Swedish police find body of missing Pakistani journalist

   

How insecure is Pakistan that even sharing news of crime ; violence make it volunerable ; its agencies + Jihadi groups start hunting activists, reporters around world. Can imagine freedom of speech?

Swedish police find body of missing Pakistani journalist.

 Police in Sweden say they have found the body of Pakistani journalist, two months after he went missing.

Sajid Hussain, the editor of an ethnic Baloch news website, fled Pakistan in 2012 after getting death threats and was granted political asylum in Sweden.

A press freedom charity had suggested Pakistani intelligence was behind Hussain’s disappearance in early March.

But a Swedish police spokesman told the BBC their initial investigation did not suggest any foul play in the death.

Hussain, who was 39, was last seen boarding a train in Stockholm on his way to the city of Uppsala on 2 March, according to the press freedom charity Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

He was to collect the keys to a new flat but he did not get off the train in Uppsala, RSF said, quoting police. The charity said it was possible he had been abducted “at the behest of a Pakistani intelligence agency”.

In Pakistan, Hussain had been writing about enforced disappearances and organised crime in the country’s Balochistan province, which has witnessed a long-running nationalist insurgency.

Hussain’s wife, Shehnaz told the Pakistan newspaper Dawn that before fleeing for Sweden, her husband had sensed he was being followed. As well as writing about forced disappearances, he had exposed a drug kingpin in Pakistan.

“Then some people broke into his house in Quetta when he was out investigating a story,” she said. “They took away his laptop and other papers too. After that he left Pakistan in Septem­ber 2012 and never came back.”

Pakistan is considered one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be a journalist. It ranked 142nd out of 180 countries in the 2019 RSF Press Freedom Index.

Balochistan, in the west of Pakistan, has been the scene of a long-running nationalist insurgency. The Pakistani military has been accused of torturing and “disappearing” dissidents. Insurgent groups have also killed members of non-Baloch ethnic groups.

Online newspaper the Balochistan Times, for which Hussain was chief editor, reported his disappearance to Swedish police on 3 March. Relatives told Dawn they had waited two weeks before expressing their fears, in case he had gone into isolation because of the coronavirus outbreak.

کراچی میں فلیٹ سے نومسلم غیرملکی خاتون کی لاش برآمد

 

جاں بحق خاتون کی عمر 45 سال اور فلپائن سے تعلق تھا۔ فوٹو:فائل

جاں بحق خاتون کی عمر 45 سال اور فلپائن سے تعلق تھا۔ فوٹو:فائل

 کراچی: گزری کے علاقے میں فلیٹ سے غیرملکی خاتون کی لاش ملنے پر خوف و ہراس پھیل گیا۔

پولیس کے مطابق گزری التمش اسپتال کے قریب فاطمہ ہائٹس کے فلیٹ سے خاتون کی لاش ملی ہے۔ جاں بحق خاتون کی عمر 45 سال تھی اور ان کا تعلق فلپائن سے تھا۔

پولیس نے بتایا کہ ابتدائی تحقیقات کے مطابق جاں بحق ہونے والی غیر ملکی خاتون کی شناخت زارا کے نام سے ہوئی ، متوفیہ نے اسلام قبل کرکے میر عالم نامی شخص سے نکاح کیا تھا ، میر عالم نے خاتون کو کچھ عرصہ قبل طلاق دیدی تھی، شبہ ہے کہ زارا  نے خودکشی کی ہے تاہم پوسٹ مارٹم کی رپورٹ آنے کے بعد موت کی حتمی وجہ معلوم ہوسکے گی۔

بھائیوں کی بہن کے ساتھ مسلسل 3 سال تک جنسی زیادتی، بہن ظلم کی داستان سامنے لے آئی

گزشتہ دنوں گولڑہ، اسلام آباد کی رہائشی سمرین نامی لڑکی کی ویڈیو سوشل میڈیا پر وائرل ہوئی۔ جس میں وہ اپنے تین بھائیوں پر اس کو مسلسل 3 سال تک ریپ کرنے کا الزام عائد کر رہی ہے۔

مذکورہ لڑکی اپنی عمر 15 سال بتاتی ہے جبکہ اسکا الزام ہے کہ اسکے تین بھائی ساجد عابد اور واجد اسے تین سال سے زائد عرصہ سے جنسی ہوس کا نشانہ بنا رہے ہیں۔

