Hundreds of passengers including women and children remained stranded at Sialkot International Airport due to 16-hour delay in taking off of an Air Arabia flight from Sialkot to Sharjah here on Monday.

According to the airport management, the flight (G90552) was to be taken off at 11:30pm on Monday which could not follow the schedule and took off at 5:30 pm the next day due to some technical fault.

The passengers travelling by the flight remained stranded there. Meanwhile, they staged a protest demonstration against the nasty situation. They told newsmen by telephone that all the passengers of the flight were allegedly left unattended there at the airport while the airport management was also not allowing the passengers to go back homes.

"We have been suffering great ordeal with our small children for the last 15 consecutive hours at Sialkot airport in such cold weather," they revealed. They termed it an inhuman treatment with the passengers by the airline and the airport management.

A passenger, Adnan Butt, said that his visa would expire if the flight could not take off timely. Some other passengers added that they had missed their international flights to be taken from Sharjah airport for the other foreign destinations there.

Some female passengers were hungry as they had no food to eat and shivering with cold due to fresh spell of the heavy rains in the region. Several others complained to be sick due to sever cold. No new schedule was being given to the passengers by the airline, they said.

When contacted, a spokesman of the Air Arabia regretted for the inconvenience, saying that the engineers were busy removing the technical faults in the aircraft. He said that the engineers were called in from Lahore, they were busy in removing the faults and soon the flight will take off.

Man kills father-in-law over dispute:  An infuriated youth tortured to death his father-in-law Abdul Ghafur for mediating between his married daughter Nazia Bibi and the accused after a domestic dispute in Sialkot city's congested New Mianapura locality.

Imran and his wife Nazia had quarreled over a domestic dispute. Her father Abdul Ghafur had gone to her house for mediation. Meanwhile, the accused became infuriated and tortured to death his father-in-law. Hajipura police have registered a case and shifted dead body to local hospital for autopsy.

DEATH PENALTIES: Additional District and Sessions Judge Sialkot M Iqbal Goraya has awarded death sentence with a fine of Rs200,000 to convict M Waris  for killing Rozeena Bibi during a dacoity incident in village Kot Mundiyaanwala-Sialkot on August 20, 2014.

In another murder case, the judge has awarded death sentence with a fine of Rs200,000 to convict Arif Maseeh for killing Anjum Maseeh near Uggoki March 31, 2013.

69 BOOKED: Police have registered 69 cases against landowners for letting their properties without informing the local police in Sialkot district.

District Police Officer Shehzad Asif said that these cases had been registered in first two months of 2015. He said that putting the properties on rent and taking the properties on without informing the local police is a crime. He also advised the people to have complete particulars and data of tenants and provide the police about the data.