Shazia not tortured to death: Medical experts: (The Nation Report)
03 Feb 2010
LAHORE: February 2, 2010. Medical experts and police investigators believe 13-year-old Shazia was not tortured to death, as she has been suffering from mysterious skin diseases and was also mentally ill to some extent, thanks to the media for making
Sources close to the investigators revealed the victim family is blackmailing the accused to mint money after her mysterious killing appeared as breaking news on local TV channels. Not enough, several NGOs and those working for minorities’ rights jumped into bandwagon for publicity, as they never miss any opportunity to get cheep popularity, no matter such attempts tarnish country’s image abroad.
“Let me tell you frankly, the allegations of torture in Shazia case are totally baseless and concocted. The poor parents are playing into the hands of NGO mafia to seek financial help from the top government hierarchy. This is a planned game to mint money,” a top police officer told this scribe seeking anonymity. However, he said, child labour is a menace and everybody should condemn it.
The sources said NGO workers and the victim family are forcing the investigation police to get undue favour in Shahzia’s death case.
The victim family has managed to collect more than Rs 1 million from the governments after the local media overplayed the death case, terming the mysterious killing as a murder even before the autopsy report, the sources further said.
Insiders revealed Shahzia’s parents, who had left their daughter at the residence of Chaudhry Naeem Advocate for few hundred rupees, staged protest drama after the NGO mafia convinced them they could get millions of rupees by exploiting her death.
Defense Police Station Incharge Investigation Asghar disclosed, ‘apparently it seemed some vested interests are exploiting the case to defame the country and to prove as minorities are not safe in Pakistan.” He disclosed three SPs, one ASP, one DSP and one an Inspector were handling this case. “The family is demanding the police to act according to their will but we cannot act beyond the rules and regulation,” he added.
Asghar said half of the case had been solved and further investigations were underway.