8-year-old boy booked for ‘rape’

The widowed mother of a four-year-old girl lodged a complaint at the Saddar Alipur police station in Muzaffargarh against an eight-year-old boy for allegedly raping her daughter. The complainant said she took her daughter to a hospital after finding her unconscious. A case has been registered under section 376 (punishment for rape) of the Pakistan Penal Code and the underage accused arrested.

Jirga denies involvement in Asma Rani case settlement

The Marwat Qaumi Jirga (MQJ) has denied claims of being paid to arrange an out-of-court settlement in the Asma Rani murder case, and stated that it has also refused Rani’s father, Ghulam Dastageer’s invitation to attend a meeting to pardon Mujahidullah Afridi next Sunday at the Tableeghi Markaz in Kohat.

The clarification was made to reporters during a meeting of the jirga members, chaired by its chief Haji Mohammad Aslam Khan at the Meenakhel Fort in Lakki.

Speaking of the settlement, jirga member Akhtar Munir Khan Marwat told media that the slain girl’s family did not consult the MQJ in this regard, and neither is the slated meeting in line with local customs where the offending family is expected to visit the aggrieved party for forgiveness. However, Marwat provided that the jirga will not interfere in the settlement process as it was the right of Asma Rani’s family to opt for it.

Afridi was given the death penalty and a Rs. 300,000 fine after a District and Sessions judge convicted him of Rani’s murder on June 25, 2021. The accused was also ordered to pay Rs. 2 million in compensation to the victim’s family.

Punjab MPA gets pre-arrest bail in harassment case

Lahore Additional District and Sessions Judge Rai Muhammad Yasin on Monday, August 30, granted pre-arrest bail to Punjab MPA Khurram Laghari of the pro-Jahangir Tareen faction of the PTI, in a case of allegedly harassing and blackmailing a woman.

Defence-A police on August 26 registered an FIR on the complaint of one A* under provisions of breaking and entering, aerial firing and making death threats. The complainant alleged Laghari had forced her into a year-long affair, and that he had hidden his marital status and forced her to sign a marriage form.

She claimed that she complained about her situation to Laghari’s father who advised her to register a case against him. She stated that after visiting his father, the MPA forcibly entered her home and opened fire, threatening to kill her.

Laghari has been granted interim bail till September 13.


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