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Iftikhar Lund: PTI’s human rights adviser a sexual offender?

Social media is witnessing an uproar as people from all walks of life are horrified by the appointment of Iftikhar Lund, an alleged sexual offender, as PTI’s focal person for human rights in Sindh.

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The appointment of Iftikhar Lund as the focal personal of human rights in Sindh has shocked the civil society and politicians alike, and considering the allegations of sexual abuse leveled against the local PTI leader, the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf government has come under sharp criticism.

A video is circulating on social media since the past two months, depicting Lund’s elderly employee accusing him of brutally thrashing him, and sexually assaulting him with a metal rod in front of a big crowd.

The notification of Iftikhar Lund’s appointment was released on 10th July, and caused sharp waves of criticism as lawyers, human rights defenders, activists and common people from all walks of life have stepped forward to criticize this decision.

A case has been registered against Iftikhar Lund and his employees who were involved in the assault under sections 324 and 255 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

Mustafa Nawaz Khokhar, the Chairman of the Senate panel on Human Rights, has requested a report on the sexual abuse incident from Ghotki Police.

Jibran Nasir, human rights lawyer and activist, questioned the legitimacy of Lund’s appointment as PTI’s focal human rights person in Sindh.

Nasir tweeted, “So far the only qualification Iftikhar Lund 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 focal person on Human Rights despite allegations of torture and abuse against him?”

Reports reveal that in April 2019, Iftikhar Lund had savagely beaten up his driver, Allah Rakhio, following a minor disagreement with Shafiq Lund. Rakhio was summoned to Lund’s house, where he was mercilessly thrashed, and a metal rod was inserted into his anal cavity.

The civil society, journalists and politicians find it hard to believe that the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf, a party that came forward with a mandate of justice and equality, chose a brutal and merciless feudal lord to fulfill the responsibilities of human rights vigilance in Sindh.


Iftikhar Lund himself came forward to deny the allegations, and claimed that these false allegations are a part of a propagandist campaign to malign him due to his powerful stance against the Pakistan People’s Party’s culture of feudalism.

Speaking to ET, Lund said, “The court disposed of the fake case registered against me as I was not involved in the torture. Some employees working for me were the culprits of the assault, and the issue has been settled. I stand innocent.”

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The alleged tortured occurred after multiple people came to Lund and complained that his employee, who was worked in his passenger van company, had harassed female passengers. Lund registered this complaint, and along with his employees, he beat up the driver, Allah Rakhio.

Reports emerging from Ghotki reveal that the allegations of sexual assault are exaggerated, and Lund and his servants only physically assaulted the driver. A case has been registered against Iftikhar Lund and his employees who were involved in the assault under sections 324 and 255 of the Pakistan Penal Code.