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Zainab murder case: SC rejects convict’s appeal!

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Zainab’s father, Zainab Murder Case

LAHORE: A three-judge bench at the SC registry here has today rejected the convict Imran Ali’s appeal against the capital punishment handed to him by the anti-terrorism court for the rape and murder of six-year-old Zainab Amin in Kasur. 

Relevant pieces published earlier:

i) ATC-I here today has handed the pedophile serial killer Imran Ali four death sentences, one life term (in addition to seven-year incarceration) and over Rs. three million fine u/s 7 ATA for raping and murdering six-year-old Zainab Amin in Kasur.  Trial court – that was given seven days for completion of the trial by LHC –  concluded hearing and handed over the conviction within four days that is reckoned the swiftest case ever to be decided in Pakistan.  It is pertinent to mention here while prosecution, in addition to the DNA and polygraph tests, had produced over fifty-six witnesses against the convict, after his confession, the defense lawyer opted to quit saying that his conscience did not allow him to defend a killer.  The convict can challenge the conviction within fifteen days. (Published on 17th February 2018) 

ii) CM Punjab while addressing a presser today here has confirmed that the nabbed 24-year-old Imran was the serial killer who had raped and murdered eight minor kids, including Zainab. Head of Punjab Forensic Science Agency informed that 1150 samples were taken from men aging between 20-45 living in the 2.5km radius around the scene of crime. He told that it was 1108thprofiling that finally led them to the culprit. Zainab’s father Haji Amin Ansari who was present on the occasion thanked the concerned authorities for finding his daughter’s killer. CM, who tried to score a political point by citing a similar case of a minor’s rape and murder in KPK, very prudently refused to answer a question as to what the same police and other agencies were doing since the murder of the first child in Kasur back in 2015. (Published on 23rd January 2018) 

iii) Police here has claimed to have nabbed the serial killer who had raped and killed 8 minor girls – including most recently Zainab – here since 2015. According to details, by means of DNA test Police has confirmed that the 24-year-old culprit named Imran Ali – who lived near Zainab’s home – was the serial killer.  Ironically, the serial killer was earlier arrested but was allowed to go. Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have insinuated that though Police was aware who the culprit was, it did not disclose his identity as he had disappeared from his house. He was nabbed from Pakpattan where he was hiding at a relative’s place.  His accomplices and family members have also been taken into custody. Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have informed that the serial killer who is the eldest of the seven siblings (two brothers and four sisters) lived with his paternal uncle.  However, spokesperson of Punjab Government has said that tissues had been sent for confirmation and until a detailed forensic report was received  (by 7 PM today) he could not confirm reports apropos DNA match. 

The spokesperson, while informing that the killer has been arrested from Pakpattan,  has said that there was a well-found reason to believe that the arrested man is the serial killer. The Provincial CM will share the findings with the nation at a Presser this evening.  Nevertheless, Police – that claims the culprit has confessed to the crimes – has released gruesome details: The serial killer had committed the first rape and murder in the month of June 2015. Three of his victims survived. Informing about one of those who survived (but still in coma) the culprit reportedly confessed that while he was committing rape in an under-construction house somebody entered the building and after a scuffle, he fled from the scene of crime taking advantage of the dark.  Confessing about his last victim (Zainab) he said when he told her that her parents were back from Umra she gladly accompanied her to meet them. (Published on 23rd January 2018) 

iv) CJP has heard today an appeal from Amin Ansari, father of murdered Zainab, against the production of a telefilm on her life sans his permission. It is pertinent to mention here that the said telefilm drew public fury and Amin Ansari had proclaimed last month that he would sue the concerned channel. Telefilm Zainab Kay Qatil, penned by known novelist Umera Ahmed, happens to harbor 65 characters. Its executive producer Kashif Kabeer had told about the future screening of the telefilm in cinemas and festivals worldwide. CJP taking notice of Amin Ansari’s appeal apropos production of telefilm without his consent has ordered the Advocate General Punjab, Attorney General, and Pemra to submit their reports.

