Role of govt in Farishta murder case was disappointing: Mian Iftikhar

Ubaid Safi

PESHAWAR: The Awami National Party (ANP) central secretary general Mian Iftikhar Hussain has said the role of the government in the Farishta Mohmand murder case was disappointing.

Addressing a protest sit-in against the murder of Farishta Mohmand in Islamabad on Friday, Mian Iftikhar said the federal interior minister, who did not perform his duty properly in this case, must also be made part of the investigation process.

Farishta, a 10-year-old girl from Mohmand tribal district living in Islamabad, was kidnapped few days ago and her body was recovered from a forest. She was killed by the kidnappers after alleged sexual abuse.

Mian Iftikhar said the government and police were answerable for the incident. He said action against the black sheep in the Police Department was also inevitable. He criticised Prime Minister Imran Khan for not visiting the residence of the victim girl despite the fact that it is situated near his house. He said women are not safe under this government.

The ANP leader appreciated the role of media for highlighting the issue. However, he also took exception to some irresponsible reporting on the unfortunate incident. He said some private media outlets were giving wrong angle to the incident. He said some reports are suggesting that Farishta and her father were Afghans.

“How can someone allow disrespect to daughters even if they are Afghan,” he questioned, and said that such kind of reporting tantamount to betrayal of human values.

Mian Iftikhar also expressed concern over the bail granted to the SHO of Shahzad Town Police Station who was earlier arrested over negligence in handling the case. He said the ANP always gives respect to the courts, but such a verdict should have been made which could satisfy the victim family.

The ANP leader said the matter should be thoroughly investigated and it should also be ensured that the SHO could not impact the investigation process. He said all the daughters are alike and there is no room for prejudice on this matter. He said the ANP will continue to raise voice for the suppressed people. He said it is a human issue and there is no room for political point-scoring.

He said the judiciary should have taken suo moto action over Farishta’s murder.