LAHORE: Police have arrested a man and his son for purportedly intimidating and harassing a student and her family through video messages which later went viral on social media, Punjab Minister for Information Fayyazul Hassan Chohan said on Thursday.
Multiple threads making rounds on Facebook suggest Fatima Amir Sheikh was receiving rape and murder threats from Ibsham Zahid since 2016. She subsequently decided to share the messages and videos, wherein Zahid is seen intimidating her with weapons, on the social media platform.
According to the story shared by Fatima Aamir on her Instagram account, the guy named Ibsham Zahid has been harassing her with rape and death threats for some time.According to Ibsham Zahid, he belongs to a family of criminals#ibshamzahidbehindthebars#ibshamzahid pic.twitter.com/05McbRTIXZ
— Zaofishan Naqvi (@ZaofishanN) September 15, 2020
Chohan, while addressing a press conference alongside Lahore police chief Umar Shaikh and father of the student, said that he had informed Prime Minister Imran Khan about the incident in presence of Punjab Chief Minister Usman Buzdar.
“Both the premier and the chief minister had directed [the authorities] to take strict action against the accused,” he was quoted as saying by APP.
However, according to Gulf News, Sheikh had claimed the police refused to arrest Zahid despite a First Information Report (FIR) registered against him.
According to her, she decided to share the screenshots of the abusive messages sent allegedly from Zahid on social media after the police’s failure to act.
The student further claimed that the accused not only harassed her with rape and murder threats but also sent a threatening video showing her weapons in his house.
Sheikh further alleged that after she got a case registered against him, he threatened to rape her before her family and kill her father.
Zahid’s sister, in a series of Instagram posts shared Monday, claimed her brother is a minor and is suffering from mental health issues.
According to Maroosh Minhaj, the suspect was diagnosed with Generalised Anxiety Disorder (GAD), anger management issues and is emotionally unstable.
She stated that the family realised the harmful behavior of the suspect and were consulting various health experts in this regard.
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