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PM Imran Khan has nothing to do with DPO transfer, Sohail Waraich lays bare facts

Editor’s Note -This is a malicious story originated by Nawaz Sharif and Maryam Nawaz. Pakistan’s Senior Journalist Sohail Waraich sets the record straight. In our opinion this is typical mischief perpetrated by the forces of corruption led by the jailed former rigged election product Nawaz Sharif. It is also an effort to destabilise not only the government of PM Imran Khan, but also to impact the improving economic and security environment of Pakistan.

As the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government recovers from the embarrassment caused by an incident involving Khawar Farid Maneka, one of Pakistan’s senior journalists has come up with yet another twist to the story.

The host of Geo TV’sAik Din Geo K Sathshow and columnist Sohail Waraich says neither Prime Minister Imran Khan nor his wife Bushra Imran has anything to do with the transfer of Pakpattan District Police Officer (DPO) Rizwan Gondal.

According to media reports, Gondal was reportedly transferred at the behest of Khawar Farid Maneka, the former husband of Bushra Imran after the Punjab police officials offended him by intercepting his vehicle.

In his weekly column, the inimitable journalist wrote in Daily Jang that the actual story is completely different from what has been largely reported.

He goes on to reveal that an intense tug of war and acrimony persisted between Maneka and Bushra Imran, rejecting the common perception that the divorce between the two took place in an amicable manner.

Sohail Waraich says the differences of personalities led to the divorce between the two despite their efforts to keep the union intact. All the arrangements and interventions from close friends to save the relationship also failed.

The mistrust between the parents of five children continued to deepen even after Bushra Maneka tied the knot with Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf chairman Imran Khan.

In the run-up to the July 25 elections one of Maneka’s brother, a candidate of Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz, openly expressed his resentment of their former sister in law.

In the first incident that took place on August 5, Sohail Waraich writes that Mubashira Maneka and Ibrahim Maneka, children of Farid Maneka and Bushra, were intercepted by the police. A heated argument ensued between police and Ibrahim who contacted his father by mobile phone. Maneka rushed to the spot and took his children away.

According to an inquiry report prepared by the Punjab Police, Ibrahim said in his statement that the incident took place when he along with his sister was walking to the shrine of Baba Farid.

After the incident, Khawar Farid conveyed to his ex-wife that the police had acted at her behest.

Angered over the incident, Ibrahim and Mubashira stopped talking to their mother. On the other hand, Bushra Imran thought it to be the work of Khawar Farid’s brother who was pitting children against their mother.

Khawar Farid also probed the DPO to reveal the name of the person behind the whole episode. “What could the DPO have told when there was nothing to tell,” Sohail Waraich wrote.

Before the dust had settled, came August 23. Khawar Farid, his new wife, servants and guards were intercepted by police while they were on their way to the Peer Ghani State.

An inquiry report prepared by Additional IG Abu Bakar Khuda Baksh, Khawar Farid Maneka didn’t pull up when he was signalled by police.

Maneka, however, argued that he neither saw any police post nor any red light.

According to the columnist, the police chased the two cars of Maneka’s convoy and intercepted them.

Farid Maneka came out of his vehicle and introduced himself. Officers were insisting for vehicle search suspecting the presence of illegal arms in the custody of Maneka’s guards.

Maneka then contacted DPO Rizwan Gondal and informed him of the situation. The DPO, the columnist wrote, asked the officers to let Maneka go.

The second incident strengthened his suspicion that the police were acting on someone’s orders and Bushra Bibi was the prime suspect thinking that she was doing all this out of vengeance.

Ahsan Jamil Iqbal, a family friend of Maneka’s, intervened after both the sides exchanged allegations.

Jameel approached Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar whom he had acquainted during a couple of meetings in Bani Gala and brought the issue into his notice.

Additional IG Abu Bakar Khuda Baksh in his inquiry report wrote that neither Punjab IG nor another police officer had asked DPO Gondal to apologize to the Manekas.

But a suggestion indeed came up during a meeting at the Chief Minister House that either Gondal should apologize or give an explanation to Ibrahim Maneka.

Meanwhile, the issue surfaced in the media and the transfer of DPO became politicized.

Explaining the entire episode, Sohail Waraich wrote that two different forces of the Punjab Police; Highway Patrolling and the Elite Force, have intercepted the Maneka family.

Both the incidents took place late at night when police see everybody with suspicion and don’t hesitate in manhandling citizens.

Such incidents are commonplace in all of Punjab and one of them happened in Pakpattan, but the transfer of DPO became the talk of town just because the issue involved Punjab CM, First Lady and her former husband.


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Oscar Nomination For Daughter of Pakistan : Parveen Obaid Chinoy-End Honour Killings NOW


Oscar-Nominated Pakistani Filmmaker Talks About Battle To End ‘Honor Killings

Pakistani director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy poses for photographs with the Academy Award she won in 2012 for a documentary on acid attacks on Pakistani women. Her latest movie tackles the subject of 'honor killings' in Pakistan, which she says claims the lives of hundreds of women every year.

Pakistani director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy poses for photographs with the Academy Award she won in 2012 for a documentary on acid attacks on Pakistani women. Her latest movie tackles the subject of ‘honor killings’ in Pakistan, which she says claims the lives of hundreds of women every year.




