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Kohistan court orders women’s production in video case

MANSEHRA: A local court has ordered police to produce five Kohistani women in the mobile phone video case.

The orders are issued as the National Commission on the Status of Women moves the court against the alleged killing of the said women, who were seen singing with men in the video.

The women were ‘sentenced to death’ by a jirga in early 2012.

District Police Officer, Kohistan Ali Akbar Khan told reporters on Wednesday here that the local district and sessions judge had asked him to produce the five women on Feb 26.

He said he had ordered the superintendent of police to go to the women’s village to comply with the court orders.

The DPO, however, said police were unable to reach the village due to blockade of roads by heavy snowfall.

“Once the access to the village is restored, a police team will go there for compliance with the court orders,” he said. Mr Ali said it would be premature to say if women in question were killed.

He said police would try their level best to produce women before the court on the next hearing.

The same court had awarded death sentence to a man and life imprisonment and fine of Rs0.2 million each to five others over the killing of three brothers, who were also seen in the video.

The Supreme Court had taken a suo motu notice of the case after the women’s alleged killing was reported, and formed a panel to find facts.

However, the case was disposed of after the panel found the women to be alive during a visit to their village.

FC MEN’S BRAVERY HAILED: Frontier Constabulary Deputy Commandant Nisar Ahmad Tanoli on Wednesday praised the FC soldiers for fighting terrorists courageously.

During a darbar at FC Headquarters in Oghi, Mr Tanoli said FC personnel had showed great courage and bravery in the fight against the country’s enemies, including terrorists.

“Until such a brave and disciplined force is there, nobody can dare harm our national integrity,” he said.

The FC deputy commandant said the FC was formed for tribal areas but it was engaged in other parts of the country to fight terrorism over successful missions.

He said FC personnel had rendered great sacrifices against terrorism and would continue doing so.

Mr Tanoli said he would inform the relevant authorities about the personnel’s problem for effective solution.

He said the FC personnel would soon get the same benefits given to personnel of other security forces and police.

On the occasion, FC District Officer, Oghi Ghulam Murtaza Tabbasum said he was proud of the FC personnel, who had rendered great sacrifices for the country.

“Our every soldier is ready to sacrifice his life for motherland,” he said.