by, Shakeel Anjum
Islamabad, Pakistan: The investigation into the murder of a young girl at the Air Force Complex, E-9, took a stunning turn when the victim’s younger brother alleged that their father was the killer. According to him, his father threw the dead body from the apartment and later lodged an FIR with the Margalla Police Station against the unidentified assailants.
Musarrat Ahmad, 16, was found dead with multiple wounds in different parts of her body and a broken arm near her apartment.
The Air Force official allegedly tortured his teenage daughter to death over the ‘honour issue’, beating her with an iron rod and a cricket bat and kept hitting her head, stomach and back till her death, the investigators, quoting his confessional statement, told ‘The News’.
On June 5, 2013, Ahmad Yar, assistant warrant officer of Pakistan Air Force, a resident of Block A-62/5, PAF Colony, E-9, Islamabad, lodged a complaint with the Margalla Police Station, saying that his wife left for her village Lalian (Chiniot) with his younger daughter a few days before the occurrence. He said that his daughter Musarrat Ahmad, 16, went missing on the night of June 4. He said that he searched her along with his two sons — Mohammad Asad, 14, and Asfandyar, 12. According to him, he was informed by the PAF guard deputed at the main gate at 10:20 p.m. that his daughter had entered alone into the premises of the PAF Complex from the main gate, but she didn’t reach home till the next morning and found dead near Block 23-J.
The Air Force Police reached the scene and shifted the dead body to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) after sealing the premises, police said.
The Margalla Police took up the case and registered an FIR (No. 313) under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and started investigation, police said.
SP (Saddar Zone) Jamil Hashmi, when contacted, confirmed the report saying that it was a confusing case but police solved the case. He said that they included the complainant, his wife Sahib Bibi and their two sons — Asad and Asfandyar — in the investigation. He said that it was confusing for police — how the girl disappeared between the main gate and her apartment.
The SP said that the complainant did not confess to committing the murder, however his wife expressed her suspicion over her husband and indicated the real story as her son Asad had disclosed the truth before her.
Police induced Asad, an eyewitness, for telling the truth who, finally exposed his father as killer of his sister, Jamil Hashmi said. He added that Asad, telling the real story, disclosed that Musarrat left the house without informing anybody during loadshedding at about 10 p.m. He said that he along with his father and brother searched her in parks and other areas, including the hospital, but failed to find her. In the meantime, his father received a call from the guard of the main gate who informed that Musarrat had entered into the complex. As she reached home, the angry father started thrashing her, hitting her head and body with a cricket bat and an iron rod. Consequently, she fell down and died on the spot. Later, he put cloth on her face, picked her up and threw her on the ground near Block 23-J, Jamil Hashmi said, adding that Ahmad Yar later confessed to his crime and recorded his statement before the court of law under Section 164 CrPC.
Police have registered a case against Ahmad Yar on the complaint of his wife, Sahib Bibi, the SP concluded.
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21-year-old Andrew Pochter, an intern at an educational NGO, murdered in Alexandria as he watched clashes
An American Jewish college student, Andrew Driscoll Pochter, 21, a native of Chevy Chase, Maryland, was killed in Alexandria, Egypt on Friday as he watched clashes between supporters and opponents of the country’s Islamist president, it was confirmed Saturday.
Pochter, one of three people killed in Friday’s clashes, was stabbed to death by a protester, his family said.
Originally reported to have been an employee of the American cultural center in Alexandria, Pochter was later identified by his parents and university, Ohio’s Kenyon College, as an intern at AMIDEAST, a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting education in the Middle East and North Africa.
“Our beloved 21-year-old son and brother Andrew Driscoll Pochter went to Alexandria for the summer, to teach English to 7- and 8-year-old Egyptian children and to improve his Arabic. He was looking forward to returning to Kenyon College for his junior year and to spending his spring semester in Jordan,” Pochter’s parents told CNN.
