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Islamabad

November 3, 2010

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Mystery of boy’s murder still unresolved

Mystery of boy’s murder still unresolved
Rawalpindi
Police are still clueless to solve the mystery of murder of an eight-year-old boy, Hamza Tariq, even after the lapse of five days.
A top police official pleading anonymity, however, disclosed to ‘The News’ on Tuesday that concerned police officials were trying to prove that the murdered child did not have any money with him when kidnapped so as to prove that the incident is not covered under the terrorist act.
“Concerned police officials were doing this to lessen the severity of the crime as murder for money was a heinous crime and that was the sole reason to prolonging the case,” he said.
Mother of the child, Saba Tariq, talking to this scribe said whosoever had committed the crime was not a human being. “Hamza was an innocent child. What wrong he has done to anyone that he was given such a brutal treatment,” she asked while sobbing. She also expressed dissatisfaction over police investigations, saying they were just giving them consolations and doing nothing concrete to arrest the killers of her child.
She appealed to Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif and Chief Justice of Pakistan Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry to take note of the tragic incident and order the police high-ups to arrest the killers of her innocent child as soon as possible.
Hamza was kidnapped late last Thursday night from Glass Factory Chowk by unidentified persons where he was helping out his father Tariq Mahmood, who runs a barbeque shop along a road near his house.
The minor, a student of class three, was later found dead in the morning in a nearby playground. Mahmood, when contacted by this scribe said, his son had around Rs2,000 in cash with him, the earning of the whole day when he disappeared.
“My son might have been kidnapped for the sake of money and later killed by culprits out of fear of being recognised,” he said. When asked about police investigations, he expressed his reservations, saying that “it seems as if the police will also close this case after some time like many others. They are giving us just consolations and doing nothing substantial.”
Mahmood pointed out that police had done nothing concrete even after the lapse of five days and had set all those free who were held on suspicion in connection with the murder. “Police told us that arrested men were proved innocent during the investigations, therefore, they have released them,” he added.
When asked about the medical report, he said a final medical report was yet to be received from the hospital. He lamented that the family was still not aware of exact cause of death of their child.
City Police Officer Fakhar Sultan, when asked to elaborate the progress in investigations going on in the case, said that SP (Rawal Town) was assigned to complete the investigations at the earliest. He, however, assured this scribe to bring the culprits to book as soon as possible. “We are aware of the family’s agony and I assure them to arrest the culprits within a short span of time,” he added.
However, when SP Rawal Town Zarat Kayani, was contacted to know the progress so far achieved by police in this case, hanged up the phone after saying, “We are doing our utmost in this case.”
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