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Outages continue to torture citizens

Outages continue to torture citizens

LAHORE – Power outages have increased to four to seven hours, as electricity shortfall widened and crossed the 1,400MW mark on Saturday. Hydel, thermal and other power generation sources decreased rapidly in the last three days, as the Pakistan Electric Power Company (PEPCO) failed to control the situation.
All power production sources touched their lowest ebb in recent days. Looking at the shortfall, PEPCO has also decreased supplies to the Karachi Electric Supply Company (KESC)

Politicians demand judicial inquiry into Wasti’s torture

ISLAMABAD – The brutal torture meted out to Syed Kabir Wasti, senior vice-president of Pakistan Muslim League (PML)-Likeminded, on Saturday attracted criticism from politicians across the political divide. Condemning the incident, they demanded the government to hold a judicial inquiry for exposing the culprits.
Ijazul Haq, the head of his own faction of the PML, Ijazul Haq said, “It is regrettable that unknown persons in an official vehicle thrashed a senior politician,” adding

Torture fed anti-regime wrath in Egypt: HRW

CAIRO – Anger against routine police abuse and torture has been a driving force behind the massive popular protests sweeping across Egypt, Human Rights Watch said in a report released on Tuesday.
“The Egyptian government’s foul record on this issue is a huge part of what is still bringing crowds onto the streets today,” Joe Stork, the US-based rights group’s deputy director of the Middle East and North Africa said in an accompanying statement. The 95-page report, “Work on Him

MPAs condemn police torture of journalist’s son

LAHORE – Members of the provincial assembly (MPA) on Monday condemned police torture of a journalist’s son and demanded prompt action over the issue while journalists protesting against the incident staged a walkout from the Punjab Assembly (PA) Press Gallery.
MPAs criticised police for torturing journalists, doctors, teachers and students and termed manhandling of Hassan Iftikhar, son of noted journalist Iftikhar Ahmed, at the Lahore airport as condemnable. They said that the

Saima’s body ‘showed signs of torture’

LAHORE – Police investigating a controversial alleged honour killing in Bahawalpur say it was not a case of suicide as claimed by the dead woman’s family.
The case hit the headlines because of a statement by PM Yousuf Raza Gilani that the woman was electrocuted following a decision by a local village council. Police say it was not “a simple suicide” as the postmortem examination showed signs of torture on her body. They say that the woman ran away from her village about six

PA passes resolution against torture of women

LAHORE – The Punjab Assembly on Tuesday passed a resolution to ensure women rights as provided by Islam to lessen violence. Opposition member Humaira Awais Shahid moved the resolution, in which she stated that incidents of violence against women were on the rise and one of the reasons for such violence was denial to women rights as provided by Islam. Some treasury members opposed the motion, which though was passed through voice voting.
The second resolution moved by Mehr

Electricity and gas load-shedding continue to torture citizens

LAHORE – Citizens, already crushed by sky-rocketing inflation and shrinking incomes, had to face another torturous Sunday, as electricity and gas load shedding continued unabated, Pakistan Today has learnt. Despite being a public holiday, citizens could not get any relief despite the fact that all offices and educational institutions were closed.
Absence of two basic utilities spoiled the holiday of many consumers, who could not even cook food or wash clothes. Electricity was

WikiLeaks torture cables no surprise: Kashmiris

SRINAGAR – Hurriyat Conference leaders in Indian-held Kashmir said on Saturday that reports in leaked US diplomatic cables that Indian armed forces used torture in the disputed state came as no surprise.
The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) provided US diplomats in 2005 with evidence of systematic use of torture by Indian security forces in IHK, the cables released by WikiLeaks said.
“There was nothing new. I, too, was subjected to third-degree torture in

Torture incidents on the rise in Okara

OKARA – Torture incidents seem to be ever increasing in the suburban Okara for the last few months. Seven people, namely Muhammad Mansha, Javed Iqbal, Imtiaz Ahmad, Mukhtiar and Nasir along with their 2 unknown accomplices, armed with sticks barged in the house of Ejaz Bibi, wife of Maqbool Hussain, resident of 24/GD, and tortured her and her daughter Robina Kausar.
In another incident, seven people; Muhammad Siddiq, Muhammad Hanif, Muhammad Tariq and Javed along with their

Investigation team formed to probe Hindu labourer’s torture case

MIRPURKHAS: An inquiry committee was set up on Sunday to investigate the case of the labourer who was allegedly set on fire by a landlord and his aides in Kot Ghulam Mohammad taluka of Mirpurkhas district on Saturday (November 13).
The investigation team comprises of Sindhri Supervisory Police Officer (SPO) Mohammad Ayub Dar, Satellite town SPO Bilawal Maher, Kot Ghulam Mohammad (KGM) Station House Officer (SHO) Lala Javed and KGM Police Investigation Officer Abdul Sattar

LHC CJ orders judicial inquiry into LDA torture incident

LAHORE: Taking notice of the torture on a former Lahore Development Authority (LDA) school teacher and journalists from a private television channel, the Lahore High Court chief justice on Saturday ordered a judicial inquiry headed by Cantt Magistrate Masroor Anwar to ascertain the facts of the incident.
The inquiry will begin on November 1 (Monday) and the magistrate will submit its report to the LHC in 48 hours. Fouzia Iftikhar Khan had visited the LDA Building on Friday along