|Govt making efforts to arrest Ehsanullah Ehsan: Ijaz Shah|
|[The News (Pak)] Interior Minister Ijaz Shah Saturday said the government was making efforts to apprehend the former spokesperson of the Tehrik-e- Pakistain (TTP) and Jamaat-ul-Ahrar (JuA) who the state's custody a few weeks ago. |
The interior minister was speaking to media after a tree plantation ceremony at the District Commissioner's office. Talking about 's escape from custody, he said that efforts were being made to arrest him.
Last week, Shah admitted for the first time that the ex-TTP spokesperson had escaped the state's custody after an audio message of the stating the same started doing the rounds on social media.
|Three muslims convicted of sexually abusing school girl in Oxford|
|[OxfordMail] A GANG of child abusers on trial for historical sex offences which took place across Oxford have been convicted.|
During the major trial into child sexual exploitation, which began in October, prosecutors said that some of the men groomed their victim and repeatedly raped and ‘pimped' her out for sex.
The jury of four men and eight women were told at the start of their trial at Oxford Crown Court that one girl was treated as a 'sexual commodity.'
Naim Khan, 41, of no fixed abode, Mohammed Nazir, 44, of Wood Farm Road, Oxford, and Raheem Ahmed, 42, of no fixed abode had all denied a string of charges alleging rapes, indecent assaults and drugs supply.
After a total of 28 hours and 25 minutes of deliberations jurors returned verdicts to 35 of the counts they faced yesterday afternoon with no decision forthcoming on the four remaining counts.
Khan was convicted of eight counts of rape and seven counts of indecent assault.
He was also found guilty of a further count of supplying a controlled drug of class B to another.
Nazir was convicted of seven counts of rape and eight of indecent assault, as well as one count of supplying a controlled drug of class B to another.
Ahmed was found guilty of two counts of indecent assault and supplying a controlled drug of class B to another.
Afzal Mohammed, 42, of Randall Street, Oxford, was cleared of any wrong-doing and found not guilty of the single count of rape that he faced.
As he was acquitted he lowered his head and covered his face with his hands, visibly emotional.
During the two-month long trial prosecutors told jurors that the offences had involved three girls, aged between 13 and 15, between 1999 and 2001 in Oxford.
Outlining the case Alan Gardner for the Crown Prosecution Service said: “The case is about sexual exploitation of young girls in Oxford between 1999 and 2001.
“You will hear during the course of the trial three women […] who will say when they were in their early to mid-teens they were the victims of some of these offences at the hands of these defendants.”
Detailing the extent of the abuse Mr Gardner said the victims – none of whom can be named for legal reasons – were all ‘vulnerable.’ Speaking of one of the women – who was the subject of the large majority of the allegations – he said she was ‘treated as a sexual commodity for the use of older men.’ He said: "Naim Khan, the prosecution say, began to pimp her out to other Asian males, made her sexually available to other men in return for payment."
That girl – now a woman – was aged between 14 and 15 - at the time of the offences.
He told jurors: “She was routinely sexually exploited over a period of time by numerous men [...] to whom she was made available for sex.”
That same victim endured several hours of cross examination in which her account was tested at court by defence barristers representing the accused men.
Paul Hinds, for Nazir, asked the woman if she was 'prepared to lie' in order to avoid prison, which she denied.
He also asked her if there was a 'link between the amount of trouble [she] was in' and what she told officers.
He put to her: "I suggest you are making allegations in order to improve your position."
She replied that she had not.
She went on: "I am still on drugs now, I take drugs most days."
After the guilty verdicts to the majority of the counts were returned yesterday presiding Judge Peter Ross thanked the jury for their dedication to the case.
Once he had discharged them from the case he went on to exempt all 12 jurors from carrying out any further jury service for the rest of their lives.
The final sentencing date for the convicted men was adjourned and a hearing will be held at the same court today to decide whether a re-trial will be sought on the four outstanding counts.
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|Malala Yousafzai reveals struggle with depression, mental health issues|
|[NYPOST] Even teenage Nobel Peace Prize winners get the blues.|
, the youngest Peace Prize winner in history (at 17), education activist, author of "I Am Malala" and founder of the Malala Fund, devoted to raising money for education programs, revealed to Teen Vogue that she has struggled with depression and other mental health issues.
But her internal battles are understandable. After all, the 22-year-old Oxford University sophomore first hit the international spotlight after suffering a near-fatal gunshot to the head delivered by a terrorist who was upset with her exposing political issues in her home country of Pakistain when she was 14.
"There are so many things in the world; a lot of them are really depressing," Yousafzai told Teen Vogue, adding that she deals with downers by discussing them with friends and her parents. "What we need to do is remain positive because our sadness can’t change the world."
