KOHAT: Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Mian Saqib Nisar on Tuesday took suo moto notice of a murder of medical college student in Kohat.
Aasma Rani, a third-year MBBS student at Abbottabad Medical College, was shot dead in her hometown of Kohat on Saturday. Main accused, Mujahid Gul Afridi, shot her thrice and according to the victim’s family, wanted to marry her.
In a disturbing video made prior to her passing, Aasma revealed the name of her attacker. “Mujahid Afridi, Mujahid Afridi,” Aasma is heard saying.
The chief justice has summoned a report from Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inspector General Police Salahuddin Mehsud within 24 hours.
Chief Justice Nisar remarked while hearing a separate case on Tuesday that the suspect is said to be a relative of a Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf leader.
The chief justice questioned how the suspect was able to flee the country.
MAIN ACCUSED’S BROTHER ARRESTED:
Earlier in the day, Kohat police claimed to have arrested main accused’s brother Sadiq Afridi. The police have stated Sadiq was present when Mujahid opened fire on Rani. The brother was arrested from Kohat and moved to an unknown location where an investigation is underway.
RED WARRANTS ISSUED AGAINST SUSPECT:
Kohat District Police Officer (DPO) Abbas Majeed Marwat in a press conference on Tuesday stated that a red warrant has been issued against Mujahid and he will be brought back to Pakistan with the help of Interpol. DPO further stated there is no political pressure on the police.
On Monday, Mujahid reportedly fled to Saudi Arabia on Umrah visa via foreign airline’s flight from Benazir Bhutto International Airport. As per reports, the accused left for the airport soon after carrying out the fatal attack.
The man [Mujahid] is the nephew of PTI local district president,” the officer said and added, “there is no pressure on police and we are trying to arrest both the accused in the case.”
The DPO further said that the culprit is around 24-years-old and his father lives in Qatar. Mujahid himself has a business in United Aarab Emirates (UAE) and he frequently visits the Middle East.
Police had lodged an FIR in the case on the complaint of Muhammad Irfan, Asma’s brother.
A special investigation team has also been formed under the supervision of Kohat DPO to investigate the murder.
The woman was laid to rest in her ancestral town of Saray Norang, Bannu. Thousands gathered to attend her last rites and demanded of the Chief Justice to take suo moto notice of the brutal murder.
Earlier on Monday, KP Assembly passed a resolution condemning the killing.
FATHER SEEKS JUSTICE:
Her father has appealed for justice, saying that Aasma’s attackers are political people. “They have not caught the criminals. I am a poor man but will come out onto the streets and protest. He [accused] has also committed other crimes.”
Mujahid Afridi, along with his brother, Sadiqullah Afridi, was waiting outside the girl’s residence at the day of the incident.
The suspect shot her thrice after she stepped out of a rickshaw with her sister-in-law, police said. Aasma succumbed to her wounds on Sunday evening after she was rushed to the hospital soon after the incident occurred.
Meanwhile, Aftab Alam, in a video statement, condemned the murder and said he was as sorrowful as the family of the victim. The PTI district president added that the police are conducting raids to arrest the accused and Aasma’s murderers will be brought to justice.
PM TAKES NOTICE OF AASMA VIDEO BEING AIRED:
Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi has taken notice of channels airing the video of Aasma Rani on her deathbed.
The premier issued directives to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting to take the matter up with Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority and to ensure the latter’s terms and conditions are adhered to.
According to the premier, they believe in the freedom of the press but the government must keep a check for the sake of the people’s rights.
MEDIA URGED TO DEMONSTRATE RESPONSIBILITY:
State Minister for Information Marriyum Aurangzeb said the murder case of Aasma Rani is extremely sorrowful and condemnable. She urged the media to demonstrate responsibility in its reportage of the tragic incident.
The minister directed Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (PEMRA) to take action over airing of the girl’s photo or footage, as per the law.