By Bashir Ahmad Gwakh
The first Oscar-winner in Pakistan’s history is back in the Hollywood limelight this weekend as Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy’s unflinching new documentary about ‘honor killings,’ A Girl In The River: The Price

The 37-year-old Chinoy’s previous film about acid-attack victims, Saving Face, won the top prize for a documentary short in 2012.

Chinoy spoke via e-mail with RFE/RL’s Radio Mashaal correspondent Bashir Ahmad Gwakh about her shortlisted film, which revolves around Saba Qaisar, a 19-year-old girl from Pubjan Province whose father shot her in the head after she married without the family’s permission. She also talked about the tribal pressure that eventually forced Qaisar to withdraw charges, the 1,000 or so honor killings a year that plague Pakistani society, and the Oscars.

RFE/RL: Tell us about the case of Saba Qaisar? How did you find her and where does the case stand?

Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy: I read about Saba’s story in the newspapers shortly after the incident took place and I knew I had to share her story with the world — her only “fault” was falling in love. I then contacted the head of the hospital where she was being treated and went to visit her. At the time, I wasn’t sure what would happen with her case, but ultimately she ended up forgiving her father after being pressurized by the village elders.

RFE/RL: What does your documentary find? Tell us about the status of women going through domestic violence and families whose loved one was killed in ‘honor killings’?

Chinoy: The film really brings to reality the kind of patriarchal and conservative mindset that women are up against. I went to speak to Saba’s father after he was arrested and he had so much hatred in him. He was still adamant that Saba was in the wrong and he felt justified trying to kill his own daughter. He felt it was his duty as a father and husband to protect his family from the “dishonor” that Saba brought upon them by falling in love and getting married. The interaction that I had with him spoke volumes about the kinds of choices we women have in the world and how our lives are impacted by the decisions taken by others.

The very fact that women are currently unable to make their own policy decisions in certain parts of the country is an alarming reality, and pushes us further away from being the owners of our own stories and fighters for our own rights.

Ever year, hundreds of women are killed in the name of honor; and although honor killings are prevalent in Pakistan, they are considered a taboo subject by many. There is a perception that somehow these murders fall under the purview of the family and that they shouldn’t be questioned or challenged. To me, they have always been premeditated, cold-blooded murders justified under the guise of culture or religion.

I wanted to tell the story of a victim of honor killing because I wanted to start a national discourse about this issue and build momentum to garner support for key legislation that better protects women from such violence.

RFE/RL: Do you think Pakistan needs to strengthen laws to prevent honor killings? What are your recommendations for lawmakers and the government?

Chinoy: The law, as it stands, sees honor killing as an offense against the individual and not the state, and hence the victim can choose to “forgive” the perpetrator. If the victim is killed, which is often what happens in such cases, the family of the victim has the right to forgive the perpetrator. So when a father kills his daughter, his wife can forgive him; and when a brother kills his sister, his parents can forgive him. This is how the current law is being misused.

After the screening of A Girl In The River: The Price Of Forgiveness at the [Pakistani Prime Minister’s] House, the Prime Minister [Nawaz Sharif] asked his team to redraft laws on honor killings to help ensure that perpetrators are punished and victims are protected.

RFE/RL: Why do we see an increase in honor killings? How can it be prevented?

Chinoy: The prevalence of such attacks stems partly from structural inequalities that make it difficult for women to access the judicial system in addition to longstanding cultural practices that support gender discrimination. The perpetrators know that they will only serve a few years in jail if they are found guilty. The lack of liability coupled with an embedded patriarchal system allows for honor-killing crimes to run rampant — and this is exactly what we need to tackle in order to get justice for the victims of honor killing and prevent it from occurring again.

RFE/RL: How do you feel about your documentary being nominated for an Academy Award? What’s your next project?

Chinoy: I am proud to be representing Pakistan on such a prestigious platform — that [it is also] for the second time. I am grateful that the SOC Films production was able to share the untold story of A Girl In The River: The Price Of Forgiveness with a global audience. Since the start of my career, I have always endeavored to share the stories of those who cannot do so themselves. To be acknowledged for this work is always very humbling, and on such a giant platform like the Oscars makes it surreal.

But for me personally, it will be an even bigger win if we, as a nation, take this opportunity to acknowledge that we have a problem and pass the Anti-Honor Killings Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill 2014. It is time we change the law and stand up for the victims of this heinous crime.

(Editor’s note: The bill was passed by the provincial legislature on February 25.)

Currently, we are working on a sequel to 3 Bahadur, which was an animated feature film that we released in the summer of 2015.  In order to continue its legacy and further inspire the children of Pakistan, we are hoping to release 3 Bahadur Part 2 in cinemas nationwide in December 2016!

RFE/RL: How was your meeting with Prime Minister Sharif? What did you discuss and what was his response on honor killing?

Chinoy: The prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, has vowed since the Oscar nomination to eradicate honor killings. As a father and a grandfather, it is important for him to make that gesture, not only to the women of Pakistan but also to the women of his own family.

The support that we have received from the prime minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Sharif, will help change the mindset of society. If we can begin to amend the law and address loopholes in the current legislation, then we can slowly begin to protect the women of Pakistan and send out a strong message that this practice is nothing but a stain on our society.



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