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FIA’s action against Social Media Criminal Networks

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ISLAMABAD: DG Cyber Crimes Wing, FIA Capt (R) Muhammad Shoaib today said the Agency in collaboration with the police, had launched a country-wide action against criminal groups using social media networks and involved in child abuse cases.
Talking to private news channel, the DG FIA said, criminals involved in immoral acts with children mostly belonging to International criminal networks will be arrested soon. He highlighted that since the enactment of ‘Prevention of Electronic Crimes Act 2016’, the major chunk of cases reported to FIA are from Interpol or foreign Consulates and Embassies.
Muhammad Shoaib further stated that investigations into child abuse cases were facing hurdles in 2017 due to the reluctance of the victims or other social taboos from reporting such incidents in time. However, in the year 2018, we have registered more than 15 cases due to awareness among masses in the country, he mentioned.
The DG informed that he has ordered an inquiry into child abuse cases and constituted a team to arrest those involved in such crimes and circulating its videos online. “We also established a special cell which will monitor the activity over the internet and investigate those who upload these videos online,” he revealed. A large number of reports of child abuse cases surfacing from Punjab, Karachi and other regions certainly demand more coordinated and comprehensive investigation than what appears to be conducted by law enforcers. “Our investigation on abuse cases in Okara was still underway when reports of young girls being trafficked for prostitution broke out”, he said. He said that the suspect was arrested after being traced through his PTCL number and his IP address, adding that the accused, who had joined the social media group was arrested. Visual depictions include photographs, videos, digital or computer-generated images and videos that involve the documentation of an actual crime scene are then circulated for personal consumption, he told.
Capt (retd) Muhammad Shoaib explained that several children were raped, subjected to sexual abuse and all of it was filmed. On one hand, the abused children and their families, mostly from low-income groups were extorted for money while these videos were being distributed and sold. It is important to mention that such incidents are known to take place across the country, however, the highest number of cases are reported in Punjab, he added.
He emphasized that child abuse is a critical issue that we need to be discussing in schools and at home to give more awareness among masses through media and social media networks. “We want to remove misconceptions on the issue, equip children how to defend themselves and teach them how to say “No”, he mentioned.
He advised encouraging the children to speak up about evil by assuring them that there is nothing immoral about the topic. Child abuse awareness will be taught in the schools’ syllabus, said DG, adding that there is no option other than to make the subject a part of the syllabus.
He told children are being victimized as they don’t know what’s happening, they are not informed, they are innocent children and they can be exploited easily. It is compulsory to make child abuse awareness,” he remarked, adding that children using social media should be aware of this “highest form of bestiality.”
Muhammad Shoaib also said that FIA received a complaint from Spain regarding the involvement of a Pakistani citizen in an international child pornography ring.

 

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NAB arrests four Revenue officials for selling govt land

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QUETTA: National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Balochistan on Tuesday arrested four officials of Provincial Revenue Department including Ex Tehseeldars, Naib Tehseeldar and Patwari for selling government land in Gwadar.

According to a statement, the accused included Ex-Tehseeldars Gwadar Mohammad Jan Baloch, Mohammad Jan Jamaldini, Naib Tehsildar Agha Zafar Hussain and Abdul Hafeez Patwari in connivance with other revenue officers and private persons tempered revenue record and sold the land causing huge loss to the national exchequer.

Taking action on evidences surfaced during the probe into the matter, DG NAB Balochistan Mohammad Abid Javed issued arrest warrants of the accused.

They were held and shifted to NAB Balochistan office.

Further probe was underway.

 

 

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Turkey issues warrants for soldiers over FETO links

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ISTANBUL: Turkey is seeking over 50 serving soldiers across the nation for their suspected links to the Fetullah Terrorist Organization (FETO), the group behind the 2016 defeated coup, judicial sources said on Tuesday.

Istanbul Chief Public Prosecutor’s Office issued the warrants for 53 active-duty soldiers, who are accused of communicating with FETO members through pay phones and land phones, as part of a probe into FETO presence in Turkish Armed Forces.

Police launched simultaneous operations in 15 provinces, including Istanbul, for the suspects working for the gendarmerie branch of Turkish Armed Forces, as well as Land, Air and Naval Forces Command.

Police hunt for the suspects is ongoing across the country.

According to the Turkish government, FETO and its U.S.-based leader Fetullah Gulen orchestrated the defeated coup of July 15, 2016, which left 251 people martyred and nearly 2,200 injured.

Ankara also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police, and judiciary.

 

 

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Victims of Church sex abuse go global with fight for justice

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PARIS: After years of struggling alone or finding support in national groups, survivors of sex abuse by priests have formed a new international alliance to pressure the Catholic Church to face up to its crimes.

The group, called Ending Clerical Abuse (ECA), brings together activists from dozens of countries on several continents, and will be mobilised in Rome this week when Pope Francis hosts a hotly awaited summit on tackling the wave of child sex abuse scandals shaking the Catholic Church.

“It’s a momentous and a historic movement… to bring a global and unified voice,” one of its co-founders, Peter Saunders, told media.

“This is the first truly global initiative.”

Saunders’ personal story is among countless others suffered by people who grouped together to form ECA last June, including survivors from Chile, Poland, Switzerland, France, Italy, the Democratic Republic of Congo and other countries.

“I was abused at seven years old by a family member. I was also sexually abused by two Jesuit priests at my secondary school at about 12 years of age,” he said.

The same priest targeted his brother Michael at the same school six years before him, and died aged 55 after a lifelong battle with drug and alcohol abuse.

“I think the Church has been resisting change for many, many years and I think at long last the Church is beginning to bow to the pressure put on by survivors, by our media colleagues around the world, and by public opinion,” he added.

The group’s objectives include forcing the Church to take a “zero tolerance” approach to paedophilia, working to overturn the statute of limitations on abuse cases, and supporting victims in areas where speaking out remains difficult, such as in various African and Asian countries.

 

 

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