PM takes notice of assault on couple Asks police to proceed according to law without taking pressure from any side

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Zubair Qureshi

Prime Minister Imran Khan on Thursday took notice of an incident in Islamabad in which a couple was assaulted by an influential real estate business and his assistants.

The prime minister telephoned IG Police Islamabad and sought details of the incident from him.

According to the sources of PM House, the premier in his conversation with IGP Islamabad Qazi Jamilur Rehman made it clear that there would be no pressure on police and it should use all its resources and energies to bring all the accused to the dock and to provide justice to the victim couple.

The IGP has also been directed to share the report with the PM Office, the sources further said.

Referring to the suspects the prime minister said such people didn’t deserve concessions.
According to details, the Islamabad police a day earlier (Wednesday) had arrested four people in connection with the sexual harassment of a boy and a girl in the capital after a video of the incident went viral on social media.

In the video, which officials said was a few months old, six people could be seen sexually harassing the couple.

The suspects held the couple at gunpoint, forced them to strip and then beat them up. Moreover, the suspects also abused the couple verbally and physically by doing vulgar acts.

The officers said one of the suspects had shared the video with a friend who made it viral on social media.

The main suspect, according to police is Usman Mirza, a real estate businessman who led to the tracing of the others. The incident had occurred in an apartment in E-11/2.

A case was then registered in the Golra police station under section 341 (punishment for wrongful restraint), 354A (assault or use of criminal force to woman and stripping her of her clothes), 506 (ii) (punishment for criminal intimidation) and 509 (word, gesture or act intended to insult the modesty of a woman) of Pakistan Penal Code.

Special Assistant to PM Dr Shahbaz Gill in a tweet on Thursday said Usman Mirza and his gang were involved in making objectionable video of boys and girls and then blackmailed them.

They were in police custody and would be treated according to law, further said Dr Shahbaz Gill.

On Thursday police arrested one more accused and got four-day remand from the District & Session Court of Islamabad.

The court has directed the police to produce the accused on July 12.

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