Islamabad: The criminal justice system in Pakistan is “quite unfriendly to child rights”, said a daily on Monday after a case was registered against a three-year-old child.
An editorial “Children Of Crime” in The Nation said that Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan suspended heads of two police stations of the federal capital on Saturday — one for registering a case against a three-year-old child, and the other for giving false information about arrests of civil society activists.
“The case of the child criminal exposes the extreme illiteracy and barbarity in the ranks of the police. The criminal justice system is quite unfriendly to child rights.”
This is not the first time a minor was booked for a criminal offence. In April 2014, Pakistan made international headlines, when a nine-month-old baby had an FIR registered against him.
According to the FIR, the child and a co-accused tried to kill gas company workers and policemen accompanying them by throwing stones.
The daily said that let’s not forget that the “mindset of the men who work in the police is not isolated from the general population”.
In July 2014, three female members of the Ahmadi community, including a seven-year-old girl and a baby, were killed by a mob in Gujranwala. “For people who can kill children over religious squabbles, booking them for crimes is no large feat.”
“In 2012, an 11-year-old Christian girl suffering from Down’s Syndrome was arrested on blasphemy charges.”
The daily noted that children, “it seems, aren’t safe anywhere”.
“We are a violent nation and the newest victims are our children- in all areas; terrorism, in the hands of the police, in terms of sexual and physical abuses, in forced marriages and conversions, in bonded labour… and the list goes on.
“As these issues were not been reported on or investigated in the past, we have assumed that child abuse in on the rise and is a new phenomenon. However, the moral crisis of the nation is much older and so is our history of child abuse.”(IANS)
Washington, D.C.– The American Friends of Balochistan (AFB) Executive Committee issued a statement Monday welcoming the President’s stand on US-Pakistan relations, calling it a vindication of its own stand.
The AFB said President Donald J. Trump has called out Pakistan’s constant bluffs with the US and pointed out a big chunk of American assistance was used against people of Balochistan in a secret, dirty war instead of the Taliban.
“The United States has foolishly given Pakistan more than 33 billion dollars in aid over the last 15 years, and they have given us nothing but lies & deceit, thinking of our leaders as fools. They give safe haven to the terrorists we hunt in Afghanistan, with little help. No more!,” President Trump first tweet of 2018 reads.
The tweet was loved by nearly quarter-million Americans and retweeted 83,000 times in less than 24 hours.
The AFB executive committee said the US remains Pakistan’s top foreign aid donor, in addition to the money paid in expectation of cooperation in the Global War on Terror. Yet, for many years now, serving officers in the US Armed Forces have repeatedly spoken out about Pakistan’s perfidy in Afghanistan, which has cost the US lives, money and strategic credibility in the world’s eyes. Pakistan also remains a training ground for terrorism and a prime proliferator of nuclear weapons technology.
No country’s development and democracy have suffered more from Pakistan’s interference via state-sponsored terrorism than Afghanistan. US efforts to help the Afghans rebuild their nation are constantly sabotaged by reeling instability. India is another well-known target.
The AFB said Balochistan is a region rich in natural gas. It that has seen several bloody cycles of insurgency ever since Pakistan forcibly annexed the autonomous Baloch state of Kalat in 1948 in violation of a Standstill Agreement. A portion of historical Balochistan also sits on the other side of Pakistan’s border with Iran. Further, it borders Afghanistan to the north-west. Pakistan’s brutal record in this strategically located province that forms the northern lip of the key Straits of Hormuz has spiked in recent years.
“People of Balochistan tried their very best to work with Pakistan’s false promises of integration after forceful accession, but instead gave genocide to Balochs,” said the statement.
The AFB monitors the situation in Balochistan closely and is in touch with freedom and democracy activists on the ground. The AFB reiterated their call to the Pakistani government to cease violating the physical security of Baloch people, their freedom of expression, and end the policy of economic exploitation and genocidal violence.
A slow-motion genocide in Balochistan has claimed the lives of 35,000 Baloch people, 6,000 of whom were buried in mass graves while 21,000 are Victims of Enforced Disappearances, according to the Voice for Baloch Missing Persons. “The enforced disappearances situation in Balochistan is no different than what it used to be in Chile and Argentine in the 1970s and 1980s,” the AFB executive committee noted.
The AFB executive committee chimed in with similar sentiments expressed by policy experts in academe, veteran politicians, diplomats, intelligence chiefs, and human rights activists. Among them were former Afghan President Hamid Karzai, leading South Asia expert and former Pakistani ambassador Hussain Haqqani, several Baloch freedom and human rights activists cutting across party lines, former head of Afghanistan’s Directorate of Security Amrullah Saleh, and even normally fierce critics of President Trump’s administration such as Prof. Christine Fair, Provost’s Distinguished Associate Professor Georgetown University’s Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service.
The AFB executive committee consists of Jane Eastwood Weisner, Najeeb Khan, Krishna Gudipati, Soumya Chowdhury and Habiba Ashna. The organization was founded by veteran Baloch journalist Ahmar Mustikhan, who is the president.
Hope and doubt have been expressed on whether the US president’s tweet and words will translate into actionable legislation. Mustikhan published a survey of some of these thoughts in an article titled “Wave of joy sweeps across Afghanistan, Balochistan & India over Trump’s first tweet of 2018”.