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A lady cop Zara returns 2.4 millions to its owner

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June 13

Lahore: A lady cop Zara Mehmood set an example of honesty by returning a huge amount of 2.4 millions to its owner.Zara Mehmood who was performing her duties at State Bank building,found a bag ,full of currency notes. She tried to find the real owner and deposit the bag to SP Civil Lines office after failing to trace the owner of the money.



Later, the man approached police station Civil Lines to report the incident where he pleasantly surprised to know that his money was safe .

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60-year-old groom remanded in underage marriage case

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June 11

SHIKARPUR - The Thul police have foiled a bid for illegal marriage of a 10-year-old girl with a 60-year-old man in district Jacobabad on Saturday.

Acting on the information, the police conducted raid at an ongoing marriage ceremony in village Naseer Samejo near tehsil Thul, within the jurisdiction of B-Section Police Station.

It arrested groom namely Karam Ali Pahore, 60, and rescued minor would-be bride Gulzadi Pahore as well as some event participants.


Nikah Khawan Ameenullah Pahore and the father of the bride escaped from the scene, taking advantage of crowed. Police stopped an attempt of illegal marriage.

The girl said her parents had taken Rs0.4 million from groom Karamullah Pahore for wedding, therefore wedding has been planned at village Naseer Sameejo. The arrested groom has also confessed that he paid Rs0.4 million for marriage to bride’s father namely Gul Hassan Pahore. An FIR was registered with the B-Section police station against the culprits involved.


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Pakistan: Mother 'burnt her daughter to death' over marriage

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June 11

Police in the Pakistani city of Lahore have arrested a woman suspected of murdering her daughter for marrying without family consent.

 

Police say the body of Zeenat Rafiq shows signs of torture. She was doused with fuel and set alight.

Her mother Parveen is accused of luring her back from her in-laws.

It is the third such case in a month in Pakistan, where attacks on women who go against conservative rules on love and marriage are common.

Last week a young school teacher, Maria Sadaqat, was set on fire in Murree near Islamabad for refusing a marriage proposal. She died of her injuries.

A month earlier village elders near Abbottabad ordered the murder of a teenage girl who was burnt to death because she helped a friend to elope, police said.

Zeenat Rafiq, who was 18, had been burnt and there were signs of torture and strangulation, police told BBC Urdu. A post mortem examination may establish if she was still alive when she was set on fire.

 

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Ahmadis in Pakistan fear ‘targeted’ persecution

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June 07

KARACHI (Web Desk) – Fear has gripped the Ahmadiyya community in the country after a middle-aged man was shot dead earlier this week in the Gulshan-e-Iqbal area of Pakistan’s biggest city, Karachi.

Dawood Ahmad, 55, son of Ghulam Muhiyuddin, was shot dead in Gulzar Hijri, within the limits of Mobina Town police station late Tuesday night by unidentified assailants.



“He was waiting for his friend outside his house when two men came on a motorcycle. They opened fire at him and fled,” said a press statement by the Ahmadiyya community.

His remains will be brought to Rabwah for burial, the statement added.

The assailants also fired shots at Ahmad’s friend who hurried to help him. Both were rushed to the Patel Hospital in Gulshan-e-Iqbal and then to Liaquat National Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. His friend’s condition is reported to be stable now.

Ahmad was later on taken to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital where doctors confirmed he was shot at least four times.

The victim is survived by three sons; his wife died a few years ago.

“Ahmad was a noble, practicing Ahmadi who had no personal vendetta with anyone. He was targeted solely for being an Ahmadi,” said the statement by the Ahmadiyya community.

“Thirty Ahmadis have been killed in Karachi [since 1984] and not a single murderer has been brought to justice till now,” Jamaat Ahmadiyya spokesperson Saleemuddin said while demanding immediate arrest of the killers.

 

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Pakistanis hit back as clerics say men can 'lightly beat' wives

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June 03

ISLAMABAD: Media and activists poured scorn Friday on a suggestion from an Islamic religious body that men should be allowed to “lightly beat” their wives, made in their draft of a women’s protection bill.

The Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) released a draft of the bill on Thursday, their response to progressive legislation giving women greater rights and protection in Punjab.

Media quoted the draft as saying: “A husband should be allowed to lightly beat his wife if she defies his commands and refuses to dress up as per his desires; turns down demand of intercourse without any religious excuse or does not take bath after intercourse or menstrual periods.”



CII proposes husbands be allowed to ‘lightly beat’ defying wives

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Alisha was treated outside a lavatory – shame on you, Peshawar

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June 02

The Janaza of Transgender Actvist Alesha will be offered at House of Mr.Qamar Naseem of Blue Veins at 50 A OPF Colony Budhni Road Doran Pur at 6: 00 Pm Sharp. This will be the first ever janaza od Transgender offered publically in Khyber Pakahtunkhwa. Even after leaving this world. Alesha is breaking another myths about the funerals of Transgender persons. PHOTO: TRANS ACTION KHYBER PAKHTUNKHWA.








