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The suspect, Waqar, who has confessed to sexual assault. — YouTubeLAHORE: An confederate of the  foremost suspect within the Lahore-Sialkot  Motorway gang-rape case  confessed to the crime on Monday, Geo News reported citing sources. However, the important thing suspect Abid Ali stays at giant. The sources added that Shafqat, with whom key suspect Abid Ali used to commit crimes, confessed to gang-raping a girl when her automobile broke down on the Lahore-Sialkot motorway on September 9 even earlier than his DNA take a look at was carried out.An official DNA take a look at of Shafqat, a resident of Bahawalnagar, nevertheless, would nonetheless be carried out quickly, the sources mentioned, including that the pattern taken from him has already matched the one obtained from the rape survivor.No official conclusive DNA report has been issued but, the sources clarified.Other detained suspect denies involvementThe Lahore motorway gang-rape case has despatched shockwaves all through the complete nation and sparked main protests throughout Pakistan, with many demanding capital punishment for the perpetrators and a dialog on sexual abuse being taken up in mainstream debates.On the opposite hand, the prime suspect, Abid Ali, remained at giant, and police groups had been conducting raids at totally different places to seek for and arrest him.Waqarul Hassan, the opposite suspect the federal government of Punjab had recognized within the case, had surrendered himself on Sunday at Lahore’s Model Town police station. He had claimed that his brother-in-law was utilizing the cell phone that had wrongly implicated him within the crime, including that he was not concerned.It was Waqar who instructed police that the prime suspect, Abid, used to commit crimes together with a person named Shafqat.Police had earlier dispatched groups to Bahawalnagar and Sheikhupura to arrest Shafqat. Abid’s brother-in-law and different family members had additionally been arrested, they’d added.Police shared on Monday that additional investigations have advised that Waqarul Hasan could certainly not have been concerned, including {that a} closing choice on the matter shall be taken after they obtain the DNA report of the suspect.Chohan compares motorway case with Zainab’sPunjab Information Minister Fayyaz ul Hasan Chohan, when requested concerning the delay within the arrest of Abid Ali, in contrast the case to the 2018 rape and homicide of seven-year-old Zainab.“Even three years ago, when the Zainab rape case happened, it took three months to get hold of the culprits although the province had used all of its powers to get hold of the culprits,” reminded Chohan whereas chatting with Geo Pakistan.The minister mentioned Abid Ali had dedicated rape for the primary time in June 2013 and a primary info report (FIR) was lodged towards him however he was launched after a while throughout Shahbaz Sharif’s authorities. He additionally shared that the forensic report had additionally been finalised months after his launch.He recalled that police have carried out geofencing of the realm and have been working day and night time with 28 groups on the case. He additionally shared that the regulation enforcement company was in a position to determine Abid Ali “within 72 hours”.“Yesterday, Waqarul Hassan surrendered after the police closely tracked him down. The police should be given credit where it is due,” mentioned Chohan.Talking about legal guidelines relating to safety of ladies and kids, the minister mentioned that there have been loads of legal guidelines for the security of ladies and kids “but they are never implemented”.“This is my personal opinion, not the government’s stance, but I think the rapists should be punished publicly after fulfilling all legal terms,” said the minister. He added if this does not happen then a speedy investigation and prosecution should be done.Parents’ appeal to authoritiesMeanwhile, speaking to Geo News, Waqar’s mother said that her son is innocent and that he decided to surrender himself after he got to know of the incident.”If my son had completed one thing flawed, he would not have surrendered himself,” she said. The suspect’s mother appealed to Chief Minister Usman Buzdar to ensure justice is served in Waqar’s case.”My son is a pious and non secular particular person, his life needs to be spared,” she said, adding: “He runs a motorbike repairing store in Qilla Sattar Shah.””If my son was a offender, why would he current himself [to the law enforcement agencies],” she asked.The mother said that she has four daughters and two sons and one of her sons was ill.Meanwhile, Waqar’s father said that his son is not a “thief” and “works at a store”.He said Waqar is “harmless” and appealed to the authorities to release him.Rs2.5 million rewardOn Saturday, Chief Minister Punjab Usman Buzdar had announced a reward of Rs2.5 million for each of the suspects if information leading to their arrest is shared. He said that the identity of those bringing forward any information will be kept confidential.”We labored day and night time and launched a probe utilizing scientific methods. I personally monitored the progress and directed the completion of the probe expediently,” Buzdar had said.According to the chief minister, seven cases — including two gang-rape cases — were registered against Abid, while two robbery cases were filed against Waqar who was reportedly released 14 days earlier on bail.Buzdar said that the culprits will be given exemplary punishment for the heinous crime.While briefing the media about how the police identified the suspects, Inspector General of Police Inam Ghani had said, “Geo-fencing of the complete space was carried out, information was taken from the Election Commission of Pakistan, fingerprints had been taken from the positioning, and DNA checks had been carried out”.IGP Ghani said that after the police went through the records they had gathered they got to know that Abid Ali had four SIMs registered in his name that he used on several occasions. All of the SIMs, however, were currently non-functional.”Ultimately, we tracked down one other quantity — that was not registered to his title — and it proved our suspicions proper. Through this quantity, we had been in a position to reach his companion as properly,” he said.The Punjab police chief added: “We are 95% positive that [the person we have tracked down] is his companion as his telephone indicators had been traced to the placement of the crime [at the time of the incident].”The incidentOn Wednesday night, it was reported that two robbers had allegedly gang-raped a mother of two on the Lahore-Sialkot motorway in an area falling within Gujjarpura police’s jurisdiction.The woman, along with her children, was driving to Gujranwala when she was forced to stop at the Gujjarpura section of the motorway after running out of fuel, at around 1:30am.She immediately called a relative and sent him her location. He asked her to also dial the Motorway Police helpline 130 from which she reportedly received no response.In the meantime, two robbers reportedly approached the car, broke the window, and took the woman and her children to nearby bushes where they allegedly raped her in front of the children.They also allegedly snatched her purse carrying Rs100,000 in cash, one bracelet, car registration papers, and three ATM cards.

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