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MNA, MPA granted bail after ‘anti-judiciary’ speech arrest

By Mehar Shafique A Kasur court has ordered the release of PML-N MNA Waseem Akhtar Sheikh, MPA Naeem Safdar and other workers of the ruling party on bail, a day after their arrest on charges of making derogatory speeches against judiciary. The PML-N lawmakers led a protest demonstration in Kasur yesterday, using expletives against judiciary,…

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PML-N MNA arrested over ‘derogatory speech’ against judiciary

By Mehar Shafique KASUR: Police have arrested a PML-N MNA for allegedly making derogatory speeches against higher judiciary and establishment in a public rally. MNA Waseem Akhtar Sheikh and MPA Naeem Safdar Ansari and at least 70 other PML-N workers were booked in two separate cases on charges of making provocative speeches during a public…

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19 days on, no clue to Kasur missing child

By Mehar Shafique KASUR: Police have failed to recover a five-year-old child who had gone missing 19 days ago from Kasur, family said. Faiq had gone out to buy candies on March 24 before he went missing. An FIR was registered at B-division police station and a special team was constituted to find the child….

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Girl found burnt, rape being investigated in Chichawatni

Report by: Zafar Iqbal Ansari CHICHAWATNI: An eight-year-old girl was found burnt in Chichawatni and police are investigating the claims of rape, Samaa reported Tuesday. She went missing on Sunday from Mehmoodabad area of Chichawatni, a tehsil in Sahiwal district. A few hours later, she was found unconscious, with burns on her body. The girl…

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PTI announces date of rallies across Pakistan

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf announced the dates of its rallies which will be held across Pakistan. Below is the schedule of PTI’s rallies in different cities of the country. 9th March: Sheikhupura and Nankana Sahab 11th March: Faisalabad 13th March: Gujrat 14th March: Jhelum and Chakwal 15th March: Multan 16th March: Gujranwala 17th March: Lahore 19th…

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Woman burnt by in-laws in Kasur

KASUR: A woman was allegedly burned by her in-laws over a petty issue in Kasur; the injured woman is in critical condition. The outraged in-laws of the woman allegedly set her on fire over a trivial issue. The woman’s 80 percent body was affected with burn injuries. The woman was shifted to Jinnah Hospital in…

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Zainab’s killer handed four death sentences

Lahore: A special anti-terrorism court on Saturday handed four death sentences and one life imprisonment to Imran Ali, charged with raping and murdering a little girl Zainab, in a case that shocked the nation and sparked countrywide protests against child abuse. Imran Ali, 24, had killed Zainab in Kasur city of Punjab last month. He…

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Zainab’s uncle expresses satisfaction over verdict

KASUR: Zainab’s paternal uncle on Saturday expressed satisfaction over the death sentence handed to Imran Ali for murdering the six-year-old minor in January.  He thanked everyone involved in the process of the investigation, arrest and sentencing of the murderer.

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Live Updates: Zainab’s murderer sentenced to death by hanging on four counts

LAHORE: Anti-Terrorism Court in Lahore announced the verdict of the Zainab rape-and-murder case on Saturday, sentencing him to death on four counts.  LIVE UPDATES We are satisfied but want the murderer to be hanged publicly, he says “I want to thank all institutions for playing their part in the arrest and punishment of Zainab’s murderer,…

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Punjab attorney general discloses details of the Zainab murder case verdict

LAHORE: Punjab Attorney General Ehtesham Qadir discloses details of the verdict pertaining to the rape-and-murder of Zainab, the 6-year-old girl from Kasur, on Saturday.   

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Watch: Timeline of Zainab murder case

The verdict of the murder case of Zainab will be announced by Lahore’s Anti-Terrorism Court. Here is a recap of how how the entire trial went.

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CJP Nisar thanks IG Punjab police over progress in Zainab murder case

LAHORE: Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Mian Saqib Nisar thanked Inspector General of Punjab police and dispensed with Zainab murder case. Hearing at the apex court’s Lahore Registry the suo moto murder case of little seven-year old Zainab who was killed in Kasur after sexual assault, CJP Nisar thanked IG Punjab Police Captain (rted.) Arif…

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Stronger legislation is required for issues related to child abuse

By Saman Siddiqui Child abuse or crimes against a child is the most pressing social issue of Pakistan. In April 2017, Pakistan Penal Code was amended through Criminal law Second Amendment Act 2016 to address the serious issues of child abuse. Through this amendment in Pakistan Penal Code punishments were enhanced for the crimes against…

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LIVE UPDATES: Another JIT formed to probe Shahid Masood’s claims

LAHORE: The Supreme Court of Pakistan was hearing the Zainab rape and murder suo motu case at its Lahore Registry today. Dr Shahid Masood, Zainab’s father, IG Punjab and other have reached the court. The hearing has just ended. Zainab was found dead in a trash heap on January 9, five days after she was…

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Why don’t we speak up against sexual abuse?

By Farah Jamil I am appalled…I am angry…I am grief stricken! It breaks my heart, each time when I come across news of such atrocity, inflicted by a human against another human. Many of us like to think that human beings are basically good, kind and generous, and will stand up for others in trouble…

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Zainab murder suspect patronised by political figures, had foreign currency accounts: Anchor tells SC

ISLAMABAD: Television anchor Dr Shahid Masood claimed before the Supreme Court on Thursday that the suspect in the Zainab rape and murder case was patronised by political figures and had foreign currency accounts.  A three-member bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan is hearing the case of the rape and murder of seven-year old Zainab…

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Jacket buttons helped police track down Zainab’s suspected murderer: report

Two large jacket buttons helped law enforcement agencies track down the suspected killer of seven-year-old Zainab Ansari in Kasur, a media report said. The jacket was similar to the one the 23-year-old serial child rapist, Imran Ali, was seen wearing in CCTV footages. The key evidence was found when investigators raided the suspect’s home after…

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Anger swells in Pakistan as Zainab murder suspect remanded

Islamabad: Pakistanis called Wednesday for the public execution of a suspect accused of raping and murdering six-year-old Zainab, in a case that enraged the country. The suspect, Imran Ali, was remanded in custody for 14 days by an anti-terrorism court in Lahore one day after his arrest over the rape and murder of Zainab Fatima…

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Senate body seeks public execution of child killers

ISLAMABAD: The Senate’s Standing Committee on Interior, led by Senator Rehman Malik, has unanimously approved a recommendation for public hanging of those found guilty of killing or raping children, Samaa reported Wednesday. According to our correspondent, the committee has submitted to Senate Secretariat a private bill seeking public execution of culprits involved in kidnapping, murder…

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Shame on you for clapping: Khursheed Shah slams Punjab CM in speech

ISLAMABAD: Leader of the Opposition in the National Assembly Syed Khursheed Shah on Wednesday slammed Punjab Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif for clapping and lauding efforts of police officers in his presser from the other day. Addressing the National Assembly, Khursheed Shah conveyed his anger and disappointment on the actions of Chief Minister Shehbaz Sharif for…

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Important disclosures made about Zainab’s murder suspect

LAHORE: Director General Punjab Forensic Laboratory Dr Tahir Ashraf Butt made important disclosures pertaining to the rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab Ansari, stating that it was obvious from the start that a serial killer was involved in the crimes.  Speaking exclusively to SAMAA TV, Tahir Ashraf Butt said that all heinous murders were committed…

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