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Man arrested for killing sister, father for honor

FAISALABAD:The Faisalabad police on Wednesday arrested a man for killing his sister and father and injuring another sister for honor in Tallonadi area.

The police said that Rizwan stabbed his two sisters Sumaira, Saira and his father Mohammad Iqbal while they were sleeping and seriously injured them.

The injured were rushed to the Allied Hospital where Iqbal and Sumaira died of their wounds due to profuse bleeding while Saira was admitted for treatment. Doctors, however, said that she was in critical condition. ONLINE

The police arrested the alleged killed and seized the stab used in the gruesome act and shifted him to the police station for further investigation.


Christians protest deadly Taliban church attacks

FAISALABAD/LAHORE: Members of the Christian community on Monday took to the streets in Faisalabad and Lahore to register their protest over a Taliban attack on two churches in Lahore which left 15 people dead and more than 70 injured.

The bombings on Sunday occurred during prayers at two churches located around half a kilometre apart in the city’s Youhanabad neighbourhood that is home to more than 100,000 Christians.

Approximately 100 protesters gathered at Faisalabad’s Millat road today where they burnt tires and attacked a rickshaw. The protesters also blocked the Kamalpur Interchange on Faisalabad motorway.

Protesters in Lahore - DawnNews screen grab
Protesters in Lahore – DawnNews screen grab

The protesters then headed to Zila Council Chowk where they are expected to continue their demonstrations. Protests have been taking place in various parts of Faisalabad since Sunday.

Following an attack on a metro bus in Lahore, authorities shortened bus routes today as approximately 200 people continued to protest in various parts of the provincial capital such as Youhanabad, Nishtar Colony and Bund road.

Metro Bus Authority Managing Director Sibtain told DawnNews that approximately 6,000 people had travelled on the metro bus since 6am. He requested the protesters to remain peaceful, adding that he is with them in their time of sorrow.

Women have also gathered for a sit-in protest and prayers for the deceased led by a priest in Youhanabad.

“The purpose of the sit-in is to shed light on the fact that the Christian community should be given protection and peaceful living conditions,” one of the protesters told DawnNews.

People gathered to record their protest against the deadly church attacks - DawnNews screen grab
People gathered to record their protest against the deadly church attacks – DawnNews screen grab

Read more: 15 killed in Taliban attack on Lahore churches

Sunday’s attacks were the worst on the community since a devastating 2013 double suicide-bombing in Peshawar that killed 82 people. That attack came months after more than 3,000 protesters torched some 100 houses as they rampaged through Joseph Colony, another Christian neighbourhood of Lahore, following blasphemy allegations against a Christian man.

The thousands of Christian protesters who clashed with police on Sunday attacked their cars with stones and sticks, as women wept and beat their heads and chests.

The protesters, some wearing crosses round their necks, later turned on the city’s bus rapid transit system — a signature project of the ruling PML-N party of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif.

Christians make up around two per cent of Pakistan’s mainly Muslim population of 180 million. They have been targeted in attacks and riots in recent years, often over allegations of blasphemy.

Two more condemned prisoners hanged in Faisalabad jailPa

FAISALABAD: Two more death row prisoners were executed in Faisalabad Central Jail on Friday morning.

55024df6d544eBoth prisoners, Akhtar and Sajid, had been found guilty in separate offences of murder.

Anti-terrorism court (ATC), Faisalabad had awarded death sentence to Akhtar in 2001.

He had intruded into a house on December 10, 1999 and attempted to rape a woman. The culprit also stabbed to death the father-in-law of the victim named Manzoor, who had offered resistance to the culprit.

A compromised deal was reached late on Thursday night between the families of the victims and Akhtar to pardon the culprit late, but authorities rejected the case, terming all the cases of murder and rape as non-pardonable.

The appeals of the convict had already been rejected by the Lahore High Court and the Supreme Court. His mercy appeal was also turned down by the president.

The other death row convict, Muhammad Sajid, had killed a woman Khursheed Bibi and wounded her husband Azhar, on March 12, 2000, over a personal feud.

He was awarded death sentence by an ATC court in Faisalabad, on March 30, 2001.

Sajid’s petitions were also turn downed by the superior courts and his mercy appeal had also been rejected by the president.

It was the first ever hangings at the Faisalabad Central Jail. Since resumption, all previous executions had taken place in the city’s district jail.

With the latest hangings, the toll of executions to have taken place in Pakistan since the resumption on Dec 17, 2014 has reached 27.

Pakistan lifted its moratorium on the death penalty in all capital cases on March 10.

Initially executions were resumed for terrorism offences only in the wake of aTaliban massacre at an army-run school in Peshawar which had claimed the lives of more than 150 persons, mostly schoolchildren, on December 16, 2014.

The United Nations, the European Union, Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch have called on Pakistan to re-impose its moratorium on the death penalty.