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SC rejects Punjab IG’s report in Sonia Naz rape case

ISLAMABAD: Rejecting a report submitted by the Punjab inspector general (IG) in the abduction and rape of a woman, Sonia Naz, the Supreme Court on Monday ordered the Punjab Police to register a first information report (FIR) in the murder of her father-in-law, Malik Yousaf.

A three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, also ordered the police to investigate Sonia Naz case in light of Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Zafar Qureshi’s report. The 300-page report read that evidence produced by Naz to substantiate the rape charge was powerful and convincing.

According to the report, a letter had been written to the Punjab secretary (services) to take action against former Faisalabad Range DIG Chaudhry Sajjad Ahmed, former SP (investigation) Abdullah Khalid, Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Mushtaq Ahmed, DSP Mansoor Ahmad, Rasheed Ahmad Malik and Assistant Superintendent of Police Naeem Ahmed Sheikh. The court was informed that Abdullah was retired on May 1, 2006. At that time he was suspended from service and an inquiry was being conducted against him. The proceedings were held in his abeyance on the directions of the government. The IG’s report reads that the Toba Tek Singh district police officer had served show-cause notices on Inspector Jamsheed Iqbal Chishti.

The DPO has also awarded Chishti a major punishment of forfeiture of two years approved service. The report also read that a case has been registered against eight accused for Yousaf’s murder. The Lahore district and sessions judge has been requested to issue orders to exhume the grave of the deceased. The court adjourned the hearing until May 10.

Daily Times

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