LAHORE: Model Town police have arrested Anum Zia, the daughter of PPP leader Qasim Zia, for injuring an Elite Force policeman.
According to the Model Town superintendent of police, Anum Zia was driving her car at the speed of 70km per hour when she hit a cop of the Elite Force, seriously injuring him.
Qasim, the former president of the Pakistan Hockey Federation (PHF), reportedly reached the scene of the incident and tried to negotiate with the police.
However, the Model Town police took Anum into custody.
Model Town SP Tariq Aziz said Anum Zia did not have a driving licence. He said that police would fulfil all legal requirements in the case.
Talking to media, Anum Zia said she was looking for her friend’s residence when the incident took place, and that she was “not driving very fast”, and that the car hit the cop “accidentally”. Anum also said that she was not at fault. She insisted that the policeman appeared out of nowhere, and that she did not see him while “reversing the vehicle”.
The police, however, stated that Anum had been roaming around the Chief Minister’s House before the incident. The police locked her up and registered a case under Sections 279 and 427, and added that she “seriously hurt the policeman”.
It was reported that the Elite Force had earlier tried to stop her, but she tried to get away.
Talking to a private TV channel, Anum said that the police outside the Punjab Chief Minister’s House stopped her and checked her bag, but found nothing but toffees in it. She also alleged that the policemen at the scene hit her car with a steel rod.
“There was no one else in the car at the time of the incident,” she stated.
However, according to initial reports, there were two other people in Anum’s car at the time of the incident.
About driving without a licence, she said that she had learnt to drive in Britain and did not have a Pakistani driving licence. Anum was later released on bail, while the injured policeman was taken to a private hospital in Model Town for treatment.
Qasim Zia said that the injured policeman was now out of danger.
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