And changing the world is what the social-media is all about. Most prominently, Yousafzai relentlessly campaigns for girls to be properly educated. Besides ranking as a pure and simple human right, she pointed out to Teen Vogue schooling for females makes financial sense as well.
|Attack on schools|
|[DAWN] AN assault on education, particularly girls’ education, brings back some of the most terrible memories of Pakistain’s fight against extremism.|
Early Friday morning, at least 13 government and private schools in Gilgit-Baltistan’s Diamer district were vandalised; several were set on fire. Most of them were girls’ schools, including one which has been attacked five times since 2004.
Fortunately, there was no one present on the premises at the time. According to law enforcement, preliminary investigations indicate that the perpetrators were not associated with any group but locals opposed to girls’ education.
It is therefore some consolation that a good number of other locals in the area hold very different views: members of political parties, student groups and local organizations came out in droves to hold protest demonstrations, shouting slogans against extremism and demanding that the culprits be severely punished.
Deliberate, wilful attacks on schools in any setting ‐ and by definition, on education itself ‐ are worthy of condemnation in the strongest terms, but they have a particularly symbolic significance in the context of Pakistain’s recent history.
They are associated with some of its worst tragedies, and also its most enduring acts of bravery. In fact, a campaign of intimidation against girls’ education from 2008 onwards was among the initial indications of the TTP’s increasing hold over Valley, when it started asserting itself outside Fata.
In early 2009, the terrorist group ordered a complete ban on girls’ education. Resistance to these ominous developments coalesced in the form of young , whose bravery very nearly got her killed by the TTP, and who went on to become an international icon for the right of girls to education.
In early 2014, 15-year-old Aitzaz Hasan gave his life while preventing a from attacking his school in Hangu, KP.
Later that year, on Dec 16, a group of TTP targeted the Army Public School, , and slaughtered 132 students and 17 staffers in one of the country’s deadliest acts of terrorism.
Hundreds of schools, mostly for girls, have been bombed by during the last decade or so.
Opposition to girls’ education is a trait common to violent organizations, and Friday’s attack in Diamer is evidence that a similar mindset continues to prevail in parts of the country; indeed, the district has long been known as a hotbed of radical and sectarian groups.
The authorities must act swiftly to find the perpetrators before their actions embolden others to once again make the obliteration of girls’ schools the centrepiece of an obscurantist agenda.
Literacy rates in Diamer are abysmal and in terms of education indices, it ranks among the 10 lowest-ranking districts in Pakistain.
Fortunately though, it seems many of its residents are prepared to fight for the right of their girls to go to school. The state must not let them down.
|Death of a terrorist leader|
|[AspiStrategist] Late last week a US drone killed Maulana Fazlullah, the leader of the Pakistani Taliban—known as the Tehrik-i-Taliban Pakistan (TTP)—in Afghanistan’s eastern Kunar province. This is a serious body blow to the TTP, which had already been significantly weakened by several counter-insurgency and counterterrorism operations in recent years.|
Fazlullah, who was 44 years old, was a particularly nasty individual. He took over as the TPP’s leader after another US drone strike killed his predecessor, Hakimullah Mehsud, in November 2013. Fazlullah sought the imposition of Sharia law throughout Pakistan. He led the insurgency in the Swat valley in 2007–2009 during which music and barber shops were banned and girls were discouraged from going to school. It took some 35,000 troops to dislodge him and his fighters from that area.
But Fazlullah will be especially remembered for two notoriously vicious terrorist acts. First he ordered the assassination in 2012 of 15-year-old Malala Yousafzai because of her advocacy of education for girls. She was badly injured in the terrorist attack but recovered, and was eventually awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 2014.
|Malala Yousafzai lives to witness the killing of her Taliban assassin|
|[ENGLISH.ALARABIYA.NET] Speculations are high on whether Pak - the youngest recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize since its founding in 1901- would consider receiving the news of the killing of Pakistain chief in a US in Afghanistan on Thursday night, as a gift on Eid al-Fitr, as this man was behind her attempted six years ago.|
Pakistain Taliban chief Mullah Fazlullah, 44, was killed with five other when missiles slammed into the car they were driving, hours before Afghanistan’s Taliban began a three-day cease fire.
Fazlullah, who was famous for his nickname "Mullah Radio" for the abundance of broadcasted violent speeches on Voice of Valley radio in Pakistain, is known for extremism and imposing of Sharia by force there.
In 2014, he ordered an attack that killed 132 students at an army-run school in Pakistain’s Malala was 15 years old when Fazlullah ordered her when she was on a bus and was stopped by Talibs and called by her name, then with a gun directed to her face she was hit by three bullets, shattering her forehead. She stayed in a coma for a week before being trnsfered to the UK for intense treatment and rehabilitation.
Three days following this brutal attack, 50 s in Pakistain issued a fatwa (religious edict) denouncing the actions of those who ordered her killing due to her school education, while the Taliban continued to threaten her father for putting his daughter in school.
|US claim drone strike kills Mullah Fazlullah|
|(CNN) A US drone strike in Afghanistan's northeastern Kunar province has killed the leader of the Pakistan Taliban (TTP), according to a Afghan government official.|
Ministry of Defense spokesman Mohammad Radmanish confirmed to CNN that Mullah Fazlullah, who led the terror group from 2013, was killed in the strike Wednesday.
