Prominent Pakistani political leader Ahmed dies

Updated 06 January 2013
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Prominent Pakistani political leader Ahmed dies

DAMMAM: Qazi Hussain Ahmed, a prominent political leader and Islamic scholar in Pakistan, died late last night in Islamabad. He was the former president of Jamaat-i-Islami.
Ahmed is survived by two sons and two daughters. He enjoyed immense popularity among the expatriate community in Saudi Arabia and other Gulf states.
He was a strong critic of counter-terrorism policy of the United States, and was widely known for his opposition against United States participation in civil war in the neighboring Afghanistan.
Ahmed was suffering from cardiac and asthmatic problems for quite some time. His condition turned critical three days ago.
His body is being shifted to his native town Peshawar. The funeral will take place on Sunday afternoon.


India seeks death penalty for rape of girls under 12

Updated 21 April 2018
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India seeks death penalty for rape of girls under 12

  • The decision to prescribe the death penalty for people convicted of raping girls under 12 follows an outrage over the rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu-Kashmir.
  • The Press Trust of India news agency reported that the ordinance is being sent to the president for approval.

New Delhi: India’s government has decided to prescribe the death penalty for people convicted of raping girls under the age of 12 to combat an increase in crimes against women.
The Press Trust of India news agency reported Saturday that the ordinance is being sent to the president for approval. It will require the approval of Parliament within six months in order the become law.
The decision follows an outrage over the recent brutal rape and killing of an 8-year-old girl in Jammu-Kashmir state and the alleged rape of a girl by a ruling party lawmaker in Uttar Pradesh state.
Countrywide protests following a 2012 New Delhi gang rape and murder case prompted the government to double prison terms for rapists to 20 years.