Rights Watch | 2nd December 2020

Barang tehsil's first police station inaugurated in Memola Town; Rawalpindi police move court to open inquiry into death of youth who sustained bullet wounds during a police raid; polio vaccination campaign in Thorhi Bijar village of Qambar-Shahdatkot district in Sindh temporarily disrupted by local imam.

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Barang tehsil gets first police station

Deputy Commissioner Shangla, Mohammad Fayyaz Muhammad inaugurated Barang tehsil’s first police station in Memola Town on Tuesday, December 1, taking the number of police stations in Bajaur district to three. During the event, the DC also revealed that eight more police stations will be established in the relatively remote district for to improve security and maintain peace and order.

Inquiry into extrajudicial killing sought

Rawalpindi police on Tuesday moved a local court to direct an inquiry into an alleged extrajudicial killing of a youth, Aakash, who had sustained a bullet wound during a raid which later claimed his life.

The incident occurred during a no-knock raid by Naseerabad police to apprehend one Qadir, who is wanted in relation to a double-homicide. The suspect and his accomplices opened fire during the raid, leading to a shootout in which Aakash was resultantly injured. Police managed to arrest and recovered weapons from Qadir, his brother Tanveer, Khalid Satti, Syed Danish and Satti. Aakash however succumbed to his wounds during treatment.

Aakash’s family alleges the youth was innocent and was targeted by the police over a personal enmity. The police assured the family of a proper inquiry into the actions of the involved officers and due justice.

Polio drive momentarily halted in Sindh village

The provincial polio immunization drive in Thorhi Bijar village of Qambar Ali Khan tehsil of Qambar Shahdadkot district, Sindh, was temporarily halted by a local imam, one Maulvi Hizbullah, who had deemed the vaccine haraam. According to locals and workers from the village Basic Health Unit (BHU), the prayer leader had ordered the volunteers to stop administering the oral vaccine drops and demanded they leave, after which the workers were forced to suspend activities.

The drive resumed after local residents managed to resolve the matter, and after Hizbullah’s family issued an apology.