LAHORE (Dunya News) – The Anti-Terrorism Court (ATC) has transferred Shafqat, accused of raping a woman on the highway near Gujarpura, to prison with a 14-day judicial detention.
According to the details, the court approved the prosecution’s request for an identity parade. Anti-terrorism court judge Arshad Hussain Bhatta heard the case.
Gujjarpura police brought the accused Shafqat in an armored car and produced him before the court. In this case, the face of the accused was covered with a cloth.
The prosecution requested that the identity of the accused be overtaken and that he be sent to prison with a 14-day judicial detention.
The court instructed the police to anticipate the identity of the accused as soon as possible and make special arrangements for him.
The court ordered that care be taken that the accused could not rejoin the other accused and that the accused be produced again on 29 September.
According to sources, on this occasion, the superior judge asked the accused Shafqat: “Tell me if you have anything to say?” In response, the accused demanded, “Please release me.”
The judge told the defendant that your DNA matched, if you did nothing, you would be released.
Earlier, the court in Lahore on Tuesday handed over the suspect Shafqat, who had confessed to raping a woman in front of her children on the highway near Gujjarpura, in police custody in six-day physical detention.
According to the details, the suspect is being tried under terrorism and other provisions. In this case, strict security measures have been taken to avoid any inappropriate incident.
Police arrest the accomplice of the main suspect Bala Mistri
Earlier today, security forces arrested the accomplice of the main suspect Abid Ali, Iqbal alias Bala Mistri. Officers said Bala Mistri received calls from Abid Ali to reach the crime scene, but he [Iqbal] turned in the middle of the road at the time of the incident.
Dunya News takes the picture of Bala Mistri
Security personnel are also facing difficulties in the proceedings of the case due to the lack of statements of the victim while raids are being carried out for the early arrest of the main suspect Abid.
The suspect Shafqat confesses to the crime during interrogation
Earlier, Punjab police sources said Shafqat, an aide to suspected Prime Minister Abid Ali, had confessed to rape a woman on the highway in his initial statement recorded with the police. He also confessed to having committed 11 other such crimes with Abid Ali.
Shafqat told police they stayed in Qila Sattar Shah the night after the incident on the Lahore highway. The next day, they parted with him going to Depalpur and Abid going to his father’s house in Manga Mandi. He revealed that he had last contacted Abid three days earlier.
This story comes after Shafqat’s DNA matched the samples collected from the crime scene.
Shafqat was arrested by Dipalpur on Sunday for identifying the accused Waqar-ul-Hassan, who appeared at the CIA police station in Lahore Model City.
Investigators further said Waqar-ul-Hassan was not found involved in the case after his DNA test report came out negative.
Discoveries made by Vaqar-ul-Hassan
While making important revelations during interrogation, Waqar told him that the main suspect Abid has committed some horrific crimes with his accomplice Shafqat who is a resident of Bahawalnagar.
Subsequently, the CIA sent teams to Bahawalnagar, Lahore and Sheikhupura to arrest Shafqat.
On the other hand, Waqar is likely to appear before the local court while the identification parade will also be held to identify the suspects.
Abbas surrenders to police in Sheikhupura
Meanwhile, Waqar’s brother-in-law, Abbas, has also turned himself in to police in Sheikhupura. Sources said Abbas was using phone links issued in Waqar’s name.
LHC orders early arrest of suspects involved in highway gang rape incident
The Lahore High Court (LHC) had ordered the investigation authorities to arrest The suspects included the highway incident and demanded the investigation report, a copy of the cause report to Inspector General Punjab Inam Ghani by Prime Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, the register of safety regulations and the announcement regarding the formation of the committee to investigate the incident.
During the hearing, the capital police officer (CCPO) Umar Sheikh appeared before the court and said that the process of identifying the suspects started after the details of the accident were collected by the victim. We conducted DNA tests on 53 people and found Abid as the main suspect, he told.
The judge further noted that it is the duty of the government to provide protection for the general measures. The court must play an important role in the current scenario. The time has come to deeply investigate the work of the police department, he hinted.
The suspects in the rape incident on the highway are identified
Before, photos of the two suspects Abid Malhi and his accomplice Waqarul Hasan Shah in the rape incident on the Lahore highway were released to the public.
