PTI leader who violated man becomes party’s HR focal person


KARACHI: Instead of taking any stern action against a local leader for allegedly inserting an iron-rod into a poor driver’s rectum a few months ago, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) has appointed Mir Iftikhar Lund as a focal person on the issue of human rights in Sindh.

According to details, a few days ago a van driver was allegedly assaulted and meted out inhumane punishment in Ghotki on the orders of his employer Iftikhar Lund, a local PTI leader, and his three relatives.

Allah Rakhio, the victim, was brought in serious condition to Mirpur Mathelo hospital in Ghotki district by his son Zahid Hussain.

According to driver’s son, Rakhio had a disagreement with Shafiq Lund, following which he was called to Iftikhar’s residence where he was mercilessly beaten up by Shafiq, Rafiq Lund and Mumtaz Ali Lund in Iftikhar’s presence.

An injured Rakhio called Hussain who took him to the hospital, where he received eight stitches on his private parts. A video of Rakhio lying on his back on a stretcher and narrating his ordeal has since made the rounds on social media.

A first information report (FIR) was filed at the Khanpur Mahar police station against Iftikhar, Mumtaz, Shafiq and Rafiq on the victim’s complaint.

The FIR has been filed under Sections 324 (attempt to commit qatl-e-amd), 355 (assault or criminal force with intent to dishonour a person), 147 (punishment for rioting) and 143 (punishment for being member of unlawful assembly). However, according to Hussain, police have not made any arrests and are trying to brush it under the carpet.

According to notification that was issued on June 10, Iftikhar Lund shall assist the office of the federal minister on the issues of human rights while keeping liaison with relevant stakeholders after consultation with the minister’s office.

“This will be purely on a voluntary basis and shall entail no expense or liability on the part of the ministry of human rights,” the notification added.