Kashmiri students booked for celebrating Pakistan’s win

Students and staff at two government-run medical colleges in occupied Kashmir are being investigated by police under an anti-terror law for celebrating Pakistan’s win against India in a T20 World Cup cricket match.

Police state the ‘accused’ had chanted pro-Pakistan slogans on the night of October 24, terming it “anti-national activity”, and are identifying ‘offenders’ through videos of celebrations uploaded online.

Preliminary investigations were registered at two police stations in Srinagar under the Unlawful Activities (Prevention) Act which, after a 2019 amendment, empowered Indian authorities to designate individuals as terrorists. Under this law, people can be detained for up to six months without production of evidence while accused individuals can be imprisoned for a term of up to seven years.

Prior to this, Kashmiri students enrolled in the Bhai Gurdas Institute of Engineering and Technology in Indian Punjab’s Sangrur district and the Rayat Bahrat University in Kharar, Sahibzada Ajit Singh Nagar district were allegedly attacked and their hostel rooms trashed on October 24 for celebrating Pakistan’s victory against India.

National spokesperson for the Jammu and Kashmir Students Association claimed that the Kashmiri students were reportedly attacked by students from Bihar, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, and were saved by locals and Punjabi students.

According to police in Sangrur, the matter was resolved when both sides apologized.

Mother of rape survivor attempts suicide in protest

One Kaneez Fatima attempted to light herself on fire outside a Lahore district and sessions court on Tuesday, October 26, pleading for justice in a case pertaining to her 15-year-old daughter’s rape at the hands of her estranged husband.

She had arrived with the rape survivor to the court, where her husband had applied for plea, and protested against police for allegedly bungling the investigation. She then doused herself in petrol and lit a match but was stopped by police and passersby.

Kaneez Fatima lamented that she did not have any more funds to fight her daughter’s case, and claimed her husband had threatened her that he would continue to assault their daughter once his bail plea is accepted.

The suspect was arrested on July 9, 2021, after his wife filed a case against him with the Nishtar Colony police for reportedly raping their daughter. The 15-year-old is one of five children. She provided that the couple had separated after developing differences, with two of the children – the rape survivor and a minor son – living with their father.

Kaneez Fatima claimed the accused had been raping their daughter for the past year, and that she had been threatened into silence for the period. She further posited that her daughter’s medical report confirmed that she had been sexually assaulted by her father.

Sessions court judge Habibullah Amir took notice of the situation and sought a report from the court’s security in-charge Abid Hussain.

Notices for reconstruction costs served to Karak Temple vandals

The district administration has issued notices to over 100 accused of burning down and ransacking the historic Samadhi of Sri Paramhans Ji Maharaj, a Hindu saint, and the Krishna Dwara temple in the Teri village of Karak district, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, to pay for its reconstruction costs within three days.

Jamait Ulema-e-Islam Fazal (JUI-F) district Amir Maulana Mir Zaqeem, former district nazim Karak Rehmat Salam Khattak and Maulana Sharifullah are among the 123 individuals served notices. The temple and attached Samadhi were destroyed by an enraged mob led by Maulana Sharifullah on December 30, 2020.

On October 13, 2021, a three-member bench of the Supreme Court headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed directed the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa government to collect a total of Rs. 33 million from the vandals.

The sum will be paid in equal parts, amounting to Rs. 268,000, by the 123 accused.

The Hindu community had pardoned the attackers on the condition that there be no further enmity during the reconstruction and operation of the temple.

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