PESHAWAR: Special Assistant to Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting Firdous Ashiq Awan has confirmed on Monday that Farishta’s murderer has been arrested by the Islamabad police.

Awan appreciated the Islamabad capital police for arresting the accused involved in such a heinous crime against children.

The special assistant said on social media the man behind such a heinous crime is now under the custody of Islamabad Police due to the dedication and professionalism of the police force to handle the case. Police have also made a similar claim on June 22 claiming that the accused is also involved in sexual abuse of 11 other girls.

Firdous Ashiq Awan expressed the hope that police will continue serving the people in the same manner so that the people’s trust in the police force remains intact. The special assistant added that only exemplary punishment to the accused could stop the happening of such crimes in future.

She claimed that the present government is making efforts to make all the institutions stronger and treat people equal as per the laws of the land.

On June 22, the Islamabad Police has claimed to arrest the main accused in the case of sexual abuse and murder of a 10-year-old girl from Mohmand tribal district, Farishta Mohmand. Police claimed that the arrested person lives in Shahzad Town, Islamabad, and he is also involved in sexual abuse of 11 other girls. The accused, Nisar Ali, is a neighbour of the deceased girl and was pinpointed to police by her mother.

On May 15, the father of Farishta approached the police for filing a case that she has gone missing. However, police took four days to register the case and on May 20, the mutilated body of Farishta was found in a forest in Shahzad Town.

Upon several protests staged by the family members of the deceased girl, area people and civil society, a judicial inquiry was held into the incident and action was taken against negligent police officials.