Pakistan

PESHAWAR – Doctors confirmed sexual assault and torture on four-year-old Asma who was strangled and murdered by unidentified persons in the Jandarpar Gujjar Garhi area of Mardan.

Wounds were found on different parts of Asma’s body when she was found four days ago from the fields.

The four-year-old had gone missing while playing outside her house. She was laid to rest on Sunday.

Two other girls were previously murdered in Mardan after sexual assault. One of them was six-year-old Shab Noor (daughter of Latif Khan, murdered in Lund Khwar on August 22, 2016) and the other was a nine-year-old raped and murdered by three unidentified youngsters in Shergarh.

Mardan Nazim Himayatullah Mayar said rape and murder of the little girl wasn’t the first in Mardan, adding that the PTI government and Imran Khan were acting as silent spectators. Mayar said that Imran Khan protests against similar incidents in Punjab but remains silent when any such unfortunate incident occurs in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa. Announcing to stage a protest today, he said the police were withholding the autopsy report in which it was clearly stated that the child was raped before being murdered.

PML-N leader and Prime Minister’s adviser Amir Muqam condemned Asma’s cold-blooded murder and saw this as an opportunity to point out that this incident had exposed the performance of the so-called reformed police of PTI Chairman Imran Khan.

He said, “Imran’s scale justice changes with the change in province. His conscience only awake when something happens in Punjab but it sleeps when an incident occurs in KPK.”

Asma’s family says they have no enmity without anyone either in the village or outside it.

A committee has also been formed to investigate this matter, which includes some of Asma’s family members and civil society representatives.

Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif has also taken notice of the incident and also expressed his grief and said Asma was the daughter of the nation. “We will make all-out efforts to nab the perpetrators of the killing.” He also asked whether those protesting in Lahore could come to support to Asma’s rape and murder.