Public’s help sought in arresting suspects in Farishta murder case

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Four police officials sacked over negligence in Farishta case

ISLAMABAD: Police has sought assistance from the general public in relation to the case of 10-year-old Farishta who was allegedly raped and murdered in Islamabad.
Police have requested that those with any piece of information related to the suspects to contact DIG operations and SP investigations. They have also announced a Rs1 million reward to anyone with information related to the suspects.
Last week, the body of 10-year-old Farishta was discovered from a forest in the federal capital’s Shahzad Town area.
Her family, which belongs to Mohmand Agency, said they had tried to file a missing person report to police on May 15 after she had left her home in the evening.
The family, however, claimed it took police till May 19 to register a first information report (FIR) and, even then, a proper search was not initiated. The minor girl’s body was later discovered by locals who subsequently informed the police.
An FIR was then lodged against the station house officer (SHO) Shahzad Town and other policemen for negligence in the case.
The FIR registered by Farishta’s father, Ghulam Nabi, states the family visited the police station for the registration of a missing complaint. However, the SHO instead of looking for the girl alleged that she had run away with someone.
Subsequently Polyclinic’s medico-legal officer Dr Abid Shah was removed from post due to delay in conducting a post-mortem.
Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered action against police officials for negligence in a case and ordered registration of cases against concerned SHO and other relevant officials.
The Pakistan Army has also offered its assistance in the investigations of a case.

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