Police bust pedophiles, rescue boy

Civil Lines Police on Tuesday, October 12, busted a gang of pedophiles and rescued a gagged and bound minor boy from their captivity in Bahawalpur.

According to the police, a team had flagged down the suspects’ vehicle at a picket Tuesday night when the car suddenly sped away. Police gave chase and managed to stop the escapees. All five passengers, including the rape survivor who had been tied up with ropes, were taken into custody.

The boy told police that he was sexually assaulted by suspects Tariq, Sharif, Waseem, and Ahmad Sher at one Muhammad Aamir’s videogame store in Rehman Colony at Multan Road. The gang then stuffed him into a case and took him to a house where Tariq once again raped him and made videos of the assault.

The rape survivor continued that he was bound and then forced into the car with the suspects who were taking him somewhere else.

Police have registered a case against the gang and have arrested four persons, including the videogame store owner. The rape victim was sent to the Bahawal Victoria Hospital for a medico-legal examination.

Man disfigures wife in Bhawana

Police on Wednesday, October 13, arrested one Aslam, a resident of Moza Mangini in Bhawana tehsil, for disfiguring his wife over a domestic dispute.

A first information report (FIR) was registered by Bhawana police on the complaint of the victim’s father Manzoor, a resident of Chak 186-JB.

Per the report, the couple had married a few years back. Manzoor alleged his daughter Mumtaz’s husband and in-laws often quarreled with her over petty domestic disputes.

On Tuesday night, the complainant went to see his daughter and found the suspect and his family members torturing her. He claimed the Aslam chopped off Mumtaz’s nose and gouged out an eye with a blade.

Manzoor was able to rescue the victim, and alerted Rescue 1122 who shift her to the Bhawana tehsil headquarters (THQ) hospital. She was later referred to Allied Hospital in Faisalabad due to the severity of her wounds.

Bhawana police have registered a case against Aslam under sections 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapon), 149 (every member of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common object) and 324 (attempted murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and arrested him.

SC orders collecting funds from Karak Temple vandals

The Supreme Court on Wednesday ordered the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa (KP) government to collect a total of Rs. 33 million from those involved in razing the historic Samadhi of Sri Paramhans Ji Maharaj, a Hindu saint, and the Krishna Dwara temple in the Teri village of Karak district on December 30, 2020.

The three-member bench headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Gulzar Ahmed issued the directives during a hearing on vandalism of minority worship places when Advocate-General for KP Shumail Butt told the court that over Rs. 33 million were spent restoring the temple. He later told the bench that the accused were facing trial and implied of problems that may arise if money was recovered from individuals that may be found innocent.

In its three-page report submitted to the court, the KP government provided that the culprits in the Karak Temple attack were arrested posthaste, however they were granted bail by courts. Furthermore, notices for recovery of reconstruction funds were served to all detained suspects through the Kohat jail superintendent on February 12, 2021.

In a separate report, patron-in-chief of the Pakistan Hindu Council Dr. Ramesh Kumar Vankwani alleged that the attackers led by Qari Faizullah, who was granted bail by a Kohat anti-terrorism court (ATC), have objected to the word “mandir” engraved on the wall of the Samadhi as they have been emboldened by the lack of any action on part of the district administration to recover restoration costs on previous court orders.

The court adjourned further proceedings for a month.


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