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November 19, 2019
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Police role in minor’s rape-cum-murder case is deplorable: PPP Senator

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: Condemning the rape and murder of a 10-year-old girl in the federal capital, leaders of Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) slated the government over its failure to protect the lives of citizens.

PPP parliamentary leader Senator Sherry Rehman, along with local PPP office bearers visited the family of 10-year-old Farishta Mohmand to offer her condolences. The local law enforcement’s handling of her brutal rape and murder shocked the nation and caused public outcry. “It breaks my heart to hear what Farishta, an innocent angel, has gone through. I cannot even begin to think about the pain that her family must be feeling. The government must take responsibility for this horrific incident,” Rehman said in a statement.

“They failed to protect our children as the police were busy protecting criminals. How is this insaf (justice) in Naya Pakistan? We demand justice for Farishta.”

“It is gut-wrenching to hear that the police officers whom we trust to protect the vulnerable have acted in such a deplorable manner in this case. What does it matter where she came from? The strange line of questions thrown at this poor girl’s grieving father is inexcusable,” she remarked. “We are talking about a child who hasn’t seen the world completely. The youth of our children is stolen from them. What did the police mean by saying she should not have been allowed out of the house? How dare they shift the blame on the victim?” the Senator questioned.

“A suspension for a blatant breach of police protocol and conduct is not enough. They should have been released from their duty right away. We will bring this issue to parliament. PPP’s Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari and Asif Ali Zardari have also voiced their concerns over this incident and pledged to raise this issue across all platforms,” she said.

“As the opposition, we have always asked for the people’s welfare and protection to be prioritised. The government must assure us that justice will be served. We have all the laws, the parliament is doing its job, we have daily meetings and we have functioning committees for children and human rights,” Rehman said.

“For such crimes to go unpunished sends a signal of impunity. If this can happen in the capital, in the prime minister’s own constituency, in Ramadhan, you can imagine what is happening in remote villages and towns to the weak and the vulnerable at the hands of those paid to protect,” she concluded.