TOBA TEK SINGH: Faisalabad’s Ghulam Muhammadabad police arrested four people for burning a mentally challenged woman in the name of “spiritual treatment”.

A Faisalabad police press release issued on Tuesday night said that CPO Syed Khalid Mahmood Hamdani took notice after media reports became viral about the incident and an FIR was registered under sections 336-B and 34 of the Pakistan Penal Code in which complainant Wasim Shahbaz said his sister, Sonia, had a mental health condition and he discussed the issue with Wasim Ilyas who suggested that his mother-in-law, Shamim Bibi, was a spiritual healer and she could cure her.

He took Sonia to the house where Shamim Bibi, Wasim Ilyas, his wife Alia Bibi, and mother Zarina Bibi detained her in a room and not only severally tortured her but also burned her chest, face and eyes.

She was admitted to the Allied Hospital in a serious condition.

Police have arrested the four suspects.

CHINESE ARRESTED: Faisalabad’s Chak Jhumra police arrested on Tuesday a Chinese citizen who was not only residing in Faisalabad for an illegal stay and keeping two unlicensed pistols.

According to an FIR registered under section 14 of the Foreigners Act of 1946 and sections 11-B and 13-2A of the Punjab Arms Amendment Ordinance of 2015, ASI Atif Shahzad claimed that Xiajing Mao was present outside Wapda City’s main gate on a motorcycle with a pistol in his hand. A police party arrested him.

When police searched him, they found another pistol, bullets, and silencers on him.

He added in the FIR that his passport was found on him, which showed he was illegally residing in Faisalabad.

GAS LEAKAGE: Four persons fell unconscious due to the gas leakage from a gas, electric generator late on Monday at Faisalabad in a room near Jamia Imdadia seminary on Jarranwala Road.

They were admitted to the DHQ hospital and were identified as Mahboob Ali, Muhammad Amer, Salman and Faizan.

CASE: The killers of a young man whose burnt body was recovered on Dec 15 from a roadside place near Chak 328 JB were arrested. The police said his widow and her three accomplices killed and burnt the body of Nadeem Sarwar.

Saddar DSP Rahman Qadir said Nadeen Sarwar from Chak 378-JB married Asifa Latif, of Chak 295-GB, and both were residing in his house located in Gobindpura locality.

He said Asifa confessed that she married Nadeem Sarwar to kill him and later grab his house, farmland and bank balance.

She revealed Shahid Ali of Bhakkar, Nusrat Bibi of Chak 293-GB and Zohaib Anjum of Chak 330-JB first gave him intoxicants in his meal and when he became unconscious they strangled him and burnt his body after showering petrol on his clothes.

They then dumped his body near Chak 328-JB, Link Road.

Published in Dawn, December 21st, 2022

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