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Who will help the police?





Who will help the police?



Naeem Sadiq


Express Tribune

February 10, 2014



27 policemen were killed in Karachi in the first month of this year.  Another six  lost their lives in the first 3 days of February.  This is the highest number of policemen killed in any city of the world in any one month.   Can any police force continue to function with such massive loss of lives?   Clearly we are doing something that is blatantly inappropriate and unprofessional.  It requires no counter-terrorism expert to understand that the only way to fight insurgency is to work proactively and eliminate or control  its primary life-support components.   


The militancy in Karachi (and in Pakistan) has escalated to its next logical level – a war between the private militias and the state institutions.   Lacking in training, technology, motivation and equipment, the police stands in the first  line of fire and must bear the largest brunt.    To make matters worse, it is controlled by those who themselves represent one or the other militia.  When things begin to get ugly, our immediate recourse is to fall back on the Rangers.  This may be termed as a replacement policy for short term gain. Only few understand that the  police does not need to be replaced.  It needs to be reformed and liberated.   The role of the state must be twofold.  To resurrect the police force and to eliminate the core components of violence.


With 20 million weapons in the hands of civilians , there is absolutely no chance of peace making a voluntary appearance.  Any sensible state will leave everything and go after deweaponisation as its first priority.  The state has inadvertently promoted the growth of private armies (forbidden by the Constitution of Pakistan) by granting millions of gun licenses.   It now needs to mitigate its past blunders by launching a massive across-the-board deweaponisation.   


The Arms Ordinance of Pakistan, instead of controlling the licenses has been the largest source of indiscriminate  proliferation of weapons.  It  enables the government to give  any number of licenses to those it wishes to appease or bribe.   As an example, 69473 prohibited bore gun licenses were issued to parliamentarians in the last 5 years – essentially generating  300 or so private parliamentary armies.   In Karachi, just one  Assistant Commissioner issued over 5000 fake gun licenses  in nine  months and pocketed the fee.   The discretionary Arms Ordinance ought to be struck down to give a clear message that the government will no longer be engaged in patronizing militancy or creating private militias.


There are thousands of  vehicles with fake, foreign, AFR or missing number plates that move around unchecked on the streets, often indulging in crime, bomb attacks and kidnapping – with  no traces of their origin or ownership.   The  government is  guilty of not having registered thousands of vehicles that are in its own use, thus providing opportunities to criminals to use “look-alike” number plates.  The government needs to clamp down and make sure that nothing moves on a road unless it is fully registered and traceable.


There are estimated 40-60 million illegal, untraceable and foreign SIMs being used inPakistan. The PTA has failed to take any action to curb this vital component of militancy.  All SIMs need to be blocked (in phases) and replaced by SIMs traceable to individuals  through CNIC, address and biometrics.  As a first step limiting one or two SIMs per person will immediately eliminate a very large segment of irregular SIMs.


Pakistan is a haven for investment in crime and militancy. Killers can rest assured they  will not be hanged. They can kill as many people as they wish.  They will be facilitated to escape from prisons.  Their release  would be open to negotiation and they  would be free to come back for further killing.   The government must put an end to this dithering and pussyfooting and carry out execution of those whose death sentences have been confirmed by the Supreme Court.  


Many of the police processes go back at least a hundred years.  There is no way the  police can handle  complex modern-day militancy with ancient means and methods.    The police needs to have rapid access to data relating to criminals, vehicles, weapons, inmates and SIMs.  It must have on-line links with NADRA to speedily carry out  background verification of suspects. 


Finally we need to focus on improving and expediting the dilapidated criminal justice system, without which the police would only be going around in circles.  Rapid and concurrent action on the above mentioned initiatives may be our only chance to curb militancy, to establish the writ of the state and to enable the police to protect itself and others.












SIMS can be controlled. Weapons proliferation has been due to politicians creating their own small bands of armed supporters as well buying peace with the mafia. The government should declare an amnesty for illegal weapons to be deposited and must destroy those handed in. Then it should cancel the licences issued to anybody younger than 50 and ask for those weapons to be handed in paying a small compensation where reasonable. The remainder who have refused to cooperate would be the hard core group and should be dealt with harshly.


