Police seek public’s help in arresting Farishta murder, rape suspects

ISLAMABAD: Police has sought assistance from the general public in relation to the alleged rape and murder case of 10-year old Farishta in Islamabad.

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Police had requested those with valuable information related to the suspects’ contact DIG operations and SP investigations. An Rs1 million reward has also been announced by the police for anyone with information.

On May 21, the body of the minor girl was found from the federal capital’s Shahzad Town area on Tuesday. According to police, the 10-year-old identified as Farishta was killed after being allegedly raped. Her body was thrown in the forest after the horrific crime.

The girl’s family which belongs to Mohmand Agency said they had reported her missing to the police on May 15 after she had left the house to get Iftar. The family claims it took the police till May 19 to register an FIR and even then a proper search was not launched. The body of the minor was discovered by locals who then informed the police.

The 10-year-old’s body was moved to Poly Clinic for post mortem, however, till now it had not been conducted. To protest against police negligence in the case, the family of the victim protested with her body at Taramari Chowk.

On May 22, Police arrested one relative of Farishta and the FIR has been filed against the Station Home Officer (SHO) who had earlier stated that the girl(Farishta) had eloped with someone when the family went to the police station to report the case.

The police have refrained to share any information about the arrest and widened the scope of the investigation.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has ordered strict action against police officials for negligence in the 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 the case.

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