LHC seeks report on rape of a girl in front of her parents

LHC seeks report on rape of a girl in front of her parents
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LAHORE: The Lahore High Court on Wednesday sought a report from the Gujrat district and sessions judge about the assault of a young girl in front of her parents, who were tied to a tree.
The LHC on Wednesday took notice of the incident after it was reported in the press, and directed the sessions judge to look into the matter and submit a detailed report regarding steps taken by the police along with his own comments within a week.
According to details, a physically disabled man named Muhammad Aslam, a resident of suburban village Sheikh Alikay, while protesting in front of the IG office, told the media that he was coming along with his family from fields when accused Shahid Bashir, Saddam Aslam and Zaman Saad stopped them at gun point and tied Aslam and his wife to a tree. 
The accused molested their ill-fated young daughter in front of them. Aslam alleged that the police registered a so-called case after removing the names of the nominated accused from the FIR and the statements under Section 164 were also not recorded before the area magistrate. The affected family further alleged that a man named Arif provided arms to the said accused and called an illegal panchayat (village council), which expelled all the three accused from the village after imposing a fine and absolved them of the charge. He also alleged that Sub-Inspector Muhammad Rafique and other officials were extending life threats to the victim’s family.
Meanwhile, Justice Mazahar Ali Akbar Navi of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday directed the FIA to arrest Asim Malik, the chief executive of an immigration consultancy firm (Future Concerns) who allegedly committed fraud with a number of people on the pretext of sending them abroad.
The judge directed the FIA to make efforts for the arrest of Asim and adjourned the hearing of the case for March 3.
More than 125 petitions have been filed against the accused, in which the petitioners alleged that they had given money to the company’s chief executive officer for going abroad but they were defrauded. They said that Asim Malik neither sent them abroad nor returned their money. The judge had earlier ordered the FIA to confiscate assets of Asim Malik and his dependents and also put his name in the Exit Control List (ECL). Earlier, the FIA director general had reported that so far 160 cases had been lodged against the spouse who had fled the country. 
He said that the FIA had contacted the Interpol for the arrest and repatriation of the accused couple. The Sialkot DCO also informed the court that Asim Malik had fraudulently transferred 380 kanals of agricultural land in his favour, but its registry had now been cancelled.
He said that all the officials who helped the couple in fleeing the country had been suspended.
The counsel for the petitioners said that the law enforcement agencies had failed to arrest the accused and recover the money involved.
Separately, Justice Ijazul Ahsan of the Lahore High Court on Wednesday admitted for regular hearing a petition challenging the appointment of Mustafa Ramday, the son of Supreme Court retired judge Khalilur Rehman Ramday, and nephew of LHC judge Justice Muhammad Yawar Ali, as acting advocate general of Punjab (AG).
The judge sought a reply from the provincial government within two weeks. 

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