KARACHI: Forty–one falcons of protected species were confiscated and three alleged bird handlers were arrested in two separate raids conducted by teams of the wildlife department. The confiscated falcons – 38 sakers and three peregrines – are migratory species and are protected under Sindh Wildlife Protection Ordinance, which forbids catching, trading, keeping in possession of the falcons. Conservatively valued at Rs50 million the confiscated birds would be released soon, said Dr Dayaram, the provincial minister for wildlife, who visited the wildlife office where the birds were brought by confiscators.
LAHORE: An 18–year–old boy was killed by his friend at a mobile shop in a local market, allegedly over a minor argument in the Kot Lakhpat police precincts on Saturday. The victim has been identified as Tayyab, a local resident of Ismail Nagar. Investigation Officer Sarvar said that Tayyab had been sitting at his shop when his friend Habib Khan came to visit his shop. He said that during a discussion, the friends exchanged harsh words and Habib took out his pistol and shot his friend, resulting in his death on the spot. Police officials after reaching the scene, arrested the accused and removed the body to the city morgue for autopsy.
ISLAMABAD: Pakistan deported over 13,261 foreigners, mostly Afghans, during the last three years, the FIA said on Saturday. According to details provided by the FIA Immigration Wing, the deportees included 10,381 Afghans, 1,779 Indians, 422 Nigerians, 332 Bangladeshis, 118 Iranians, 41 Filipinos, 37 Tanzanians, 36 Chinese, 15 South Africans and 10 Turks. Moreover, from January 2000 to January 2008, the FIA registered 713 cases throughout the country against people attempting to get visas on fake passports, of which 78 cases were registered in 2000, 70 in 2001, 72 in 2002, 44 in 2003, 184 in 2004, 93 in 2005, 84 in 2006, 72 in 2007 and 16 in 2008. The number of people arrested in these cases was 941, of which 402 were arrested from Rawalpindi, 375 from Peshawar, 99 from Karachi, 59 from Lahore and six from Quetta, the FIA said.
KARACHI: During different operations on Saturday, the police recovered abducted children and arrested 13 bandits, including two women, with looted money and weapons. The operations were conducted by the Anti–Violence Crime Cell (AVCC), special investigation team-east and the Kulray Police. In a press conference held at the Garden Police Station, AVCC SSP Farooq Awan revealed that four bandits, including two women, were arrested and ransom money and weapons were found in their possession. With the help of her maid Samreen, the culprits kidnapped Rabia, 2, daughter of a garment factory owner in Bahadurabad on November 24 and demanded a ransom for her release.
KARACHI: Administrative Judge of Anti Terrorism Courts in Karachi remanded two women, facing kidnapping for ransom charges, to police custody till December 6. Ms. Yasmeen and Samina were arrested the other day for kidnapping 2–year–old girl Rabia from Bahadurabad area on November 26. Police said the accused received Rs. 2 million from the family of the abductee. Remanding the suspects to police custody till December 6, AJ Justice Khalid Ali Z Kazi directed the investigation officer to produce them on the next date of hearing.
KARACHI: The staff of Anti-Violent Crime Cell (AVCC) and the CPLC, in a joint operation, arrested seven suspects including two maids and got freed two kidnapped children besides recovering weapons and Rs2 million cash from their possession. Addressing a press conference, SSP AVCC Farooq Awan along with deputy chief CPLC Shaukat Suleman said that a gang of criminals was involved in kidnapping the children of businessmen for ransom in connivance with house servants. SSP Awan said that the gang had kidnapped two–year–old Rabia, daughter of a garment factory owner Yahya from Bahadurabad on November 24 in connivance with a housemaid Samreen. According to plan, the maid brought the child out of the house and handed her over to the criminals and later she returned to the home and told Rabia’s parents that she was kidnapped by some persons riding a black car.
RAWALPINDI: Two girls were kidnapped and four vehicles were lifted from the limits of different police stations, while a dacoity was reported to Airport Police Station on Saturday. According to police, Muhammad Saqlain, a resident of Gujar Khan, informed the police that Waqar, Anwar, Attaur Rehman and others allegedly broke into his house and kidnapped his daughter KF at gunpoint. Muhammad Sadiq told Mandra Police that Gulzar Bibi, Zubair and Muzhar had allegedly kidnapped his 16-year-old daughter from a hospital. The police have registered separate cases and investigations are underway to arrest the accused and recover the girls.
LAHORE: An additional district and sessions judge on Saturday issued non–bailable arrest warrants for the Lower Mall SHO for not complying with the court orders. Despite the repeated court summons, the SHO was not producing a case record in the court on which the judge issued his non–bailable arrest warrants.
KARACHI: A judicial magistrate (south) on Saturday sent a top official of a foreign exchange group into the custody of the Federal Investigation Agency on physical remand for his alleged involvement in a foreign exchange scandal till Dec 6. The FIA arrested Hanif Kalia, chairman of the Kalia Group, in Clifton on Friday on a charge of illegally transferring abroad billions of dollars. His brother, Abdul Munaf Kalia, and Javed Khanani, directors of the Khanani and Kalia International, have already been in FIA custody on the same charge.
RAWALPINDI: An Anti–Terrorism Court (ATC) on Saturday formally indicted a juvenile suspect and recorded testimony of a prosecution witness in proceedings concerning the assassination of former premier Benazir Bhutto. Bhutto was assassinated in a gunshot and bomb attack on December 27, 2007 in a public park in Rawalpindi when she was leaving the place after addressing an election rally. The court is trying five suspects – Rafaqat Hussain, Hussnain Gull, Sher Zaman, Abdul Rasheed and juvenile Atizaz Shah – in a jail trial for their alleged involvement in the incident. Five other accused, including Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan chief Baitullah Mehsud, are still at large and have been declared proclaimed offenders by the court. The court framed charges against Atizaz Shah and recorded the statement of a prosecution witness Kashif Bashir, a police official. The court adjourned further proceedings till December 6.