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Zainab Murder Case: How to keep our children safe from pedophiles?

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KARACHI: Heinous occurrences like the tragic rape and murder of seven-year-old Zainab in Kusur sap energy out of citizens. Many, instead of tackling the racine of the malady,  take to the streets blaming the state. 

Sources privy to Newspakistan.tv have reported that a security guard of a private school here located near Ibrahim Hyderi district was detained today as a five-year-old girl accused him of attempting rape. According to the details, parents of the minor reached school early in the morning and started beating up the guard. Following the incident, police arrested the alleged abuser.

It has further been learnt that police has already commenced the interrogation to probe the matter further. Following examination MLO has confirmed that no sexual act was committed. Moreover, the concerned minister gave a green chit to the accused terming the whole episode as politically motivated. 

It is pertinent to mention here that, as per the records provided by the sources, only seven percent child abuse is committed by strangers while in  some 47 percent cases relatives are found involved.

Also, girls are more prone to face such extreme consequences as compared to boys. As far as Pakistan is concerned, around 11 incidences of child sexual abuse are reported on a daily basis.

Keeping the current scenario in view, Newspakistan.tv urges its viewers to tell  their kids apropos good and bad touch. Because children are believed to be more susceptible and fragile and hence, impostors know how to manipulate the naïve kids emotionally and physically.

Following are some of the important tips that parents need to bear in mind so as to keep their kids off the potential impostors:

  • Try to be with your kids when outdoors. Also, keep a watchful eye upon their whereabouts.
  • These days, professional parents tend to hire babysitters as they are too occupied practically. However, leaving kids alone with them could prove to be perilous. So be careful!
  • Restrict your child regarding talking to strangers and taking sweets from them. Also, do not let them go to neighbors homes.
  • Most incidents occur when parents send their kids to shops and markets. Therefore, do not send them outside alone especially when the darkness falls.
  • Educate your child apropos harassment and molestation. Tell them the potential signs. Also, advise them to shout and report any indecent advantages taking by adults.

It is pertinent to mention here that a total of 1,764 cases of child molestation here had been reported in the first six months of 2017.

Not to mention that some 15 percent of the cases were said to have committed at the victim’s place, whereas only 12 percent were perpetrated at an acquaintance’s place.

The crux of the matter is that being parents, we should tell our kids to not trust their teachers, friends and even relatives.

Teach them the art to say NO to things they find uncomfortable.

By doing this, we can prevent our children from becoming the victims of such brutal activities.

 

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15 killed in ongoing militants attack on Kenya hotel complex

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NAIROBI: Fifteen people have died in a terrorists attack on an upmarket hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenyan police sources said Wednesday, as fresh explosions and gunfire rang out in the siege which stretched into its second day.

Security forces worked throughout the night to secure the DusitD2 compound, which includes a 101-room hotel, spa, restaurant and office buildings, after an attack claimed by Al-Shabaab militants on Tuesday afternoon.

At least one suicide bomber blew himself up at the hotel while gunmen sprayed fire before engaging security forces and holing themselves up at the premises as civilians fled or barricaded themselves in their offices awaiting rescue.

“We have 15 people dead as of now and that includes foreigners,” a police said.

Among the dead was an American citizen, a State Department official said.

A second police source confirmed the toll but warned “there are areas not yet accessed but that’s what we know so far.”

After 12 hours trapped inside the complex, a group of dozens of people was freed at 3:30am (1230GMT).

“We still believe there are two or three attackers in specific locations,” the first police officer said. “The situation is far from over.”

The second police officer said that at one point they had been sure the attackers had been neutralised after a long period without shooting, however gunfire resumed again after 2am.

Further explosions and gunfire were heard shortly before dawn, with no official word on how many people were still trapped inside.

“There is a floor where they are shooting from, we still believe there are people there,” he said, after reports that a large number of people had fled upstairs.

 

 

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PMDC takes action against doctors with invalid registration

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan Medical and Dental Council (PMDC) Tuesday taken strict action against the doctors having invalid council registration.

According to PMDC, the council has decided to ensure the countrywide renewal and registration process of doctors within a month.

It added, the council took this action on the direction of Senate health committee and directed all the doctors with invalid registrations to renew their registrations immediately in order to practice medicine.

It said as per Pakistan Registration of Medical and Dental Practitioners Regulations, 2008 “Practitioner means a medical practitioner or a dentist possessing any recognized medical or dental qualification whose name is maintained on the register of the council”.

Talking to media, Acting Registrar PMDC Dr Sitara Hassan said that as per part II of regulation (9) “only those names shall be retained on the register who have paid the dues of the council and only these names shall be considered to have valid registration”.

She said that the medical and dental practitioners, specialists, faculty with expired and invalid registration and medical officers have been directed in their own interest to get their PMDC registration renewed as per PMDC Ordinance 1962 amended through an Act 2012 within a month, failing which PMDC will initiate strict action in exercise of its powers conferred under PMDC ordinance 1962.

She added that the details of doctors with invalid registrations status is also available on PMDC website.

 

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SC dismisses Bahria Town’s Rs 250b offer to avoid legal proceedings

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ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court Tuesday dismissed an offer of Bahria Town to deposit Rs 250 billion in the apex court’s dams fund to avoid legal proceedings for illegally acquiring land.
A three-judge special bench of the apex court was hearing a case pertaining to the implementation of its 4th May, 2018 verdict against the Bahria Town.
During the course of proceedings, Bahria Town’s counsel Barrister Ali Zafar offered Rs 200 billion for the dams fund to waive charges against the real estate developer for its projects in Karachi, Islamabad and Murree.
Justice Azmat Saeed observed that three separate verdicts had been passed against Bahria Town, which should offer reasonable amount of fine separately for each case.
He said a fine of Rs 285 billion had been imposed on Bahria Town in 2004. “If the fine money is increased by 40 percent, it will come to Rs 300 billion.”
To this, Ali Zafar increased the offer to Rs 250 billion.
The court observed, “This is not a suitable way to deal with the Supreme Court. We may ask the National Accountability Bureau to file a reference.”
Subsequently, the council sought a one week’s time to file a reply.
Accepting his request, the court directed Bahria Town to submit separate offers in writing in all the three cases.
In its 4th May judgment, the court had declared the grant of land to the Malir Development Authority (MDA) and its exchange with the land of Bahria Town illegal and void. It had also directed NAB to continue its probe into the matters of the developer.

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