Punjab to launch project for education of special children

While inaugurating the new Rescue 1122 field office in Bolniwal, Attock, Provincial Minister of Punjab for Bait-ul-Mal and Social Welfare Yawar Abbas Bukhari on Monday claimed that the department was set to launch a new project to provide education and boarding to special children in the province.

He said that as the development budget for the department has been doubled, a number of welfare and uplift initiatives have been launched. He further provided that registration for disability certifications online is in progress, while boards have already been established in tehsil headquarters (THQ) hospitals for this purpose.

Furthermore, the Social Welfare Department has approved construction of model children’s homes in Attock and Toba Tek Singh.

Prime suspect in murder of 9th grader arrested

Dadu police on Saturday claimed to have arrested the prime accused identified as Mehtab Chandio in the murder of a ninth grader, Nagina Chandio, whose body was discovered in a farm field near Sita Road Town on January 22. His accomplice, Shaukat Channa, is currently on the run.

According to Dadu SSP Irfan Ali Sammo, suspicion fell on Mehtab, who is Nagina’s older sister’s brother-in-law, when call records showed the two had been in regular contact. In his confession to the police, the suspect stated that he used to talk to Nagina through text, and that he and Shaukat lured her into ‘eloping’ with him.

Mehtab said that the paid instead took her to various locations in Balochistan and repeatedly raped her. However, they eventually ran out of money and were forced to return Sita Road Town a week later. He told police that Nagina allegedly begged him to kill her, fearing her family’s wrath. The two bound her hands and feet before strangling her dead and abandoning her body in a field near the town.

Nagina’s father had nominated seven suspects in his first information report (FIR) to the police, however with Mehtab’s arrest and ongoing efforts to apprehend co-accused Shaukat, SSP Sammo provided that a fresh FIR will be lodged against the killers.

Journalists, activists walk out on info ministry over PECA ordinance

In protest of the newly promulgated Prevention of Electronic Crimes (Amendment) Ordinance 2022, which has been widely criticized as an attempt to curb freedom of expression and dissent, representatives of media, journalist and human rights organizations on Monday staged walked out on a meeting with officials of the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting.

So far, the Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) and the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) announced they would challenge the ordinance, which they have termed unconstitutional, in courts.


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