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Good morning texts to women are also ‘harassment’: Kashmala

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ISLAMABAD: If you send someone a text message saying “Good morning” it is also form of harassment, says Kashmala Tariq, the Federal Ombudsperson for Protection against Harassment of Women at the Workplaces. 

“Harassment isn’t just physical it can also be mental,” she said while speaking to the media at the Rawalpindi chamber of commerce on Tuesday.

Ms Tariq added that if someone is continuously insisting that you go for a cup of tea with them even that can be categorized as harassment.

She urged women being harassed to lodge complaints online at the harassment center. She also said that men should give women their space so they can both work together peacefully.

A work place harassment law was passed in 2010. The Protection Against Harassment of Women at the Workplace Act 2010 states that harassment is the following:

1. Any unwelcome sexual advance
2. Request for sexual favors or
3. Other verbal or written communication or physical conduct of a sexual nature
4. Sexually demeaning attitudes
5. Causing interference with work performance
6. Creating an intimidating, hostile or offensive work environment
7. An attempt to punish a complainant for refusal to comply with such a request

And it is also harassment if you make these a condition for employment or say that the woman or man can only get the job if she or he complies with your requests.

The law also says that these rules on unacceptable behavior in an organization or workplace apply to any interaction or situation linked to official work outside the office.

Women in Pakistan form 24% of the workforce despite being 49% of the population.

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Ali Raza Abidi murder: CTD tells court it identified suspects

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KARACHI: An anti-terrorism court here has directed the Counter-terrorism Department (CTD) of Sindh police to arrest three absconding accused in the Ali Raza Abidi murder case and present them before it on next hearing.

In a major headway, CTD investigators have identified the suspect who fired shots at the Muttahida Qaumi Movement – Pakistan (MQM-P) leader, according to a progress report submitted to the court.

Suspect Bilal, one of the three absconding accused, shot at Ali Raza Abidi, said CTD, adding the absconders will be arrested soon.

Meanwhile, the court issued non-bailable warrants for the arrest of the accused and directed CTD to nab and present them before it on the next hearing.

 

 

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Fake bank accounts: NAB gets physical remand of key accused

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Court grants physical

ISLAMABAD: An accountability court here handed over Iqbal Khan Noori, one of the key suspects in the fake bank accounts case, to the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) on 14-day physical remand for questioning.

NAB officials produced Noori before the accountability judge and sought his physical remand for interrogation. The court remanded the accused in the bureau’s custody for 14 days and adjourned the hearing until May 2.

Meanwhile, the judge granted a plea of the suspect’s family seeking permission to meet him.

Noori, director of M/s Rubicon owned by Younas Kudwai – front man of Asif Ali Zardari, CEO of M/s Park Lane – is among the 30 accused named in the case.

 

 

 

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Markan: Terrorists shot 14 passengers dead on Coastal Highway

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MAKRAN: Terrorists offloaded passengers from a bus on Coastal Highway near Ormara here today and shot at least 14 of them.

According to sources privy to NPTV some 20 unidentified gunmen (wearing FC uniforms) stopped passenger buses plying from Karachi towards Gawadar. At 1am they offloaded sixteen passengers from a bus carrying over 36 passengers in Buzi Top area and killed forteen of them at close range after identifying the victims by means of their NICs.

Prime Minister Imran Khan condemning the act of terrorism sought report into the incident. He has ordered the concerned authorities to identify the culprits and book them under Anti-Terrorism Law. 

Chief Minister Balochistan Jam Kamal stated that such acts were on the agenda of anti-state elements as they wanted Balochistan to remain backward region sans any development: “Progress will continue no matter what”, he held. 

“These cowardly terrorists showed the extent of their barbarism by murdering innocent passengers,” the CM maintained. 

“The people of Balochistan look upon terrorists who follow the agenda of foreign elements with hate. Through the support of the people, terrorism will be eliminated and the terrorists will continue to be brought to justice,” Jam Kamal stated. 

Information Minister Ch. Fawad Hussain took to the Twitter saying all the perpetrators involved in recent attacks in the country would be apprehended and brought to justice. 

Leader of the Oppositionof PML-N’s Shehbaz Sharif and PPP-P Co-Chairman Asif Ali Zardari have also strongly condemned the killings.  PPP-P Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari held that PTI Govt. had failed in containing terrorism. 

 

 

 

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