Archive for maggio 2014

Imprenditori pakistani all’estero finanziano il terrorismo in Pakistan e nell’occidente

Secondo le fonti locali 14 imprenditori pakistani sono stati fermati dalla Polizia Belga in quanto sostenevano le attività terroristiche in Pakistan. Le forze dell’ordine Belga hanno chiuso i loro negozi e tolto il permesso per le attività commerciali.
Questo arresto è solo una punta dell’iceberg del terrorismo presente in Pakistan che ha le radici anche nei paesi occidentali ed altri continenti. le attività commerciali dei pakistani anche in Italia richiedono più attenzione in quanto spesso diventano le fonti di reditto per finanziare estremismo islamico non solo in Pakistan ma anche nelle realtà locali.


Madrassa teachers rapes a minor in Mansehra in Pakistan: the victim threatens to commit suicide if the culprits are not brought to justice!

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According to some analysists the practice of the abuse of the minor girls and boys going to madrassas for education is a common practice but till today very rarely the cases have been brought to the court. Often the minor girls going to learn the Holy Coran early in the morning go to the close by mosque and the local Qari, who is supposed to teach them the holy Quran, abuses them sexually and these innocent children remain silent not only for this “strange thing” happening to them by the person they would trust the most but they are also afraid of talking it in the family because it would bring dishonour to their families and afterwards no one will accept to marry them because they are not “virgin” anymore and are a disgrace for the family and society.

The victim of Monday’s alleged gang rape in Mansehra has threatened to commit suicide if the perpetrators are not brought to justice. The 17-year-old resident of Mansehra, Parveen*, spoke to reporters over the phone from an undisclosed location on Wednesday.

She said her best friend Anum – who conned Parveen to get into the car with rapists – lost her mother three years ago and her father was bedridden with a bad back. Since Anum’s own family was unable to bear the cost of her education, Parveen’s family had been supporting Anum financially for the last two years, said the college student.

“This is how she decided to reward me, with an irremovable stigma, after trapping me for criminals who had destroyed the life of several innocent girls.

“I told her not to but she dragged me into the car. My trust in a friend destroyed my life.”

Weeping over the phone, Parveen claimed the accused rapists took advantage of the car’s tinted windows and loud music so no one could hear her screaming at the top of her lungs, crying for help.

Answering a question, the victim said she vowed to continue her struggle till she “sees the culprits hanged”.

This is now a test for the country’s judicial system, said Parveen. “The Peshawar High Court chief justice needs to mete out exemplary punishment to the accused or else I will take my own life, the responsibility of which will lie solely with the judiciary and the police.”

A life changed
The student of inter was conned by her friend to sit in a car Anum claimed belonged to her fiancé. Two men were in the car – a seminary teacher Qari Naseer and the driver, Anum’s friend Faizan. Hussain, the son of union council Jabori’s nazim Kala Khan, was picked up a little later.

Parveen was raped in the moving vehicle by Naseer and Hussain. The accused rapists were arrested under Section 376-2 of the Pakistan Penal Code on Monday night. Anum and Faizan have been charged for abetting the crime.

Not first-timers
According to the police, the men were involved in several other cases of molestation and abuse of college girls. They would make videos of the abuse to blackmail the girls later.

The accused were produced before the court of civil judge Lubna Zaman who sent them on a four-day physical remand.

By the time Naseer and the rest of the accused exited the court, residents had collected outside in protest.

They pelted the accused with tomatoes, eggs and sprayed ink on them, forcing the police to escort the culprits in an armoured personnel vehicle to an undisclosed location.

Later, activists, representatives of civil society and students protested in the city and blocked the roads for an hour. The protesters claimed had the police launched a drive against tinted windows, the girl would have been saved a horrific ordeal.

According to Mansehra DPO Khurrum, the police have recovered 22 SIMs, three cell phones, a memory card, a USB and fake number plates of the vehicle.

Briefing Chief Minister Pervez Khattak, the DPO confirmed all three men and the female accomplice have been arrested, read a statement issued on Wednesday. DNA tests have been conducted and forensic evidence has been forwarded.

