PESHAWAR: After years, the Dera Ismael Khan Police have finally managed to arrest the main accused in Sharifa Bibi Case, the Peshawar High Court was informed on Wednesday.
Deputy Inspector General Police DI Khan Imtiaz Shah and District Police Officer (DPO) Dilawar Khan appeared before the two-judge bench comprising Justice Ishtiaq Ibraheem and Justice Ahmad Ali and informed the main culprit in the case, Sajawal has been arrested by the police.
“The main accused in the Sharifa Bibi case has been arrested,” DIG informed the court. “Eight other accused involved in the case have also been arrested.” However, the case hearing couldn’t be continued as Justice Ahmad Ali said that he remained the advocate in this case before he was appointed judge, therefore, he would not be in a position to hear the case. However, the court exempted the DIG and the DPO from appearing before the court during the next hearing of the case.
The court adjourned the hearing of the case until next week.
On October 27, 2017, 10 armed people from an influential family attacked a 15-year-old girl from the rival family, Sharifa Bibi, in Chodhwan area of DI Khan a few days ago when she was bringing water from a well. The local people said the attackers tore the clothes of the girl and paraded her necked in the streets. The girl was punished for the actions of her brother who reportedly had an affair with a girl from the rival family.
Police were initially reluctant to file the case but did so after the issue became well known on the media. The chief minister has also taken notice of the matter and asked the police chief to make sure that the culprits get exemplary punishment.
The IGP had stated that investigation was being monitored and supervised on a daily basis under the supervision of a senior police officer. He informed the court that three special guards including a head constable and a foot constable under the supervision of Inspector Noorzali Khan have been deployed at the petitioner’s house to protect the family.