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Farishta's murder.

Byline: Jaffar Naqvi - Lahore

DURING my more than 20-year career in the merchant navy, I had numerous opportunities to jump ship in first world ports. For me, Pakistan, my country, came before everything.

Those were the 1980s and the 1990s. The pathetic condition where my beloved country stands now makes me regret my decision. The recent kidnapping of 10-year-old Farishta in Islamabad and her subsequent killing give me shivers.

The unfortunate family ran from pillar to post but the police instead of helping and assisting them, mocked them and even made them clean their office.

It was only after the intervention of a political figure that an FIR was registered and the next day her mutilated body was found in the woods, ravaged by her killer and stray animals.

This unfortunate episode took place not in some remote area but in the capital city of this land of the pure.

The police officers involved in delaying the registration of the case were arrested only after the prime minister took notice.

Is this the Riasat-i-Madina we were promised? Or does the PTI government still imagine itself atop a container making hollow claims and mocking everyone, except, perhaps the empire?

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Publication:Dawn (Karachi, Pakistan)
Geographic Code:9PAKI
Date:Jun 4, 2019
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