Man arrested for harassing woman commuter in Bahawalnagar
A-Division police on Sunday arrested a motorcyclist who was filmed making sexually explicit gestures at a woman traveling via rickshaw after a video of the incident, which occured on Saturday, was uploaded to social media.
In a Twitter post, the victim narrated that the accused followed after her while she was traveling near the City Girls High School Bahawalnagar. She began filming him when he made obscene gestures at her, and then fled when she pretended to make a call.
The woman appealed to the authorities to look into the incident. On Sunday, the official Punjab Police Twitter handle shared pictures of accused Shahid Mehmood, a resident of Fateh Kot, who was arrested within hours from a border area where he was hiding.
A case has been registered under section 354 (assault or criminal force to woman with intent to outrage her modesty) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) on the complaint of Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Muhammad Arif.
Karachi police barred from harassing free-will couple
The Sindh High Court (SHC) has restrained the police from making any arrests in a case pertaining to an alleged free-will conversion and marriage.
The petitioner stated that her family disagreed with her marriage and had registered a kidnapping case against her husband and in-laws on the complaint of her father. Her counsel told the court that although the couple’s marriage was registered at a West district court, the Manghophir police have been carrying out raids to arrest her husband.
The petitioner implored the court for protection, restraining the police from harassing her in-laws, and quashing the FIR lodged against her husband.
The SHC directed the police to submit a progress report in the case, and restricted them from making any arrests until said report is furnished to the bench.
Bajaur jirga bans women’s access to tourist spots
Activists and social media users have expressed grave concern over the decision of a Bajaur jirga, organized by local leaders of the Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam–Fazal (JUI-F), to ban women from tourist spots in the area.
The jirga, which was held in Salarzai tehsil’s Danqool village on Saturday, imposed the ban after a concert was held near Raghagan Dam, which local elders including tehsil chair denounced during a July 13 press conference.
District administration however told media on Sunday that no individual or group will be allowed to impose restrictions on women’s movement and access to public spaces in violation of their constitutional rights.
Young locals have criticized the decision, and claim that such jirgas are only called to infringe upon the rights of women rather than resolve more pressing concerns.
Assistant Commissioner Khar, Hamza Zahoor, stated that no such ban will be enforced, however in lieu of the traditionally conservative sensitivities amongst Bajaur’s residents, separate designated female quarters will be cordoned off
Zaheer Ahmed once again suspect in Dua Zehra case
DSP Shaukat Ali Shahani, the Investigating Officer (IO) in the Dua Zehra case, told an Additional District and Sessions (East) court that 24 individuals, including Zaheer Ahmed, were found to be involved in abducting the girl from Karachi and solemnizing her marriage in Punjab.
The same IO had previously urged the court to disopose of the abduction case filed against Zaheer and his accomplices by the girl’s father, Mehdi Ali Kazmi, as the nominated suspects had been found innocent.
However, in light of an age determination test by a medical board constituted on orders by the Supreme Court and trial court which declared Dua to be between 15 and 16 years of age, as well as evidence gleaned from a reinvestigation which include call data record which place Zaheer in Karachi at the time of the girl’s disappearance, the IO altered his stance.
He further provided that Dua has yet to be recovered, and that the police have approached the Sindh Home Department to obtain permission to travel to Lahore to obtain custody of the girl and suspect.
Terrorists murder second hostage in Ziarat
Security forces recovered the body of Omer Javed from a nullah during an ongoing rescue operation pertaining to his and Lt. Col. Laiq Mirza’s abduction, said a statement issued by the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on Saturday.
According to the military’s media wing, Lt. Col. Mirza and his cousin Javed were abducted by a group of ten to twelve terrorists from Warchoom, Ziarat on the night between July 12 and 13 as the pair was returning to Quetta. Lt. Col. Mirza, who was posted in DHA Quetta, was shot dead on Thursday when his abductors sensed possible encirclement by the Army Quick Reaction Forces trailing them. Two terrorists were also killed in the ensuing firefight.
On Saturday, the ISPR confirmed that Javed had also been killed, and that his body was recovered five kilometers away from Warchoom. Two more terrorists were gunned down in an exchange of fire, with the operation still ongoing to apprehend the remaining militants.