ISLAMABAD: Four people were arrested by police in connection with a case involving harassment of two female foreigners, registered late on Monday night.

Earlier, a video went viral on social media in which a number of men were seen harassing two foreigners at Shakarparian when they visited the place along with a driver.

Many criticised the capital police and raised questions over their claims about security arrangements in the city, forcing them to initiate legal action over the issue, police officers told Dawn, adding that a case was registered against unidentified persons at Aabpara police station on behalf of the state and a sub-inspector.

According to the first information report (FIR), the video was sent to National Database Registration Authority (Nadra) for identification of the harassers, the officers said, adding that in response they were identified and their details, including addresses were shared with investigators.

Raids were conducted which resulted in the arrest of four people, who were residents of Taxila, the officers said, adding that a mobile phone was recovered from one of them, in which the video was found along with scores of photos of the women.

About eight to 10 persons were identified, they said, adding that efforts are being made to trace and arrest them too.

The victims are yet to be identified and traced, officers said, adding that in this regard the police Security Division was also approached by investigators asking them to make contact with embassies so their comments could be taken.

The victims came to Shakarparian in a car driven by a local driver, officers said, adding that the driver was seen protecting them and took them away from the spot.

Later, they were brought to the room of the security in-charge where they had a cup of tea, the officers said, adding that their identification was requested but they denied to give out any information and left from there. The police are also trying to trace them through the driver and the car.

Published in Dawn, August 17th, 2022

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