“As we understand it, he was witnessing the protest as a bystander and was stabbed by a protester. He went to Egypt because he cared profoundly about the Middle East, and he planned to live and work there in the pursuit of peace and understanding. Andrew was a wonderful young man looking for new experiences in the world and finding ways to share his talents while he learned. Andrew cared deeply about his family and his friends. We won’t have any further comment and ask for privacy now at this difficult time for the family.”
Marcela Colmenares, a Venezuelan scholar at Kenyon College who was a friend of Pochter’s, paid tribute to him in her blog Saturday, saying he exemplified the “difference between a talker and a doer.”
Andrew Driscoll Pochter, 21, of Chevy Chase, Md. died Friday, June 28, while photographing clashes between opponents and supporters of President Mohamed Morsi in Alexandria, Egypt.
Colmenares related her first meeting with Pochter in the college library, where they became caught up in a political argument and discovered their mutual interest in the Middle East.
“The last time we spoke, he was already in Egypt and we agreed to eat a falafel in August, when he would come back to Maryland. After a long discussion, he planned to prove that — against my predictions — the falafels in Adams Morgan were better than those in Berlin,” wrote Colmenares.
“But he is never going to come back, because he was killed in a protest in Alexandria, where he was — according to the news — teaching English during the summer. In fact, Andrew was doing much more than teaching English, he was absorbing every bit of the Egyptian culture, he was learning about the Middle East, and he was doing what so many people avoid — following his passion,” she wrote.
In 2011, Pochter wrote an article for Al Arabiya on the effects of the Arab Spring on Moroccan society. He was an active member of a group of Kenyon students interested in the Middle East, was involved in Middle East activism on campus and took part in a forum Colmenares had created for students willing to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and collaborate to organize events.
Pochter was also active with Hillel, the Jewish campus organization.
“I don’t know the details about his death, and I don’t want to know them,” Colmenares wrote.
“But I know that it was provoked by an unreasonable amount of hate, a hate that does not have owners and that will never have a proper explanation –because it is irrational. This hate managed to kill an American who genuinely cared about the Middle East, and who would have had an extremely positive impact on the region. Violence is increasing in Egypt, especially towards Americans,” she lamented.
Andrew Pochter. (photo credit: Facebook)
Late Friday, Alexandria security chief Gen. Amin Ezz Eddin told Al-Jazeera TV that an American later identified as Pochtor was killed in Sidi Gabr Square while photographing the battle. The US State Department later confirmed the death, in a statement from Patrick Ventrell, a press office director.
“We are providing appropriate consular assistance from our Embassy in Cairo and our Bureau of Consular Affairs at the State Department,” he said.
An Egyptian medical official, in an earlier unconfirmed report, had said Pochtor died of gunshot wounds at a hospital. The official spoke on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak to the press.
In the aftermath of Friday’s deadly clashes, the US State Department issued a travel warning cautioning citizens to avoid Egypt.
“The US Department of State warns US citizens traveling to or living in Egypt to defer non-essential travel to Egypt at this time due to the continuing possibility of political and social unrest. On June 28, 2013, the Department of State authorized the departure of a limited number of non-emergency employees and family members. US citizens are urged to remain alert to local security developments and to be vigilant regarding their personal security,” the warning read.
Christian in Crisis
Nadia, a recent Christian convert in Tajikistan, is experiencing severe persecution at the hands of her Muslim family members. Nadia converted from Islam to Christianity in 2011 and was then baptized. After her mother found out, she beat Nadia, burned her Bible, and tore her clothing. Nadia tried to run away, but her brothers found her. They shaved her head, gave her a public beating, and then locked her in the house. When she ran away a second time, they unfortunately caught her again.
Nadia called a Voice of the Martyrs contact on June 9th, sobbing, saying that her family had beaten her again, this time for hours, and forced her to say the Muslim statement of faith. The VOM contact has since been unable to reach Nadia by phone as her family most likely had it disconnected.
by, Schuyler Montague
We have just received word that Tommy Robinson and Kevin Carrol of the English Defence League were both arrested on their way to Woolwich to lay flowers at the site where Lee Rigby was murdered.
They were both detained on suspicion of obstructing police as they attempted to enter the London borough of Tower Hamlets on the way to Woolwich.
