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In a rare decision, Pakistan’s session court sentences man to 80 lashes
KARACHI, April 8: In a rare punishment sentenced to a man falsely accusing his ex-wife of adultery and refusing to accept the paternity of his child; a session court in Karachi, Pakistan, has sentenced the man to 80 lashes, a punishment which is very rare.
Additional District and Sessions Judge Malir Shehnaz Bohyo sentenced the accused Fareed Qadir to at least 80 lashes. The controversial decision was taken under Section 7(1) of the Offence of Qazf (Enforcement of Hadd) Ordinance, 1979, which reads “Whoever commits qazf liable to had shall be punished with whipping numbering eighty stripes.”
The judge wrote in the verdict that: “It is crystal clear that the accused is a liar and had fabricated an allegation of Qazf upon the complainant regarding illegitimacy of her daughter. Thus, he is convicted and sentenced to 80 stripes each under Section 7(1) of the Qazf Ordinance, 1979.”
The judge’s ruling also maintained that: “As the accused is sentenced to whipping only, he shall remain on bail, provided that he agrees to appear at the time and place designated by this court for the execution of the punishment of whipping, following the confirmation of the conviction and sentence by the court of appeal, and submits a bail bond in the sum of Rs.100,000.”
The court also ruled that after the conviction, evidence provided by Fareed Qadir would not be admissible in any court of law.
As per details of the case, Fareed Qadir (convict) ex-wife had filed a complaint in court, stating that she got married in February 2015 and lived with Fareed for at least one month. In December 2015, Fareed’s wife gave birth to a baby girl.
“My husband (Fareed) failed to provide maintenance or even take me and our newly born daughter back to his house. I filed a case in the family court and got a decree in my favour. The court directed Fareed to provide for maintenance of his daughter and me (ex-wife of Fareed),” said Fareed’s ex-wife.
“But my husband submitted two applications in court during the proceedings, seeking a DNA test for the baby girl and disowning his daughter. These applications were later and subsequently withdrawn by Fareed,” she added.
On the other hand, the accused Fareed denied allegations levelled by his ex-wife, stating that his wife had only spent six hours with him.
“Me and my wife stayed together only for six hours. Then she left home and never returned,” he said.
While the case may or could have been handled differently under the law of the land in Pakistan; sentencing to 80 lashes is a punishment which has not yet been witnessed since the Zia ul Haq era of the 70s till late 80s.
“I have not witnessed any convictions of flogging under Section 7 of the Qafz Ordinance during my last 14 years o service as a lawyer,” said prosecutor Saira Bano.
“This conviction of flogging may be the first instance of its kind as corporal punishment in decades,” she added. (IANS)

Houston-bound plane’s engine cover falls off, forced to turn back to Denver
NEW YORK, April 8: A Boeing 737-800 plane operated by Southwest Airlines and headed to Houston returned safely to Denver International Airport on Sunday after an engine cover fell off and struck the wing flap of the aircraft, CNN reported, citing the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA).
The FAA said that it would carry out an investigation into the matter. In recorded air traffic control audio, one of the pilots said that “several passengers and flight attendants heard something loud hit the wing.”
In a statement to CNN, Southwest said passengers will now take another flight to Houston and would be approximately three hours behind schedule.
The statement reads, “We apologize for the inconvenience of their delay but place our highest priority on ultimate Safety for our Customers and Employees.” It further said no injuries were reported, CNN reported.
In a statement, Southwest said its maintenance teams will review the flight, which departed at 7:49 am (local time) and reached back at 8:15 am (local time). The plane reached an altitude of about 10,000 feet. According to FAA records, the plane was deemed airworthy in May 2015, according to CNN report.
This is the latest incident of mechanical issues faced by Boeing aircraft across a range of airlines over the past several months even as the company has faced years of scrutiny regarding the safety of its planes. (ANI)

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