US forces had conducted the strike close to the border of Pakistan, targeting the "Emir" of the group, according US Forces-Afghanistan spokesman Lt. Col. Martin O'Donnell.
Fazlullah had been a major figure in the TTP even before he became emir in late 2013, and once led a Pakistan Taliban militia in the country's Swat Valley.
The administrative district, in northwestern Pakistan, was where militants shot and wounded teen activist Malala Yousafzai in October 2012 as she was riding home from school in a van; the Pakistan Taliban claimed responsibility.
A statement from US Forces-Afghanistan claimed that the strike did not put an ongoing, unilateral ceasefire initiated by the Afghan government at risk.
|Footprints: Losing daughters|
|[DAWN] PAKISTAN usually features in the headlines of Italian media for stories related to terrorism and religious extremism, but that hasn’t been the case lately. It is, instead, stories of violence against women that have brought the land of the pure under the spotlight once again. Stories that depict an image of Pak women as weak victims, abused and tortured physically and mentally by patriarchal families and a compliant society.|
If you ask anyone in if they know any famous Pak women, they won’t hesitate in naming , Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy,
|Malala returns to UK after 4-day trip to Pakistan|
A smiling Yousafzai was seen with her parents at International Airport before they boarded a plane to return to London after the four-day visit.
Amid tight security, Yousafzai in a convoy of vehicles left her hotel in Islamabad, where she stayed for four days. Touching scenes were witnessed when the now-20-year-old university student left her hotel, thanking Pak officials for giving her an army helicopter to see her home in the northwest town of Mingora in the Valley.
After visiting Mingora on Saturday, Yousafzai in a tweet said it was "the most beautiful place on earth" for her.
|[Malala Yousafzai visited her birthplace in Pakistan’s Swat Valley on Saturday, bursting into tears as she entered her childhood home for the first time since a Taliban gunman shot her in 2012.] Nobel Peace Prize winner |
The 20-year-old told a family friend she planned to return home after completing her education at Oxford, where she is reading for a degree in politics, philosophy and economics.
Roads were blocked off in the town of Mingora as Yousafzai, known universally by her first name, flew in by military helicopter with her parents and brother.
Security was tight around her former home, now rented by a family friend, Farid-ul-Haq Haqqani, who has kept the young woman’s room intact with her books, school trophies and luggage.
“I asked her when are you permanently coming back and she said ‘God willing, when my education is completed, I will God willing come back to Pakistan.’”
He added that Malala chatted in her room with four friends from her school days in Swat, while her parents greeted neighbors who dropped by - since the security detail would not allow her to go to other houses or even up on the roof of her home.
Malala has been visiting Pakistan since Thursday, her first trip home since she was shot and airlifted abroad for treatment. The government and military have been providing security.
This month, a new girls’ school built with her Nobel prize money opened in the village of Shangla in Swat Valley.
|Malala plans to return to Pakistan after completing education|
on Friday said she plans to return to Pakistain permanently once her studies are complete,
She said this during an interview with Geo TV on the second day of her emotional trip back more than five years after being shot by .
Security has forced the Nobel prize winner, whose arrival in the country dominated headlines and social media, to keep her itinerary tightly under wraps.
Malala said there was "definitely a difference between the Pakistain of today and in 2012", when she was airlifted to a British hospital after being shot in the head by Taliban angered over her stance as an advocate for girls' education.
"Things are becoming better, people are uniting and a campaign for better Pakistain is ongoing, people are active which is very good."
The Oxford student, who has said that she wants to run for prime minister one day, added: "It is my plan to return to Pakistain after completing my education because it is my country and I have equal rights on it like any other Pak."
|Taliban commander who attacked Malala Yousafzai killed|
|Pakistani police counter-terrorism officers on Monday killed four terrorists including a commander of the banned group Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP), who was involved in the 2012 attack on the child rights activist and Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai.|
All four militants were killed in a police shootout, conducted at the Southern port of city of Karachi, police officials confirmed.
A man identified as Khursheed – a cousin of the current TTP chief Mullah Fazalullah – was identified among the dead. He was linked to various terrorist attacks on security personnel as well as the attack on Malala.
Malala was attacked and shot at close range by the gunmen in October 2012, as she left school in the Swat Valley.
Days after the attack, Pakistan's Taliban described Malala as a "spy of the West." "For this espionage, infidels gave her awards and rewards. And Islam orders killing of those who are spying for enemies," the group said in a statement.
In June 2015, a Pakistani court in the northwestern province of the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa freed eight out of the 10 militants charged with the shooting of Malala. That move however, raised serious questions about the country's criticized judicial system.