Rights Watch | 16th January 2021

13 year old boy who had been lured by malicious persons via online game PUBG was found raped and murdered in Nankana Sahib two days after he had disappeared. Family claim that two other boys have disappeared from their area under similar circumstances, and that despite repeated complaints, the police failed to take the matter seriously.

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Boy believed to have been raped and killed by PUBG ‘friends’

A 13-year-old boy of Pind Arrayan in Raiwind City of Lahore district turned up dead in Nankana Sahib two days after he was reported missing. The victim’s family and other Raiwind residents staged a protest against the police for negligence, which they believe led to the death of the minor.

According to the deceased’s family, they had lodged a complaint with the Jia Bagga police when the boy did not return home from the market on January 13. They had nominated two suspects whom the victim was in contact with via the online battle royale game PlayerUnknown’s Battlegrounds (PUBG), believing the boy may have been abducted. The father of the victim claims that two other boys have vanished from their area under similar circumstances and remain missing. However, the family alleges the police did not take the matter seriously and launched a regular inquiry.

Police added relevant sections for rape and murder to the initial missing FIR after an autopsy was conducted. The authorities are now on the hunt for the suspected killers.

Convert couple approach Sindh High Court for protection

A convert woman appealed to the Sindh High Court to drop an abduction case registered against her husband and in-laws by her brother, submitting that she and her husband had converted to Islam and contracted marriage on January 9 of their free will. Justice Naimatullah Phulpoto ordered the Malir senior superintendent of police to provide protection to the couple and issued directives to the Sindh Advocate-General and Prosecutor-General to withhold arrests of all those nominated in the FIR lodged by the woman’s brother.

Germany to donate €5 million for Pakistan’s polio eradication drive

The German government has pledged to donate €5 million to the Government of Pakistan’s polio eradication programme through the World Health Organization. These funds are expected to be utilised for oral vaccination at border regions and during the country-wide anti-polio drive.