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Police arrests cleric who solemnised Dua Zehra’s nikkah

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  • Police shift the cleric to an unknown location.
  • Say cleric performed a “bogus nikkah”.
  • Qari Hafiz Ghulam Mustafa was resident of Samanabad, Lahore.

LAHORE: Police on Wednesday arrested the cleric who solemnised the nikkah of Dua Zehra — the 14-year-old girl who had mysteriously gone missing from Karachi in April but later declared that she had run away from her home to marry 21-year-old Zaheer Ahmed, Geo News reported.

According to the police, cleric Qari Hafiz Ghulam Mustafa performed a “bogus nikkah” of the minor and her husband as it is illegal in Sindh to marry off people under the age of 18. Meanwhile, the age limit for someone to get married in Punjab is 16 years.

Police further revealed that in order to interrogate the cleric, who belonged to the Samanabad area of Lahore, he has been shifted to an unknown location.

Two days ago, in a video message, Dua had claimed that the couple’s life was in danger.

“While the Constitution and the law of this country allow me to marry whomever I want and I can live wherever I want under the law, my life is in danger,” she had said.

Dua had said that she had recorded a statement in the court in favour of her husband but despite that, the Sindh and Punjab police were “harassing her and her husband” and were carrying out an “illegal search.”

“The Sindh police want to kidnap me and my husband, so if anything happens to us, the Sindh police, Punjab police, and my parents will be responsible for that.”

Dua further said that she is “happily married and is living a peaceful life in Lahore,” adding that her in-laws were treating her very well.

The father of Dua Zahra had approached the Sindh High Court for the recovery of his daughter as he claims she was underage.

The Sindh High Court has issued notices to all parties concerned, including the girl’s husband, on the petition filed by Dua Zahra’s father for her recovery.

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In Lahore, several unlawful constructions were dismantled

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In response to bylaw infractions, the Lahore Development Authority (LDA) demolished a number of structures in Lahore.

An illicit workshop next to Hair Factory at Adda Plot on Raiwind Road was destroyed by the LDA crew.

Along Raiwind Road and in LDA-controlled areas close to Lahore Ring Road, a number of additional unlawful constructions were also removed.

In addition, a private school that had broken land use regulations was sealed.

Chief Town Planner II Azhar Ali led the operation with the assistance of the police, enforcement team, and heavy equipment.

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The expected increase in power tariff is Rs 7.13/unit.

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According to specifics, NEPRA will consider the appeal today, and a one-month power rate hike will result from a fuel price adjustment for energy used in January.

The CPPA filed the petition with the NEPRA, claiming that hydropower plants accounted for 11.12% of all electricity output in January, coal-fired plants for 16.51%, natural gas plants for 12.45%, and nuclear plants for 20.78%.

Prior to this, the monthly fuel adjustment (MFA) caused the National Electric Power Regulatory Authority (NEPRA) to raise the power cost by Rs5.63 per unit.

Following the conclusion of the NEPRA hearing on the Central Power Purchasing Agency’s (CPPA) appeal for a fuel monthly adjustment that will increase the power rate by Rs5.63 per unit for December 2023, the verdict was made public.

The electricity users would bear an extra Rs49 billion in costs as a result of the permission. The customers’ power bills for the following month will include an extra payment.

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Promoting Mother Languages: Int’l Mother Language Day Being Observed Today

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All around the world, including Pakistan, today is International Mother Language Day. “Multilingual education is a pillar of intergenerational learning” is this year’s topic for the day.

Numerous events have been planned to honor the day and emphasize the value of Pakistan’s regional languages.

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