Shaheed Bibi Hanifa: Ghotki, Sind

Ghotki DPO uncovers brutal murder of woman

(Shaheed Bibi Hanifa: Ghotki, Sind)

Saturday, November 22, 2008

By Imtiaz Hussain

KHAIRPUR: DPO Ghotki on Friday announced that he had traced the killers of a woman, who was murdered on the pretext of Karo-Kari.

DPO Javed Sonharo Jiskani told The News that Hanifa was brutally killed by her spouse four days ago in village Muhammad Ismail Mahar in the limits of the Yaro Lund Police Station of Ghotki.

He said the murder was secret and even the police did not take any notice of the gruesome murder. He said someone informed him on telephone about the incident, following which he conducted a comprehensive inquiry. DPO Javed said he found that Hanifa moved to Rahim Yar Khan to her sister’s home to take refuge from her husband, who had accused her of having illicit relations with her second cousin (husband of her sister), and wanted to kill her on this baseless charge.

He said a notable of the area Muhammad Ismail Mahar later intervened and guaranteed to Hanifa that her husband will not kill her and motivated her to return to her house. The DPO said the woman was killed allegedly by her husband and during the inquiry, he found that before killing the woman on the charge of Karo Kari, her husband Waryam also tortured her to extract confession that she had illicit relations with her second cousin. She was put in a ditch with threats that she would be buried alive if she did not confess.

Hanifa, however, refused to confess and her husband allegedly killed her and buried her body without funeral rites, the DPO said.

Nafisa rushes to Khairpur to probe Tasleema’s murder

Shaheed Bibi Tasleema Solangi

By Imtiaz Hussain

KHAIRPUR: MNA Nafisa Shah Jillani rushed from Islamabad to Khairpur on Tuesday to find out the true story behind the murder of Tasleema Solangi.

Nafisa Shah, a former Nazim of the Khairpur district, was all ready to leave for Turkey as a team member of Prime Minister Yousuf Raza Gilani. But the brutal murder of a young girl of her district made Nafisa Shah rush to Khairpur on the directives of President Zardari to investigate the issue.

Sources said that SP Investigation Ghulam Akbar Wagan had informed the MNA that Tasleema Solangi was shot dead with a locally-made pistol and that neither she was thrown before dogs nor she was pregnant at the time of her murder. The SP has also, reportedly, said that the lady doctor who conducted the post-mortem of the girl did not mention any sign of torture on her body nor confirmed that she was pregnant. Meanwhile, Nafisa Shah, accompanied with police officers of the district, visited Tasleema’s home village Hajina Shah, where she met some elders of the village and also with female relatives of the deceased girl to get details of the gory incident.

Shah said she was trying to find out the actual story and only the facts would determine the fate of the case. She said the criminals would be brought to justice and given an exemplary punishment. She said she would also meet the accused, adding her inquiry would be completed within two days.

Police recovers ‘Kari’ after late-night assaults

Khadijah Shah

KHAIRPUR, PAKISTAN Oct 5: Police recovered Ms Naheed Lashari, who had been declared as Kari by a Jirga and had been missing since the Jirga verdict, after raids on different villages late on Saturday night.

Sources in Sobhodero police revealed that Ms Naheed would be produced in court on Monday to record her statement before the judge.

Police had also arrested three Lashari men on charges of being involved in holding the Jirga, which declared Naheed as Kari and one Aziz Lashari as Karo, reported ROD.

Meanwhile, Abbas Lashari, Naheed’s husband, continued protest in Razidero on the second consecutive day on Sunday in protest against the Jirga verdict. Abbas’ children and other family members joined him
in the protest.

He told ROD that his wife was not a Kari and the Jirga had leveled a false allegation against her. He demanded that the chief minister take notice of the incident to provide justice, and order to order the police to bring the Jirga-holders to justice.

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

Jirga declares woman Kari, smacks fine on man involving girl-child

Illegal Jirga implements ‘Swara’, and involves a 3-Year old child in the deal.

Khadijah Shah

KHAIRPUR, PAKISTAN, Oct 4: A married woman was allegedly declared kari in a Jirga and it was decided that she should be killed while the man alleged to be Karo was asked to pay Rs 100,000 ($US 1316) and a girl’s hand as fine.

According to sources, a Jirga was held between two groups of Lashari community under the supervision of area notable Ashiq Abbasi near Razidero, Gambat taluka, about a week ago.

The woman Naheed Lashari was allegedly declared kari whereas the man alleged to be Karo, Aziz Lashari, was asked to pay Rs 100,000 ($US 1316) and marry his three-year-old niece Farzana with one Naseer 5, as fine.

Ghulam Abbas, husband of accused woman along with his family members, relatives and father-in-law, reached Razidero press club on Friday evening and staged a protest.

He told ROD that his wife was not a Kari and added that his wife was missing after the Jirga decision and he suspected that she has been kidnapped. He added that he had declared on oath in the Jirga that his wife was not kari. He demanded of the concerned authorities to recover his wife
and provide her security.

When contacted on cell phone, Mian Ashiq Abbasi told newsmen of Gambat that he has neither supervised any jirga nor he has given any such decision.

Sources stated that area police raided various villages on Saturday to arrest Lashari community persons who are accused of holding Jirga but no arrest was made and no case was registered till the filing of this report on Saturday.

DPO Khairpur has directed SPO Sobhodero to hold an inquiry into the matter and find Ms Naheed Lashari as well as to provide her security.

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