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Pak girl burnt alive for saying no to marriage proposal

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ISLAMABAD — A young Pakistani girl died Wednesday, two days after she was tormented and set ablaze for declining to marry a divorced person twice her age, the latest case that highlights rampant violence against women in the Muslim nation.

The victim, Maria Sadaqat, 19, was assaulted on Monday in Upper Dewal village of Murree hill resort in Punjab Province.

Abdul Basit, her uncle, told the media outside a healing center here that she was pressed for marriage by the owner of a local private school where she used to teach.

She had resigned due to the harassment by the school principal.

“He attacked her with accomplices on Monday. First she was tortured and then doused in petrol and set on fire,” said Basit.

She was admitted in Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) with 85 per cent burn injuries.

In a statement before dying, the victim accused the principal of the school and his four accomplices for attacking her.

Police official Muhammad Zeeshan said that one accused has been arrested and the raids being conducted to arrest others.

Ayesha Isani, spokeswoman of Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences, confirmed the death Maria due to severe burns.

Violence against women is common in Pakistan where every year hundreds of women are killed for honour.

Nearly 1,100 women were killed in Pakistan last year in so-called honour-killings, the country’s independent Human Rights Commission says.

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Govt to present its policies and programmes Monday

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KATHMANDU — The government is preparing to present its policies and programs for the fiscal year 2018/19 at the Federal Parliament on Monday.

According to Joint Spokesperson at the Federal Parliament Secretariat Keshav Aryal, all preparations are over for the release of the government policies and programs to be made by the President Bidya Devi Bhandari from New Baneshwor-based Federal Parliament Building at 4:00 pm Monday.

President Bhandari would unveil the government policies and programs for the first time in the joint meeting of the Federal Parliament after the promulgation of the new constitution.

As per the constitution, the President can address any of the House meeting or the joint meeting of the Federal Parliaments and summon the lawmakers for their presence.

Vice President, top leaders of different political parties, high-ranking government officials, chiefs of the constitutional bodies, chiefs of the security bodies and chiefs of the diplomatic missions in Nepal are invited for the program.

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