BAHAWALPUR: Three death-row prisoners were executed here on Thursday at the central jail.

According to jail officials, Muhammad Khan of Chishtian, Muhammad Boota of Haroonabad and Faqir Muhammad of Rahim Yar Khan were hanged.

They said Muhammad Khan had murdered a man in 1995. Boota killed Sofia Khan over some marriage dispute in 2003 and Faqir Muhammad murdered an 11-year-old boy in 2004.

Their death warrants were issued by the district and sessions judges.

THREE HELD: Baghdadul Jadid police claimed on Thursday to have arrested the principal ‘As’ of a private school in Mohajir Colony and his two students ‘Ra’ and ‘Ta’ for attempted rape of a class-V student whose video was also made by them.

According to police sources, the suspects attempted to rape the girl the other day. Later, they allegedly blackmailed her father who was forced to pay them Rs50,000.

Further investigation is under way.

BCCI POLLS: Members of the business group were unofficially elected unopposed on 13 seats of Bahawalpur Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

According to a press release, 13 seats out of a total 26 of the executive body of chamber were declared vacant. The 13 slots included six seats each of corporate and associate classes besides a reserved seat for a woman.

On behalf of the business group, Khalid Javed, Adeel Bhatti, Hammad Hamid, Nasir Shakeel, Waqas Muhammad Saeed, Muhammad Altaf (corporate class); Azeem Niaz, Shujaur Rahim, Chaudhry Muhammad Nawaz, Chaudhry Muhammad Amin, Chaudhry Umar Waheed, Abdul Latif (associate class), and Ms Tayyaba Tahseen Akram (woman slot) filed their nomination papers. No one filed nomination papers against them as a result they were unofficially declared elected unopposed.

Election for president, senior VP and VP will be held on Sept 28.

Published in Dawn, September 4th, 2015

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