Victim of domestic violence, abuse buried silently in Lowari Sharif: police

BADIN: A 35-year-old mother of three children, who died reportedly after having suffered months of abuse and domestic violence in virtual detention in Hyderabad by several suspects, including her brother, was silently buried in Lowari Sharif graveyard on March 26, according to police officials.

Police came to know about the incident after a video went viral on socialmedia a day ago in which the victim, who gave her name as Anna Unnar, could be heard relating to her anonymous rescuer that her brother Khadim Unnar and his associates had dumped her on a roadside somewhere in Hyderabad after subjecting her to inhuman violence and abuse in confinement, which left her nearly dead, they said.

They said that preliminary investigations showed the victim and her family originally belonged to Lowari Sharif and later moved to Larkana. The woman was given in marriage to her relative Rafeeg Unnar under the outdated custom of addo-baddo or watta satta with Rafeeg having given the hand of his sister to Saddam (Anna`s brother) 17 years ago, they said.

They said that Anna, who had moved with her husband to his village, Chibbar Unnar, near Sita Road town in Dadu dis-trict left her husband`s house about seven months back due to maltreatment at the hands of her husband and took refuge with her brother Khadim in Hyderabad where, according to her own statement, she was allegedly imprisoned, abused and tortured, which led to her death.

She could be heard telling her rescuer in answer to his queries that he and his friends had found her in a serious condition at an abandoned place in Hyderabad and that she had suffered untold amounts of abuse and torture for the past seven months at the hands of her brother and his associates.

Sources in Lowari Sharif said that the victim`s husband Rafeeg and her brother Khadim brought her body to the town on March 26 and secretly buried it in the graveyard without informing anybody.

Senior Superintendent of PoliceSheeraz Nazeer took notice of the incident and wrote a letter to the court concerned seeking permission for exhuming the victim`s body at the Lowari Sharif graveyard and having its post mortem conducted.

Court grants exhumation The court of civil and judge and judicial magistrate-I, Badin, allowed exhumation of the victim`s body on an application filed by Police Inspector Mehmood Pathan, SHO of Badin police station, on Friday.

The court further directed the SHO to set up a picket at the graveyard and make correspondence with Director General of Health Services Sindh with reference to this order asking him to constitute a medical aboard for carrying out exhumation of the victim`s body and determining cause of her death.

Man accuses sister’s in-laws of killing her

RAWALPINDI: A mother of an infant was killed under mysterious circumstances while a man was shot dead by unidentified motorcycle riders in Dhoke Chaudhrian, police said.

Khalilur Rehman, a resident of Misryal, told police that his sister, Asma Noreen, was married to Saifur Rehman, a resident of Dhoke Abdullah, some 18 months ago. The couple was also blessed with a son six months ago.

In an FIR lodged with Saddar Bairooni police, Rehman said he received a phone call from his sister’s father-in-lawwho informed him that Asma had died of a heart attack. He said he and his family members rushed to Dhoke Abdullah where they found his sister dead.

He further said that the women from his family saw marks of strangulation around Asma’s neck, and on inquiring from her in-laws, they said she had not died of heart attack but committed suicide by hanging herself with the ceiling fan.

Khalilur Rehman further claimed in the FIR that his sister was murdered allegedly by her husband and his sister because Asma often complained about their attitude.

Meanwhile, a man was killed in Dhoke Chaudhrian on Thursday night.

According to emergency services, the man, who was identified as Qasir, 60, was shot dead by some unidentified motorcycle riders. Shortly after the incident, the emergency service staff reached the spot and found the victim being shifted to the hospital in a private car.

The deceased, who belonged to Mardan, had four to five bullet wounds.

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Four siblings poisoned to death ‘by father’ in Toba Tek Singh

TOBA TEK SINGH: A man allegedly gave poison to his wife and all five children at Chak 520-GB on Friday, resulting in the death of his three daughters and a son, while his spouse and a daughter have been hospitalised in a critical condition.

According to Rescue 1122, suspect Asghar’s wife Nazia Bibi told police in hospital she was admitted to after being poisoned, that she and her husband quarrelled over expenses of their household and wedding of their daughters. She said following the quarrel Asghar made tea which was taken by all the family members except the suspect. She said around half an hour after taking the tea, she and the children fell sick.

They were shifted to the DHQ hospital where, during treatment, the couple’s daughters Madiha (18), Sania (17), Iqra (13) and son Ali Hasan (7), expired, while Nazia Bibi (40) and her daughter Aqsa (15) were referred to the Allied Hospital, Faisalabad, due to their critical condition.

Saddar police have registered an FIR against Asghar under sections 302 and 337 of PPC on the complaint of his father-in-law, Azam, of Chak 364-JB, Gojra.

