Pakistani government given 3 days to clear Islamist rally

Supporters of Pakistani radical religious party shout slogans during a sit-in protest at an intersection of Islamabad, Pakistan on Saturday, November 18, 2017. (AP)
Updated 20 November 2017
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Pakistani government given 3 days to clear Islamist rally

ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani court has granted the government three more days to find a way to clear an Islamist rally near the capital, Islamabad.
Interior Minister Ahsan Iqbal said on Monday that he pleaded with the court, saying that any use of force could cause “instability” in the country.
Two previous deadlines were given to the rally organizers — the Tehreek-i-Labaik Ya Rasool Allah party — have expired.
The rally began two weeks ago. The Islamists demand the removal of Law Minister Zahid Hamid over a recently omitted reference to the Prophet Muhammad in a constitutional bill.
The protesters have camped out at the main intersection outside Islamabad, disrupting life in the city. The court has issued notices to the administration on Thursday on non-compliance of the earlier order for clearance of the intersection.


Arrests after Indian woman gang-raped, burned to death

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Arrests after Indian woman gang-raped, burned to death

  • India has a grim record of sexual violence, with nearly 40,000 rape cases reported countrywide in 2016
  • Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, reported more than 4,800 rapes in 2016

NEW DELHI: Indian police arrested two men on Monday over the gang rape and burning to death of a woman, the latest shocking crime against females in the country, officials said.
Five men allegedly took it in turns to rape the woman after barging into her home early on Saturday, before dragging her to a Hindu temple where they burned her to death in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
“Two of the accused were arrested from an adjoining district early Monday and we are looking for the rest,” local police chief Radhey Mohan Bhardwaj said.
Initial investigations found the men, who are members of the same extended family as the victim and from the same locality, were “annoyed” with the 35-year-old for meeting a particular man, Bhardwaj said.
Police said the mother-of-two revealed the identities of the accused to her husband over the phone after the alleged rape and before they took her to the nearby temple and murdered her.
Police rejected media reports that the woman’s desperate emergency phone call went unanswered, saying it was unsuccessful because of the poor network quality in the area.
India has a grim record of sexual violence, with nearly 40,000 rape cases reported countrywide in 2016.
Campaigners say the true figure is likely to be much higher given the social stigma around victims of sexual crimes.
Uttar Pradesh, India’s most populous state, reported more than 4,800 rapes in 2016.
The state has been rocked by several high-profile rape cases in recent months, including one that allegedly involved a lawmaker from the ruling party.
Sexual violence in India has been in the global spotlight since the 2012 gang-rape and murder of a woman on a New Delhi bus sparked angry protests and stiffer penalties.