LAHORE: A madrassah student in Lahore has been tortured to death by a qari (Quran teacher) on Sunday. The Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has taken notice of the incident and sought a report from the Capital City Police Officer (CCPO).
According to the FIR filed by the victim’s father Mohammad Shafiq at the Shadbagh police station, his 12 year old son Mohammad Jamil was studying the Quran at Madrassah Aziziya from Nazim-e-Ahla (Mohtmam) Qari Muhammad Jameel and an unknown teacher for at least four months.
Both the qari and teacher escaped before the police raided the madrassah. The madrassah has been sealed while a search operation is under way for the escapees.
The FIR further stated that, a few days ago, Jamil complained to his mother about severe abdominal pain, caused by the qari’s alleged torture, after which he was taken to four different private and government hospitals for treatment but eventually succumbed to the injuries, breathing his last late Sunday night.
The Shadbagh police station has registered a case against Qari Jameel and the unknown teacher, who reportedly belongs to Azad & Jammu Kashmir, under Section 302 vide FIR no 370/2012 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC).
Talking to The Express Tribune, The Shadbagh Station House Officer (SHO) said that the victim’s body has been taken into custody and shifted to a postmortem house for autopsy.
The victim’s father told The Express Tribune, reiterating, that his child died due to the severe torture of the qari as well negligence by doctors.
He has demanded for immediate arrest of the accused.