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AbboTTAbAd jirgA ordered TeenAge girl be ‘seT AblAze for helping friend elope’ ABBOTABAD


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HE chilling murder of a 16year-old girl strangled and set on fire in Galyat’s Makol village has been linked to the orders given by a local jirga last week, police said Thursday. Abbottabad police said a 15-member jirga called by the Makol village councillor Pervez ordered for the deceased, Amber, to be killed and set on fire as punishment for helping her friend escape the village to marry of her free will. Thirteen members have been arrested and due to appear before an anti-terrorism court, including the victim’s mother, said police. When the jirga ended after a sixhour meeting on April 28, the girl was taken from her home to an abandoned house where she was drugged, killed, and placed in the backseat of a parked van. The van was then doused with

petrol and set on fire. The charred body of the teenage girl was found in a torched Suzuki van in Donga Gali on Friday. Police recovered the drugs from the abandoned house near the site, as well as the can of petrol used to start the fire. The body was tied to the seat of the vehicle, which was

parked at a bus stop in the village. Another vehicle parked near the gutted van was also damaged. Police moved the body to Ayub Medical Complex for an autopsy. The girl was later identified as the daughter of Riasat, a labourer who works in Balochistan’s Gadani area. According to District Police Officer

(DPO) Khurram Rasheed, a couple eloped and left Makol April 23 for Abbottabad with the girl’s help and a driver named Naseer. A jirga was called at Naseer’s home when the couple could not be found. DPO Rasheed said the case will be tried by an anti-terrorism court and “exemplary punishment” will be recommended by the police. Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) MPA Shaukat Yousafzai said stern action will taken against the jirga which ordered the brutal ruling. “This is not a part of KP’s culture,” he said. “This is the first time an incident of this type has taken place.” He hailed the role of the local police for solving a case “that shook the entire Khyber Pakhtunkhwa” and lauded them for taking the investigation forward in a professional manner. A jirga is a local community council composed of local elders and notables and a traditional dispute resolution forum.

Political, lawyerly friends close ranks around slapper Bukhari ISLAMABAD HAmid KHAn WAzir

Islamabad Police is in a quandary regarding the arrest of former Senate chairman Nayyar Bukhari and his son Jarar Shah for slapping a plain-clothed constable at the entry gate of F-8 Kutchehry in spite of the arrest warrants issued against them. Sources said that the police have constituted a special team for the arrest of Pakistan Peoples’ Party (PPP)’s stalwart. However, they are waiting for the Interior Ministry’s directives. The ministry has not issued any orders in this regard. Arrest warrants for both father and son were issued by Civil Judge Jawad Hussain Adil on Thursday, who directed Margalla police station SHO to ensure the arrest of the accused at the earliest. Sources confirmed that Nayyar Bukhari is present in Islamabad, but he is not in his own house. Sources said, however, that he might get a bail, as he has reportedly been told by the government to get a pre-arrest bail in the case.

The Margalla Police registered an FIR against the former chairman of the Upper House under sections 353/506/186/34 PPC on the complaint of Muhammad Riaz, a head constable of the Special Branch, Islamabad, who was deployed at the entry point with other policemen. “I was engaged in body search of the people coming to the district court at 9:30am on Wednesday during threat alert when two persons tried to enter without a body search,” Riaz said, and added, “One of them thrashed me publicly when I told them they would have to submit to a body search.” Riaz said that Nayyar Bukhari used abusive and humiliating language against him saying, “Don’t you know who am I?” Inspector General (IG) Tariq Masood Yasin had strongly reacted to the incident and ordered the arrest of the accused. He said that police personnel offer sacrifices of their lives for the safety of VIPs and should not be treated the way Bukhari had treated them. He vowed to set an example for future. PPP SLAMS POLICE, GOVT: React-