Their mother, a sister critical in hospital

The complainant said in the FIR that the suspect brought cow milk and mixed poison in it. He said by taking tea prepared with that milk, the suspect’s wife and children fell unconscious and consequently four of the children later died.

Police spokesperson said raids are being conducted to arrest the accused Asghar.

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Man allegedly rapes daughter-in-law

Suspect used videos to blackmail victim.

DIJKOT: A man allegedly raped his daughter-in-law and later used the video footage to blackmail her.

Police said Sobia Bibi, a resident of 219 RB Kokian Wala, lodged a complaint stating that her daughter was married to Sajid on February 23 and did not return home after the wedding.

Sobia alleged that her father-in-law, Shaukat Ali sexually assaulted her during a visit on March 30, under the pretext of giving her Eidi.

The victim managed to escape while he was in the act. The Millat Town police have initiated a search for Shaukat Ali and have registered a case under Section 376 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

In a separate incident, Subhan Ali from Geelani Mohalla, Jaranwala, reported that his cousin, a student at a private college in Jaranwala, was subjected to repeated sexual assaults by Muzamil from Mahmood Colony, Jaranwala. Muzamil allegedly intercepted the victim on his way to college, using weapons to coerce him into a residence where he recorded a video of the assault.

Muzamil then reportedly blackmailed the victim, threatening to release the video on social media unless he complied with his demands.

This led to the victim being extorted repeatedly for money, with the accused continuing to sexually assault him.

The police have filed a case against six suspects under sections 376, 292, and 337L2, and are actively working to apprehend them.

Meanwhile, in Muridwala, the body of a middle-aged man was discovered hanging from a tree, initially suggesting suicide.

The victim, identified as 65-year-old Riasat Ali from Chak 480 GB, was found with his trouser drawstring untied, indicating possible foul play. Citizens who stumbled upon the scene promptly alerted the authorities.

Upon arrival, the police intervened, shifted the body from the tree and initiating an investigation into the circumstances surrounding the death.

Superintendent of Police (SP) Saddar Division Shamsul Haque Durrani, along with Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Samundari and Station House Officer (SHO) Muridwala, also joined the probe.

The body was subsequently transferred to the hospital for post-mortem examination, shedding light on the cause and nature of the tragic demise. The authorities are diligently pursuing leads to unravel the truth behind the apparent suicide, leaving no stone unturned in their quest for justice.

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Suspect held in mosque rape case

MUZAFFARGARH: Following Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz`s directive, the police arrested a suspect on Thursday in connection with the rape of a 13-year-old boy in a mosque in Bukhi Chowk of Sanawan town on Wednesday.

After media reports and the chief minister`s order, District Police Officer Hasnain Haider instructed the Sanawan station house officer to arrest the suspect.

The assault on the boy occurred during Aitkaf in the mosque, leading to the Sanawan police registering a case against the suspect (name withheld) on Wednesday.

The incident took place in the Sanawan Bukhi Chowk mosque, where both the boy and the suspect were observing Aitkaf.

The prayer leader of the mosque alleged that the suspect had threatened him with consequences for alerting the police.

The survivor, a student learning the Quran, was taken to the hospitalfor a medical examination.

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Boy gang-raped in Gojra

TOBA TEK SINGH: Two young men gang-raped a 12-year-old boy at Chak 337-JB, tehsil Gojra.

Complainant Zahid alleged in the first information report (FIR) registered with Nawan Lahore police that his younger brother was returning home after offering Taraweeh prayers in the mosque when three suspects held him at gunpoint.

They took him to the drawing room of the house of one of the suspects where two suspects raped him while the third stood guard outside the room.

Police arrested both the suspects.

VOTES RECOUNT: The three-member bench of the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) dismissed the petition of the defeated candidate from Pirmahal PP-124 Syed Qutab Ali Baba of the PML-N for recount of votes.

Sonia Ali Raza of the PTI-SIC would remain MPA from the constituency.

The bench, comprising Sikandar Sultan Raja (chairman) and Nisar Ahmad Durrani and Shah Muhammad Jatoi (members), gave remarks that the petitioner might resort to the election tribunal, which had already been appointed for the redress of his grievances.

DIES IN CHINA: A doctor of Gojra died in a traffic accident in China.

The family members of Dr Rana Gayoor Shahid, a resident of Hasnia Colony, said he was doing postgraduation specialisation in China where he met with an accident and died. His body will arrive at Gojra on Sunday.

BODY FOUND: The body of a man was found hanging from a tree in a deserted place at Chak 480-GB of Samundri.

The Mureedwala police identified the deceased as Riasat Ali Baloch (65), a resident of Chak 451-GB in the Garh police area. Police said the body had been shifted to the Tehsil Headquarters Hospital Samundri for an autopsy.

Police said the younger brother of the deceased told them that the deceased was a retired army soldier and he had mental issues.

