Family pressurising Pashto singer to pardon brother who raped her minor daughters

01:55 PM | 1 May, 2019
Family pressurising Pashto singer to pardon brother who raped her minor daughters
PESHAWAR - A local court had on March 27 awarded death penalty and a fine of 0.6 million rupees to a rapist uncle of Pashto singer Nazia Iqbal’s daughters.

However, After two months, the singer is being pressured by her mother to pardon her brother for his crimes.

“My mother is begging me to spare my brother’s life for her sake,” the singer said in a video message.

Upon refusing her mother’s request initially, Nazia opened discussion over her brother’s fate on social media. While some hailed Nazia’s decision to remain steadfast, others hurled abuses at her for bringing a bad name to her family.

Rawalpindi Additional District and Sessions Judge Tahir Aslam announced the verdict against accused Iftikhar Ali, the real brother of Nazia after he was declared guilty of raping minor girls.

Nazia, reacting on the sentence, thanked the court in a video message. She said she felt satisfaction as she got justice.

Nazia had alleged last year in April that her two daughters were subjected to rape and sexual abuse by their maternal uncle for many months.

Following her complaints, police had arrested the prime suspect after registering a case against him.

Nazia Iqbal, a famous Pashto folk singer, who has produced great cultural hits, has accused her blood-brother of raping her two minor daughters. Nazia’s younger brother, Iftikhar, was called over by the ‘Za Liwanay’ singer to take care of her daughters, babysit them, because of her tough routine of recordings and gigs, including concerts and travelling.

Nazia’s husband too, an employee, used to be busy with his office work. Thus, Nazia had to resort to taking favours from her brother in babysitting her daughters, aged 12 and 8. Iftikhar had travelled all the way from Swat to Rawalpindi to put out the chore but conceded to his paedophilia. As per Nazia, on Wednesday morning, she woke up to one of her daughters crying.