Race Course police registered two FIRs within a span of 15 minutes on Friday for the abduction and possible murder of Sapna Khan – one against her former husband , former chief minister Sardar Dost Mohammad Khosa, and the other against Missal Khan, a man who claims to be her father –.
Sapna Khan has been missing since June 2011.
Missal Khan, the man who claims to be Sapna’s father had filed an application for registration of an FIR against Dost Muhammad Khosa – former chief minister – on November 22, 2011. Khosa had filed an application for registration of an FIR against Missal Khan on December 20, 2011. Both Khosa and Khan had then gone to court. Two separate courts directed the police to register FIRs.
The FIR against Missal Khan was registered at 7:30 am while that against Khosa was registered at 7:45 am Friday morning.
The Race Course Police registered the FIR against Khosa under Section 364 of Pakistan Penal Code (kidnapping in order to murder) while the FIR against Missal Khan has been registered under Sections 365 (kidnapping with intent, secretly and wrongfully, to confine person), 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducting delivery of property), 471 (using as genuine a forged document), and 468 (forgery for purpose of cheating) of the PPC.
According to Missal Khan, Khosa married his daughter Zeba Khan alias Sapna on June 2, 2010. Missal Khan has alleged that Khosa used to torture Sapna. He divorced her in 2011 but later invited her to his house in GOR-I in June 2011. Sapna, he says, never came home from that meeting. When he asked Khosa about Sapna, says Missal Khan, he was told that Khosa had sent her to Dubai. He claims that he was also threatened against asking about her again. A report was published shortly after that Khosa had killed Sapna after taking her to Dera Ghazi Khan. He has named Dost Khosa, and his friends Sajjad Ahmed, Shaheer Daood Butt, Muhammad Faheem Amjad, Rana Tanveer, Javed, Yasin and Shahid as suspects in his application.
Dost Muhammad Khosa, in his application for registration of FIR, claims that Sapna’s family – Missal Khan, Muhammad Ameen, Faisal Khan, and Hina Khan – had abducted her to blackmail him since he also had a daughter from Sapna.
He says that the suspects had forged Sapna’s birth certificate. He denies abducting or killing her on June 17, 2011 and states that she was seen alive by “many people” – in Lahore and Dubai – after that day. He says that Sapna could be recovered if an FIR is registered against Missal Khan and his accomplices.
Published in The Express Tribune, March 31st, 2012.