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October 4, 2019

In A Corner of Pakistan Children are Being Rape, Killed and Are Disappearing

CreditSaiyna Bashir for The New York Time

By Salman Masood

CHUNIAN, Pakistan — When the 8-year-old Muhammad Faizan went missing on Sept. 16, he was the fourth child to mysteriously disappear in the eastern Pakistani city of Chunian since June. Three other boys had been missing for several weeks.

Muhammad’s father, Qari Muhammad Ramzan, 39, braced for a long search. But devastating news came a day later.

Faizan’s body was found in a deserted area about two miles from his house in a poor neighborhood of Chunian in the Kasur district of Punjab Province. The autopsy revealed Faizan had been raped before being killed.

The police also found two skulls, bones and pieces of clothing near the body. Ghazala Bibi, the mother of a 9-year-old boy who had also gone missing, Ali Husnain, recognized her son’s shirt. The fathers of two other boys, ages 8 and 12, also learned their sons were victims.
The crimes have incited horror and outrage across Pakistan. Angry protests erupted in Chunian after the grisly discovery. People surrounded the local police station, blaming police neglect.

On Thursday, the police chief of Kasur, Sohail Habib Tajik, said in an interview that a 27-year-old man, Sohail Shahzad, had been arrested this week in connection with the four killings after an extensive manhunt.

ImageGhazala Bibi, center, with her three remaining children. Her 9-year-old son, Ali Husnain is believed to have been killed by the same person who killed Muhammad Faizan.
(Lead picture above)

Ghazala Bibi, center, with her three remaining children. Her 9-year-old son, Ali Husnain is believed to have been killed by the same person who killed Muhammad Faizan.CreditSaiyna Bashir for The New York Times

“Sohail Shahzad has confessed of the killings,” Mr. Tajik said, adding that the suspect used to drive a rickshaw in Chunian and had lured the children by offering them money to collect firewood.

But the arrest and reported confession do not answer the question on parents’ minds: Why does this keep happening in Kasur? 

After years of disturbing attacks in the district, Kasur has become a byword for the rape and killings of children. Cases keep surfacing. And parents say they are afraid to let their children go outside.

“We tie our remaining three children with a rope in the night, just to make sure that they don’t slip away from us,” said Ms. Bibi’s husband, Muhammad Afzal.

The distraught parents of Kasur are bitter and angry at the police. The officials, they said, treated them with callous indifference, mostly urging them to search for the missing on their own.

Prime Minister Imran Khan even intervened, announcing on Twitter that the entire lineup of police officials in Kasur had been removed and an investigation ordered. “There will be accountability for all,” Mr. Khan said.

CreditSaiyna Bashir for The New York Times

Police investigators in Chunian last week.

Police investigators in Chunian last week.CreditSaiyna Bashir for The New York Times
The streets of Chunian were deserted recently, even during the daytime. Many children are now accompanied by an adult to and from school for safety.

For the parents, the stress was one more worry piled on already difficult lives.

“Should we worry about earning our livelihood or worry about children’s whereabouts?” said Mr. Ramzan, a cleric in the local mosque. “It is not easy to earn a living these days.” 

Inam Ghani, the additional inspector general of the Punjab police, said that Kasur is a peculiar case “because there have been serial pedophile murders.”

In January 2018, Zainab Amin, 7, was raped and killed in Kasur. Her body was found in a trash site. Before her, 12 other child rape cases had been reported within roughly a mile radius. In 2015, a gang of men was arrested after reports emerged that they had sexually abused at least 200 children in a rural area of the district. The men made videos of the abuse to either sell underground or use to extort money from victims’ families.

Zainab’s murder had also incited days of angry riots in Kasur, and the government and leading political parties, including Mr. Khan’s Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf party, vowed never to let such attacks occur again. After 12 days, the police arrested a 24-year-old neighbor named Imran Ali. An anti-terrorism court sentenced him to death on February 2018. He was hanged later that year.

It was widely expected that the case of Zainab, which had become a symbol of child sexual abuse, would result in broad police overhauls and awareness of such crimes.

But more than a year later, there is no letup in reports of child abuse in this district and in the country.

