Woman, mobile franchise dealer freed

Updated December 22, 2014

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Policemen with arrested suspects. — Reuters/File
Policemen with arrested suspects. — Reuters/File

BAHAWALPUR: Law-enforcement agencies (LEAs) freed on Sunday a woman and a mobile franchise dealer of Hasilpur who were arrested for their alleged role in the Peshawar school killings.

Shazia Parveen, a resident of Khairpur Deh village near Qaimpur in Hasilpur, had been taken into custody four days back after a mobile phone Sim on her name was allegedly recovered from a terrorist who had attacked the Army Public School.

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On her information, a mobile company franchise dealer in Hasilpur, Rizwan Arshad, was also arrested. Both of them had been shifted to an unknown place where they were interrogated for several days.

It was learnt that both the arrested suspects expressed their ignorance of how the Sim reached the terrorists.

Sources in the know of things said both of them told the LEA personnel that the Sim was activated by some Nadra officials who visited the place in their mobile van.

They told the agency that they had no role in handing over of the disputed SIM to any terrorist.

ARRESTED: The district police claimed to have arrested 19 suspects during a night-long search in areas of different police stations in the district.

Police sources said that raids were carried out under the supervision of SP (Investigations) Saeed Ahmed Sathiar.

The arrested suspects included three Afhgan nationals and a Peshawar resident, Wajid Pathan, from whom 30kg hashish was also recovered.

The police also claimed to have recovered illegal arms from suspects.

Published in Dawn, December 22th, 2014