Family members of Shazia Masih, including, from left, her sister; her mother, Nasreen Bibi; and her aunt and brother. The girl died while working as a maid. Photo: NY Times
Lahore: February 13, 2010. (PCP) Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz group PML(N) and bureaucracy of the Punjab government bulldozed justice in Pakistan with fabricated medical reports in Shazia killing case.
Accused Mohammad Naeem was granted bail by additional session judge Shafiq-ur-Rehman, Lahore Cantonment Courts Lahore in murder case of 12 years old Christian housemaid Shazia Bashir.
According to electronic media of Pakistan, the lawyer of accused argued “Postmortem report of Shazia did not indicate that Shazia had been murdered. However, the report states that Shazia’s death was due to the infection caused by old injuries nor the police have also found any evidence in 14 days remand that advocate Naeem and his family were being involved in Shazia’s murder”
The court granted bail of one lacks and confirmed interim bails of son and wife of accused Mohammad Naeem.
Commenting on bail of Mohammad Naeem, PCC Chief Nazir S Bhatti said “ Poor parents of Shazia have lost the case while influential and rich Mohammad Naeem have won”
Source: Pakistan Christian Post
The lawyer of advocate Naeem argued before the court that the postmortem report of Shazia did not indicate that Shazia had been murdered. However, the report states that Shazia’s death was due to the infection caused by old injuries. The lawyer argued before the court that Shazia’s case is not a murder case, and the police have also not found any evidence in 14 days remand of advocate Naeem that could prove that advocate Naeem and his family were being involved in Shazia’s murder.
Shazia’s lawyers opposed the bail of accused advocate Naeem, however, the court granted bail to the accused and his family after listening to the arguments of the both sides.
Source: Samaa News
A younger Shazia, third from left in the front row. Photo: NY Times
According to Shazia’s mother, Nasreen Bibi, her daughter had been abused, an account that the medical examiner’s preliminary report seems to support. It lists 17 injuries, including bruised swellings on her forehead, cheek and scalp, “caused by blunt means.” “Our justice system operates against the underprivileged,” said I. A. Rehman, a prominent human rights activist. “Will there be justice? I have my doubts.” Source: New York Times
Panel of 9 Muslim doctors declare cause of death of Shazia
Lahore: February 10, 2010. (PCP) A medical board comprising of 9 Muslim doctors constituted by medical superintendent of Jinnah Hospital Lahore to investigate cause of death of 12 years old Christian housemaid Shazia Bashir issued here final report.
The infection in wounds and lack of nutrition were declared cause of death by this ever big medical board constituted to make public cause of death in any case in Pakistan.
This medical board also confirmed that there was no evidence of negligence by Jinnah Hospital doctors or staff in death of Shazia.
The punjabi doctors nailed down justice by this report as punjabi lawyers blocked justice to safe one influential Muslim accused in rape-murder of poor 12 years girl who was his housemaid.
Shazia Bashir was employed by Mohammad Naeem Advocate in 2009, as housemaid, who brought her in critical condition to Jinnah Hospital Lahore where she died on January 22, 2010.
Mohammad Naeem, former president of Lahore High Court Bar Association approached family of Shazia and pressured them to accept cash and remain silent in presence of one general ranked Muslim officer of Pakistan Army. The poor parents of Shazia Bashir turned down any deal and rushed to Jinnah Hospital where they found their daughter dead.
The doctors on duty told Bashir Masih, father of Shazia that she was raped and murdered. The 36 wounds were visible on her dead body with broken arm.
The electronic media of Pakistan broadcasted death of Shazia as breaking news referring her as victim of rape and killing according to statement of duty doctors of Jinnah Hospital Lahore and family of deceased.
The family members of Shazia requested to lodge First Information Report FIR with Defense Police Station but same was denied.
A civil society organization named CLAAS, which claims to provide legal assistance to persecuted Christians in Pakistan contacted father of Shazia and offered their support which illiterate and poor Bashir Masih accepted and signed blank papers rendering his power of attorney.
The Christian Federal Minister for Minorities Shahbaz Bhatti on directives of President of Pakistan rushed to Lahore from Islamabad and announced 5 hundred thousand rupees compensation from Pakistan Peoples Party PPP government to family of Shazia vowing justice for 12 year Christian victim of rape-murder by influential culprits.
Mohammad Naeem, as President of Lahore High Court Bar Association played active role in rallies and Long March to reinstate deposed Chief Justice of Supreme Court of Pakistan by President Parvez Mushraaf.
Accused had also close relations with Sharif brothers who owned Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz Group (PML-N)
The Chief Minister of Punjab Mian Shahbaz Sharif also rushed to home of Shazia Bashir and promised to ensure justice and monitory compensation of 5 hundred thousand rupees. In Punjab is government of Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz PML(N) and Christian member of PML(N) Kamran Michael was being used to assure Christians that PML(N) is more supportive than PPP.
Chief Minister issued directives and FIR of rape and murder was registered against Naeem Advocate in Defense Police Station on January 25, 2010.
The Chief Minister of Punjab constituted Medical Board of three doctors which made first statement after postmortem that “Shazia was not raped”
Pakistan Christian Congress PCC raised objections on Medical Board of chief minister but CLAAS which was leading in case not bothered to challenge findings on rape of 12 year old girl instead kept them busy in sending reports abroad to their funding agencies.
Accused Naeem was arrested and produced in court where he was sent in police remand for investigation. Accused enjoyed VIP facilities in police station but CLAAS not bothered to raise this issue in higher courts that “ Accused is not being investigated by police but having political meetings in police station”
The interim bails were granted to wife and son of accused which were extended by additional session judge cantonment frequently without any objection raised by advocates of Shazia.
The Muslim lawyers of Lahore Bar Association, Lahore High Court Bar Association launched protest in favor of accused advocate and stopped entering media and family members of victim whenever Mohammad Naeem was produced for remand in court.
Source: Pakistan Christian Post
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