Rights Watch | July 1st 2021

Police have arrested a cleric on charges of raping a nine-year-old girl in Pattoki tehsil of Kasur.


Cleric held for minor’s rape

Police have arrested a cleric on charges of raping a nine-year-old girl in Pattoki tehsil of Kasur.

The girl’s parents told police that the suspect used to teach the Holy Quran to their daughter and had threatened to kill her if she told her parents about the rape. The parents found out after the girl’s health started deteriorating.

Guard who killed banker over ‘blasphemy’ gets death

An anti-terrorism court in Sargodha sentenced to death a security guard for killing his bank manager after falsely accusing him of blasphemy.

Guard Ahmed Nawaz had shot dead Malik Imran Hanif, the manager of his bank, in Khushab on November 5 over accusations of blasphemy. The court, however, ruled that Nawaz killed the manager over personal enmity. The convict was also fined a total of Rs1.15 million as well as 12 years of imprisonment on various counts.

FIA warned against misuse of powers

The Islamabad High Court (IHC) has warned the Federal Investigation Agency against misuse of authority in cybercrime cases.

Hearing the petitions filed against the ongoing inquiries by the FIA’s cybercrime wing against journalists Bilal Ghauri, Asad Toor, and others, IHC Chief Justice Athar Minallah asked the cybercrime wing’s director about the number of pending cases. The director told the court that pending cases numbered in thousands.

The chief justice said FIA was violating the judgment containing guidelines for summoning a suspect in cybercrime cases. “You are creating terror in society since you are summoning a citizen without letting him know details of the complaint,” he observed. The director assured the court of implementing the standard operating procedure in future inquiries.

“In case any investigation officer is found misusing his authority, the court will impose a heavy cost on him,” warned Justice Minallah.


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