Mughalpura rape: police given three months to arrest accused


LAHORE: A bench of the Supreme Court of Pakistan on Monday gave three months to the police for arresting the accused involved in the rape of a five-year-old girl of Mughalpura.
The Supreme Court was holding suo motu proceedings on the incident. On Monday, SSP (Investigation) Zulifqar Hameed informed the court that the accused had not been arrested so far, and requested for three more months. The bench accepted his request.
Earlier, Acting Punjab Advocate General Mustafa Ramday informed the court that as many as 194 suspects had been interrogated so far, however, no arrest was made due to unavailability of solid evidence. He had said that the DIG (investigation) was monitoring the investigation and the case would be taken to its logical end soon.
On September 13, 2013, a five-year-old girl was found outside Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Lahore, a day after she went missing from a low-income neighbourhood of the city. She was raped by unidentified men.
Prisoners: Meanwhile, Justice Muhammad Khalid Mehmood Khan of the Lahore High Court on Monday directed the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to submit an updated list of all Pakistani citizens detained in Bagram Internment Facility by the US forces.
The judge ordered for submission of the list until April 24. Earlier, the ministry had submitted a report that the officials did not have a final schedule for future releases agreed with US authorities. It also acknowledged the need to transfer all Pakistani citizens detained in Bagram to Pakistan before the NATO/US pull out on December 31, 2014.
Sarah Belal, the counsel for the petitioner, Justice Project Pakistan (JPP), pointed out that the comments submitted on behalf of the ministry did not answer the orders to give names of Pakistani citizens due to be released in the next tranche. She said that the names of the previous tranche of Pakistanis released and repatriated were released one year in advance.
The judge, declaring the ministry’s reply unsatisfactory, remarked that it was the ministry’s duty to protect the fundamental rights of Pakistani citizens abroad.
The petition was moved for the release and return of 25 Pakistani citizens detained at the Bagram jail by the US. It said that Pakistani citizens had been detained at Bagram jail without any charge or trial since 2003.
It was alleged that they were abducted from Pakistan and removed to the infamous US prison in Afghanistan.
Separately, the Lahore High Court disposed of its notice on an incident in which a husband along with his relatives forced his wife to drink acid for giving birth to a daughter, as the accused had been acquitted of the charges following a settlement. 
The LHC had taken notice on the media reports that affected woman Farah Deeba’s brother told the police that his sister got second marriage with Nawaz Virk of Jandiala Road 10 months before the incident. Farah was earlier divorced and had five daughters from her first husband. One month before the incident, her husband Nawaz, mother-in-law Bashiran Bibi and other in-laws got angry when Farah gave birth to a daughter. They tortured Farah and made her drink acid. 
As per the press report, Nawaz said he wanted to have a son but Farah gave birth to a daughter. Farah’s mother-in-law in District Headquarters Hospital also told the media that Farah had once attempted suicide and now she drank acid.

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