‘Please forgive me mother, I was wrong and you were right, they will kill me’

Shaheed Bibi Tasleem Solangi


KARACHI: Tasleem Solangi was the daughter of a livestock trader, was the third among six siblings, she did work around the house and she married to end family disputes.

After she saw her uncle, Abdul Hameed, work as a doctor, she knew right then that was her calling, helping people, curing people, saving people. Tasleem had passed her matriculation and after seeing her uncle, she wanted to continue her studies and become a doctor but could not do so because she got married.

She got married to settle a dispute among her family, she was hopeful that by marrying her cousin she would be able to resolve and settle issues, she compromised her dreams to help her family. She did what she thought was best and went against her mother. “I tried to stop her from getting married but she did anyway,” lamented Zakara Bibi Solangi, Tasleem’s mother, “she said that she was very lucky because she was getting married to her cousin and that she would manage to resolve the issues.”

Not being able to continue her own education did not deter Tasleem from imparting education to others. She would teach her siblings, mother, grandmother and others. “Tasleem first taught me how to write my name,” her mother recalls with teary eyes. “I am a doctor, please listen to me, is what she used to say.”

However, on March 7, 2008, in the Hajna Shah Village, Taluka Bara Masi Goth in Khairpur district, her dreams were buried with her. On that day … – Tasleem Solangi was brutally murdered in an alleged case of ‘kari’.

Before she died, she realized that there was no hope to resolve the family dispute, “please forgive me mother, I was wrong and you were right, they will kill me.” Tasleem sacrificed herself to save her family, and for that, she was chased by dogs before she was shot to death. Her dreams of bringing peace in her family were repaid by making her see her son, who was barely months old, being bitten to death by dogs. Her father was tied in a room and, through the window, was made to see his grandson being ripped, he watched helplessly as his daughter, being chased by dogs, ran out of site, he heard a gunshot and was made to assume the worst.

Tasleem’s brother Asif Solangi told Daily Times that his father had property worth almost five million rupees and this property was what his father’s brothers were after. This issue was what Tasleem gave up her dream for and in the end gave her life for.

Her family is now living in Karachi, hiding without any protection and living arrangements, while the inquiry of the case has started.

Staff report, dailytimes.com.pk

Protest against assassination of Christians in India

Khadijah Shah

KARACHI, PAKISTAN: The National Christian Party (NCP) staged a demonstration outside Karachi Press Club on Sunday to protest against the killings of Christians in Orissa and Karnataka in India.

Displaying placards and banners, they chanted slogans against church burning and the treatment of Christians in India. NCP Head Bashir Shafqat declared that the homes and places of worship of minorities were not safe in India. He stated that extremists were killing Christians and burning their homes and churches, forcing thousands of Christians to become homeless and added that such elements were also taking extreme actions against Muslims.

Ferhan Mazher
Chairman (Rays of Development Organization, Sargodha, Pakistan)

Decaying corpse of woman found

Khadijah Shah

KARACHI, PAKISTAN: The decaying cadaver of a young woman was found in the basement of a dwelling in the Boat Basin police limits on Saturday.

The decomposed body of Sabra, 48, wife of Sharif, was found in the basement of Green Belt City Apartment situated in Clifton in the Boat Basin police jurisdiction.

A watchman of the apartment saw her body and informed the police who shifted it to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre (JPMC) for legal formalities.

The lady medico-legal officer (MLO) JPMC said that the body was at least four days old. She conserved her viscera for chemical examination.

The police supposed the deceased was the servant of Abid Magsi and lived in the Shireen Jinnah Colony. Police also assumed that her relatives did not lodge any FIR of her missing.

Ferhan Mazher
Chairman (Rays of Development Organization, Sargodha, Pakistan)

2 inmates killed in Landhi jail riot

Faraz Khan

KARACHI: At least two prisoners were reported killed and 15 others, including policemen, critically injured during an uprising at Landhi jail on Wednesday.

Sources said the prisoners were reacting to ‘traditional’ beating of new prisoners. The beatings are administered for the jailers by convicted prisoners called ‘patails’ (beaters). A few days ago, some inmates got together and beat a patail, angering the jail superintendent, who reacted by sending a number of them into solitary confinement, infuriating many prisoners.

At about 4pm on Wednesday, two groups started a pretentious fight and turned on the prison guards as soon as they reached the spot. The clash escalated and the firing by police to contain the rioting killed two inmates.

Violence against women on the rise

Amar Guriro

KARACHI: The cases of violence against women are increasing alarmingly and within the last nine months about 1,464 cases of violence against women were reported in the province, of which 229 were murder cases and another 220 women killed under the allegation of so-called honor, or Karo-Kari, 67 women raped, another 50 women gang-raped, according to data compiled by the Aurat Foundation, an NGO working for women’s rights. Aurat Foundation obtained these figures from shelter homes, women’s crises centers, newspapers and citizen action committees for women rights for the project “Policy and Data Monitor on Violence against Women” in collaboration with the Violence against Women watch group.