SUSPENDED: An assistant sub-inspector of Jaranwala police was suspended from service for receiving bribe.

A video had gone viral on social media in which ASI Zameerul Hassan was seen receiving extortion money from a motor showroom owner. After the video went viral, Faisalabad CPO Capt retired Muhammad Ali Zia suspended Zameer from service on Thursday. He directed the SSP Jaranwala to hold an inquiry into the matter.

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Couple sent to jail in Maria murder case

TOBA TEK SINGH: A brother of Maria and his wife were found guilty of hiding her murder and they were sent to jail on judicial remand on the court`s order.

A judicial magistrate sent Maria`s brother Shahbaz and his wife Sumaira to the district jail on 14 days judicial remand on the request of the City police.

The investigating officer informed the court when both had completed four days physicalremand and interrogation had been completed from them.

He said Shahbaz and Sumaria were not found involved in the murder of Maria; however, they had been charged with hiding the murder from police while they also filmed the incident on a mobile phone.

Sources said the couple had two minor daughters.

Their two-year-old daughter, Jannat, had been handed over by Sumaira to her sister while their three-month-old daughter Zainab would remain in jail with her mother.

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HRCP writes to CM on rights violation

LAHORE: In a letter to Punjab Chief Minister Maryam Nawaz, Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) chairperson Asad Iqbal Butt has called for immediate action on persistent rights violations in the province.

With violence against women, children and transpersons showing no signs of abatement, HRCP has recommended strengthening the Punjab Commission on the Status of Women, instituting more effective child protection mechanisms and legislating to raise the age for marriage to 18 years.

Threats to religious freedoms must also be addressed by implementing the 2014 Supreme Court judgment in letter and spirit and taking steps to penalise false accusations of blasphemy.

Existing labour laws and regulations related to inspections, safety protocols and wages must be implemented to protect vulnerable workers.

Tactics to repress dissent, such as arbitrary raids and detentions and undeclared curbs on press freedom, must end.

Women and other political prisoners must also be released immediately, and the state must legislate to restore student unions.

Staff Reporter

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Man in Karachi sentenced to 14 years in prison for acid attack on wife

KARACHI: A sessions court sentenced a man who threw acid on his wife to 14 years of rigorous imprisonment.

Additional district and Sessions Judge (East) Muhammad Ilyas Memon of the gender-based court, convicted Kausar Abbas for throwing acid on his wife Saima, who had suffered 31 per cent burn injuries on her body.

The court also imposed a fine of Rs1 million and directed that the amount be given to the complainant in compensation, otherwise, the convict would undergo an additional six-month imprisonment on default.

“The accused being addicted led to his wife’s relocation to her parental house and his subsequent suspicion of her extramarital affair (as evident from the charge sheet), is the apparent root cause of his aggression, which steered him to commit this offence,” the court observed.

According to state prosecutor Kubra Syed, complainant Saima stated in her statement recorded at the hospital that her husband was addicted to narcotics and would often ask her for money to buy drugs.

Due to his behaviour, she left their home and stayed with her brother. On March 19, 2021, her husband came to the house and demanded more money to buy narcotics. However, when the complainant refused, he threatened her and threw a bottle of acid on her, causing her burn injuries.

A neighbour took her to hospital upon hearing her cries.

On the other hand, the defence argued that the complainant had falsely accused their client, with the support of her mother, brother, and the police.

However, the court noted that the FIR was registered as the police approached her in a hospital following the incident, and she accused her husband, adding that therefore, there was no time for her to consult with police and falsely implicate her husband.

The court observed that the victim presented her evidence naturally and remained consistent during cross-examination, adding that the court found her testimony to be trustworthy and reliable.

Regarding the victim’s clothing, which was not secured by the police as evidence, the court noted that this suggests fault on the part of the investigating officer, who failed to secure the clothing. This cannot be attributed to the victim or anyone else, as they are not legal experts.

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32 children recovered from unregistered NGO’s custody

LAHORE: A team of Child Protection & Welfare Bureau on Thursday rescued 32 children from illegal custody of an unregistered NGO in Khana area.

The rescue operation was carried out on the directions of Child Protection & Welfare Bureau Chairperson MPA Sarah Ahmed. The chairperson said a bureau team recued the children from illegal custody of an unregistered NGO. Child Protection & Welfare Bureau received information about an unregistered NGO in Kahna, she said. “The team during inspection found the condition of the children unsatisfactory. They were kept in poor conditions in two rooms and food arrangements were also inadequate. The rescued children include 14 boys and 18 girls. Their age is between 3 years to 14 years. Parents and guardians of the rescued children will be traced. Incharge of the unregistered NGO was arrested after registering an FIR. Best facilities will be provided in Child Protection & Welfare Bureau to all the rescued children,” Chairperson Sarah Ahmed said.

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