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Zainab’s father approaches political heads against murderer’s mercy appeal

LAHORE: Muhammad Amin Ansari, the father of seven-year old Zainab who was sexually assaulted and murdered in Kasur earlier this year, has urged the heads of major political parties to request President Mamnoon Hussain to reject an appeal of his daughter's murderer for clemency. He wrote a letter to Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) chief Imran Khan, Pakistan Muslim League Nawaz (PML-N) president Shehbaz Sharif, Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) chairperson Bilawal Bhutto Zardari, Jamaat-e-Islami Amir Sirajul Haq and Pakistan Awami…

New Thai king pardons prisoners in ‘first show of mercy’

BANGKOK: Thailand's new King Maha Vajiralongkorn has pardoned tens of thousands of prisoners, a first act of "mercy" as monarch as he reaches out to his subjects following the death of his beloved father. Revered King Bhumibol Adulyadej died in October aged 88 after a seven-decade reign, leaving the politically febrile nation without its unifying figure. His only son, 64-year-old Vajiralongkorn, was proclaimed king in early December. But the thrice-divorced monarch is yet to draw the same level of devotion from a…