Hand­wara girl’s fa­ther moves court against trooper, cop

Pakistan Observer - - KASHMIR -

Kash­mir and have been de­ployed to harm in­ter­ests of Kash­miris.”

“It is nec­es­sary to boycott elec­tions that are held for this Assem­bly,” he said in state­ment is­sued from Cen­tral Jail.

“Boy­cotting this an­tiKash­miri plot is like ex­press­ing grat­i­tude to mar­tyrs who laid down their lives for our bet­ter to­mor­row. Ev­ery voter of Islamabad should keep away from by-elec­tions that are to be held in holy month of Ra­madan,” Malik added.—SABAH

SHU­JAAT BUKHARI N find­ing a vis­i­tor look­ing for the Gur­d­wara in Jati Umra – the an­ces­tral vil­lage of Pak­istan Prime Min is­ter, Nawaz Sharif – the vil­lagers turn ec­static and ready to share their con­nec­tion with the rul­ing fam­ily of the neigh­bor­ing coun­try, a coun­try that does not evoke pos­i­tive im­age in much of to­day’s India. Last week I was in Jati Umra, a vil­lage lo­cated around 35 kilo­me­ters from Am­rit­sar. It is like any other vil­lage in north India but is well kept with good road con­nec­tiv­ity and other fa­cil­i­ties. Jati Umra may be just one among many vil­lages in Pun­jab but its iden­tity is dif­fer­ent and the vil­lagers are proud in say­ing that the Sharifs hailed from here.

As soon as one ar­rives in Gur­d­wara to in­quire about how the fam­ily lived here, peo­ple gather to boast about their ties with them. Some ar­rive with the pic­tures taken with Nawaz Sharif’s brother and Chief Min­is­ter of Pak­istani Pun­jab Shah­baz Sharif, while some re­call the hos­pi­tal­ity in Lahore and the sweet con­ver­sa­tions they had with the fam­ily. The Gur­d­wara has been built on the piece of land do­nated by Nawaz’s fa­ther Mian Mo­ham­mad Sharif dur­ing his visit to the vil­lage in 1979.

It was where their an­ces­tral house ex­isted. Gur­pal Singh, the care­taker at Gur­d­wara poses in a pho­to­graph taken with Shah­baz Sharif dur­ing his visit to Jati Umra and talks about the warmth felt on both the sides. Gian Singh is one who

OSRINAGAR—Fa­ther of Hand­wara mi­nor girl has sub­mit­ted an ap­pli­ca­tion to the ju­di­cial mag­is­trate of Hand­wara for reg­is­tra­tion of an FIR against mo­lesta­tion by the army man of 21 RR, po­lice mis­con­duct, il­le­gal de­ten­tion, in­tim­i­da­tion and against the recording and cir­cu­la­tion of the video of her daugh­ter without her con­sent.A spokesman of the Jammu and Kash­mir Coali­tion of Civil So­ci­ety in a state­ment is­sued in Sri­na­gar said: “Af­ter hear­ing the ar­gu­ments of the JKCCS le­gal team, the ju­di­cial mag­is­trate is­sued the no­tice to the Hand­wara SHO to sub­mit sta­tus re­port of the case by June 15.”

Ear­lier on May 16, the fam­ily of Hand­wara mi­nor girl sent an ap­pli­ca­tion to Spe­cial In­ves­ti­ga­tion Team (SIT) and the Hand­wara SHO for reg­is­ter­ing two sep­a­rate FIRs; one against army man of 21 RR, who mo­lested the mi­nor girl out­side the pub­lic toi­let at Hand­wara mar­ket on April 12 and another FIR against the Su­per­in­ten­dent of Po­lice (SP) of Hand­wara, Ghu­lam Jee­lani Wani and oth­ers, who recorded and cir­cu­lated the video state­ment of the mi­nor girl without her con­sent and then the ‘il­le­gal’ po­lice cus­tody of the mi­nor girl.

The JKCCS spokesman said for more than 20 days, po­lice have not filed the FIR. “There­fore the fam­ily of Hand­wara girl de­cided to sub­mit a pe­ti­tion to the dis­trict court as per the es­tab­lished pro­ce­dures un­der sec­tion 156(3) CrPC.”—KMS

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