Else, prepare for a blood bath or anarchy.



Jawad Iqbal Jawad100% right, in my humble opinion. “Pakistan is a haven for investment in crimes and militancy” is a golden sentence. Actually, here in Pakistan, individuals are more powerful and influential than the state and they use power for their own beneifts. They use state institutions as their slaves; “Kammis”







@MSS: Very true–but for this sincerity of purpose is necessary and public cooperation is mandatory. In ongoing operation no one is coming forward to inform LEA about weapons which are dumped in their areas or displayed publically so that the place be raided. Public response matters a lot








 Bleeding from a thousand small wounds, the state in Pakistan appears to be receding, relinquishing and collapsing with each passing day.    Good wishes, promises or speeches can no longer  reverse the devastation caused by years of criminal  negligence.    Even today, the government does not understand that unless it controls three links in the chain of violence, namely weapons, vehicles and SIMs, it would rapidly lose the last shreds of its dwindling writ. 

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9-year-old Pakistani girl kidnapped and gang-raped  



An archive photo of  a Pakistani girl. (Reuters / Fayaz Aziz)

An archive photo of a Pakistani girl. (Reuters / Fayaz Aziz)






Shakira Parveen was prostituted by her husband.






Meerwala, Pakistan




Mr.Kristof is a New York Jew and writes particularly vicious articles for the Jewish Newspapers like  The New York Times and Washington Post about Muslim societies like Pakistan, ignoring the 1 million cases of unreported rapes in

his home country.Pakistan allows these Jewish reporters, who cleverly hide their identity to roam around in Pakistan, and even to spy for Israel and India. Pakistan’s security agencies can only keep an eye on them, our executive and Judiciary protects them.

Our an enemy can only point out our flaws. It is for us to fix them

Fred R. Conrad/The New York Times

Nicholas D. Kristof

Nicholas D. Kristof

Shakira Parveen, far right.

If the thought has ever flitted through your mind that your spouse isn’t 100 percent perfect, then just contemplate what Shakira Parveen is going through. And give your own husband or wife a hug.

When Ghulam Fareed proposed marriage to Ms. Parveen, he fingered prayer beads and seemed gentle and pious. Ms. Parveen didn’t know him well, but she and her family were impressed.

“The first month of marriage was O.K.,” Ms. Parveen recalled. “And then he said, you have to do whatever I tell you. If I tell you to sleep with other men, you have to do that.”

It turned out that Mr. Fareed was running a brothel and selling drugs, and he intended Ms. Parveen to be his newest prostitute. “I said, ‘No, I don’t want to sleep with other men,’ ” she said, but he beat her unconscious with sticks, broke her bones and at one point set fire to her clothes. Finally, she broke and assented.

Her “husband” locked her up in one room, she said, and the only people she saw were customers. “For two years, I never left the house,” she said.

This kind of neo-slavery is the plight of millions of girls and young women (and smaller numbers of boys) around the world, particularly in Asia. A major difference from 19th-century slavery is that these victims are dead of AIDS by their 20s.

Finally, Ms. Parveen was able to escape and return to her family, but Mr. Fareed was furious and began to torment her family, saying he would let up only if she returned to the brothel as his prostitute. Then Mr. Fareed’s gang pressured Ms. Parveen by kidnapping her younger brother, Uzman, who was in the fifth grade. Uzman says that his hands and feet were shackled, and he was raped daily by many different men, apparently pimped to paying customers.

The gang members explained that they would release the boy if Ms. Parveen returned to the brothel, and she contemplated suicide.

After six weeks, Uzman escaped while his captors became drunk and left him unshackled. But when Ms. Parveen and her parents went to the police, the officers just laughed at them. Mr. Fareed and other gang members worked hand in glove with the police, the family says.

Indeed, the police even arrested Ms. Parveen’s father, who is one-legged because of a train accident (that is one reason for the family’s poverty). Apparently on the gang’s orders, the police held him for two weeks, in which time he says he was beaten mercilessly. The police are also searching for Ms. Parveen’s brothers, who have gone into hiding.