“There is no child protection policy in Punjab,” said Sarah Ahmad, chairwoman of the government-run Punjab Child Protection and Welfare Bureau, adding that there was a need for tougher legislation against child abuse. 

CreditSaiyna Bashir for The New York Times

“There is no child protection policy in Punjab,” said Sarah Ahmad, chairwoman of the Punjab Child Protection and Welfare Bureau.

“There is no child protection policy in Punjab,” said Sarah Ahmad, chairwoman of the Punjab Child Protection and Welfare Bureau.CreditSaiyna Bashir for The New York Times
She said the abuse was not limited to a specific place and that she is planning an awareness campaign in Kasur and other districts in the province. “Child abuse cannot be stopped in days or months,” Ms. Ahmad said. “It will take years.” 

Many theories have offered for why Kasur has a bigger problem than other places — people have blamed pornography, organized criminal gangs who sell videos of the crimes on the internet, social divisions and prostitution linked to growing cities. But police officials dismiss claims of gangs selling violent videos online.

Kasur is known for its tanneries and small industry. Chunian, which is about 40 miles from Kasur city, also has a small industrial area.

Mr. Tajik, the police chief, said that rape cases are reported all over the country, but that Kasur had been spotlighted because of the evidence of serial killings. He also cited rapid urbanization in many cities and towns for a breakdown in the social order.

“The social system is broken down in most towns, especially in Kasur district,” he said. “There is no monitoring system. In Kasur district, people with large families are living in very small houses. The rents are very low and people move in and out quickly, without strict identification and vetting.”

Ghost Abad is a poor neighborhood where power cables dangling overhead in narrow alleys, with just enough space for a motorbike or rickshaw to pass. The stench of sewage wafts through the air. Most of the residents are employed as laborers or low-paid workers in nearby markets.

Ms. Bibi and her husband have been particularly devastated by their son’s killing. “Our shoes were worn out, and we almost went mad trying to find Ali Husnain,” Mr. Afzal said, teary-eyed. 

His wife seemed frail and almost dazed. The family is now in debt. Their paltry savings were spent on printing posters of their son and several visits to Lahore, the provincial capital, where children from low-income families often run away to.

A picture of another boy whose remains were believed to have been found, Salman Akram, 8, held by his father, Muhammad Akram. New York Times


A picture of another boy whose remains were believed to have been found, Salman Akram, 8, held by his father, Muhammad Akram.CreditSaiyna Bashir for The New York Times
The police have been under enormous pressure to find those responsible for the recent disappearances. On Tuesday, Mr. Khan, the prime minister, announced a new mobile app that parents can use to report a missing child, which immediately alerts high-ranking police officers.

But the police, who now have a suspect in custody and have increased the number of officers in the district, cannot allay the trauma and apprehension of the distraught parents.

Ms. Bibi said she feared the killer could come again, jump over the wall of their house, and snatch away her remaining children, two daughters, and a son.

“Ali Husnain was my eldest son. He was very close to me,” she said with a deep sigh. “Now, we are left with sorrow for the rest of our lives.”

August 11, 2015

Pedophilia in Pakistan a "Way of Life”}} More than 200 Children Uncovered Abused

Children who are said to have been abused hid their faces while their mothers 
were interviewed by a journalist in their village in Punjab Province on Sunday. 

HUSSAIN KHAN WALA, Pakistan — Pakistani officials have initiated an investigation into allegations that a gang of men sexually abused more than 200 children and sold videos of the abuse.

The accusations have rocked the country, drawing the attention and condemnation of human rights activists and politicians in a case that involved subjects long considered taboo here.

At least 280 children under the age of 14 from three villages in eastern Punjab Province were said to have been subjected to sexual abuse by a gang of 15 men, who made videos to extort money from the children and their parents. Seven of the accused have been arrested, police officials said Sunday.

The accusations of abuse started trickling out last month as victims began to report it to the police, and last Tuesday, hundreds of residents staged a protest, accusing the police and local politicians of protecting the gang members and ignoring the accusations. Some of the protesters clashed with the police, and dozens of people were injured, including several police officers.

On Saturday, details of the abuse were carried by The Nation, a Lahore-based English-language newspaper, which reported that the gang members had drugged and intoxicated their victims, some as young as 6, and had recorded hundreds of videos. Some of the children stole jewelry and money from their parents to pay the men to stop them from making the videos public, according to the reports. The newspaper said many of the videos were sold to buyers and pornographic websites overseas.
 The coverage prompted an outpouring of outrage on social media, especially on Twitter.

