Outrage After PTI Leader Accused of ‘Torturing’ His Employee Made Focal Person on Human Rights

A van driver was meted out inhumane punishment in Ghotki on the orders of his employer Iftikhar Loond, who has been appointed focal person for human rights.

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  • PTI’s Iftikhar Loond has been appointed as a focal person for human rights in Sindh. 
  • Iftikhar was accused of torturing, meting out inhumane punishment to his employee over a minor issue. 
  • Iftikhar’s controversial appointment has lead to an outcry from rights groups and activists. 

 

Sindh’s new focal person for human rights Iftikhar Loond along with his three companions were accused of brutally assaulting a van driver. The incident that happened two months back has made Iftikhar’s appointment controversial, resulting in an outcry from rights groups in Pakistan.

The victim Allah Rakhio was brought injured to the Mirpur Mathelo hospital in Ghotki district by his son Zahid Hussain after he sustained critical injuries on his private parts. The son revealed that Rakhio had had a disagreement with Shafiq Loond, after which he was called to Iftikhar’s residence and mercilessly beaten there.

 


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Rakhio was assaulted and beaten using iron rods. He received eight stitches on his private parts. Video of him lying on his back on a stretcher and narrating his ordeal made rounds on social media.

Following the social media outcry, The FIR has been filed under Sections 324 (attempt to commit qatl-i-amd), 355 (assault or criminal force with intent to dishonor a person), 147 (punishment for rioting) and 143 (punishment for being a member of unlawful assembly). But according to the victim’s son, police made no arrests.

 


Rakhio and his son narrated their ordeal while talking to the media:


Rights activists, groups condemn Iftikhar’s appointment as focal person for human rights:

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Iftikhar Loond’s appointment, given his ‘human rights’ record, has led to an outcry from human rights groups, activists and social media community in Pakistan. The people have requested the Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari to take notice and reconsider the decision.

”Yes a notification was issued by Shireen Mazari’s ministry making one Iftikhar Ahmed Khan focal person on Human Rights for Sindh. Is this the same Iftikhar who only two months ago was accused of mercilessly torturing his servant. The HR Minister must justify this appointment”, said social activist Jibran Nasir, condemning the appointment. 

”So far the only qualification he seems to have is that he is the President for PTI Ghotki and Ghotki has its by-elections on 18th July. So he qualifies to be the focal person on Human Rights despite allegations of torture and abuse against him?” he continued. 

Social media users have also requested Minister to reconsider or at least justify this controversial appointment.

 

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