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Dua Zehra – A complex kidnapping case VS legal marriage?

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KARACHI: The complex case of either kidnapping or legal marriage of Dua Zehra, a Karachi teenage girl who was reportedly kidnapped from her house in Shah Faisal Town, Malir district, when she went out to throw some garbage in April. However, she was later recovered in Punjab.

The case has become talk of the town on social media as well as on national media. The parents of the girl are insisting that she is a minor girl however Dua Zehra herself claims she reached a free-will marriage with a boy named Zaheer Ahmed from Punjab making administration of two provinces – Sindh and Punjab – most active to resolve the sensitive case.

Here, we can have a look at the developments of the case since past few months:

April 16, 2022: Dua Zehra is reportedly kidnapped from Karachi’s Malir area when she went out of her house to throw garbage. The FIR is registered by Dua’s parents on the same day.

April 20, 2022: Karachi police chief Ghulam Nabi Memon constituted three special teams to know whereabouts of the missing girl. Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah also took notice of the case after outrage on social media.

April 23, 2022: The police investigators sought intelligence agencies’ technical assistance for Dua’s safe recovery.

April 25, 2022: Sindh CM told that investigators had traced location of the girl, however he couldn’t share details citing privacy reasons behind it. The same day, police also issued a statement claiming Dua Zehra married on her own will.

April 26, 2022: Dua Zehra was produced before judicial magistrate at Lahore’s Model Town Courts where she declared she had entered into a free-will marriage with Zaheer Ahmed of Lahore. With her statement, the magistrate allowed her to go with her husband Zaheer. Earlier the same day, Dua along with Zaheer was recovered from Okara and later handed over to Lahore police.

May 7, 2022: Karachi police issued interim challans against four suspects, including Zaheer and three others. All were charged with charges of kidnapping, rape, and forced marriage.

May 8, 2022: Father of Dua Zehra, Mehdi Ali Kazmi, approached Sindh High Court to file a petition seeking an end to the marriage, saying his daughter is underage.

May 11, 2022: The SHC ordered authorities including the Sindh prosecutor general to file comments on the case till May 19.

May 20, 2022: The police sought Dua Zehra’s medical examination, however the judicial magistrate in Lahore dismissed their petition.

May 24, 2022: SHC instructed interior secretary to expedite the process of locating Dua and asks authorities to produce the “abducted” girl by May 30.

May 28, 2022: SHC bench expressed dismay on slow-paced probe and warned the Sindh IGP of action if Dua was not presented in front of the court within two days.

May 31, 2022: IGP Sindh served upon a show-cause notice for not complyinh court orders on recovery of Dua. The SHC bench also issued orders to present the abducted girl before them no later than June 3.

June 5, 2022: Lahore police recovered Dua and her alleged husband Zaheer from Bahawalnagar, and handed them over to the Sindh police who bring the couple to Karachi for trial in the SHC.

June 6, 2022: Sindh police produced Dua and her alleged husband Zaheer in the court and the court sent the girl to a shelter home for medical tests to determine her age. Meanwhile, Dua also records her statement in front of the SHC bench, “I was not kidnapped. I married Zaheer of my free will and want to live with him“.

June 8, 2022: The SHC ordered that Dua Zehra is free to decide her fate and has the autonomy to choose to live with whoever she wants. The court also ordered that the evidence does not qualify for this to be a kidnapping case.

June 16, 2022: Sindh police requested the SHC to cancel the FIR on Dua’s case and allow acquittal of Ghulam Mustafa and Ali Asghar, as the verdict defies kidnapping charges.

June 18, 2022: Dua’s father approached the Supreme Court to challenge SHC’s verdict in the case.

June 23, 2022: Five days later, the Supreme Court disposed of Dua’s father’s petition after he withdraws it. Kazmi’s lawyer says they will now approach the high court for the constitution of a medical board, and also a family court to challenge the nikahnama.

June 25, 2022: Karachi court orders Sindh police to continue investigation to determine Dua’s age, following which a 10-member medical board is constituted for this purpose.

June 28, 2022: Dua’s father moved a district and sessions court seeking change of IO of the case, arguing that he is apparently investigating the matter in a biased manner.

June 29, 2022: The first meeting of 10-member medical board to ascertain Dua’s age held. However, the girl does not appear before it.

July 2, 2022: Dua is presented before the medical board constituted to determine her age.

July 3, 2022: The Karachi court dismissed plea seeking removal of the investigating officer in the case.

July 4, 2022: Medical board concluded Dua’s overall age is between 15-16 years. Her father’s lawyer says the girl’s statements and an earlier medical report which claimed she was 17 of age have been proven wrong.

July 6, 2022: The SHC issued notices to the interior ministry, provincial home department, police and others on a petition filed by the father of Dua, seeking her custody.

July 7, 2022: The Lahore High Court granted interim protective bail to Zaheer.

July 14, 2022: A sessions court in Karachi ruled that a nikah khawan (marriage registrar) should not merely accept oral entries regarding the age of a bride and groom, but should also verify an authentic official documentary proof of their age.

July 16, 2022: In a dramatic turn, police informed the sessions court in Karachi that 24 persons, including Zaheer, had been found involved in abducting her from Karachi and shifting her to Punjab, where they solemnised the illegal child marriage.July 19, 2022: A district and sessions court in Lahore sent Dua to Darul Aman (shelter home) at her request, while on the same day, a sessions court in Karachi ordered removal of investigation officer as it hears a plea filed by Dua’s father.