According to the Aurat Foundation data in the first quarter (January-March 2008) about 328 cases of violence against women were reported out of which 80 women were murdered, 65 women were killed under the charges of Karo-Kari, on seven women murder was attempted, 14 were rape cases and 10 cases of gang rape were reported, 24 women committed suicides and 38 women were kidnapped.

In the second quarter (April-June 2008) the number of cases of violence against women almost doubled and about 390 cases were reported. The data shows that 74 women were murdered, 55 were brutally killed under Karo-Kari charges, 13 raped and 26 were gang raped, 43 committed suicides, two women were sold and 71 were kidnapped.

The data shows that the second last quarter (July-September) of 2008 was the worst for women of the province and an alarming 746 cases of violence were reported. The data shows that 75 murder cases were reported within 90 days of this quarter.

The so-called honor killings or Karo-Kari cases rose and about 100 cases were reported out of which 69 were women and 31 were men. About 12 cases of attempted murder on women were reported, 40 cases of rape and 14 cases of gang rape were reported, whereas 204 cases of abduction were also reported in this quarter. About 46 women committed suicides, one woman was burnt to death, 14 cases of sexual assault and 40 cases of kidnapping were reported, 74 women suffered custodian violence and 55 women suffered domestic violence.


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Two sisters killed by rivals of in-laws

Khadijah Shah

FAISALABAD, PAKISTAN, Oct 8: Two sisters were gunned down allegedly by the rivals of their in-laws in Chak 144-JB in Sahianwala police precincts on Wednesday.

Sarwat and Sumera were asleep in the courtyard of their house when Ghulam Sarwar and his seven accomplices allegedly opened fire at them and fled.

Both sisters died at the scene. However, other members of the family remained unhurt because they were sleeping in their rooms.

Both women were living in Karachi with their husbands and had come to their village to attend the funeral of their father-in-law.

Ferhan Mazher
Chairman (Rays of Development Organization, Sargodha, Pakistan)

Gang Rape Case Hearing Adjourned

By Imran Mazher

KARACHI, Pakistan: The case pertaining to the gang-rape of an 18-year-old girl from Lodhran in the vicinity of the Quaid’s Mausoleum was adjourned to Tuesday due to the pre-occupation of the
judge. The orders on the bail application of two of the accused earlier presented in the court were to be announced on Monday but as judge was busy in other cases, it was adjourned to Tuesday.

Razia Kubra, an 18-year-old girl from Lodhran, was gang-raped inside the Quaid’s Mausoleum allegedly by the employees of the mausoleum on March 9 this year, when she came to pay homage to founder of the nation along with her family members. She was found in a shaky condition outside the mausoleum on March 17. The police registered a case under section 365/B of the Pakistan panel court inserted in to the PPC through the protection of woman Act, 2006.

Three people were arrested after DNA report confirmed their involvement in the gang-rape and
through identification parade which was conducted in the court. The first person who was arrested was a security guard of the mausoleum Khadim Hussain and two others-Raja Arif ( an Accountant at the mausoleum) and Arif Ansar ( the assistant to the resident engineer).

One of the accused, Raja Arif has, however, submitted a bail application in the court, the hearing of which is being fixed for September 27.

Ferhan Mazher
Rays of Development Organization,
Sargodha, Pakistan.

Two accused of Wani exonerated

By Khadijah Shah

Karachi, Pakistan: The Judicial Magistrate, West, Syed Nadeem Shahzad Haider, issued the acquittal order on Tuesday of two of the accused involved in the kidnapping of their nieces because the case was not maintainable.

The Investigation Officer (IO) for the case submitted a report under Section 179 arguing that the case against the accused was not maintainable so they will be released. The court, accepting the
application, ordered their acquittal.

Two minor girls, eight-year-old Zainab and 10-year-old Sara, were allegedly kidnapped by their uncle, Shah Tareen, with the help of Ishaq and Sanober from Karachi and were sent to Kala Dhaka and handed
over to other people after a Jirga’s decision.

Shah Tareen married against the will of the Jirga. He was asked to hand over the two minor girls in return. He kidnapped two of his nieces and handed them over to aggrieved party under the settlement.

The two girls had submitted three applications before the court of Judicial Magistrate, West, Syed Nadeem Shahzad Haider, calling to provide protection to the family who still were receiving threats. Secondly,
they said, action should be taken against Jirga who they said had given illegal decision. Thirdly the police party who was sent to Mansehra to recover the missing girls had disappeared and the parents
of the girls themselves investigated into the affair.

The Judge later ordered that the two sisters be handed over to their mother. Zainab and Sara stated that they were kidnapped by their uncle Shah Tareen with the help of Ishaq and Sanober from Karachi.

