Shaista Almani Case Takes New Turn
Posted 12 January 2004 - 03:58 PM
By Farhat Anis
KARACHI: Shaista Almani in a written statement to the Sindh Police within the premises of the Women Police Station on January 11 has reaffirmed that she wants to stay at the Women Police Station under the police custody, confirmed Sanaullah Abbasi, TPO Saddar.
Though, the case demands immediate action by the government, the desired decisions regarding the complex situation are yet to come. However, late on Sunday evening Provincial Minister for Population and Planning Imtiaz Sheikh and the Deputy Speaker Sindh Assembly Raheela Tiwana met Shaista at the Women Police Station.
Sheikh has offered a Grade-9 job, while the deputy speaker has offered six month’s accommodation to the girl. It would be pertinent that the promises made by both the minister and the deputy speaker are guaranteed in the Sindh High Court as promises made by politicians on the political level are rarely fulfilled.
Imtiaz Sheikh confirmed that Shaista has accepted both the offers, however, when contacted Shaista she told this correspondent that she has accepted the offered job but is not willing to move into any other accommodation.
A perturbed Shaista still fears death and has taken refuge in Karachi under strict police security after being declared as Kari by her tribe — the Almanis. Earlier, the Minister Population Welfare and Women Development, Dr Saeeda Malik, who was not available last night contacted the Editor The News and talked to this correspondent, saying that "Shaista was not thrown out of the South City Hospital, which the minister owns and it was for the security of the girl that she was moved to the Women Police Station.
The minister confirmed that the men of Almani tribe were seen around the premises of the South City Hospital." Still suffering from bouts of anxiety, Shaista Almani is not the responsibility of any individual, minister or NGO, but rather the State should rehabilitate her and provide full security so that she leads a respectable life.
Amjad Bashir Siddiqi adds: Whereas the entire nation was shocked and moved by the plight of Shaista Almani highlighted by the print and electronic media, the government for a very long time chose to look away from its obligations.
The first and foremost problem appeared when Ali Gohar Maher, the Nazim of the area and the brother of the chief minister sat down in Jirga, to side with its decision to have Shaista Almani divorced on the pretext of a potential tribal feud.
That a brother of the chief minister can participate in a Jirga to dissolve a marriage which was legally correct and rightful in light of religious canons appears suspect. Governments are not supposed to endorse wrong decisions and practices of an archaic and primitive society. After all what the government’s role here is, not to offer charity or show benevolence, but perform its constitutional function to ‘protect and safeguard’ the innocent.
The Almani case also manifests the role of the lady members of the Sindh assembly elected on the ‘reserved seats’.
While the Minister for Population Welfare and Women Development has taken initiatives on several fronts, none of the lady MPAs did anything practical to support Shaista except to pay lip service and that too when the issue was highlighted by The News and Geo TV to advocate the cause of the ‘dispossessed’ girl. The only ray of light has been from the much criticised police department whose security undertaking has been thorough.
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Posted 13 January 2004 - 02:06 AM
sad ... the level of "jihalat" and the dogmatic defence of these perverted traditions is an indication of the level of vulgarity of these rural societies!!
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Posted 13 January 2004 - 06:38 AM
I THINK THAT THE GOV.T IS DIRECTLY INVOLVED ON THAT CASE, B/C IN MY OPINION THAT GOV.T IS TRYING TO AWARE AND COMPLETLEY CLOSE THE "KAROKARI" IN OUR COUNTRY.
WE SEE MANY OF THAT CASE IN PAST WHO'S NOT TO BE DISCUSSED... WHY....? B/C THAT DAY'S GOV.T ARE NOT SERIOUSLY IN THESE TYPE OF CASES...
SHAISTA ALMANI IS JUST A ACTOR WHO PLAYED FROM THE GOV.T TO THAT DRAMA.
IF THAT CASE IS REAL THEN SARDARS/WADERAS ARE MURDERED IN HER GOATH... SARDAR LOG TO KAB KA MAAR DETE IS KO...
WELL, WHO'S KNOW WHAT IS REAL OR WHAT IS DRAMA....?
Allah IS BETTER KNOWING....
Posted 13 January 2004 - 01:58 PM
By Farhat Anis
KARACHI: Shaista Almani has made a request for a chance to see Zia Ahmed Awan, President of the Lawyers for Human Rights and Legal Aid (LHRLA, for legal advice. Awan visited her at the Women’s Police Station on January 12 and after lengthy consultations, assured her all legal assistance.
However, according to Shaista, she has not yet decided whether or not to take any help from LHRLA.
Later in the afternoon, the Provincial Minister for Population Planning, Imtiaz Sheikh, and the deputy-speaker, Sindh Assembly, Raheela Tiwana, handed over the assurance document for two Grade-9 jobs to Shaista and her sibling, in the Sindh Population Welfare Department in addition to the offer of an apartment.
Shaista and family have not decided about moving into the new residence. However, it is feared that she may not be able to stay within the premises of the Women’s Police Station for long. "She may have to move to a safer place before or after January 21, 2004, which is the next date of hearing by Sindh High Court, Sukkur Bench," sources at the police station said.
The father of Shaista, Himmat Khan while talking about the jobs said, "I am more interested in getting a job for my eldest son, Zubair Ali Almani, in the police and daughter Perveen Almani. I don’t want Shaista to go out for any job as I fear that she may get into trouble."
Clad in a white Shalwar-Kameez, a pale, puzzled and worried Shaista was crying interruptedly as she has been unable in make up her mind as to whom she should trust. "I am uncertain and will remain so until things settle down," said Shaista.
The reason that she refused to go with any of the Human Rights organisations and the associated NGOs was fear. A press release on January 10 by the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan and the associated NGOs stated that they offered Shaista shelter at Panah-the shelter home for shelterless women, which she refused. However, sources at the Hilal-e Ahmar hospital confirmed that the offer was made in a rush with conditions, which made an unstable Shaista more insecure and thus she refused to accompany them.
The family now has been asked by the provincial minister to provide the necessary official documents to expedite the procurement of jobs.
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