As we receive more news on this story, we will update it here:
17-year-old was found naked in a garden in the Tepe district of Marmaris
He is said to be in a critical condition at hospital
Two men have been arrested after a huge police manhunt
Comes as two men died after drowning at different beaches in Olundeniz
A British teenager has been left fighting for his life after he was stripped naked and ‘stabbed 17 times’ during an attack in a Turkish holiday resort.
The British teenager, named as Dwaine Ward, was found in a garden in the Tepe district of Marmaris, a popular holiday haunt for British tourists. Two men have now been arrested in connection with the incident.
The 17-year-old was discovered on Tuesday with at least 10 stab wounds to the body and
taken to the intensive care unit of the Marmaris State Hospital. He is reportedly in a critical condition.
Attila Dincer, 26, who works cleaning cars in the area near to where Dwaine was found, is now being questioned in relation to the incident.
He was arrested in the early hours of Thursday morning and shortly after Ismail A, 24, from Aksaray, was arrested on a bus in Konya, 354 miles away.
Suspect: Attila Dincer (blue T-shirt) is led away by police. He is being questioned in connection with the stabbing of 17-year-old Dwaine Ward in the Turkish resort town of Marmaris
Attila Dincer, 26, who works cleaning cars in the area near to where Dwaine was found, is now being questioned in relation to the incident.
He was arrested in the early hours of Thursday morning and shortly after Ismail A, 24, from Aksaray, was arrested on a bus in Konya, 354 miles away
Using information believed to have come from Dincer, Turkish police in Mugla liased with other forces across the country – tracking Ismail on a bus heading for his home town.
Ismail was taken from the bus at Konya and is being transferred back to Marmaris to undergo questioning.
Mr Ward’s blood-stained, naked body was spotted and photographed lying in a garden at around 7.30am on Tuesday by local residents.
They called the emergency services and a doctor managed to stabilize the teenager at the scene before he was rushed to intensive care.
Marmaris police immediately launched a major investigation into the alleged attack and
all leave was cancelled as they desperately tried to track down the attackers.
Within 48 hours police had checked 217 cameras covering the town’s Bar Street and surrounding areas.
Careful examination of the camera’s showed Dwayne leaving Bar Street and then a few hundred yards further on two men were seen following him and taking hold of his arms.
According to police and hospital reports Dwaine had been stabbed more than a dozen times including twice in the throat and several times in the chest. It is said to have pierced his heart.
It is said he had also been stabbed in the groin, legs and back and his arms had been slashed with a razor.
Ismail A, 24, the second suspect being questioned. He was arrested on a bus in Konya, 354 miles from Marmaris
The attack took place after the young man and his older brother, said to be 32, had been out drinking in the town’s Bar Street on Monday night.
The brothers had reportedly become separated among the crowds and Darren had returned to their hotel alone.
The brothers are believed to be on holiday with their mother- staying at the privately run Ali Baba Otel close to the town’s busy market place.
Speaking from the Ali Baba Otel, yesterday morning his mother said: ‘Dwaine’s facing another operation this morning. His dad’s flying out from the UK to be with him.
‘I’m too distressed to talk about it.’
The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) confirmed hospitalisation of the teenager.
It comes as two British men, one named locally as Anthony Gissing and the second whose identity has not been released, died after drowning at different beaches in Mugla’s Olundeniz district.
It has been reported that the incidents all occurred within 24 hours of each other on Turkey’s southern coast.
Two British men are believed to have died in separate drowning incidents in Turkey, while a teenager is fighting for his life after he was stabbed ten times
People on Belcekiz beach called paramedics after noticing that a body – believed to be that of Mr Gissing – was floating in the sea without moving.
He was taken to a local hospital but could not be saved, it is said.
On Olundeniz’s Kumburnu beach, officers brought another male body, said to be that of a ‘Mr Webb’, ashore after noticing him in the sea.
Paramedics arrived on the scene, but he was also declared dead.
The bodies of both tourists were sent to the Muğla Forensics Department.
It is not yet clear how the men drowned.