18th March 2021: According to a report by Baaghi TV, the anti-terrorism court has said that the verdict in the case registered against Abid Malhi and Shafqat Ali, the main accused in the motorway abuse, will be announced on March 20.
Anti-Terrorism Court Judge Arshad Hussain Bhatta heard the case in Camp Jail. Advocate Qasim Arain and Sher Gul Qureshi gave arguments in defence of the accused. The prosecution team gave arguments against the accused. The prosecution team argued that there is solid evidence against the accused. The prosecution also said in its arguments that accused Shafqat Ali had pleaded guilty before the magistrate. Accused Abid Malhi was identified by the victim before the magistrate.
The prosecution requested the court to punish the accused in accordance with the law in the light of the evidence. The defence counsel Qasim Arain argued that according to the CDR, the presence of accused Shafqat was not confirmed. The identification parade of Ali alias Bagga was conducted 22 days after his arrest.
Advocate Qasim Arain further argued that the statement of accused Shafqat under Section 164 of the Criminal Code was made with a delay of one month and 18 days. The accused Shafqat Ali was made to confess under duress. Accused Shafqat Ali was not given the right of fair trial to record his statement under section 164 of the Criminal Code. The investigating officer of the case was also present in the court while recording his confession.
It should be noted that a very tragic incident of the gang rape of a woman on the motorway took place in the Gujjarpura area of Lahore. Two men smashed a car window on the motorway and pulled the woman and her children out, then took them to nearby bushes and allegedly raped the woman in front of the children.
The woman who hailed from Gujranwala was on her way to Gujranwala from Lahore. She was waiting for her husband after stopping her car on the motorway due to running out of petrol. The woman first called a relative, who suggested she contact the Motorway Police Helpline.
On the Motorway Helpline, the woman received a reply that no one had been allotted the Gujratpura beat and no motorway police had arrived on the scene. Before the arrival of the relatives, two persons raped the woman. The accused also took Rs 100,000 in cash, gold jewellery and ATM cards from the woman.
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