Shehbaz Sharif personally monitoring Murree girl burning case

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Zubair Qureshi

Islamabad—A senior police official of the Punjab government while visiting the devastated family of the 21-year old teach who was burnt alive has promised transparent, speedy and fair investigation into the case and to bring the culprits to the justice.
Additional Inspector General (Finance) Suhail Khan reached Murree to probe into the matter thoroughly on the orders of Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shehbaz Sharif who has taken serious notice of the matter.
According to details, the 21-year-old female teacher, Maria Sadaqat who was torched allegedly by a school principal along with five others after sprinkling kerosene oil on her had succumbed to burn wounds at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) Wednesday. More than 85pc of her body was burnt.
She was badly tortured and then burned alive. We brought her to hospital in Islamabad but she succumbed to her wounds,” Abdul Basit, Sadaqat’s uncle, told the police official. However, the senior police official assured the family of the young teacher that all resources would be utilized to nab the culprits.
“Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif is personally looking into the matter and has ordered the local police and administration to submit day=to=day report of the case, he said.
Meanwhile, grieving relatives of the girl wept and protested at the teenager’s death as the police official spoke to her family.
It may be mentioned here that Maria Sadaqat in a statement before death had told the police she could identify two of the five attackers. Police officials claimed to have arrested two suspects. Sadaqat was a teacher at a private school in Dhok Kallar in Lower Dewal.
Police and locals said that five persons tortured Sadaqat at her home on Tuesday after she got back from work. They said one of the attackers worked at the same school that the victim was working at.
According to the victim’s statement to the police, the attackers thrashed her, poured petrol over her, and set her on fire. She cried for help but had already suffered massive injuries by the time the neighbours were able to get to her.
She along with her sister was alone at home while her parents were out when Shaukat (aging between 60 to 65) along with Mian Arshad, Riffat Mehmood (55) and three other unknown men came to their home at 11:45am. Shaukat started shouting at her that she had relations with his son and he would burn her to death, she said. She also told the police that later Shaukat sprinkled kerosene oil on her and set her on fire. All the culprits later managed to escape after committing the crime. She asked police to lodge a case against the accused. Taking action, police registered a case against the accused and started investigation.
Talking to Pakistan Observer the police representative said on the orders of the Chief Minister Punjab, a number of teams have been constituted to arrest the remaining three suspected assailants.

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