Mr. Fareed also threatened to kidnap and prostitute Ms. Parveen’s younger sister, Naima, a 10th-grader who was ranked first in her class of 40 girls. Panic-stricken, the parents pulled Naima out of school and sent her to relatives far away. So her dreams of becoming a doctor have been dashed. (For readers who want to help, I’ve posted some suggestions on my blog:www.nytimes.com/ontheground.)

This nexus of sex trafficking and police corruption is common in developing countries. The problem is typically not so much that laws are inadequate; it is that brothel owners buy the police and the courts.

But Ms. Parveen’s tale arises not only from corruption, but also from poverty.

“If I had money, this wouldn’t be happening,” said Ms. Parveen’s mother, Akbari Begum. “It’s all about money. In the police station, nobody listens to me. The police listen to those who sell narcotics.”

“God should never grant daughters to poor people,” she added. “God should not give sisters to poor brothers. Because we’re poor, we can’t fight for them. It’s very hard for poor people, because they take our daughters and dishonor them. There’s nothing we can do.”

Yet in a land where poor women and girls are victimized equally by pimps and by the police, they do have one savior — Mukhtar Mai. She is the woman I’ve visited and written about often (she also uses the name Mukhtaran Bibi).

After being sentenced to be gang-raped by a tribal council for a supposed offense of her brother, Mukhtar refused to commit suicide and instead prosecuted her attackers. And then she used compensation money (and donations from Times readers) to run schools and an aid organization for Pakistani women.






It was in Mukhtar’s extraordinary sanctuary that I met Ms. Parveen. In my Sunday column, I’ll tell more about Mukhtar today.






A nine-year-old Pakistani girl has been taken to the hospital in critical condition after being kidnapped and brutally gang-raped. The girl’s mother has named the abusers, but no arrests were made.

The girl was admitted to a hospital in Bahawalpur after being raped on Wednesday. She remains in critical condition due to loss of blood and internal injuries, the Express Tribune reported, quoting the hospital’s doctors. 

Local police have launched a criminal case against seven men for the kidnap and rape; no arrests have been made yet. 

The girl’s mother named five of the seven suspects. She reportedly told police that she hesitated to inform law enforcers because the kidnappers threatened to kill her and the girl if the woman spoke to authorities.

Station House Officer Irshad Joyia said they were ordered to arrest the suspects, but later were informed that the men had fled to Alipur village, the Express Tribune said. 

According to a First Information Report (FIR) prepared by police, the girl was beaten and then kidnapped by three women and a man in front of her house in Manzoorabad in Rahim Yar Khanby. The kidnappers reportedly took her to another location where she was gang-raped by three men, one of whom was named in the FIR. 

The girl was then allegedly taken back to the place from which she was kidnapped. The girl’s mother told police she found her bloodied daughter near their house. She then took the child to Sheikh Zayed Hospital for examination and treatment.

The rape came weeks after a similar shocking case when a six-year-old Hindu girl was allegedly raped in Pakistan’s southern Sindh province at the beginning of December. The child was also reportedly kidnapped and gang-raped. Residents of the province staged several protests in response to the incident. 

These two recent cases in Pakistan coincide with a horrifying gang-rape in India that claimed the life of a 23-year-old student raped on a bus by six men, the youngest of whom reportedly was a minor. The six men have all been charged with murder, gang-rape, attempted murder, kidnapping and other felonies. They are expected to appear in court on Monday. 

The case sparked mass protests in New Delhi. Demonstrators, particularly women, demanded the rapists be punished and called for the creation of new laws to protect Indian women.

The incident has drawn international attention to the high rates of violence against women in India, where rape victims often do not report to the police for fear of shaming their families or being ignored by law enforcement.

Read more: http://reviewpakistan.com/showthread.php?783131-Takrar-(-16th-June-2013-)-Full-ExpressNews-Young-girls-kidnapped-and-being-sold-all-o&s=f20d5cf6de42075517b4adb321f91edb#ixzz2WPbXEf00


$1,190,655 raised for women

The American government has just gone into the anti-honor-killing “business.” Given my extensive academic and legal work documenting and opposing honor killing, I support this venture. I do find it a bit odd that the U.S. Consulate in East Jerusalem has just launched such a campaign–but for Palestinian women only.

