Rights Watch | October 6th 2020

-Rawalpindi woman raped in front of ailing son by cab driver in Rawalpindi -Trans person critically wounded by gunman in Swabi for refusing an invite to a music show -Supreme Court expresses displeasure over 'unbearable' levels of air pollution in KP


Rawalpindi woman raped at gunpoint by a cab driver

A woman was allegedly raped at gunpoint in front of her son by their cab driver in Naseerabad, Rawalpindi on Monday, October 5.

According to the complainant, the woman was returning from Attock to Rawalpindi with her ailing son in a hired taxi when the cab driver stopped the car in a deserted area and pointed his gun at her. The assailant raped the woman and snatched the son’s cellphone after thrashing him. He then abandoned the victims in Chowki Hameeda and threatened to kill her if she informed anyone about the incident before speeding off.

The woman however was able to note the cab’s license plate and informed the police. An FIR was registered after a medico-legal examination confirmed sexual assault, however, no arrests have been made as of yet.

Swabi trans person critically wounded after the ambush

Farooq Khan, a trans person, was critically wounded when one Liaqat Khan opened fire on them on Monday, October 5.

According to the survivor’s colleagues, Farooq was returning with others to Shahmansoor after giving a musical performance in Buner when their car was stopped by Liaqat Khan at Pirtab Mor. Liaqat had invited the group to a music show but they had rejected his offer, which allegedly incensed him. After arguing with them, Liaqat opened fire, seriously injuring Farooq.

They were taken to a district headquarters hospital, after which they were referred to the Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar for their critical condition. Police state that the accused has been arrested and the weapon used has been confiscated.

Supreme Court displeased with air pollution in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa

A Supreme Court bench comprised of Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed, Justice Faisal Arab, and Justice Ijazul Ahsan, during a hearing on a human rights case related to environmental pollution in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, expressed its displeasure with the ‘unbearable’ smog in the province. The bench directed the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to increase efforts to curb environmental degradation in the region. During the hearing, Chief Justice Gulzar Ahmed also leveled criticism on the Billion Tree Tsunami project, stating that he had seen no trees on government land and on green belts from Islamabad to Peshawar.