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Child abuse case: Court extends cleric's physical remand in Lahore

11:35 PM | 12 Apr, 2024
Child abuse case: Court extends cleric's physical remand in Lahore
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A Lahore district and sessions court has granted a three-day extension to the physical remand of cleric Abubakar Muaviya in a child abuse case.

Earlier in the week, Lahore police secured a four-day physical remand of the cleric in connection with a child rape case filed at the Shahdara police station. An official reported that the suspect was apprehended while in the act of raping a minor boy and was taken into custody at the scene.

The initial report cited charges under Section 376 (iii) (rape of a minor) of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Today, Lahore police brought the suspect before Judicial Magistrate Habiba Sarfraz, requesting an extension of his physical remand.

The cleric's lawyer emphasized that the police should expedite their investigation and ensure their perspective is included in the probe.

Following arguments, the court reserved its decision and later extended the cleric’s physical remand by three days. Additionally, the court demanded a report from the investigation officer at the next hearing.

A few weeks earlier, Muaviya faced arrest in a case lodged in Tandlianwala, Faisalabad, on charges of child rape. However, he was subsequently released from the case by a magistrate after the victim’s father stated that the First Information Report (FIR) was filed due to misunderstandings.

In a widely circulated video on social media, the father expressed forgiveness towards Muaviya in the name of God, following mediation by a prominent cleric who visited their home.

Subsequently, a high-level police inquiry labelled Muaviya's acquittal through 'Jirga/Panchayat' mediation a clear violation of a previous Supreme Court judgement.

The Supreme Court's landmark ruling in January 2019 challenged the legal status of 'councils of elders', 'Panchayats', or 'kangaroo courts' operating as alternatives to the formal judicial system or for mediation in tribal areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and rural regions of Punjab, Sindh and Balochistan.

Daily Pakistan Global Web Desk

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Currency Rates in Pakistan Today - Pak Rupee to US Dollar, Euro, Dirham, Riyal 22 May 2024

 Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 22, 2024 (Wednesday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.15 for buying and 280.05 for selling.

Euro moved down to 297 for buying and 300 for selling while British Pound rate is 349 for buying, and 352.5 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 22 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.15 277.15
Euro EUR 297 300
UK Pound Sterling GBP 349 352.5
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.2 75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.45 74.2
Australian Dollar AUD 183 184.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 740.34 748.34
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.51 38.91
Danish Krone DKK 40.52 40.92
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.7 36.05
Indian Rupee INR 3.34 3.45
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 903.3 912.3
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 59.34 59.94
New Zealand Dollar NZD 170.11 172.11
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.92 26.22
Omani Riyal OMR 723.13 731.13
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.42 77.12
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.98 26.28
Swiss Franc CHF 305.97 308.47
Thai Bhat THB 7.67 7.82

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