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System Works – Najmi Alam’s front-man becomes powerful mafia of Sindh’s livestock, fisheries

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KARACHI: In blatant violation, Advisor to Chief Minister on Livestock and Fisheries Department Najmi Alam has appointed his front-man Agha Saeed as focal person of the Livestock and Fisheries Department of the Sindh Government, it is reliably learnt.

The Sindh’s livestock and fisheries department has always been a hot-cake where financial corruption of billions of rupees were corrupted and many investigations underway by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB).

The world famous corruption made by Nisar Morai is still in the minds of the people and yet again the prominent ‘SYSTEM’ finally entered into the department in shape of installation of Najmi Alam as advisor. Under the rules, no outsider or private person can be installed as focal person, sources say.

Now, the project directors of foreign-funded multi-million projects engineers, development experts and all other official dealing with development schemes and budgets would directly report to Agha Saeed, the front-man of Najmi Alam.

Agha Saeed is a low-grade employee of the Sindh Local Government Department, who has brought into the Livestock and Fisheries Department by Najmi Alam. His appointment has shocked almost every officer of the department and a wave of unrest prevail among their ranks, sources added.

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DDO Powers for sale in Sindh’s Livestock & Fisheries Department

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KARACHI: The powers of Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO) are put on sale in the Sindh’s livestock and fisheries department ahead of retirement of the Assistant-Mukhtiarkar-turned-Secretary Dr Hafeez Ahmed Siyal, it is reliably learnt.

Dr Hafeez Ahmed Siyal, who was initially appointed as assistant mukhtiarkar, is retiring from the service in the first week of June 2024 as Secretary (BS-20).

The insiders told Sindhnews that the secretary was giving DDO powers to his blue-eyed officers allegedly with the conditions that available funds be withdrawn legally and larger chunk be given to him as he is retiring next month.

While blatantly violating the Rules of Procedures of the Sindh Government, Secretary Livestock and Fisheries Dr Hafeez Siyal illegally posted Director (BS-19) to the post of Director General (BS-20) without the consent of the chief secretary.

“Dr Hizbullah Bhutto, Director (BS-19), Animal Husbandry Sindh, Hyderabad, is hereby declared Drawing & Disbursing Officer (DDO) for the Cost Center HB0115 as provided under the provision of Treasury Rule-26 Note-I, for the utilization of funds subject to fulfillment of all codal formalities as per Financial Rules, with immediate effect until further orders”, according to a notification, available with Sindhnews.

“He will also look after the official routine work for office of the Director General Livestock Sindh, Hyderabad till the posting of a senior officer”, the notification adds.

Separately, “Dr Abdul Manan Khokhar, Senior Research Officer (BS-18), Directorate of Animal Husbandry, Sindh Hyderabad is hereby declared as Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO) for the cost centers KQ0432, KQ0433, KQ0436, KQ0437 and KQ0440 as provided under the provision of Treasury Rule-26 Note-I for utilization of funds subject to fulfillment of codal formalities as per financial rules, with immediate effect until further orders”, according to another notification.

It is mentioned here that Dr Abdul Manan Khokhar, is a veterinary doctor, posted at Hyderabad. He is supposed to perform his field duties in Hyderabad however he has become a powerful mafia and work as blue-eyed of the secretary for the last two years.

Most interestingly, Dr Hafeez Siyal issued a notification dated April 25, 2024 declaring Dr Essar Das, Additional Director Livestock as DDO for the cost centers SN0040, SN0041, SN0043, SN0044, SN0045 and SN0046.

However, Dr Essar Das refused to follow the instruction of Dr Hafeez Siyal that resulted in withdrawal of the notification of DDO powers on April 30, 2024.

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Dr Hizbullah Bhutto made DG Animal Husbandry illegally, given DDO powers

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KARACHI: In blatant violation of the Rules of Procedures of the Sindh Government, Secretary Livestock and Fisheries Dr Hafeez Siyal has illegally posted Director (BS-19) to the post of Director General (BS-20) without the consent of the chief secretary, it is learnt.

Dr Hafeez Ahmed Siyal, who was appointed as Mukhtiarkar and reached to the post of Secretary purely on political influence, is retiring in June 2024.

As he has left with only a month to retire that is why the secretary is tasking his blue-eyed officials to help him empty the government funds before his retirement, sources confided to Sindhnews.

Recently, Dr Hafeez Siyal declared Dr Hizbullah Bhutto, Director (BS-19) as Drawing and Disbursing Officer (DDO). Besides, assigning him the charge of Director General, Animal Husbandry illegally. Under the rules, Chief Secretary is the only authority who could issue transfer and posting of officers above BS-18.

“Dr Hizbullah Bhutto, Director (BS-19), Animal Husbandry Sindh, Hyderabad, is hereby declared Drawing & Disbursing Officer (DDO) for the Cost Center HB0115 as provided under the provision of Treasury Rule-26 Note-I, for the utilization of funds subject to fulfillment of all codal formalities as per Financial Rules, with immediate effect until further orders”, according to a notification, available with Sindhnews.

“He will also look after the official routine work for office of the Director General Livestock Sindh, Hyderabad till the posting of a senior officer”, the notification adds.

“These are government orders”, said Dr Hizbullah Bhutto when approached by Sindhnews to seek his official version about countless blessing of Secretary Dr Hafeez Siyal upon him.

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