Later, Ishaq took them to Kala Dhaka and detained them at his home, they said, adding they were forced to serve as maids.

The girls recorded their statements before the court. A letter of the DCO and political agent of the tribal area regarding recovery of the girls was also produced before the court.

The applicant and mother of the girls told the court that the police party sent by the Sindh home department on a court order to Mansehra for the recovery of her daughters had just delivered court orders to the DCO and immediately came back to Karachi, adding she had personally approached the DCO who deputed a Tehsildar to negotiate with the tribal people for the recovery of the girls.

She requested the court to take action against the police team for not complying with the court orders.

The judge directed the police party constituted for the recovery of the girls, to appear before the court on Aug 29 and asked the SHO of Gulbahar to provide security to the applicant.

On a pervious hearing, the police party stated in its report that the staff of Oghi police station had refused to cooperate with them by maintaining that the area of Kala Dhaka, where girls were detained,
was in the jurisdiction of Provincially Administered Tribal Areas and said a political Tehsildar of Kala Dhaka Jamshad Khan was negotiating with the local Jirga and the girls are likely to be recovered soon.

The applicant stated that Shah Tareen had married Jannat against her parents’ will in their native town in district Mansehra. To settle the dispute between the two families, a Jirga asked Tareen to hand over
his nieces to the aggrieved party as compensation.

Subsequently, he allegedly kidnapped the two girls and handed them over to a Jirga member, Sanober, in Karachi and later to a member of the aggrieved party, Ishaq, in Mansehra. The police had arrested Shah Tareen and Sanober following registration a case against them at SITE police station. Ishaq was also named in the FIR.

Ferhan Mazher
Chairman (Rays of Development Organization, Sargodha, Pakistan)

Karo-kari couple seeks fortification

By Khadijah Shah

Karachi, Pakistan Sept 23: Justice Salman Ansari of Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday issued notices to the district police officer of Larkana and 10 family members of a Hindu girl who married a man of her
tribe against the wishes of her elders and was later declared a Kari by an illegal Jirga.

Ms Raj Kumari and Rajesh Kumar moved the SHC through their counsel Javed Iqbal Burki of Aurat Foundation maintaining that their lives were in danger. Some influential people of their area, including
political personalities, were interfering in their family dispute, the couple maintained. The petitioners belonged to the Oad tribe.

Their marriage was disapproved by their elders because they had entered into a matrimonial contract before a court of law. Later a Jirga was held which declared it a karo-kari case.

The counsel urged the court to provide protection to the newly-weds, residents of Naudero and Dera Murad Jamali.

The court after hearing initial arguments issued notices to the DPO of Larkana and 10 relatives of the girl, including Master Nanak, Gulshan Ram, Mithal, Anwar, Zulfiqar and others to appear in court on a date to be fixed later by the office of the court.

Ferhan Mazher
Chairman (Rays of Development Organization, Sargodha, Pakistan)

Pakistan improves ranking to become 46th most corrupt country

KARACHI: Pakistan improved slightly its ranking on Transparency International’s Corruption Perceptions Index (CPI) released on Tuesday, and is now the 46th most corrupt country in the world.

“Pakistan has improved its ranking jumping from 138th of 180 countries to 134th, but the government still needs to save the country from a disaster,” Transparency International Chairman Adil Gillani said during a press conference at the Karachi Press Club. The CPI measures perceived levels of public sector corruption in a country and is a composite index based on surveys among experts and businessmen. The 2008 CPI scored 180 countries on a scale from zero (highly corrupt) to ten (highly clean). For the second year running, Somalia, Myanmar and Iraq received the poorest marks, with Somalia scoring 1.0 and Myanmar and Iraq scoring 1.3 each.

Denmark retained its ranking as the world’s least corrupt nation, alongside Sweden and New Zealand. All scored 9.3. “An analysis of Pakistan and India’s CPIs for the last 10 years shows a strongly inverse relationship between perceived corruption levels and the economy,” Gillani added. “In 1998, Pakistan and India’s reserves were at $1.6 billion and $26 billion respectively and in 2008 they are at $9.1 billion and $237 billion respectively,” Gillani said, adding that besides an increase in the gap of foreign reserves of Pakistan and India, Pakistan’s trade deficit has also increased manifold.

Gillani said that despite ratifying the UN Convention Against Corruption (UNCAC) on August 9, 2007, Pakistan has not initiated any reform to ease out the regulatory burden of doing business in the last one year. “The country needs immediate enforcement of good governance and a transparent administration to counter the acute problems of terrorism, hyperinflation, reduction of the KSE-100 index, the 20-percent devaluation in currency and the increase in the dollar’s value from Rs 64 to Rs 77 due to the bad governance during the last 10 years,” he said. staff report