Pedophilia remains a taboo subject in Pakistani society. Human rights activists say that child abuse is rampant in the country and that homeless children, as many as 1.5 million according to some estimates, are particularly vulnerable.

However, provincial officials in Punjab played down the scale of the abuse and said that only seven cases had been registered by the police so far and that they were in possession of only 30 videos.

Most of the victims and gang members are from Hussain Khan Wala, a dusty farming village in the Kasur District of Punjab Province, near the border with India and about an hour’s drive from Lahore, the provincial capital.

“This group was active since 2007 when they were school students,” Shahzad Sultan, a senior police official said in an interview on Sunday, referring to the suspects. He said most of the videos involved consensual sex between teenagers.

Local police officials say the allegations became public only after a land dispute arose between two rival groups in the village. Mr. Sultan said that the videos of consensual sex were being used now as part of an effort by one party in the dispute to discredit or intimidate members of the other group with accusations of child abuse. “The videos are old,” he said.

The man identified as the main suspect, Haseem Amir, said in an interview that his uncle had bought the land under dispute now and that members of another family who opposed the sale were now accusing him and his friends of child abuse. 

The seven suspects who were arrested are ages 16 to 25. Mr. Amir, 25, denied that he was involved in blackmail and extortion. “We made some mistakes while we were teenagers in school,” he said, alluding to the sex videos. “We used to record videos and share with one another just for fun.”

But Muhammad Ashraf, the father of one of the accusers, who filed a complaint to the police on Sunday, said his son, 20, was abused as a student five years ago, but did not tell the family at the time.

After video clips surfaced about two months ago, “we came to know about it,” Mr. Ashraf said.

“My son was disturbed and sad,” Mr. Ashraf said. “He asked us to lodge the case. He used to steal money and some valuables, and says he used to give it to the blackmailers.”

In one video, a boy is seen crying after he is sexually abused, and tries to cover his face with a hand to hide from the camera. In another video, a man orders a boy to smile as he films him while the boy is abused.

A senior police official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity for fear of offending local sensibilities, said the case involved a “mixture of social deviants” and behaviors that reflected changes in Pakistani society. “Such acts of teenage homosexuality are becoming common practice,” the officer said.

Opposition politicians said over the weekend that they planned to take up the issue of child abuse in Parliament on Monday.

Waqar Gillani reported from Hussain Khan Wala, and Salman Masood from Islamabad, Pakistan.

A version of this article appears in print on August 10, 2015, on page A4 of the New York Times

April 20, 2015

Husband Burns Wife to death, She visited Sister without Permission

 Shabana (right)with her sister not knowing what the short future would hold for her. She originally had been sold by her father like a piece of property and that is how she was treated. Why? The government allows such transactions or turns a blind eye.

Pakistan, home country to  the Mastermind of the World Trade center and a war in Afghanistan, to the Taliban before it suffered serious losses with drone warfare and now ISIS liked too, before they got too involved in Syria and Iraq. They obtained the capability for nuclear weapons right after India which goes to show you that there is no political party, country or alliance when tons of money talks. That is how the US catches the worse of its killers, criminals and that’s the way it looses it’s secrets.

Pakistan which is a ‘very religious’ god fearing country which likes to kill people in the name of god; You know the same way we used to and the same way some people that miss that past calls for LGBT’s to be killed even today without suffering anything but high fives from orgs that the government support in the same way it supports religion and I am referring to the NRA. I am one of those liberals that supports some americans in keeping a gun in their home in a crime ridden area but I’m  against an organization that supports americans and others in this country to carry any kind of weapon with the exception of may be nuclear.

Pakistan that usually makes the news for killing their leaders or someone else but protests when the US goes and nabs our killer, is in the news again for the same thing: killing. This time is a father that went with his son and kill his daughter in law for leaving the house without permission.

The son named Muhammad Siddique became upset on learning that his dear wife, Shabana Bibi of only 25 years old, visited her sister without asking her husband first (her brother Muhammad Azam said to the Police)

The husband and his faithful and religious father beat the poor woman before dousing her with gasoline and not happy with that, they lit the match. This occurred before their holy day on Friday.

