Two held for raping minor girl in Bahawalnagar

A group of young men abducted and repeatedly gang-raped a 14-year-old girl in Khichiwala, Bahawalnagar, on April 13.

According to the area police, she was on her way home from school with her siblings when the accused – two of whom have been identified while the remaining three remain unknown – picked her up in their car near the school. A kidnap case was lodged against five suspects on the complaint of the girl’s father.

She was recovered by police within 24 hours of her abduction and arrested two accused, who are reportedly college students. The girl told police as well a magistrate that she had been repeatedly gang-raped by her kidnappers – the assault was confirmed in a medical examination.

Police are currently carrying out searches for the remaining three suspects.

Afghan man shot dead in Haripur

An Afghan national, identified as 28-year-old Aqal Khan, was shot dead by unknown assailants over a dispute in Pandak village, Haripur, on Friday. His body was recovered from a graveyard and shifted to a trauma center. The autopsy revealed that Khan was tortured before being gunned down.

Five journalists acquitted in treason case

A Sukkur sessions court on Friday acquitted six persons, five of whom are senior journalists, of treason on Friday. Judge Mumtaz Hussain Solangi announced the verdict after hearing arguments from both sides in the nearly year-long case, citing lack of evidence.

According to the case details, one Ustad Khalid Chandio and Pakistan Federal Union of Journalists (PFUJ) members Adam Shamsani, Imdad Phulpoto, Irshad Indhar, Rustam Indhar and Sahil Jogi were covering a protest against the Sukkur police for allegedly killing Irfan Ali Jatoi, a student of Sindh University, in an encounter. The demonstration was held outside the office of the Additional Inspector-General (AIG) in March 2021.

The defendants’ counsel, advocate Manzoor Chohan, contended that SSP Irfan Samoo tried to stop his clients from performing their journalistic duties, and upon refusing his orders implicated them in a treason case for allegedly chanting anti-state slogans.


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