I have written about honor killing among Palestinians and among Israeli Arabs; I also interviewed Palestinian feminist Asma Al-Ghoul about how she was fired and then arrested for her anti-honor-killing advocacy both in Gaza and on the West Bank. Thus, I favor some U.S. intervention in the matter.

However, I wonder: Why not branch out to Pakistan or Afghanistan where honor killing and honor-based violence is, possibly, even more epidemic?

Last night, I watched an excellent and heartbreaking Frontline documentary by Habiba Nosheen about honor-based violence in Pakistan: “Outlawed in Pakistan.” Thirteen-year-old Kainat Soomro was chloroformed, drugged, kidnapped, and then gang-raped for three or four days by four men who threatened to kill or sell her.

Amazingly Kainat escaped, in her bare feet and without her headscarf.

I am very partial to a story about a girl or woman who escapes a life-threatening captivity in the “Wild East,” as I once did, in Kabul, long ago. I write about this in my forthcoming book, An American Bride in Kabul.

But, I was a foreigner, an American, and once I got out I had a second chance. Kainat is now and forevermore a ruined child, an “outlaw,” whose family was meant to kill her for having “dishonored” them.

Amazingly, her loving family refused to do so. Unlike so many honor-killing families in which parents and siblings are either hands-on perpetrators or collaborators in the murder of their daughters and sisters, Kainat’s mother weeps and kisses her. Her father and older brother proudly supported Kainat’s search for justice.

This family deserves a major prize for having the courage and the sanity to stand up to tribal misogyny.

The Soomros turned to the police who refused to act. Instead, they said to kill her according to tribal custom. “She has shamed you.” The police do no sperm or DNA testing, and do not secure the crime scene. They ensure that charges of rape are almost impossible to prove.

Perhaps the U.S. Consulates in Peshawar and Karachi can donate rape kits to the Pakistani police.

Instead of becoming a bandit queen, as the gang-raped Phoolan Devi did in Uttar Pradesh, India; instead of killing herself — Kainat wanted justice. She wanted these men “sentenced to death” because they ruined her life. And they have. Probably, no one will marry her, and Kainat’s plans to become a physician may be permanently on hold. The death threats against this honorable family became so serious, that Kainat’s 18-person family was forced to flee their home for two rooms in Karachi.

Men who rape girls in tribal areas feel no guilt. Kainat’s accused rapists were enraged when their victim dared speak out. They hotly denied Kainat’s charges.

In Karachi, Sarah Zaman, of War Against Rape, a grassroots feminist group, decided to help Kainat and found her a dedicated pro bono lawyer. Zaman knew that powerful village men routinely rape girls and then have them killed for having shamed their families. In Afghanistan, raped women are either honor-killed or jailed as criminals. Kainat bravely agreed to endure a 5- to 10-year legal process, one in which she will be grilled in humiliating ways. The pro bono lawyer who represented the accused men, is also representing the President of Pakistan.

Nevertheless, Kainat’s lawyer managed to have the four men jailed and held in jail without bail for three years. This, too, is amazing.

Nevertheless, the accused rapists prevail. We see dozens of their village supporters descend on the courthouse yelling that “Kainat is a whore.” Their winning defense is ingenious: They claim that Kainat married one of them and he produces her thumbprint on a marriage document and a photo of the two of them, smiling. Kainat repeats that she was drugged and does not remember this. Her presumed bridegroom demands that she return to him.

Kainat was only 13 and did not have the right to consent to a marriage under secular law. However, under Sharia law, if she has reached puberty, she can do so. Sharia law prevails in the matter and the accused are all freed.

Despite claims to the contrary, Sharia law and Sharia courts are dangerous for women.

Kainat’s story is a victory and like all such victories, the price is high and the risk is even higher.

For a poor girl and her family to have four powerful men jailed for three years is extraordinary. The price: They allegedly killed her supportive brother, Sabir. And despite national headlines, the police closed the murder investigation. Kainat quietly says that her “life is a living hell.”

Kainat and her family live under police protection. Again, this is extraordinary.

I suggest that the U.S. Consulates also consider funding Kainat’s education as a physician. Perhaps the entire family should be air-lifted out of the Pakistani Badlands and into America for their safety.

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