–Actor says registered FIR against three women due to ‘misunderstanding’
–Malik Riaz serves Rs5bn defamation notice on Hassaan Niazi for ‘maligning his name in case’
LAHORE: Model and actor Uzma Khan on Tuesday informed the police and a local court that the FIR [First Information Report] she had registered against three women and their armed guards, whom she had accused last week of torturing her and her sister, was based on a “misunderstanding” and that she was withdrawing the case.
On May 27, the actor had registered the FIR against property tycoon Malik Riaz’s daughters Pashmina Malik and Ambar Malik, Amina Usman Malik (wife of the son of Riaz’s sister-in-law), and 15 unidentified armed men — with whom the three women had stormed a house in Defence Housing Authority (DHA) on May 24 and assaulted her and her sister Huma Khan. Video clips showing violence carried out on the two women had sparked outrage and calls for justice on social media earlier this week.
On Tuesday, Uzma submitted an application to Defence C Police, saying the case she had gotten registered last week was lodged “on the basis of a misunderstanding” and that she no longer wants to pursue it. She said no challan had so far been submitted in the case. “I don’t want to give any testimony or deposition in the above-stated case,” Uzma added.
She recorded a similar statement before Judicial Magistrate Nauman Nasir of Lahore Cantt Courts under Section 164 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC), saying she wants to withdraw the case.
Her sister, Huma, in her separate statement recorded under Section 164 of CrPC said “no such occurrence” — a reference to the violence — had taken place at their house.
“[The] accused party has not made any torture upon me,” she submitted, adding that the injuries she was seen to have sustained in social media videos were caused by broken “glass from [a] table”.
She further said the suspects nominated in the FIR are “innocent”.
“My sister namely Uzma Khan got registered the instant FIR due to misunderstanding. Therefore, the same may very kindly be cancelled,” Huma added.
On Monday, Uzma’s counsels Khadija Siddiqui and Barrister Hassaan Niazi had also disassociated themselves from the case after reports that the victims and the accused party had reached a settlement.
Earlier on Monday, a session court granted interim bail to the three women and ordered them to furnish surety bonds of Rs50,000 each. The court also issued notices to the SHO concerned and sought the case record on the next date of hearing.
RS5BN DEFAMATION SUIT FILED AGAINST NIAZI:
Meanwhile, Bahria Town has served a legal notice on Hassaan Niazi for defaming Bahria Town Chairman Malik Riaz by wrongly implicating him in the Uzma Khan case.
In a tweet on May 30, Advocate Azhar Siddique stated that he had filed a defamation suit against Barrister Niazi for maligning Malik Riaz and sought Rs5 billion in damages.
@AzharSiddique, Advocate, SC, on behalf of @MalikRiaz_, has served a formal Legal Notice onto @HniaziISF 4 deliberately & wrongly involving, maligning and defaming Malik Riaz Hussain into Uzma Khan Fiasco! demanding, inter alia, Rs.5 Billion as damages. @uzmaaaK @UzmaKhanOficial pic.twitter.com/AYs9dcuTv0
— M Azhar Siddique (@AzharSiddique) May 30, 2020