LAHORE - A three-member bench of the Supreme Court on Monday rejected the police report on the self-immolation of 10th class student, Amna Bibi of Muzaffargarh district, with the direction to the Multan district and sessions judge to probe the case and submit a report on the next date of hearing.
The SC bench, headed by Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jilani, was hearing a suo motu case of the self-immolation case of 18-year old Amna Bibi. As the proceedings started, the police told the court that the 18-year-old Amna was not raped and she concocted a story to implicate the opponents of her family.
Appearing in the court, Punjab Police Additional Inspector General Khaliq Dad Malik presented the report and submitted that Amna Bibi was not subjected to rape. She fabricated the whole story and committed self-immolation, he added.
On seeing the report, Chief Justice Jilani expressed dismay and snubbed the police officials. He questioned how a girl could set herself on fire to implicate opponents of her family in the case. The other member of the bench, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed, remarked, “Police can deny the existence of a girl with the name of Amna and even the incident.” He added police usually gave such statements to prove their performance.
During the course of hearing, the chief justice also shared deep grief over the incident with the mother of the deceased girl and said the culprits could not escape from the grip of law. The bench, after hearing the arguments, directed the Multan district and sessions judge to probe the matter and submit a report within six weeks.
Amna, an 18-year old student of 10th class, committed suicide in front of a police station by setting herself on fire. Her younger brother was also present there. She was taken to hospital where she died. The Supreme Court took suo motu notice of the incident.
PETITION TO STOP 3G, 4G AUCTION: A writ petition on Monday was filed by Wattan Party in the Supreme Court Lahore Registry against the auction of 3G and 4G spectrum technology.
Wattan Party, through Barrister Zafar Ullah Khan, filed the petition and submitted that Pakistan Telecommunication Authority (PTA) was evaluating the bids received and had announced the qualified bidders on April 17. He said the demand was more than supply for 3G, 4G auction scheduled to be held on April 23.
The petitioner said the targeted revenue was $1.3 billion which was far less than expected. He further said PTA was going to auction 3G and 4G licences together and getting far less price as compared to that obtained by Indian and Iraqi governments.
The petitioner claimed the auction was being held in violation of PPRA Rules. He requested the court to direct the government to stop illegal auction of 3G and 4G spectrum technology.
LHC TAKES NOTICE OF 3 RAPE INCIDENTS: The Lahore High Court’s complaint cell on Monday took notice of three rape incidents in the province and sought reports.
The cell directed the Okara and Chiniot district and sessions judges to probe the matters and submit detailed reports besides mentioning the steps taken by police along with their own comments within a week. A woman of Zia-ud-Din Colony, Deepalpur, was sleeping at her house when someone knocked at the door at about 10pm. As she opened the door, police constable Khalid forced his entry into the house and molested the woman at gunpoint. The accused also threatened the victim of dire consequences if she reported the incident to police.
Meanwhile, Dilshad and his two accomplices kidnapped a young girl and raped her near Jhang Road, Chiniot. In the third incident which occurred at Chak No 249/GB, accused Haroon molested a girl while his two accomplices stood guard outside the house.