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Mufti Qavi to undergo polygraph test in Qandeel murder case

MULTAN: Mufti Abdul Qavi will have to undergo a polygraph test after police included his name in the investigation process of the murder of social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch, police decided on Tuesday.

Officials of Multan police told this correspondent that they seized two mobile sets of Mufti Abdul Qavi. These mobile phones were sent to Lahore for forensic testing, police officials added.

According to police, a decision was taken to arrest Mufti Qavi for conducting polygraph test.

Earlier, Mufti Abdul Qavi told media persons that one of his mobile phones was not in working condition after he dropped it into water. Police officials said that Abdul Qavi’s mobile number had been switched off for the past several days. There also had been rumours that he had escaped in a bid to evade police investigations.

Mufti Abdul Qavi told The Express Tribune that he had not gone anywhere and all such rumours were false.

According to him, he had been at his Madressah for the past 10 days.

Last month, Qavi failed to appear before police to record his statement for the ongoing investigation of the murder of Baloch. The investigation team then sent him a 14-point questionnaire. Among other things, he was asked about his last meeting with Baloch.

Talking to newsmen after receiving the questionnaire, Qavi said he would respond after consulting his lawyer.

“I will cooperate with whichever institution contacts me for this investigation,” he said. Qavi said he also would make public his statement to the police.”

“I met Qandeel once,” he said. “We met in a crowded hotel. She asked for a private audience. I agreed. She said she wanted to meet me because she wanted to discuss religion.”

He said Baloch had then taken some pictures with him and left.

The Express Tribune