Shumaila Rana booked for theft
* FIR registered on complaint of credit card holder Zaira Malik’s brother-in-law
* Model Town SP says police will contact assembly speaker before arresting PML-N MPA
LAHORE: Ghalib Market police on Sunday registered a case against a Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) female MPA for allegedly stealing two credit cards from a woman’s wallet and buying jewellery and clothes worth Rs 80,000 on those cards, the police said.
The FIR No 551/09 was registered against the MPA under Section 379 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC), on the complaint of Muqeet Salam, brother-in-law of Zaira Malik of Canal Bank.
The police said the accused MPA Shumaila Anjum Rana could not be contacted so far. Investigation Officer Sub-Inspector Maqsood told Daily Times that he had been trying to contact Shumaila but her phones were not responding.
He said Salam alleged in the application that his sister-in-law Zaira was in a fitness club on July 7 and found her credit cards missing from her purse. He said Zaira contacted the bank officials concerned who informed her that transactions worth Rs 80,000 had been made on her credit cards. Salam said the banks also informed Zaira that the accused purchased goods from a shop in Siddique Trade Centre.
The police quoted the complainant as saying that the shop owner showed the recorded CCTV footage to them and finally Zaira identified Shumaila, who is not a member of the club. He said they had also received the records of transactions in which Malik’s credit cards were used.
Speaker contact: Model Town Superintendent of Police (SP) Rana Ayaz Saleem said legal proceedings would be initiated to arrest the MPA. He said the police would contact the Punjab Assembly speaker before arresting her. He said the police have confirmed that the MPA was not a member of the club. He said situation would be clear after listening to both sides and holding investigation.
The guilty under section 379 of the PPC is punishable with imprisonment extending to three years or with fine, or both.
Shumaila is a member of the Punjab Assembly Standing Committee on Religious Affairs and Auqaf.
According to the information given on the Punjab Assembly’s official website, she is an MPA on reserved seats for women.