Rights Watch | September 4th 2020


Couple slaughtered for the honor

Ali Dino Lashari, 25, and his wife Shama, 22, were found slaughtered in their home in Sukkur’s Golimar Road area on Thursday, September 3. The couple was discovered with their throats slit. According to police, Shama had eloped with Ali around two years ago and had a 7-month-old boy together. It is believed that the two were victims of honor killing. The bodies have been transported to the Sukkur Civil Hospital for a post-mortem examination, while an FIR has yet to be registered.

 Performer raped at gunpoint

A resident of Haq Bahu Chowk in Faisalabad’s Gulistan Colony was allegedly raped by two men at gunpoint at a birthday she was hired to perform at in Iqbal Colony. According to the victim, she was hired by Sohail Ahmed and his wife Fauzia to dance at a birthday in their house where there were two other unknown guests. At around 1 AM that day, she was forced into a room and raped by the two unknown men at gunpoint while Ahmed and his Fauzia stood guard at the door.
Residents summoned the police when they heard her screaming. A medical examination of the victim confirmed rape, after which a case was registered under section 378 (punishment for rape) of the Pakistan Penal Code against four accused.

IHC orders recovery of a missing person

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) on Thursday, September 4, issued a 25-day deadline to the Deputy Attorney General (DAG) to recover a citizen, one Imran Khan, who has been missing for the past five years. The single-member bench comprising of IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah issued the orders during a hearing of a petition filed by Khan’s mother, Nasreen, stating that the DAG would have to accept the failure of the state and its intelligence agencies in being unable to track down one man. The hearing has been adjourned to September 29 upon accepting the DAG’s plea for more time.

Private schools against partial reopening

The Joint Action Committee of private educational institutions on Wednesday, September 2, warned of nationwide protests if the government entertained any decision to enforce partial reopening of schools. The representative body demand that schools and colleges be allowed to operate fully as the virus situation has declined considerably.

They further voiced their grievances that educational institutions were ignored as the lockdown was lifted and businesses and services were allowed to resume operations. They claimed that as a result of the prolonged restrictions on schools, thousands had become unemployed and private schools were now being dogged to pay taxes and utility bills without any source of revenue.