pleaded to remand the suspects in judicial custody.

Turning down the IO`s request for physical remand, the magistrate sent them to prison on judicial remand till May 7.

In the meanwhile, the magistrate ordered the 10 to get an ossification test done on the girl in order to determine her actual age.

The magistrate also ordered verification of their marriage certificate and told the 10 to submit an investigation report by the next date.

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Pregnant woman`s body found in suitcase on city outskirts – 07 May 2022

KARACHI: The body of a pregnant woman stuffed in a suitcase was found on the outskirts of the metropolis on Friday.

Shah Latif Town SHO Mumtaz Marwat said that the suitcase was found from bushes near Port Qasim Mor off National Highway. He said that the body of the female, appeared to be in her early twenties, bore marks of torture.

The corpse was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for a postmortem examination. The identity could not be ascertained till late in the night.

JPMC Additional Police Surgeon Dr Summaiya Syed said: `An unidentified female dead body in early stages of decompositionbrought from Shah Latif Town for post-mortem examination. There were multiple injuries all over the body.

She said the victim was `pregnant with a baby of around four months of gestational age`.

`Samples and swabs have been taken for chemical analysis,` the doctor said, adding that DNA was obtained for positive identification.

Policeman dies in hit-and-run A policeman was killed in a hit-and-run accident in Federal B. Industrial Area on Friday, police said.

SHO Mohammed Sarfraz said that Sub-Inspector (SI) Syed Athar Ali, 50, was riding a motorbike when an unknown vehicle hit and ran him over at Shafiq Mor nearthe Byco petrol pump.

The body was shifted to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for completing medico-legal formalities.

The victim was posted at the Federal B. Industrial Area police station.

The police were looking for the hit-and-run driver.

179 held over `reckless driving` Pohce have launched a crackdown against rash and negligent drivers in the metropolis ostensibly after the tragic accidents on Eid holidays which claimed lives of seven persons.

`The police carried out actions across the metropolis, arrested 179 persons and registered 104 FIRs against them over reckless driving of cars and motorbikes,` a police statement said.

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Man kills himself after shooting son dead – 07 May 2022

ISLAMABAD: A man committed suicide after killing his son and injuring his wife and daughter-in-law on Friday, police said.

The incident took place in Defence Housing Authority (DHA) Phase 11, where a retired deputy superintendent of Federal Board of Revenue (FBR) Mohammad Aziz first shot his son Ramiz, then shot his wife Ameer Sultana and daughter-in-law Nimra Ramiz, injuring them. He later committed suicide by shooting himself dead, they added.

A police spokesman said the retired government official lost his temper under unexplained circumstances. Hearing gunshots from the house, the neighbours and security guards rushed towards it and found bodies of the father and son along with the injured, police said, adding the injured were given medical assistance and kept in the hospital.

In her statement to police, Ms Sultana said her husband would often pull out a pistol during family arguments however this time, he actually did use it.

The spokesman further said that Mohammad Aziz used to pull out his pistol over petty issues and threatened his family with dire consequences. Over this practice, the family would hide his pistol, however, he bought another pistol after the family moved to Islamabad and used it on the family today, he added.

Meanwhile, a man was found dead at his house located in Margalla Town, police said.

The victim was identified as Nasar Iqbal, they said, adding that earlier, the deceased`s brother, Sikandar Hayat, received a call from his nephew Shahzaib, informing him that his father had been murdered.

Mr Hayat reached Islamabad after getting no proper response from the wife and daughter of the deceased and found the house locked from outside, the police said, adding that later he along with police officials found the body in the basement.

It seems that the body was two to three days old, the police said, adding that the Nasar`s wife and daughter and his vehicle were missing.

Mr Hayat suspected that the deceased`s wife and daughter were behind the murder, the police added. Staff Reporter

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40 missing children reunited with parents – 07 May 2022

RAWALPINDI: As many as 40 children, who were separated from their parents at Ayub National Park, due to it being overcrowded were reunited with them thanks to police and security personnel. However, investigation is underway to locate a two-year-old baby.

According to police, the number of people who visited Ayub National Park during Eidul Fitr holidays was over 100,000 and security arrangements had been made beforehand.

Mohammad Adeel, station house officer (SHO) Morgah, told Dawn that 40 cases of missing children had come to light and all of them were reunited with their parents by police.

The baby identified as Eman Fatima, resident of Dhoke Mughalan Tarnol went missing when her and her family were in front of the front gate.

The missing girl’s mother lodged a first information report (FIR) with Morgah police saying that she along with her family members came to the park, adding they were standing in front of the city walk gate when her daughter Fatima went missing.

He said the police believe that the girl had not been abducted but had wandered off and would soon be found. “She must definitely be in safe hands,” he said.

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