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Rape accused being cushioned by PIA probers

By: Amraiz Khan

LAHORE: PIA investigators have allegedly exonerated five accused involved in raping a lady doctor, sources in national flag carrier revealed on Thursday.

The sources claimed that a female doctor submitted an application to Managing Director of PIA, saying she was gang-raped by five persons – deputy chief medical officer, ambulance driver, attendant and lab assistant – and the entire incident was videotaped.

The tragic incident took place in a Cantt area club. It is further told that Dr Hassan, who was drunk, sent driver of the ambulance to pick lady doctor and drop her at the club. When lady doctor was brought to the club she was sexually assaulted by the doctor and four of his accomplices.

An officer of PIA seeking anonymity said that the inquiry team has a soft corner for the accused and that the team would recommend to exonerate them. When this scribe contacted member of inquiry team Col (r) Akhtar, he attended the call but hung up just after the scribe’s introduction. Reviewing the sensitivity of the issue, the managing director ordered an inquiry committee which reached Lahore for further interrogation.

The committee comprises general manager works, Col (r) Akhtar and deputy general manager (DGM) Mrs Amina Khawaja. According to preliminary investigation, the incident took place but the lady doctor did not disclose it on the fear of ignominy. However she resigned from her office and since then she was performing duty in PIA on contract basis. However Dr Hassan is regular employee of the airlines. The incident took place about a month back and was surfaced when she launched a complaint to MD PIA.

Now when victim has pledged to fight she has also forwarded a copy of her application to Chief Minister Punjab to bring the accused to justice. Sources claimed that Provincial Minister Health has also started an inquiry into the incident on the direction of CM Punjab. When contacted spokesman of PIA, Tajwar said that the MD has formed an inquiry committee on the incident and committee was yet to submit its report to MD. In the light of report action would be taken against the accused.

He said that a case would have been registered against accused following a medical examination of the victim but nothing like that was done.

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