Karachi youth arrested for raping minor girl

Police have arrested a 20-year-old resident of Somar Goth, a slum area in Karachi’s Steel Town, for raping a seven-year-old girl on Saturday, September 18.

According to the victim’s father, he and his family were asleep on the roof of their house when he woke up at around 2:30 AM and noticed his daughter was missing. He stated that the mosquito net had been slashed open. The rape survivor’s father said that he woke up his wife and called relatives to help him find his daughter. The search party began calling out for her and after some time they heard her voice from a vacant plot of land near their house.

Based on the physical description of the suspect provided by the rape survivor, police managed to round up around two dozen suspects from the immediate area, and arrested the 20-year-old identified by the girl. A case has been registered under section 376 (rape) of the PPC

In her statement to the police, the girl recalled that she had woken up when she felt a hand pressed down on her mouth. The suspect took her from her father’s side as he slept and tossed her down into the vacant plot where he violently sexually assaulted her.

The rape survivor was shifted to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) where her medical examination was conducted under anaesthesia due to the severity of her injuries. The victim was referred to the National Institute of Child Health (NICH) for further treatment.

Police officials say the suspect lived next door and the roofs of both houses were joined, which explained how he was able to easily access the complainant’s home despite the gate being locked. DNA samples collected from the suspect have been sent for forensic testing while police continue to investigate the case based on the survivor’s account and eye-witness statements.

Case against Maulana Abdul Aziz for flying Taliban flag

A case has been registered with the Aabpara police station against Maulana Abdul Aziz and students of the Jamia Hafsa under section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act (ATA) as well as sections 124-A (sedition) and 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) for mounting flags of the Afghan Taliban on the rooftop of their seminary on Saturday.

The flags were reportedly hoisted by female students of the Jamia Hafsa. A contingent of police officers including female personnel were met with strong resistance when attempting to remove the flags. Videos emerged online showing the armed seminary administrator Maulana Abdul Aziz as well as teachers and students of the Jamia Hafsa verbally taunting the police.

The flags were reportedly removed after talks with senior administration officials.

Bahawalpur man shoots dead minor girl

A man shot dead a seven-year-old girl whose goat strayed into his fields in Chak 19 DNB, Bahawalpur, on Saturday.

According to the victim’s father Farooq Abbasi, he and the suspect Arshad share ownership of a piece of cultivable land. On the day of the incident, the Rehana was playing with a goat which wandered into the suspect’s field. The alleged killer claimed that the animal ruined his crop and shot the minor outside her home.

Police shifted the body to the Yazman tehsil headquarters (THQ) hospital for an autopsy.


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