These couple had been married for three years in which time this woman suffered tremendous physical abuse which made her sterile and incapable of having children. She suffered 80 percent of burns in her body. She died of those injuries on Saturday at the hospital.

The police Arrested the guilty pair but obviously this is a social illness that the government does not seemed to have a handle on purely because the inferiority of woman is something kids learn if not in school where girls sometimes are not even aloud to attend so they could keep house and then marry early for either money for their father or sometime of help from the husband (sheep and cows are acceptable in the bargain for a person). To this the government it seems to have no problem. So the abuse and killing becomes the end result of a culture that has no business in this age but still people refuse to leave the old fashioned ideas that everyone is supposed to have a religion or at least a god and follow the rules according to scrolls thousands of years old; Instead of obeying the common law for all.

How do you fight that?  You fight it where it starts with kids and the separation of governments and religion. Governing fairly no matter how much people say they miss a Theocracy is impossible when laws and scriptures collide with a government for all.

The police had to charge this two cowards with 'Terrorism.’ Not First Degree Murder, burning a human being, etc. etc. When asked the police they said that this was to cut red tape or to make things go faster. Yes, because if they were charge with murderer they would probably walk like it’s happened here before and even in some provinces’ in India which we dearly call the World’s largest democracy (that’s being being beyond generous with that term). The British did not leave India a democracy but a parliamentary system similar with theirs but in name only. They also left them with a civil war and partition of the old India in the facets that kept killing each other which Pakistan being one of those factions. Pakistan, a nuclear power that still experiences honor killings.

“Honor Killings’ just the name for killing in the most horrendous way that sometimes is not even inflicted in war, that is the name given. That alone tells us this is an ingrained social ill which nobody seems to address well. Not the government of Pakistan and not it’s so called moral allies of the West.

How many times does this happen in Pakistan. Is this something that seldom happens being committed by crazy people like we would say here. NO, this happens hundreds of times a year not by the agnostic if there were any in that country but by the religious ones. Deeply religious! They ones that truly believe and enjoy what they are doing like they we’re obeying a mighty god that will protect them from any consequences.  We hear this coming from religious people and even brainless politicians in this nation and nobody takes weight of what this would mean. Well I don’t expect this killing to make any headlines of any significance in this country, so in honor of Shabana and women, children and LGBT victims of senseless religious violence this blog decided to post it.

Fact: Hundreds of women are murdered by their relatives in Pakistan each year through domestic violence or on the grounds of defending family "honour".
The Aurat Foundation, a campaign group that works to improve the lives of women in Pakistan's conservative and patriarchal society, says more than 3,000 women have been killed in such attacks since 2008.
Adam Gonzalez, Publisher

December 19, 2014

Classroom Massacre Reaction in Pakistan from Chinese Newspaper




Militants "Pakistani Taliban" organized on the 16th in the morning broke into a northwest city of Peshawar Army public school teachers and students shot massacre, killing at least 141 people were killed and the dead included 132 young students and nine staff, another 145 students were injured. More than eight hours after the incident continues, authorities announced the evening, the culprit has been fully killed. Pakistan in recent years, this is the bloodiest terrorist assault on campus.

Classrooms by machine-gun fire

Fear of attack from on at 10:30 on the 16th (Taiwan time 13:30), seven uniformed Taliban Peshawar molecular Climbing enter the school, expand the "undifferentiated attack", when hundreds of students and schools staff. The school physics lab assistant Abbas said the shooting occurred when some of the students are holding a party, "I see 6-7 people walking along the classroom, students per classroom toward the fire." A large number of Pakistani soldiers and police rushed to his side and surrounded by schools, rescue mission. Taliban elements in the school hostage standoff with the army. The school located in White 夏瓦沃沙克 road, designed for children of military personnel enrolled students aged between 10 to 18 years.

