Five-year-old girl brutally raped in Pakistan: police

A five-year-old Pakistani girl was in critical condition on Saturday after being kidnapped and brutally raped in the eastern city of Lahore, police said.

File photo of buildings in the old residental walled city of Lahore, Pakistan. (AFP/Arif Ali)

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LAHORE, Pakistan: A five-year-old Pakistani girl was in critical condition on Saturday after being kidnapped and brutally raped in the eastern city of Lahore, police said.

The girl was found outside a hospital at around 8pm (1500 GMT) on Friday, said Lahore police chief Chaudhry Shafiq, a day after she went missing from a low-income neighbourhood in the city.

“We suspect that unknown men kidnapped the girl and after raping her threw her outside the hospital,” Shafiq said.

CCTV footage showed a security guard from Lahore’s Sir Ganga Ram hospital carrying the victim into the building on his shoulder after he found her lying on the road in a critical condition, said the police chief.

Doctors said the child was raped several times, added Shafiq, and after receiving emergency care was transferred to the intensive care unit of nearby Services hospital.

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Rains affect wheat, chaff, cotton severely in Pakistan

LAHORE: The recent rain badly damaged 0.2 million maund wheat, 0.5 million maund chaff and cotton sown on an area of 0.2 million acres, according to a survey by the Pakistan Agri Forum.

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Pakistan Agri Forum Chairman Dr Muhammad Ibrahim Mughal expressed these views while talking to APP Sunday.

Mughal said that according to reports received from district presidents of the forum, the storm and rains had affected wheat, chaff, and cotton severely.

He said that the cotton seed which was available in the market for Rs 200 per kg had increased and now it was available at Rs 400 per kg.

He also expressed apprehensions that this year, cotton may not be cultivated on 8 million acres of land in the country because certified seed of cotton was not available to farmers even at the double rate.

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