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By: Ikram Junaidi
ISLAMABAD, July 28: The capital police beat up two persons at Daman-i-Koh for having ‘soft drinks’ during the time of fasting. The incident was reported to Inspector General of Police (IGP) who has assured to take action against the officials, Dawn has learnt.
The victim Anwar Abbas, while talking to Dawn said that on Friday at around 2pm he went to Daman-i-Koh along with his friend Malik Saeed and was having soft drink in his car.
Mr Abbas said: “I was not fasting and knowing that it would be ethically incorrect to have drink in front of people so I chose a place where no one was present.
“In the meantime, a police constable came and said taking drinks during fasting is a violation of Ramazan Act and a serious crime,” he said adding he told him (constable) that he was not fasting and taking drinks at an isolated place where no one was present. “I also told him that it was not their job to stop anyone from eating during the time of fasting but constable insisted that he has to implement the teachings of Islam,” he said.
“The constable called two other police officials and they took us to the nearby police post,” he said adding “at the check post heated arguments ensued and they removed their belts and started beating us.”
…. “The Taliban were defenders of Islam and true Muslims, and we introduced a pure Islamic system. I believe the Taliban will never regret that…” –Maulvi Qalamuddin, the bearded cleric who oversaw the religious police squads which roamed Afghan streets beating women, smashing televisions and herding men into mosques. ….
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A matter of shame – By Kamran Shafi
I WAS much ashamed as a former soldier to read what ensued when a sessions court in Karachi cancelled the pre-arrest bail applications of certain serving and retired officials of the National Highway Authority (NHA) in the case of the collapse of Karachi`s Sher Shah Bridge.
The former chairman, Major General Raja Farrukh Javed, during whose tenure the bridge was built and which collapsed within weeks of its opening by none other than the Commando himself, ran away from the City Courts premises!
In the words of Paul Drake, the fictional private detective who helps Perry Mason solve his cases in Erle Stanley Gardner`s thrillers of yesteryear, the great general variously “took to his heels; vamoosed; went on the lam; broke his bond” etcetera, and made his escape from the court. It is pertinent to note that the news report also said that the major general “managed to escape from the court premises very easily”. I ask you! What absolutely disgraceful behaviour. patwaris havaldars
One should have thought that and police and others of their ilk did this sort of dishonourable and cowardly thing and not full-blown generals of our great army that has lorded it over us for more years than I care to remember and which is even now baring its fangs at the `bloody civilians`. If he had done nothing wrong, Maj-Gen Javed should have stood his ground and argued his case in court.
Although the Sindh High Court did a couple of days later grant Maj-Gen Javed and another person named on the FIR pre-arrest interim bail, some immediate questions nevertheless present themselves: Was his getaway facilitated? Where is he now? And, most fundamentally, why did he do what he did?
Be which as it may, and because these questions are now being asked by citizens of this poor country who cannot escape from the law “very easily” themselves as evidenced by letters to the editor, even of this newspaper of record, it falls upon the army administration to make its position clear in terms of bad conduct by retired officers. The army has been abused enough by fortune-seekers and carpet-baggers and petty Napoleons; it is time that the high command sent the message that it will not tolerate un-soldier-like behaviour, even by retired personnel, any longer.
And while it is at it, could GHQ tell us what happened to the inquiry into the alleged firing squad and beating videos which are even now doing the rounds in emails and on the Internet and bringing our country a bad name? As one has said before, those alleged happenings could well be the handiwork of Pakistan`s enemies, but it would help if we knew the truth. ….
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by Omar Ali
This is a video of the army interrogating some Taliban suspects and they all get beaten during interrogation. Which is not unexpected and is probably no worse than what most other armies do in counter-insurgency, but its not good either. One must disapprove of such treatment of suspects even if one knows that it happens in every insurgency. Which is why it would have been better if we had not allowed things to reach this stage.
Btw, for those unfamiliar with the everyday standards of torture in the Indian subcontinent, I will add that this particular army detachment is pretty amateur and “soft” and would get laughed out of any police station in India, Pakistan or Bangladesh. The officer even gets his men to stop at several points while the suspect is still only lightly injured. If you want to see real torture, you will have to go to a thana in Lahore or Delhi or Amritsar. American police stations used to do a pretty thorough job of beating suspects in the old days, but one must admit that standards in the US have really changed and serious torture of the subcontinental variety is now the exception rather than the rule. England (and the Scandinavians, to the best of my knowledge) is probably the most civilized in this respect, with police torture being a most rare exception indeed. The coarser aspects of British society do exist, but their police is still among the most amazingly civilized in the world….which is neither here nor there, but I thought I would put it in anyway; The security apparatus in most countries is still so casually cruel that one should make an effort to give credit where credit is due…