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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)

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Pakistan Exploits Situation In Jammu & Kashmir: India

India has accused Pakistan of cynically exploiting the situation in Jammu and Kashmir at the General Assembly

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Pakistan Exploits Situation In Jammu & Kashmir: India
Pakistan Exploits Situation In Jammu & Kashmir: India. flickr

India has accused Pakistan of cynically exploiting the situation in Jammu and Kashmir at the General Assembly while it was discussing an important issue.

“Such cynical attempts have failed in the past and do not find any resonance in this body,” Sandeep Kumar Bayyapu, a First Secretary in India’s UN Mission, said on Monday.

He was replying to a reference to Kashmir made by Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi during a debate on the Right to Protect People against crimes against humanity.

“While we are having this serious debate for the first time in a decade on an issue that is of importance to all of us, we have witnessed that one delegation has, yet again, misused this platform to make an unwarranted reference to the situation in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir,” Bayyapu said.

“I would like to place on record and reiterate that the state of Jammu and Kashmir is an integral and inalienable part of India. No amount of empty rhetoric from Pakistan will change this reality,” he added.

Lodhi had said that many of the victims of killings and “mass-blinding” are “in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir” and that they “have the further indignity of living under an illegal and alien occupation”.

Pakistan's Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi
Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi. flickr

“Against this backdrop, calls for accountability would invariably smack of double standards and selectivity, especially when egregious crimes including killings and mass-blinding are being committed in full view of the international community,” she said.

However, Lodhi also said: “At its core, the responsibility to protect, is not a license to intervene in external situations, but, is instead, a universal principle of ‘non-indifference’, in keeping with historical context and cultural norms of respective settings.”

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“We should also be mindful that the notion of ‘Responsibility to Protect’ does not become a mere re-enactment of the discredited ‘humanitarian interventions’ of the past,” she added. (IANS)

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