Rights Watch | 29th June 2020

Rights Watch

Two Killed for Honour

A woman and her alleged lover were shot dead by her uncle, Muhammad Ali, in Khwazakhela tehsil of district Swat in what police are investigating as an honour killing. The bodies of the two victims have been shifted to a local hospital for medico-legal examination while the accused is currently on the run.

Women Activists Booked

Karachi police arrest women activists for protesting against state-enforced disappearances of Balochis outside the Karachi Press Club on Saturday, June 27. Sassui Lauhar of Voice for Missing Persons of Sindh among those booked during the protest.

Demand for Release of Shia Missing Persons

The Joint Action Committee for Shia Missing Persons and concerned families in Karachi demanded the recovery of forcibly disappeared Shias during a press conference at the Karachi Press Club on Sunday, June 28. The Committee claimed that a majority of missing Shias have not been heard from for nearly a decade while others are languishing in undeclared detention for up to four years for charges unknown to them as well as their families. During the conference, the Committee appealed to the government to ensure rule of law to put an end to enforced disappearances.

Rawalpindi NGOs to be Registered Online

The Punjab Home Department has directed the Rawalpindi district administration to have NGOs register online to monitor their local and foreign finances. The Social Welfare Department has noted that registration for around 300 NGOs in Rawalpindi has been voided, while 322 NGOs are still currently functioning in the district. According to an official, charitable organizations will not be allowed to continue working without sharing their funding details with their respective provincial government.

E-courts Now Operating

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) launched its e-court service on Saturday, June 27 amidst social distancing concerns due to the pandemic. Lawyers and government institutions can avail the e-court service. Moreover, e-court proceedings will be protected under Article 164 of the Qanoon-e-Shahadat Order 1984.

Civilians, Police Clash Over Youth’s Torture

The family of Ghotki resident, Shabbir Shar, clashed with the local police for stripping and beating the youth a day prior to shooting him in both legs in an alleged staged encounter. Shabbir, who the police claim has several FIRs charged against him, had been shifted to Ghotki Civil Hospital for treatment. Local PTI MPA Muhammad Sheheryar Ali Khan Mahar had demanded the police shift the inured youth to a private hospital for better treatment, but the SHO refused. An argument between the police and Shabbir’s family and supporters eventually broke into a clash within hospital premises. Ghotki’s ASP and DSP managed to quell the rioters and promised an impartial inquiry into the matter.