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Christian student beaten up for using washroom in Faisalabad

FAISALABAD: The headmistress of a government primary school in Chak 228-GB, a Samundri Saddar police precinct, allegedly thrashed a Christian student for using the school washroom used by Muslim students for Muslim students.


According to media reports, some of Sara Bibi’s classmates had alerted the headmistress that she had used the washroom. The headmistress had then beaten Sara Bibi up and locked her in the washroom for three hours, till the school closed for the day. Samundri Saddar SHO Muhammad Afzal said they had not received a complaint in this regard. He said they would take action if someone filed a complaint.


EDO Bashir Zahid Goraya said he could not comment on the matter because he was not aware of the facts of the case. He said they had formed a committee to investigate the report. “We do not allow any form of discrimination on the basis of faith, caste or creed at our schools.” Maulana Asad Khan, the khateeb of Jamia Masjid at Ghulam Muhammadabad, says Islam did not prohibit people of other faiths from sharing washrooms with Muslims. “If the school headmistress has beaten up the girl for using the washroom, we strongly condemn this act.”http://tribune.com.pk/story/989043/christian-student-beaten-up-for-using-washroom-in-faisalabad/

November 11, 2015   No Comments

Two policemen killed, official arms taken away in attack on post

SHIKARPUR: A gang of armed men, said to be dacoits, stormed a police post at Yousuf bridge in the Mahmooda Bagh area of Shikarpur city late on Monday night killing two policemen and taking away an unspecified number of official weapons, Larkana police range DIG Sain Rahkhio Mirani said at a press conference at the Shikarpur SSP office on Tuesday.


The deceased policemen were identified as ASI Haji Mohammed Bundhara, who hailed from Punjab, and Constable Ghulam Rasool Saheto, a resident of Naushahro Feroze.


Soon after the attack, a combing up operation was launched in the area and some suspects were taken into custody, the DIG said, adding that the attack was carried out in retaliation to the ongoing operation against dacoits in the district in which many of them were killed. He said the operation would, however, continue with even faster pace until the entire area was cleared of criminals.


Earlier, the funeral prayers for the slain policemen were offered at the Shikarpur police headquarters. Deputy commissioner Abid Saleem Qureshi, DIG Mirani, SSP Nasir Aftab Khattak and a large number of police officers and personnel attended the funeral.


Home Minister Suhail Anwar Siyal and the provincial police chief have asked SSP Khattak to conduct a thorough probe into the attack and submit a report at the earliest.


November 11, 2015   No Comments

Human trafficking thrives as govt sits on draft law

AMJAD MAHMOOD  in Dawn, November 10th, 2015

LAHORE: As the government sits on a draft law prescribing stricter punishment for human smugglers, the menace of trafficking people thrives, claiming lives of those traveling abroad in search of greener pastures.


With the arrest of three more alleged human smugglers on Friday, the tally of those held for involvement in the ugly business has risen to seven within two weeks. Of them, four are among the most-wanted criminals.


But, according to a senior FIA officer, the arrest of even hundreds of traffickers won’t serve the purpose unless the government enacts the amended law, drafted in consultation with the agency and United Nations Office on Drug and Crime (UNODC) and lying with the federal law ministry for last many months.


A ministry official was reluctant to share with Dawn the reasons for the delay in introduction of the law, passing the buck to the politicians in power.


The authorities dealing with the issue say only law-making will fail to rectify the situation unless the “push and pull” factor is addressed.


According to them, the “push” factor includes joblessness, lawlessness and sectarian killings going on in the country, whereas, the “pull” comprises attractive western lifestyle and “success stories” of Pakistanis going abroad and earning money.


A recent UNODC report says most of the migrants are from either economically deprived or violence-hit parts of Pakistan where they do not see any hope.


“Even one success story from a village may attract 200 more from the area notwithstanding the risks involved in reaching the dream destination — from financial fraud by the recruitment agents to deaths while crossing into Europe through various dangerous borders and channels,” says an FIA official, requesting not to be named.


As human trafficking is rated the third most lucrative trade after arms and drugs smuggling, the volume of money involved in it attracts 100 more when one agent is captured, he says.


In most cases, he laments, the accused gets released after he returns the amount to the complainant.


The UNODC study estimates the illegal economy associated with the crime in Pakistan at more than $109 million a year.


Responding to a query, he says there is no accurate data available on ways and means being adopted by the aspiring economic migrants for leaving the country because they are not choosing the direct route.


He says Iraq-Syria-Turkey route is popular these days to reach Europe, while for landing in Australia the people first reach Malaysia or Indonesia.


“How can we bar someone from going to Iraq for religious tourism when one has a legitimate visa for the purpose?” he asks. And soon after entering Iraq, the human smugglers immediately take them to the Syrian border which has become very porous because of the war going on there.




November 10, 2015   No Comments