Woman found dead

A woman was found dead alongside a footpath on Walton Road in Factory Area police precincts Tuesday.  Till filing of this report, police could not ascertained the identity of deceased who appeared to be in her 40s. The body, not identified yet, was moved to the morgue for autopsy. Police say they were investigating the death.  On the other hand, police launched investigation into the killing of three people in a shootout in Shera Kot late Mondayt.  Police said the gunfire erupted when Amjad Bhatti and Makhan hotel group clashed over a dispute.  Forty-year-old Main Abrar advocate and his 55-year-old brother Mian Afzal died on the spot while Nisar Bhatti expired at a hospital later. Another two people were also wounded during the crossfire. Police Officer Umar Farooq told The Nation that different police teams were conducting raids to arrest the attackers but no arrest was made yet. According to the SP Iqbal Town, the police also registered a criminal case against the attackers on the complaint of Hafiz Aftab Ahmad, a brother of the victims. –Staff Reporter

 Schoolboy killed on road

A 15-year-old schoolboy was killed when a truck bumped into a motorcycle on the Multan Road in Sundar police precincts on Tuesday.  Rescue workers said the boy identified as Azeem Akhtar died on the spot. The driver managed to escape from the scene but the police impounded the truck and were investigating the incident. Police sources said the boy riding on a motorcycle was going to school when the accident took place on the national highway. The police handed over the body to the family.  –Staff Reporter

 Debate on women’s rights

A talk on book titled ‘Interpreting Islam, Modernity, and Women’s Rights in Pakistan’ by Professor Anita M Weiss from the University of Oregon, US was organised by Centre for Governance and Policy of Information Technology University (ITU) Tuesday.  Prof Weiss, who conducted four decades research on Pakistan, said that all conversations on women's rights in Pakistan largely happen within the context of Islam whether it was the Aurat Foundation or Al-Huda, both present their visions of women's rights within the framework of Islam.  Prof Weiss opined “Pakistanis hold the view that only one version of Islam was practiced – or should be practiced -- but what that version consists of was heavily contested.” She said “‘The State’s efforts to articulate a definition of women’s rights have been complicated by its need to balance divergent views on the place of women in Pakistani society.”  She stated that what it means to be a Muslim was intrinsically tied to local cultural traditions. There are different constituencies within Pakistan that were grappling with redefining Muslim women’s rights  at a deeper level they were engaging in local efforts to conduct ijtihad (interpretation) she added. –Staff Reporter

 Another two nabbed for ‘corruption’

The National Accountability Bureau (NAB) Tuesday arrested another two suspects in Rs 2.6 billion corruption case. The bureau named the arrested as Sheikh Muhammad Naseem and accused Aqeel Ahmed.  According to a spokesman, Naseem used to import Betel Leaf from Sri Lanka through M/s Ramish International and the liable known amount over him remains Rs25.758 million whereas Aqeel evaded custom duty. NAB has so far arrested 15 other accused involved in this scam, he added. Physical remand of Aqeel has been gotten till  December 14th while Sheikh Muhammad Naseem’s remand has also been taken till 19th. –Staff Reporter

 NHMP safety drive

Perfection in every work requires concentration, hard working and contentment, said motivational speaker Qasim Ali Shah during his speech at the NHMP Road Safety Programe "An Hour with the Guest" at Motorway Police Babu Sabu, building complex on Tuesday. Qasim Ali elaborated the key to happiness through changing attention, contented with what Allah has given. He also shared his life experience and urged officials to tackle all situations with courage and dedication. DIG Motorway Police Mirza Faran Baig also spoke on the occasion. He asked the officials to avoid negativity. He presented a shield and souvenir to the guest. DIG Shezada Sultan, SSP Masroor Alam Kolachi, male and female police officers and a large number of officials were also present on the occasion. –APP