جبکہ ویڈیو بنانے والی خاتون نے مبینہ طور پر متاثرہ خاتون سے یہ استفسار کیا کہ آیا یہ الزامات واقعی سچ ہیں تو مذکورہ لڑکی سمرین کا کہنا تھا کہ وہ یہ بیان باقاعدہ ریکارڈ اسی لئے کروارہی ہے کہ کسی شک کی گنجائش باقی نہ رہے۔

اطلاعات کے مطابق مبینہ طور پر متاثرہ لڑکی کے 4 بھائی ہیں جن میں سے تین پر زیادتی کا الزام ہے ۔  بتایا جا رہا ہے کہ پولیس نے ویڈیو وائرل ہونے کے بعد سمرین کے بھائیوں کو گرفتار کر لیا ہے اور معاملے کی تفتیش جاری ہے۔


 

14-Year-Old Pakistani Christian Girl Abducted in Faisalabad District

 


On Sunday, April 26, a 14-year-old Christian girl from Madina Town, located in the Faisalabad district of Punjab, Pakistan, was abducted by a group of armed Muslim men. According to local reports, the Christian girl’s family has filed a police report and is begging police to recover their relative.

According to the First Information Report (#834/20) filed with police, Myra Shehbaz was abducted by a group of Muslim men led by Muhammad Naqash. Eye witnesses claim that Myra was attacked while she was traveling to her workplace as a domestic worker on Sunday afternoon.

Pervez Masih, Younas Masih, and Naeem Masih, the eye witnesses, claimed that Myra’s abductors forced her into a car and that Myra tried to resist. These eye witnesses were unable to help Myra because abductors were armed and fired several shots into the air.

Nighat, Myra’s mother, told International Christian Concern (ICC) that she fears her daughter will be raped, forcefully converted is Islam, or even killed.

I beg the authorities to bring my daughter back,” Nighat told ICC. “The culprits should also be punished according to the law.

Abductions and assaults on women and girls from Pakistan’s religious minority communities are unfortunately common. According to a study by The Movement for Solidarity and Peace Pakistan, an estimated 1,000 women and girls from Pakistan’s Hindu and Christian community are assaulted, abducted, forcefully married to their captor, and forcibly converted to Islam every year.

The issue of religion is also often injected into cases of sexual assault to place religious minority victims at a disadvantage. Playing upon religious biases, perpetrators know they can cover up and justify their crimes by introducing an element of religion.

Pashtun Rights Activist Dies After Shooting Attack In Pakistan’s Tribal Areas

 


Pashtun rights activist and political leader Sardar Arif Wazir has died of injuries sustained in a shooting attack in Pakistan’s South Waziristan tribal district.

The Pashtun Tahaffuz Movement (PTM), a rights group that Wazir helped lead, confirmed to RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal that Wazir died in Islamabad on May 2.

Wazir was injured when the vehicle he was traveling in came under fire in the city of Wanna.

The attackers, who fired from another vehicle, have not been identified.

Police officials have confirmed that a search operation is under way to find the perpetrators of the attack, for which no group has claimed responsibility.

The rights watchdog Amnesty International on May 2 called on “the Pakistani authorities to carry out an independent and effective investigation.”

The attack came after Pakistani police arrested Wazir on April 17 for delivering an “anti-Pakistan” speech during a recent visit to Afghanistan. He was released on bail this week.

Mohsin Dawar, a member of Pakistan’s lower house of parliament and prominent figure in the PTM, earlier accused “state-sponsored militants” of carrying out the attack.

“The masters of the attackers should know that bullets, injuries, and prisons can’t weaken our resolve,” he wrote on Twitter.

There was no immediate response from the government.

The PTM has campaigned for civil rights for Pashtuns, the country’s largest ethnic minority, since 2018.

The group has attracted tens of thousands of people to public rallies to denounce the powerful Pakistani Army’s heavy-handed operations against militants in tribal regions that have killed thousands of Pashtun civilians and forced millions more to abandon their homes since 2003.

The PTM has been calling for the removal of military checkpoints in tribal areas and an end to “enforced disappearances,” in which suspects are detained by security forces without due process.

Pakistan’s government rejects allegations that its security forces and intelligence agents are responsible for forced disappearances.

Since the movement was formed in January 2018, international rights groups say authorities have banned peaceful rallies organized by the PTM and some of its leading members have been arbitrarily detained and prevented from traveling within the country. Some members have also faced charges of sedition and cybercrimes.

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) has said the authorities have made allegations of anti-state activities “an expedient label for human rights defenders, particularly those associated with the PTM.”