No child abuse at shelter: welfare department
An inquiry by the social welfare department following claims by PTI MPA Madiha Nisar that children at Darul Atfal in Peshawar were being sexually abused found no evidence of such activity. A three-member team visited the center which currently houses 29 boys and 20 girls, and were informed by the resident orphans that they were satisfied with their arrangements and the friendly staff.
The center was also fitted with all the necessary arrangements, the committee found, including a dining hall, study rooms, recreational rooms, bathrooms and a kitchen. The committee however recommended that the center improve record keeping, hire more trained staff and arrange counseling sessions for the resident children.
It is important to note that Fazal Shakoor from the Panel of Chairmen the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Assembly had ordered the constitution of a special committee to investigate Nisar’s claims, however the social welfare department committee carried out its own visit prior to the formation of the assembly’s special committee. Moreover, Nisar claims that she possesses evidence of ongoing abuse at the shelter, and that the committee has yet to be notified.
Man murders daughter and nephew for ‘honour’
Police on Friday, January 30, arrested one Nazir as well as his son for the murder of the former’s daughter and nephew in Chak 317-GB in Chuttiana, Toba Tek Singh.
According to the FIR lodged by Chuttiana police, Nazir suspected the two of having an affair and on Friday gunned down his nephew before strangling dead his daughter for ‘honour’. The accused handed over the boy’s body to his parents and prepared graves for the deceased.
Acting on a tip-off, the police raided the place and apprehended Nazir and his son, and shifted the bodies to a rural health center for an autopsy.
Man guns down sister over property dispute
One Munir (40) gunned down his sister Kulsoom (50) following a row over a five-marla house in Adda Machiwal in Gujrat. Munir had claimed to be the rightful owner of the disputed house. On Friday, the two siblings quarreled which culminated in Munir gunning down his sister and then fleeing. Machiwal police have yet to arrested the absconder, while a case has been registered under section 302 (punishment for murder with intent) of the Pakistan Penal Code.