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Mansehra lawyer receives threats for pursuing rape case

MANSEHRA: The lawyers in Mansehra have been allegedly intimidated not to pursue the case of a gang-rape victim.

District Bar Association of Mansehra President Shahjahan Khan Swati lodged a written complaint at the City Police Station on Tuesday wherein he stated that he was present at the barroom when he received a missed call at his cell phone.

He said when he rang back, an unidentified person hurled serious threats at him if the lawyers didn’t stop pleading the case of an alleged rape victim, Sonia.

Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Iftikhar Mohammad Chaudhry has taken suo motu notice of the case of Sonia, who was allegedly ganged-raped by cops at two police stations in Mansehra last month. The chief justice is expected to hear the case today.

Shahjahan Swati said he had switched on the speaker of his cell phone so that others lawyers present at the barroom could hear the caller hurling threats at him. He said he had mentioned the cellular number of the caller in his application.

Later, a delegation of the district bar met the district and sessions judge Mansehra and apprised him of the threatening call.

The victim girl in her statement before a local court had claimed that the cops at the City and Kaghan police stations had raped her. She had been arrested for wandering in Mansehra last month.

She was staying at a hotel in Mansehra where her boyfriend allegedly abandoned her.

The ban imposed by the district and sessions judge on meetings with Sonia will expire today.

The News