The Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar has taken notice of Khadija Siddiqi case. The case will be heard in Supreme Court Lahore Registry on 10th June, 2018.
Shah Hussain, the man who mercilessly stabbed Khadija Sidiqqi 23 times, was acquitted by the Lahore High Court earlier on 4th June, 2018. The verdict caused a social uproar and only minutes after the decision came out, the tag #JusticeForKhadija set fire to Twitter. More than 50 000 people had tweeted under the tag #JusticeForKhadija asking the Chief Justice of Pakistan to take suo motu notice of the controversial case.
Khadija Siddiqi was stabbed 23 times on May 3, 2016 for no reason whatsoever
On May 3, 2016, Khadija Siddiqi, a final year law student, was stabbed 23 times by her former classmate Shah Hussain.
Khadija Siddiqi parked her car just outside the Ambassador Hotel on Davis Road, Lahore, and walked towards her old alma mater Convent of Jesus and Mary. She was there to pick up her sister.
At around 2 PM, while Khadija saw her little sister get in the back seat of the car, with one step inside the car, she was stabbed with a knife. And as she screamed, shocked and in indescribable pain, unable to make sense of what had happened, she was stabbed again. And again. And again. In her neck, on her back, on her arm. She was stabbed 23 times in a matter of seconds. She was 21 years old.
Khadija’s 6-year-old sister, who witnessed the entire incident, helplessly shouted in despair, but failed to save her and in the attempt to do so, got stabbed on her back. It was sheer inhumanity.
To Shah Hussain’s shock, Khadija survived.
Shah Hussain was previously sentenced to seven years in prison by a Session Court in 2017
A year after the incident, Shah Hussain was sentenced to seven years in prison, the minimum punishment in the case of an attempted murder.
Shah Hussain was imprisoned in the Kot Lakhpat Jail, Lahore.
Hussain’s father, who was equally involved in the case, along with his bunch of lawyers left no stone untouched and were finally able to tilt the scales of justice in Shah Hussain’s favor. An appeal was submitted from Shah Hussain’s side, which was followed by an appeal submitted from Khadija Siddiqi’s side, and were being heard at the Lahore High Court as of June 3, 2018.
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It should be noted that a session court had already reduced Shah Hussain’s minimum sentence to five years from seven years.
The Butcher of Davis Road Shah Hussain declared “a free man” after serving only one year in prison
On 4 June, 2018, the Lahore High Court acquitted Shah Hussain after serving only a year in prison.
The man, who should have been booked for attempted murder was declared “a free man” and went home the same day.
Social media speaks in favor of Khadija Siddiqi, calls to arrest the Butcher of Davis Road Shah Hussain
Only minutes after the Lahore Court acquitted Shah Hussain, a trend #JusticeForKhadija came to life. #JusticeForKhadija became the top trend in Pakistan in a number of minutes.
Khadija Siddiqi tweets:
Inna lilahi wa ina ilahi rajioon!
Justice butchered. Shah hussain acquitted!
— khadija siddiqi (@khadeeeej751) June 4, 2018
Pakistani Civil Liberty activist Muhammad Jibran Nasir questions the justice system of the land:
Attacker of #KhadijaSiddiqi who stabbed her 24 times has been acquitted by Lahore High Court. Is this what our justice system has come down to. First under CJP Nisar's general order security was withdrawn from @khadeeeej751 and now her attacker has been set free. Shame pic.twitter.com/L4lAzlVacz
— M. Jibran Nasir (@MJibranNasir) June 4, 2018
Dawn News Writer Roha Nadeem tweets:
How many Shah Hussains and Shahrukh Jatois will it take for the powerless to get justice in this country? Ashamed. #KhadijaSiddiqi
— Roha Nadeem (@RohaNadym) June 4, 2018
Independence Day: Sale of Kashmiri flags on the rise
Sale of Kashmiri flags, badges and other decoration items have gained impetus ahead of Independence Day after the federal government had announced to observe August 14 as Kashmir Solidarity Day.
MUZAFFARABAD, Azad Kashmir/KARACHI, Pakistan: Sale of Kashmiri flags, badges and other decoration items have gained impetus ahead of Independence Day after the federal government had announced to observe August 14 as Kashmir Solidarity Day, ARY News reported on Thursday.
As marking of 73rd Independence Day is right around the corner, the preparations have gained momentum as a huge rush of people were seen at different stalls of Kashmiri flags, national flags buntings, badges, set up by vendors in different areas of Karachi.