Khattak directed the case be disposed on an urgent basis so the accused are unable to use any delaying tactics. “The decision should be made in hours, not days,” said Khattak. (*Name has been changed to protect the victim’s identity)

Published in The Express Tribune, May 15th, 2014.
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Joseph Colony suspects: Bail cancellation plea rejected

A bench of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday dismissed the Punjab govt’s appeal seeking the cancellation of bails to 83 suspects accused of torching more than 200 houses in Joseph Colony.

The bench comprising Justice Shahid Hameed Dar and Justice Ali Baqar Najafi on Tuesday had reserved judgment after hearing arguments from the defence and prosecution.

The Prosecution Department had filed the appeal stating that a trial court had released the suspects without considering the gravity of the situation. It said hundreds of Christians had lost their houses because of the suspects. Their actions had marred the image of Pakistan as well. The department urged the court to withdraw the bails.

The counsel for the suspects said the police had only put on a show by arresting the suspects…they had no evidence against them.

On March 2013, Badami Bagh police, on a complaint by Inspector Hafiz Abdul Majid, had registered an FIR against 83 nominated suspects and thousands of unidentified persons. The suspects are accused of setting alight houses in Joseph Colony in the aftermath of an alleged blasphemy incident.

The FIR was registered under Sections 436 (mischief by fire or explosive substance with intent to destroy houses), 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees), 148 (rioting, armed with deadly weapons), 149 (members of unlawful assembly guilty of offence committed in prosecution of common objectives), 397 (robbery, with attempt to cause death), 353 (assault to deter public servants from discharge of his duty), 186 (obstructing public servants in discharge of public functions), 324 (attempt to commit premeditated murder), and 295-A (deliberate and malicious acts intended to outrage religious feelings of any class by insulting its religion or religious beliefs) of the Pakistan Penal Code and Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

All suspects were granted bail by the Anti Terrorism Courts and their trials are still pending.

On March 27, 2014, an additional district and sessions judge sentenced Sawan Masih to death for committing blasphemy and fined him Rs2 million.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 8th, 2014.

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Human rights lawyer Rashid Rehman shot dead because he was defending a blasphamy case

By Owais Jafri / Asad Kharal Published: May 8, 2014 at

According to police and eyewitnesses, two armed men opened fire at Rashid Rehman after entering his law chamber in Multan’s Kutchery Square, killing him on the spot. His colleague Nadeem Pervaiz Advocate and client Muhammad Afzal were seriously injured.

“The incident took place at 8:45pm,” said City Police Officer (CPO) Sultan Ahmed Chaudhry, in the jurisdiction of Chehlak police station.

Rehman, who was also the coordinator for the Punjab office of the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP), had been facing threats for pleading the case of a blasphemy suspect.

In a report published in The Express Tribune on April 13, Rehman said he was threatened by five people, both inside and outside the court, for representing Junaid Hafeez – a man accused of committing blasphemy using his Facebook account. Two of those who threatened him were part of the prosecution team in the case, he had said at the time

In addition to them, three unidentified men had also warned him to drop the case or he would not be able to come to court to represent Junaid, according to the deceased lawyer.

The Special Branch of the Punjab police later alerted law enforcement agencies, according to another report published in The Express Tribune on April 29. No case was registered against the three men at the time, however, even though Rehman had submitted an application in this regard.

Sharing details of the incident with The Express Tribune, a senior police official said two young men entered Rehman’s chambers around 8pm and said they wanted to contract a court marriage. After they left, two other men came to Rehman and made the same request, he said. Once the second pair left, the first two came back and opened fire at everyone in the office.

“This sequence of events suggests the incident was a target killing,” the police official said. “The two groups and their odd requests were likely a pretext to ensure they had the right target.”

He said the possibility that the men who threatened Rehman earlier were involved in the killing could not be ruled out.

Eyewitnesses narrated a similar sequence of events. “Two men entered Rehman’s chambers as petitioners first, and then masked themselves and opened fire after entering the office a second time,” one witness said.

Although they rushed to the spot upon hearing the gunshots, witnesses said the attackers had fled the scene by then.

The deceased and the injured were rushed to the Nishtar hospital, where doctors pronounced Rehman dead, while his colleague was said to be in critical condition.

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