Peshawar Khyber Pashtun provinces where the governor Ka Dake said that the authorities killed 2-3 terrorists, as well as when a person is surrounded, who detonated the bomb. Ka Dake adds, most of the dead was 12-year-old to 16-year-olds, 122 people injured students. "Pakistani Taliban" organization (TTP) statement committing crimes, the spokesman pointed out how Lasagni attacker for six militants (including three suicide bombers), they are ordered to shoot the older students. He told CNN that the "suicide bombers being held hostage by 300-400 people." The school has at least 500 students.
 Revenge attacks off school action
 The statement said the attack was retaliation for the purpose of northwestern Pakistan in North Waziristan, DC military action. He Lasagni says, "the government massacre of Taliban fighters, harassment of their families, we have to attack to retaliate ... We want them to feel the pain." Pakistan bordering Afghanistan, such as the semi-autonomous tribal region of North Waziristan, since many years as a base for Taliban and other Islamist militants hiding place. US long-term to the Pakistani press for raids. 
Pakistani retired generals Massoud analysis, aimed at combating the Taliban military raids determination. He said, "They start to pick weakness, because these attacks can create great psychological impact."
 Pakistani Prime Minister Xia Lifu said that it will immediately go to Peshawar, personally supervised the rescue authorities. He said, “This is a national tragedy caused by barbaric acts,” but Pakistan will not be the retreat, the military will continue raids, "Do not doubt, the battle will continue." 

April 29, 2014

Pakistani Paramedic Kills 3 Men After Sex to Protect Others from Homosexuality

A Pakistani police officer speaking to Muhammad Ejaz, who confessed to killing three men he met on the website Manjam. CreditArif Ali/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images

LAHORE, Pakistan — The arrest of a confessed serial killer who used the Internet to lure his victims has caused alarm among gay men and lesbians in Pakistan, where social media has been quietly used to widen freedoms in a country where homosexuality is illegal.

Police officials in the eastern city of Lahore said the man, a paramedic named Muhammad Ejaz, was under arrest on suspicion of killing three men he had met on Manjam, a social networking website for gay men that has thousands of members in Pakistan.

Investigators said Mr. Ejaz, 28, had made a full confession since being arrested in a police sting operation last week. He told officers that he had met the victims, including a retired army officer, at their homes, drugged them with sedatives hidden in food and strangled them.

News of the arrest caused Manjam to announce on Sunday that it was closing its website to nonmembers in Pakistan until further notice, citing security and privacy concerns.

In an interview Sunday night at the police station where he is being held, Mr. Ejaz confirmed that he had confessed to killing the three men and offered an explanation for his actions. “I tried to convince them to stop their dirty acts, but they would not,” he said. “So I decided to kill them.”

He is expected to face full charges in the coming days.

Speculation about the murders had been coursing through gay circles in Lahore since mid-March, when the first killing took place. “People are quite frightened,” said one gay man, speaking on the condition of anonymity because of the law against homosexuality. “They feel both violated and exposed.”

Another man said there was speculation that the victims had been picked up on Grindr, another popular social networking website. “Some of my friends deleted their profiles because they were worried,” he said.

Mr. Ejaz denied police claims that he had had sex with his victims before killing them, claiming instead that sexual abuse he had suffered as a teenager had driven him to act.

While his arrest removed a security worry for some gay men and lesbians, it also raised fears that hostile news media coverage could lead to restrictions on the use of networking sites.

“The reporting has a very moralistic tone,” another gay man said. “They’re talking about how people are being picked up on the Internet as if it’s a new thing. But it’s been going on for years.”

Gay men and lesbians occupy a complex place in Pakistani society. Although homosexual acts are outlawed and carry a potential life sentence, prosecutions are rare. Gay men typically hide their sexuality from family members, out of fear of being ostracized. Yet at the same time, they meet openly at private parties and even religious shrines, and some post photographs of themselves on websites like Manjam. One man told a BBC reporter last year that Pakistan was a “gay man’s paradise.”

But these freedoms are exercised within tightly defined limits, and discrimination and prejudice still run deep, particularly for lesbians, because women generally enjoy fewer social freedoms than men in Pakistani society. 

One lesbian, writing anonymously in a newspaper blog in 2011, said she felt that she had been treated like a criminal. “You are considered as disgusting as filth, as unnatural as molestation, as uncouth as an animal,” she wrote.

Police investigators said they traced Mr. Ejaz using his victims’ mobile phone records and, using a false identity, lured him last week to an apartment in Lahore where he was arrested.