v) Zainab’s father to sue telefilm makers, Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have been intimated that Amin Ansari, the father of Zainab, who got raped and murdered in Kasur, has proclaimed to sue a private TV channel for making a telefilm depicting his daughter and the horrific crime. Claiming that no one bothered to come for taking his permission before making any such endeavor, he further added that he will not give a go ahead nod to anyone for using his dead daughter’s name for their conferred concern. Moreover, Amin Ansari is also going to file a case against a UK-based non-government organization (NGO) for exploiting the name of his daughter for its vested interest. Like the TV channel, the NGO also did not bother to seek his permission before filming his vicinity as well as the school of Zainab in the Munir Shaheed Colony. Our sources have been informed that the NGO also visited different schools of the locality so as to spread awareness among the children as to how they can save themselves by raising their voices etc.

Moreover, they are going to hold an Iftar dinner on 10th of Ramazan in Manchester for fundraising so as to construct a center in the UK for women, orphan children, and victims of abuse. Ansari says the NGO has no right to use the name of Zainab for fundraising. It is pertinent to mention here that the news of making a venture harboring the details about the horrendous crime has received resentment by the public, civil society, and social media. The filmmakers release the poster of the endeavor wherein, a bearded man (culprit) can be seen shutting the mouth of the girl (the victim). Upon which, the makers have been slammed for being insensitive. As a matter of fact, such sorts of movies and posters only glamorize the sinful act while spreading sensationalism to make money. (11th of May, 2018)

vi) Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have been informed that a telefilm based on the brutal rape and murder of girl child namely Zainab, 7, is on the cards. The telefilm labeled Zainab Kay Qatil is penned by celebrated writer Umera Ahmed, who had also written a serial titled Baaghi based on the life and tragic death of Qandeel Baloch. The project harbors the true occurrences of the horrendous crime that resulted in the catastrophic demise of Zainab.  It has further been learned that the telefilm would also diffuse awareness regarding protection of naïve kids from becoming the victims of pedophiles. According to the details, Suhail Sameer will portray the role of Imran (the offender) while Hamna Amir will be seen playing Zainab in the upcoming venture. Actors Irfan Khoosat and Saba Faisal will also be the part of the said endeavor. The project is slated to release in 2018. Readers may recall how this minor was raped and slain in Kasur last January. The incident jolted not only people of Pakistan but also made the populace globally realize the importance of measures to curtail abuse and violence against children. (9th of May, 2018) 

 

 

 

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Pakistan improves mechanism to handle AML/CFT issues

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ISLAMABAD: The Finance Minister, Dr. Shamshad Akhtar said Friday that the Finance Ministry has improved institutional mechanisms for handling Anti-Money Laundering and Countering Financing of Terrorism (AML/CFT) issues.
Chairing a meeting here Friday in the wake of Financial Action Task Force (FATF) Plenary meeting in Paris, the Minister expressed Pakistan’s strong resolve to keep up efforts on the counter financing of terrorism.
Foreign Minister, Abdullah Hussain Haroon and National Security Advisor Lt. General (retd) Nasser Khan Janjua, were also present on the occasion.
She added that the coordination between Central Bank, banking institutions, and law enforcement agencies have also been strengthened to curb money laundering and terror financing.
She invited participants to share their views and suggestions to further strengthen measures and put in place a strong implementation mechanism in this regard.
The participants while underscoring Pakistan’s resolve to further strengthen the AML/CFT regime emphasized and agreed on the formation of a high-level implementation committee to regularly oversee progress made by different agencies and departments engaged in the drive to counter financing of terrorism.
The meeting stressed inter-governmental cooperation as well as inter-agencies coordination for better results. The meeting was also briefed on the preparations by Pakistan’s delegation scheduled to attend FATF meeting at Paris.

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Missing persons: CJ summons DG Rangers, IGP, Sindh

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ISLAMABAD: Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar has summoned the Director General Rangers, Inspector General Police, Sindh, provincial heads of intelligence agencies, at Karachi on June 24 at 12:00 pm. 