Like any other people, all the transgender community wants is to live with dignity. But in Pakistan, dignity for this sexual minority is almost impossible to find. From birth to their death beds, they are ostracised as if they are the bearers of some invisible disease. Forced to live with their own communities, forced to take menial jobs or to beg on the streets, forced to put up with mental and physical abuse, forced to deal with sexual harassment, sexual abuse, andrape, from their fellow citizens or even those tasked with protecting them, the transgender people of Pakistan are constantly swimming against the tidal waves, and we ignore their plight, because pretending they are invisible is easy.

In a recent heartbreaking case, Alisha, the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa Trans Action Alliance coordinator was shot six times on a Sunday in different parts of her body. While details are still emerging, some reports suggest this was a hate crime, while others claim it was the act of a criminal gang that exploits the community to shoot pornographic videos. One can imagine that Alisha was shot because she resisted.

Let’s hope that the K-P government looks into this case and brings the gang to justice, but for a government that until recently believed in negotiating with the Taliban while minority groups burned, what chance does the transgender community have?


      

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Pakistani transgender activist who was shot, then taunted at hospital, dies of injuries

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June 02

23-year-old transgender activist died at a northern Pakistani hospital Wednesday after a shooting and delays in medical care that her friends blamed on discrimination in the South Asian country.

Shot seven times in an altercation Sunday, the activist -- who went by one name, Alisha -- was brought to Lady Reading Hospital, one of the largest medical facilities in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province, where staff dithered over whether to place her in the ward for male patients or female patients.

A friend and fellow activist, Farzana Jan, said men at the hospital taunted them outside the emergency room.

One asked whether Alisha’s blood was HIV-positive, while another asked for Farzana's phone number and invited her to dance at a party.

Alisha underwent medical procedures Monday and Tuesday to stanch heavy internal bleeding but died Wednesday morning, according to hospital spokesman Zulfiqar Babakhel.

At least five transgender activists have been attacked in recent months in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, a socially conservative province next to the country’s northern tribal areas.

All the victims, including Alisha, were members of Trans Action, an advocacy group that has been increasingly vocal in seeking equal rights for transgender people in the province.

The group estimates there are at least 45,000 transgender people in the province, and at least half a million nationwide. Although most live in the shadows, some are hired to dance at weddings and parties, where they are viewed as novelty acts and harbingers of good luck.

Others have little way to make a living, except through begging or sex work.

Qamar Naseem, a member of Trans Action, said that about 45 transgender people had been killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa in the last two years.

Though Pakistan’s Supreme Court has enshrined equal rights for transgender people, they say that local governments deny them access to education and healthcare.


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Investigating Pakistan's 'mobs for hire'

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May 10

To an outsider, it can often look like mob rule in Pakistan. There are public lynchings and frequent attacks on religious minorities and nobody ever seems to get arrested or go to jail. But running and renting out mobs is also an organised business in the country, where the men organising the mobs insist they are providing a vital public service and anything is available - at the right price.




An old man with fiery red hair, Khwaja, lounges on a rickety rope-woven bed and speaks to a rapt audience. These are all men from the area, many of them wearing prayer caps and sporting beards. He has gathered more than a dozen in just a few minutes, armed only with a cell phone and a little black book full of numbers.

"Gathering a mob - what's so difficult about that?" he says. "One phone call and a hundred people will come, they can throw stones till nothing is left and if that doesn't work, it costs very little to buy 10 litres of petrol and set things on fire."

A few months ago, Khwaja brought together a protest mob that blocked the railway lines till the authorities were forced to accept their demands. What looked like a mass protest against gas shortages was organised by one influential man. In a country where many of the people still don't have access to basic necessities, there is power in numbers, and men like Khwaja claim to wield this power.




Khwaja says he uses his influence and clout to benefit his community.



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Rights activist Khurram Zaki killed in Karachi gun attack

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May 08

A prominent Pakistani journalist and human rights activist, Khurram Zaki, has been shot dead in Karachi.

Mr Zaki was dining in a restaurant in the city's north when suspects opened fire from motorbikes, reports say.

He was an editor of the website Let us Build Pakistan, which condemns sectarianism and is seen as promoting democratic and progressive values.

The spokesman for a splinter group of the Pakistani Taliban has said they were behind the shooting.

He said they killed him because of his recent campaign against a cleric of the Red Mosque in Islamabad.

Mr Zaki and other campaigners had filed a court case charging Abdul Aziz with incitement to hatred and violence against the Shia minority.

The case was brought in response to the cleric's refusal to condemn attacks such as that on a school in Peshawar in 2014 in which 152 people, most of them schoolchildren, were killed.

 

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K-P police arrests PTI minority leader over Soran Singh's killing

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May 01

Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) police on Monday claimed to have arrested six suspects, including a minority leader of the ruling Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI), over orchestrating the murder of his own party lawmaker Sardar Soran Singh.



Singh, who was also a special adviser to K-P Chief Minister Pervez Khattak on Minority Affairs, was gunned down on April 22 just outside his house in Buner district.

“We have rounded up six suspects, including a PTI minority leader Baldev Kumar held from Swat, who arranged for the murder of Singh over political rivalry,” DIG Malakand Azad Khan told reporters during press conference on Monday.



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