Inmate found hanging in Kashmir jail

February 23, 2014 - 7:00:37 am

SRINAGAR: A Pakistani prisoner who was arrested by authorities in India for trespassing more than two years ago has been found hanging inside a jail in Indian Kashmir, an official said yesterday.

Showkat Ali, 42, a resident of Sialkot in Pakistan, had been lodged in a jail in Amphala, about 300 kilometres from the region’s main city of Srinagar, since December 2011.

He was arrested on charges of illegally crossing the de facto border between the two rival countries.

“An inmate informed the jail authorities last (Friday) night that Showkat was hanging from the grill of a toilet in the barracks,” jail superintendent Harish Kotwal said.                 

Pakistan to review IPR law       

ISLAMABAD: With technical assistance from the US, Pakistan is considering changes in the existing law on Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) to tackle the rising online piracy issues, an official said.

Washington has also asked Islamabad to enforce IPR law effectively that can fetch substantial investment from foreign companies.

“Before making investment-related decisions in any destinations of the world, the US companies asked about the IPR laws and its effective enforcement. To ensure innovation and maximising shares in the world economy, Pakistan requires effective enforcement on IPR laws” visiting US Judge Morrison England said, while talking to newsmen yesterday.