Chief Justice issued the orders during his visit to District Courts, Larkana where some people met him and complained that their relatives are missing and their whereabouts are still unknown, said a press release issued here by SC. Chief Justice Mian Saqib Nisar in his visit to District Courts met judges, lawyers and litigants there and witnessed court proceedings, inspected case files, observed court procedures and heard in detail grievances of people and hardships faced by litigants and lawyers and facilities extended to them in court premises.

He also visited judicial lockup and heard complaints and issues of under-trial prisoners. His took stock of overall performance of district judiciary and prosecution services. He also showed displeasure over the absence of prosecution lawyer in cases. CJ also directed the judges to decide cases expeditiously in accordance with law and asked lawyers to appear in cases regularly and avoid undue and frequent adjournments so that cases can be decided in time and prompt relief can be extended to litigant parties.
During the court proceedings, CJ questioned the judges presiding over the courts and pointed out the shortcomings and discrepancies.

Taking of notice of the issue, he asked the Chief Justice, High Court of Sindh and Registrar, High Court of Sindh to take action against the delinquents and incompetent judges in accordance with law, so as to ensure speedy justice to people. Apart from that Chief Justice of Pakistan also visited Government hospital Sukkur, Chandka Medical College Hospital Larkana and Sheikh Zayed Women’s Hospital, Larkana and met the patients and heard their complaints and expressed his dissatisfaction over dreadful situation of hygiene and cleanliness in the hospitals and directed the concerned administration of the hospitals to improve it and address the complaints of patients so as to provide better health facilities to the patients.

During the visit to the hospitals, he observed many deficiencies in the services rendered to general public and therefore, taking notice of the dearth of services to general public, Chief Justice has directed Chief Secretary and Secretary Health, Government of Sindh to submit a detailed report about deficiencies and demands of hospitals, either of human resources, medical equipment or any other at the level of tertiary care hospitals and District Headquarters Hospitals overall Sindh Province by next 22nd July Monday.

Moreover, taking notice of excessive and unscheduled load shedding in hospitals, his lordship has directed WAPDA authorities to make hospitals free from load shedding so that patients can get better treatment. After all these visits, Chief Justice has observed that the apathy of the government is evident and reflects poorly on the pathetic state of governance in the province. He observed that all government departments need to put their act together in order to provide relief to the general public and serve them in the best possible way.

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Nail-biting Football World Cup matches claim a life

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Football World Cup matches claim a life

AMMAR AHMED KHAN

KERLA (India): Unable to bear the pain of his favorite team’s defeat, a devastated Argentinean football fan 30-year-old Dinu Alex from Kottayam, allegedly jumped into  Meenchal River here on Friday morning following Argentina’s shock defeat to Croatia in the FIFA World Cup on Thursday.

The Argentineans suffered a shock 3-0 defeat against Croatia in their second group match of the ongoing FIFA World Cup in Russia, proving that the underdogs are not to be underestimated.

A family member said that Alex – a graduate of the MG University Kottayam – seemed disturbed after the game and went missing for a few hours.

The police launched an immediate search to fish out his body but the relief operation was hampered due to heavy downpour.

Alex’s friends stated he was confident that Argentina would mount a comeback and make it through to the next round of the World Cup. However, after Argentina’s defeat, Alex was distraught and cried and switched off his phone, admitting that his team had let him down.

What we can learn from Dinu Alex is simple, this is real life. We don’t just give up because of something that didn’t go our way. His suicide would be justified, had he made a bad bet and spent most of his life savings, but not something people of the world would let slide still. For people have powered through worse situations and continued to live.

The point is simple; a fan committed suicide because he just wanted the pain to go away, forgetting that suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem.

Besides if he stuck around for longer he would know that Argentina still has a chance to qualify for the world cup thus proving they might have a “chance” to win even. But that’s wishful thinking for the most part.

A relevant piece published earlier:  Ivan Rakitic, Luka Modric, and  Ante Rebic scored one goal each here to write history by beating giant Argentina! The possibility of Argentina’s return in the game is still there.  In the last six decades, this happens to be Argentina’s worst group match defeat, and with only one point from two games it played its survival in the tournament would be difficult. Argentina will have to score well in the 3rd match against Nigeria. 

Football World Cup: Croatia beats Argentina 3-0

 

 

 

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