In the interview, Mr. Ejaz said he started browsing social networking sites for gay men this year, after getting an Internet-capable mobile phone.

The first victim was the retired military officer, who was in his 50s and lived in an apartment in the city’s garrison area. The two later victims were an information technology worker in his 20s and a student at the Lahore University of Management Sciences, a private college.

Mr. Ejaz admitted the murders were “wrong,” but said he wanted to “give a message to these people and to society.”

Waqar Gilani reported from Lahore, and Declan Walsh from London.

March 24, 2014

Saturday Edition of NYTimes Erased By Pakistan {Osama Bin Laden Link with this Ally}

Aturday’s edition of The International New York Times was stripped of its cover story in Pakistan. Instead of seeing a lengthy report on "What Pakistan knew about bin Laden," readers were greeted with an enormous section of white space that dominates the paper's front page.
Elsewhere in the world, the International New York Times published a story by Carlotta Gall that closely examines links between Pakistan and Osama bin Laden. Gall's report traces the common accusation that the ISI, Pakistan's intelligence unit, may have knowingly provided shelter for the al Qaeda leader before he was killed during a United States raid in 2011. Apparently Pakistan's government doesn't want its citizens reading that content, and instead we're left with one of the most visually arresting examples of censorship in years.

September 26, 2013

Pakistan First and Only (known) Gay Website Blocked by Government

Two men kissing on rooftop 

  Pakistan's first website for homosexuals has been blocked by the authorities. was set up in July to offer support to the gay community. The site's founder told the BBC the ban violated freedom of speech.
Pakistan's Telecommunication Authority (PTA) has not commented. The site is still available outside the country.
Homosexuality is still taboo in Pakistan and technically illegal, although laws are rarely enforced. was launched with the slogan "Know us, don't hate us" and aimed to raise awareness of gay issues and offer advice and sex education to gay, lesbian and transgender people in Pakistan.
screen grab of site
When the BBC tried to open the site in Pakistan it got a message that due to forbidden content, access had been denied.
"Our website does not contain any explicit or offensive content so the PTA decision to close down the website without any notice is unconstitutional and opposes freedom of speech,"'s founder, who did not want to be named, told BBC Urdu.
"Mostly, us homosexuals use this website to bring forward health-related issues as sex education is a taboo in this country.
"That is the reason why we carefully chose our language so as there is no reason for the government to ban this."'s staff do not want to pursue legal action as that would bring them into public view, he said, but they hoped through human rights groups and social workers to record their protest with the government.
For now, the site has been mirrored onto a new domain name to allow access for web users outside Pakistan.
Pakistan's recent record on internet freedom is poor.
It has been more than a year since a ban on YouTube was imposed and some Baloch sites have also been blocked while the insurgency by nationalist rebels in Balochistan province continues. 

June 14, 2013

Pakistan Hates Gays But Loves to Watch Two Men Making Out

Pakistan -- a global leader in intolerance towards homosexuals -- leads the world in Google searches for gay pornography, according to an analysis of search terms published by Mother Jones.
The study found the Islamic republic is the world leader by volume of searches form the terms "shemale sex," "teen anal sex," and "man f***ing man," while it ranks second in searches for the term "gay sex pics."
The term "shemale sex" was most-searched for in the city of Peshwar, a conservative Islamic stronghold that has become a frontline in the war on terror.
In a survey of 39 countries worldwide, the Pew Research Center asked the question, "Should society accept homosexuality?"
In the United States and Western Europe the answer was a resounding "yes," but wallowing at the bottom of the countries surveyed was Pakistan where only 2% of those surveyed answered in the affirmative making the predominantly Muslim nation one of the least tolerant countries on Earth, according to Mother Jones.
"Religious extremism is at a height today," said Farahnaz Ispahan, an expert in Pakistani minorities at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and a former member of Pakistan's parliament.
"Hindus are being forced to convert, Christians are being burned alive—there's very little personal safety for those seen as 'the other.'" Ispahan said while trying to explain Pakistan's odd relationship with homosexuality and gay porn.
"So what do [gay Pakistanis] do? They turn to pornography because they can't live their lives openly."
Part of the reason why gay Pakistanis can't live openly is because gay sex is illegal and can be punished with a lengthy jail sentence.

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