According to police, the criminal Abid Ali is a resident of Fort Abbas District, Bahawalnagar and his DNA profile matches the DNA samples taken from the victim’s clothing.
Dunya News took the criminal record of Abid Ali, who has been in the criminal database since 2013 for another rape case. He has not been arrested yet but CTD raids are being carried out to arrest him as soon as possible.
The photo of his collaborator Waqarul Hasan was also released by IG Punjab during a press conference with Prime Minister Usman Buzdar on Saturday. The Punjab government had set a ransom of Rs 2.5 million for the arrest of each suspect.
Police decided to include the relatives of the affected woman in the investigation along with the plaintiff. It was decided to perform DNA tests on all residents of Karol Ghati as the samples of the fifteen suspects arrested did not match.
The investigation committee formed by Punjab Prime Minister Sardar Usman Buzdar, Punjab Justice Minister Raja Basharat and Punjab Police Inspector General (IGP) Inam Ghani inspected the crime scene.
Authorities said the investigation was being conducted in accordance with the latest scientific methods and assured that the culprits would be abducted soon.
CM Usman Buzdar said in his statement that it was a matter of evidence that would soon lead to a logical conclusion and the guilty would be given exemplary sentences. The PM addressed the authorities to keep him informed of all progress.
Police contacted the victim to record her statement, but her family apologized for recording the statement citing that her health condition was not good at the moment. The focus person said it was understandable and agreed to record the statement later.
Prime Minister Imran Khan notes the rape incident on the Lahore highway
premier Imran Khan noticed of recent sexual assault crimes reported in Lahore and Karachi, particularly the rape of a woman in the Lahore Ring and the murder of a 5-year-old child after she was raped in Karachi.
Federal Minister Faisal Vawda appealed to Prime Minister Imran Khan in which the political and national situation was discussed in detail.
Faisal Vawda raised the issue of Marwa, a 5-year-old girl who was killed after being raped in Karachi and another rape incident that occurred with a woman on the Lahore Ring Road late Wednesday night.
Given these incidents, Prime Minister Imran Khan said that such crimes are extremely shameful for any civilized society, law enforcement agencies have been in charge of arresting the culprits as soon as possible.
Committees were formed to investigate the incident
The Punjab government constituted a high level committee to investigate the highway rape case
The committee will be chaired by Punjab Justice Minister Raja Basharat while Chief of State Department Secretary Momin Agha, IG Special Branch, DIG Investigation Punjab and DG Legal Science Agency will be the other members.
The committee is tasked with completing the investigation within three days and submitting the report to Chief Minister Usman Buzdar.
IG Punjab Inam Ghani has also formed a six-member investigative committee to investigate the Highway rape case.
DIG Lahore investigation Shahzada Sultan will lead the committee while SSP Investigation Lahore Zeeshan Asghar, RO Lahore Special Branch Jahanzeb Nazir, RO CTD Lahore Naseebullah Khan, SP CIA Lahore Asim Iftikhar and responsible for Gender Crimes Lahore Civil Lines will be members Miss Fiza Azam other of the committee.
The perpetrators of the gang rape on the highway will be caught soon: Usman Buzdar
Prime Minister (CM) Punjab Sardar Usman Buzdar said the perpetrators of the Lahore highway gang rape will be arrested soon.
Speaking exclusively to Dunya News on the ‘Dunya Kamran Khan Kay Sath’ program, CM said the area where the incident took place was geo-fenced.
We can not neglect our duties. In connection with this incident, we have formed a committee chaired by the Secretary of the Interior. Whatever the outcome, we will present it to the nation, he added.
“We will arrest the culprits soon,” he said. Every aspect of this incident will be investigated, we will not leave our duties, he assured.
Background to the case
On September 9, 2020, the mother of two children was robbed and raped at gunpoint on the highway near the Gujjarpura area of Punjab province.
Sana was reportedly traveling in a car along with her two children when several unknown defendants beat her. After raping and robbing the victim with valuables and money (1 loop), the suspects fled the scene.
Upon receiving the information, police arrived on the scene and rushed the woman to a hospital. Police said the process was underway to identify the accused through Safe City cameras.
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