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All Karachi Tajir Ittehad Chairman Ateeq Meer said that people are very enthusiastic and passionate for purchasing celebratory items to mark Independence Day.
It must be noted that government has decided to observe Independence Day; 14 August, as Kashmir Solidarity Day and 15th of this month as Black Day to express harmony and solidarity with Kashmiris in their recent plight caused by the Indian government.
The national flag will fly half-mast on 15th of this month. A notification to this effect has been issued by the Ministry of Interior.
Maryam’s interview “stopped forcefully:” Nadeem Malik
An interview of Maryam Nawaz Sharif, a vice president of the PML-N, was “forcefully” taken off air soon after it was run, it was reported on Thursday.
ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: An interview of former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s daughter Maryam Nawaz Sharif was taken off air forcefully seconds after it started.
“Just came to know Maryam Nawaz Sharif’s interview has been stopped forcefully just [a] few minutes after it started live,” tweeted show host Nadeem Malik.
Hum News, the channel on which the interview was aired for a few brief moments, released a statement shortly after the incident, saying: “Hum News believes in a free and responsible media. Protecting freedom of expression is one of our core values. At the same time, we stand for the respect and dignity of [the] judiciary in line with our ethical values and the Constitution.”
The development comes days after AbbTakk TV, 24 News, and Capital TV all had their broadcasts cut after screening a press conference by Maryam Nawaz.
Authorities say the three channels were unavailable due to “technical issues”, but Reporters Without Borders (RSF), a global media watchdog, described the outage as an act of “brazen censorship”.
It slammed the local authorities over the removal of three television channels from the country’s airwaves, saying the move was “indicative of disturbing dictatorial tendencies” as pressure mounts on journalists in Pakistan.
Maryam is the daughter of former prime minister Nawaz Sharif — who is currently behind bars for corruption — and a recent press conference she hosted featured a judge reportedly claiming he had been blackmailed into convicting the former premier.
The move came as Prime Minister Imran Khan’s administration vowed to block any media coverage and interviews of politicians “who are convicts and under trial”.
Earlier this month, Geo News TV abruptly took an interview with former president Asif Ali Zardari off air shortly after it began.
Several dead and dozens injured in Pakistan train collision
A collision between a passenger train and a stationary freight train near the central town of Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan has killed at least 10 people, with more than 70 others injured, according to police and hospital officials.
RAHIM YAR KHAN, Pakistan: A collision between a passenger train and a stationary freight train near the central town of Rahim Yar Khan in Pakistan has killed at least 10 people, with more than 70 others injured, according to police and hospital officials.
The incident on Thursday took place at the Walhar railway station, located about 35km south of Rahim Yar Khan.
“The Akbar Express [passenger train] going from Bahawalpur to Quetta hit a freight train that was parked there at 7.40am,” a local police official told Al Jazeera on condition of anonymity because he was not authorised to speak to media.
Senior police official Umar Salamat told local media the collision took place because the passenger train was diverted onto the incorrect track at the station, hitting the parked freight train.
Rescue operations were under way at the collision site, with workers using equipment to get to some of those trapped in the train wreckage, local media reported.
The injured were taken to a nearby government hospital and to a more advanced facility in Rahim Yar Khan, hospital officials said.
Nine of the dead were taken to the government hospital, with more than 60 people injured in the wreck also treated there, Liaquat Chohan, a senior hospital official, told Al Jazeera.
“The injuries were of multiple types – many had fractures, others had bleeding wounds. Some were crushed under objects,” he said.
At least one dead body was also taken to the Sheikh Zayed hospital in Rahim Yar Khan, where 11 of those wounded in the accident were being treated, hospital official Ilyas Ahmer told Al Jazeera.
“One person’s leg was cut off [in the collision], and another is having serious chest surgery,” he said.
Pakistan’s aging railway network carries both passengers and goods across the country, but suffers periodic derailments and other accidents due to aging infrastructure.
A major Chinese investment in the country is seeking to upgrade the main railway line that connects the length of the country, raising speeds and safety standards.
Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan expressed his condolences for those who were killed and injured, and ordered Railways Minister Sheikh Rasheed Ahmad to speed up work on the country’s rail infrastructure.
“Have asked Railways Minister to take emergency steps to counter decades of neglect of railway infrastructure & ensure safety standards,” Khan tweeted after the accident.