New Delhi: After five police officers in Islamabad were arrested for allegedly killing a 21-year-old man, a judicial magistrate sent the accused to three-day physical remand Sunday.
On Friday, the police received a tip-off about a robbery attempt and while canvassing the area, they spotted a “suspicious vehicle” with tinted windows. They asked the car’s driver, who was Usama, to pull over, and when he did not comply they chased the vehicle and shot at the tires.
“Unfortunately, two bullets hit the driver,” said a spokesperson of the Islamabad police.
However, according to a spokesperson of the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, the post-mortem revealed that Usama was shot six times — in the chest, back and head.
Pakistan’s Interior Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmed also visited his family Sunday and assured them that strict action would be taken against those involved.
According to a report in Pakistani daily The International News, crime rate in Islamabad has been increasing alarmingly. Cases of armed robberies, street crimes and kidnappings are being reported in the city every day, even in the city’s posh areas.
Pakistan pays British firm $28.7 mn for breach of contract under Musharraf
Pakistan had to make a payment of $28.706 million (Rs 4.59 billion) to British firm Broadsheet LLC after losing a long-running litigation in the London High Court.
Broadsheet LLC is a UK-based foreign asset recovery firm and in 2003, it was hired by the National Accountability Bureau — an anti-corruption federal institution in Pakistan — to trace the assets of more than 200 Pakistanis in the US and UK, which included politicians, businessmen and generals. General Pervez Musharraf was prime minister of the country at the time.
This list included politicians like Benazir Bhutto, Asif Ali Zardari and Nawaz Sharif, who were named as chief targets. However, the firm did not recover a single asset of any target anywhere in the world.
The case started after the NAB ended its contract, which violated the terms and conditions discussed. The London High Court held NAB guilty for breach of contract and contractual damages in December.
11 Hazara coal miners killed by Islamic State in Balochistan
Islamic State gunmen killed at least 11 coal miners who belonged to the Hazara community in Pakistan’s Balochistan province Sunday. The 11 coal miners were abducted at gunpoint and then taken to a secluded area in the nearby hills where they were attacked. The IS took responsibility for the killings later.
Hazaras used to primarily live in Afghanistan and at one point constituted almost 67 per cent of the total population in the country. However, in 1893, more than half of them were massacred during the civil war in Afghanistan and many of them migrated to parts of Iran and Pakistan.
In Pakistan, they mainly reside in Quetta, in the Balochistan province. Unlike Pakistanis, who are mostly Sunni, Hazaras follow the Shi’ite sect of Islam. They are of Mongol descent and their Mongol physical characteristics distinguish them from the other ethnic groups in the area. Hazaras mostly speak Hazarangi, but many also speak Dari Persian as a second language.
Since they follow a different sect of Islam and have distinguishable features, they have often been the target of Sunni extremists. In 2019, at least 16 people were killed in Quetta a bomb blast that allegedly targeted the Hazara community.
Couple arrested for making TikTok videos in police uniform
The Rawalpindi police Sunday arrested a couple for making TikTok videos while wearing police uniforms.
The Express Tribune reported that the wife would present herself as a police officer at the Adiala jail in Rawapindi, in her videos.
A case was registered against the couple, and police uniforms, a laptop and a mobile phone were recovered from them.
According to a report in Dawn, the woman had tried to join the police department after her matriculation, but was unable to qualify. This is why she started making TikTok videos with her husband, wearing a police uniform.