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Ex-minister’s son arrested for ‘torturing domestic workers

LAHORE: Former federal minister Siddiq Kanjo’s son Ameen Kanjo was taken into custody from the premises of the Supreme Court’s Lahore registry on Tuesday on the directives of Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar for allegedly torturing two female domestic workers. Headed by Justice Nisar, a bench of the apex court took up a case relating to violence inflicted on two girls by their employer. The victim girls’ parents – Rafique and her spouse Shehnaz – alleged before the bench that Ameen Kanjo accused their…

Kuwait reaches deal with Philippines on domestic workers: KUNA

DUBAI: Kuwait and the Philippines have signed an agreement regulating some working conditions for domestic workers in the Gulf State, Kuwait’s state news agency KUNA reported on Saturday. The deal may end a two-month crisis sparked by reports that abuse by employers in Kuwait had driven several Filipinos to suicide. The Philippines stopped sending workers to Kuwait in January after a Filipino migrant worker was found dead in a freezer, the latest incident in what Manila called a pattern of abuse in the Gulf state.…

Four of a family burnt alive in Lahore house fire

LAHORE: At least four people, two children among them, were burnt to death after a fire broke out in a house in a neighborhood of Lahore on Friday night. Police said the fire erupted in a servant quarter of the house in Wapda Town, where a man, his wife and their two children had been residing. The raging fire burned the households to death in no time. After being informed of the fire, fire fighters and rescue teams reached the spot immediately and doused the blaze. The bodies of those killed in the fire were…

Teenage girl recovered from ‘illegal confinement’ of anchorperson

LAHORE: Police have recovered a teenage domestic worker from the residence of anchorperson Gharidah Farooqui, who, the child’s parent alleged, kept his daughter in illegal detention, ARY News reported. Muhammad Munir, the father of 15-year old Sonia, filed a habeas corpus petition in a local court, alleging that her daughter was illegally confined at the residence of the respondent, Gharidah Farooqui, who not only subjected her to torture but kept her from meeting her parents. The court was pleaded to direct the police…