Burning of lady teacher in Murree
JUST few weeks after the chilling murder of a sixteen year old girl who was strangled and set on fire in Abbottabad, the torching of a school teacher by a mob in Murree on Tuesday once again reminds us how vulnerable the women are to violence that anybody can pick and kill them at free will - something that is unimaginable and unthinkable in the 21st century.
Our great religion Islam allows woman to select a person of her choice for marriage and nobody has the right to force her to marry anyone. Whilst exercising the same right, the Murree teacher was burned to death for refusing the matrimonial proposal of the son of the school principal. Despite government’s often repeated claims of taking steps towards empowerment and emancipation of women folk, the situation is that the crimes against them are increasing every year. They are tortured and killed in the name of social norms and traditions for ‘honour’ and the culprits mostly avoid punishment due to their power, social standing and influence. All these incidents are not only embarrassing and put our heads in shame but are also tainting the image of the country which stands on 82nd position out of 93 countries in the Gender Empowerment Measure and ranks on 115 out of 140 countries in the Gender Inequality Index. Though most of violence cases go unreported but according to a report of NGO, about 860 incidents of honour killings, 481 of domestic violence and 344 cases of rape or gang rape were recorded just last year. These figures speak volume of our society, which being the Islamic one should give elevated status, has become intolerant towards women. We believe that so long as state and society do not realize the need for a social revolution, including demolition of feudal tyranny, it will be impossible to end violence against women, or to empower them, or even to break the vicious cycle of poverty and exploitation, as a result of which women suffer more. As regards the Murree incident, we will urge the government to take strict notice of the incident and those involved in the ghastly incident should be hanged publicly so that nobody in future could take courage to resort to such acts.
ACHINESE national and his driver were injured on May 30, 2016 when a roadside bomb exploded at a Green Belt, Gulshan-e-Hadeed area in Karachi. The remote controlled device exploded when a car carrying the Chinese citizen crossed by. Pamphlets with threats written on them were recovered from the site of the attack. Hundreds of Chinese nationals are working on development projects including the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) in Sindh and Balochistan. Responsibility for the attack was claimed by the banned outfit Sindhu Desh Liberation Army, which had planted IED bombs on railway tracks on August 14, Pakistan’s Independence Day.
The Chinese citizen was slightly wounded in the bomb attack and has now returned to his residence safely after receiving treatment in the hospital. Attaching high importance to this incident, the Chinese Embassy in Pakistan and Consulate-General in Karachi instantly lodged representations with the Pakistani side, asking them to get to the bottom of this incident and take concrete measures to protect Chinese institutions and take concrete measures to protect Chinese institutions and personnel. They also advised local Chinese to heighten their security alert. Pakistani authorities are working on the investigation.
In the recent past, India has been highly critical of Chinese investments in Pakistan, the development of the Gawadar Port and the mega project
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