Sisters’ abduction case SC directs Gujranwala police to record statements of suspected inspectors
ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court (SC) on Thursday directed the Gujranwala Police to record statements of three police inspectors, allegedly involved in the abduction of two sisters, and submit the report. The SC bench, comprising Chief Justice Abdul Hameed Dogar, justices Ijazul Hassan and Chaudhry Ejaz Yousaf, was hearing a suo motu case initiated by the deposed chief justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry on the complaint of Eish Muhammad Syed, whose two daughters went missing from outside their home in village Naushera Virkan in 2005.
Appearing on notice, Gujranwala City Police Officer (CPO) Khadim Hussain Bhatti told the court that five investigation teams had been constituted for the recovery of the missing sisters, however these could not find any clue so far. He said the last team constituted under the supervision of deputy inspector general (DIG) Crime Branch also made no progress in the case. He contended that the sisters had married on their own will and were living abroad.
Bhatti also contended that Syed was aware of his daughters’ whereabouts, however he was trying to malign some police officers due to enmity with them. He requested the court to dispose of the case.
However, Syed contended that a police constable Shahid had confessed in the presence of three police inspectors named Gohar Abbas Bhatti, Imran Abbas and Ashiq that the abducted sisters were in the custody of three accused Shehbaz, Shaukat Ali and Ziaul Hussain Bukhari. He told the SC that the accused had also been nominated in the first information report (FIR). However, the CPO contended that Syed was accusing the inspectors, as he had ‘enmity’ with them. The girls have not been recovered despite police efforts, the CPO said. However, the SC directed him to record the statements of three police inspectors and adjourned the proceedings till February 22. On the last hearing of the case, the SC had directed the police to recover the girls within a month.
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