Category Archives: Pakistan

Stab victim Khadija Siddiqi: ‘My case is a fight for all Pakistani women’

A student who was stabbed 23 times in daylight in one of Pakistan’s busiest streets has accused the country’s justice system of misogyny after her attacker, having been found guilty of attempted murder, was sensationally acquitted last week.

Khadija Siddiqi was ambushed as she collected her six-year-old sister from school two years ago. She was repeatedly slashed across the throat and abdomen by fellow student Shah Hussain in an attack she said was motivated by revenge after she had spurned his advances. She escaped with her life only after her driver managed to drag Hussain off her. Her attacker was sentenced to seven years in prison – the minimum for attempted murder. But in an extraordinary turn, last week he was acquitted by the high court following claims by his lawyers that it had been Siddiqi who had pursued him, based on a letter she had written when she was 17, and that she had wanted the case to become “high profile”.

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Hundreds of dead newborn girls have been found dumped in garbage piles in Pakistan over the last year

Hundreds of dead newborn girls have been found dumped in garbage piles in Pakistan over the last year amid a cultural preference for boys, it has emerged.

A total of 345 babies have been found dead in refuse heaps in Karachi, Pakistan’s most populous city, since the beginning of 2017 with 99 per cent of them found to be girls, according to local reports.

In one horrifying case, a four-day-old was found dead with her throat slit. Another newborn was left on the steps of a mosque only to be stoned to death when a cleric assumed it was an ‘illegitimate baby’, a charity reported.

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Christian family-of-four are shot dead in Pakistan by armed men on a motorcycle a day after Easter

Four members of a Christian family were gunned down in southwestern Pakistan on Monday in the latest attack on the minority community.

The family were travelling in a rickshaw when armed men on a motorcycle intercepted them and opened fire in Quetta city, the capital of Baluchistan province.

A woman was rushed to hospital. Her father and three cousins were killed.

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Pakistan: Court frees 20 Muslims suspected of burning Christian couple alive in industrial kiln for “blasphemy”

There is a two-tier justice system in Pakistan, which essentially means that Christians and other non-Muslims rarely get justice. If there were any country in which Muslims were treated the way Christians are in Pakistan, there would be screaming international headlines for weeks or longer. But no one will take any particular note of this.

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‘University Of Jihad’ Gets Public Funds Even As Pakistan Fights Extremism

Pakistan’s so-called university of jihad is led by a man who proclaims himself “the father of the Taliban,” and counts some of the world’s most notorious terrorists among its alumni.

It also receives millions of dollars in aid from the government of the restive Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province along the Pakistan-Afghan border, even as Islamabad carries out a national program to tackle extremism.

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How Pakistan Supports the Taliban and Why the United States Does Nothing

American military leaders are still in denial about fighting the wrong war in Afghanistan.

After successfully toppling the Taliban regime in 2001, the United States and our NATO allies implemented a policy of nation building to bolster the new Afghan government. Moreover, the coalition employed counterinsurgency tactics against the growing number of Taliban fighters that were returning to Afghanistan from safe havens in Pakistan within eighteen months of their defeat.

Contrary to the conventional wisdom circulating in the offices of the Pentagon, the conflict in Afghanistan is not an insurgency, but a proxy war. One can arguably claim that the Taliban comprises a wholly-owned subsidiary of Pakistani intelligence, the ISI.

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Uproar in Pakistan over ‘torture and sexual abuse’ of Christian youths

On Friday, Sajid Masih, a 24-year-old blasphemy suspect, leapt from the fourth floor of the Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) Punjab headquarters in Lahore and severely injured himself. In a video statement, Sajid alleged that he jumped because the FIA officials tortured him and ordered him to “sexually assault” Patras Masih, his cousin and the main accused in an online blasphemy case.

“They asked me to abuse myself, but I refused to do so. Later, they asked me to sexually assault my cousin, but I remained silent and jumped from the building,” he said.

Following Sajid’s accusations, FIA Director General Bashir Ahmed Memon ordered an official inquiry.

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Pakistani court wants names, ages & family info of those who left Islam

A Pakistani court has ordered the citizen database to hand over a list of an estimated 10,000 people believed to have requested a change of religion. The petition is the latest move by mainstream Muslims to criminalize Qadianism.

On Monday, Justice Shaukat Aziz Siddiqui, of the Islamabad High Court (IHC), ordered Pakistan’s Citizen Authority (NADRA) provide information on residents who reportedly changed their religion from Islam to Qadianism. Qadiani, or Ahmadi Muslims are believers of a minority Islamic sect considered heretical by other, mainstream, Muslims.

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Christian man accused of blasphemy, jumps off FIA building in Pakistan

A Christian man accused of blasphemy in Pakistan reportedly jumped off the fourth floor of the building of an investigation agency in Lahore, according to officials.

Sajjad Masih, 28, who has been in critical condition at Mayo Hospital, said the FIA had called him to their headquarters at Regal Chowk to record statement. He said the officials allegedly tortured him and snatched his mobile phone.

“They asked me to abuse myself, but I refused to do so. Later, they asked me to sexually assault my cousin, but I remained silent and jumped from the building,” he said.

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My trip to Pakistan’s ‘Jihadi Disneyland’

Not so long ago, Barack Obama called Waziristan ‘the most dangerous place in the world’. It was the losing front in the war on terror, a lawless region in the Federally Administered Tribal Areas of Pakistan infested with Taleban and terrorism. Today, thanks to the Pakistan army, even a risk-averse hack like me can go there with scarcely a tremor. On Wednesday, as part of a British media delegation, I flew by military helicopter to Miranshah, the administrative HQ of north Waziristan. The soldiers took us to a newly built ‘markaz (hideout) re-enactment’ centre, which we quickly renamed Jihadi Disneyland. It is a true-to-life terrorist den, constructed by Pakistani soldiers with extraordinary attention to detail.

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‘A man can do anything – but a woman needs to behave’: Muslim husband screams furious abuse at his wife after catching her stroking shirtless model’s six-pack on hidden camera

 

  • Posted on the YouTube channel To Catch A Cheater, the video captures a man named Mohammed Ahmed detail how he doesn’t trust his wife
  • He explains that since the couple moved to the US from Pakistan, his wife has been fraternizing with a female friend he doesn’t trust………
  • While the wife appeared to pass the test, Mohammed became hysterical in the aftermath, telling the camera crew his wife deserved to be beaten

‘Back in Pakistan, I tell her, you sit home, she sit home. I tell her come, she cover face, she comes. Here, phone, phone, every time phone. I do not like.’

‘America no good, girls no good,’ he added.

‘We beat in Pakistan, beat…’

The couple have been married for eight years and living in America for three.

“So glad we got him!” Check out the video at the link.

 

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Why is Britain keeping quiet about Pakistan’s assault on free speech?

In recent times Pakistani social media activists of a liberal, secular persuasion have been abducted by agents of the state, tortured then released after a few weeks. Invariably they then give up the blogging business: they stop criticising the country’s military establishment, or the militant religious groups long backed by the army as proxy warriors.

Last month saw another abduction of a peace activist in Lahore. A Marxist professor was found dead in Karachi yesterday.

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