16-year-old housemaid ‘poisoned to death’ in Karachi
A 16-year-old housemaid named Sonia in Karachi’s Gulshan-e-Iqbal area was allegedly raped and fatally poisoned by her employers, as reported by her mother on Tuesday. Sonia, who worked in a bungalow in Gulshan-e-Iqbal 13-C, was taken to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for a medical examination after her death.
According to the victim’s mother, Sonia had gone to work as usual on Sunday morning, but when she returned home, her health had deteriorated significantly. She was rushed to JPMC, where she sadly passed away during treatment.
The police are currently conducting an investigation to determine the exact cause of the housemaid’s death. The family of the victim has accused the employer’s sons of both raping Sonia and administering the fatal poison, according to the police.
Middle-aged man arrested for marrying 12-year-old girl in Larkana
A middle-aged man in Larkana has been arrested for marrying a 12-year-old girl. Police interrupted the wedding ceremony in Nazar Mohallah after receiving a tip-off. The groom, 35-year-old Ashraf Kalhoro, and the bride’s father, Zaheer Kolhro, were both detained for arranging a marriage that violates the country’s laws.
The officiating cleric, Maulvi Abdullah, managed to escape when the police arrived. The accused will face charges under the Child Act.
Peshawar High Court Seeks Govt Response on Official Secrets and Army Act Amendments
The Peshawar High Court has requested the government’s response to a petition challenging recent changes to the Official Secrets Act and the Pakistan Army Act. The petitioner, Qazi Mohammad Anwar, wants the court to suspend these amendments until the case is resolved.
Anwar argues that the president’s approval is required for bills to become law, but the president has not signed these two bills. He claims that publishing them as acts of Parliament is unconstitutional. Anwar also objects to civilians being tried under the Official Secrets Act and the transfer of protest-related suspects to military courts.
The government disagrees, stating that the Official Secrets Act allows civilian trials, and the president had the option to send the bills back to Parliament. They oppose suspending military court trials, citing their legality under existing laws.