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CCPO Lahore apologises for comments blaming victim in motorway gang-rape

Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Umer Sheikh apologised to the motorway gang-rape victim for his earlier remarks implying that she shared responsibility for her rape. Last week, two robbers gang-raped a mother of two on Lahore to Sialkot Motorway, while the woman waited for help in her car. Following the incident, the CCPO invited criticism for victim-blaming comments.

Virginity test of sexual assault survivors’ to be abolished

The provincial health authorities have told the Lahore High Court that the two-finger test (TFT), an old practice of examining sexual assault survivors, has limited evidentiary value and will be abolished from the protocol of medico-legal certificate (MLC) unless necessitated. The test is usually used in Pakistan despite calls for its revocation by healthcare professionals and human rights organisations world over.

Punjab Forensic Authority matches possible rapist’s DNA in Lahore Motorway rape case

Fifty-three DNA samples were taken after a woman was raped in front of her children on the Lahore-Sialkot Motorway late Wednesday. One of the samples taken from the crime scene has matched with DNA already in the Punjab Forensic Authority’s database. The match is of a 25-year-old man who raped a mother and daughter in 2013, according to police sources. 

Low-cost Turkish airline Pegasus to launch flights from Karachi to Istanbul

A low-cost Turkish airline, Pegasus, will be launching flights from Karachi to Istanbul on September 25. Flights from Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport to Quaid-e-Azam International Airport will operate every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and Sunday at 8:35pm, while flights from Quaid-e-Azam International Airport to Istanbul Sabiha Gökçen Airport will depart every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday at 04:55am.

Donald Trump announces “peace deal” between Israel and Bahrain

US President Donald Trump announced on another “peace deal”, this time between Israel and Bahrain. This deal makes Bahrain, the second Arab country to settle with its former foe in less than a month, United Arab Emirates (UAE) being the first one. A joint US-Israel-Bahrain statement said there would be “full diplomatic relations”.

Intelligence Bureau (IB) describes CCPO Lahore as ‘morally corrupt’ ‘womaniser’

The Intelligence Bureau (IB) in an official report on CCPO Lahore Umer Sheikh had described him as ‘womaniser’ who was ‘financially and morally corrupt’. According to a copy of the report being shared on social media, the incumbent city police chief ‘remained involved in corrupt practices for financial gains’ during his tenure as a district police officer (DPO) of Sargodha.

PM Imran tops list of best politician globally for successfully fighting Covid-19

Prime Minister Imran Khan has topped the list of politician across the globe for successfully fighting the impact of COVID-19 in the country. The list released by the British news outlet, Asian World,  ranked Prime Minister Imran Khan at the top for launching a relief fund for those who were made jobless due to the current pandemics.

WHO says Pakistan’s handling of Covid-19 pandemic is exemplary

The World Health Organisation (WHO) said Pakistan was among countries from whom the international community should learn how to deal with Covid-19 pandemic. WHO Director General, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus in a media briefing said Pakistan deployed the infrastructure built up over many years for polio to combat Covid-19. Tedros named Pakistan among seven other countries as examples for international community to follow.

Public demands Lahore CCPO’s resignation for putting the blame on motorway rape victim

Lahore Capital City Police Officer (CCPO) Umar Shaikh’s insensitive comments on the heinous motorway rape incident has drawn sharp criticism from public and demand for his resignation #RemoveCCPOLahore has become top trend on Twitter. Sheikh, who has been tasked to probe the rape of a woman on the Motorway, started his investigation by questioning why the woman was out late at night on a deserted route.

Government arrests 12 suspects in Lahore motorway gang rape

Police has arrested 12 men suspected of involvement in the alleged gang-rape of a woman on the Lahore-Sialkot motorway, announced Punjab government spokesperson Mussarat Cheema. Two “robbers” allegedly raped the woman at gunpoint in Gujjarpura area on Wednesday while she was waiting for help on the motorway after her car developed a fault.