ing to the news, opposition leader in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah lashed out at the IG Islamabad for the FIR against Nayyar Bukhari, saying: “The Islamabad IG is more loyal than the king himself.” He asked the police chief where he was when police personnel were attacked there. He said that the incident is being needlessly made into an issue merely to please the federal government. He said that the matter of the FIR against the former chairman would be taken up in the parliament. ‘NOTHING HAPPENED’: Bukhari, who is a senior leader of the PPP, was booked by Islamabad police after his son slapped a plain-clothed constable at the entrance of a local court. Earlier, Nayyar Bukhari claimed that ‘nothing happened’, but CCTV footage of the incident showed that was not true as he could be clearly seen shoving the constable, while his son Jarar slapped the Special Branch constable. LAW IS TRANSITORY, FRIENDS ARE FOREVER: Islamabad District Bar Association also condemned the ar-

rest warrant against Nayyar Bukhari and went on strike in solidarity with him, as he is also a lawyer by profession and an ex president of the association. Bokhari is a senior PPP leader from Islamabad and has served as chairman of the Senate from March 2012 to March 2015. Taking to Pakistan Today a senior police official said that a police team had been constituted and Bukhari would be arrested tonight or in the morning. However, he said that it is a bailable offence, so he could avoid arrest in case if he got bail. It is pertinent to mention here that the incident occurred at a time when the federal capital and Rawalpindi are on high alert and security agencies have been directed to maintain a strong vigil.


The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) to vacate Axact company offices after forensic audit. The court remarked that the FIA can only freeze the money earned through illegal means. The division bench of the apex court headed by Justice Gulzar Ahmad heard the case filed by Axact company. During the course of proceedings, the court was informed that Axact offices were in FIA control for investigations. The court remarked that Axact company offices were made for FIA. The court directed the FIA to vacate Axact offices after forensic audit of the company. The court also sought a reply from the federation over freezing Axact company bank accounts. The court also stopped the trial court to issue any directive regarding Axact company accounts till apex court order. Later, hearing of the case was adjourned for two weeks.


Foundation Dialogue for peace in collaboration with Fystikkaleen school arranged the world campaign “Voices of world campaign” in Oslo Norway yesterday. At the end of the conference, the participants maintained that everyone must take their share of responsibility for creating an inclusive society where extremism cannot grow. Ambassador from Pakistan to Norway Riffat Masood also participated in the conference and expressed about the role of Pakistan to curb terrorism.

PTI to provide admin evidence against people involved in women’s harassment ISLAMABAD stAff rePort

The Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has decided to provide recordings, footages and other evidence involving harassment and molestation of party’s women activists during its public meetings in Islamabad and Lahore to the administration in an attempt to bring the culprits to book. “The party will provide all videos and footages of the public meetings to the administration to help identify those involved in harassment of party’s women activists,” PTI Central Secretary Information Naeemul Haq said in a statement released by party’s Central Media Department on Thursday. Haq is heading the four-member committee formed by PTI Chairman Imran Khan to investigate the harassment incidents during party’s Foundation Day rally in Islamabad. Haq held a meeting with other committee members – Nafeesa Khattak, Col (r) Younus Ali Raza and Talat Naqvi – on Thursday and examined the video evidence related to the matter. One of the committee members


told Pakistan Today that they were compiling the evidences and a report would be prepared within a few days. Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had also taken serious notice of the indecent incidents, and issued orders for arrest of the accused at the earliest. The PTI, earlier on Wednesday, cancelled its public rally in Faisalabad, fearing similar incidents. Party chief Imran Khan alleged that the suspects who attacked women during the rally in Islamabad appeared to be goons let loose by the Pakistan Mus-

lim League-Nawaz (PML-N). Khan also said that he had lost trust in the Punjab Police for failing to protect women participants of PTI’s Lahore rally. In response to PTI chairman’s allegations, Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan said he was ready to form a committee, comprising representatives of media and PTI administrators, to identify all the culprits through the National Database and Registration Authority and to award them strict punishment.

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