Five girls allegedly gang raped by border military police

Published: June 9, 2012

Accused policemen arrested, all present in police station suspended.

DG KHAN / MULTAN: Five girls were allegedly gang raped by border military police personnel near Fort Monroe in Dera Ghazi Khan (DG Khan), Express News reported on Saturday.

The girls, who were visiting Fort Munro, recorded their statements alleging that the policemen took them to a check post for “routine checking,” before raping them.

A case was registered against five people identified by the girls, but only three of the accused were arrested, whereas all policemen present in the police station were suspended.

Armed personnel of the tribal belt had surrounded the police station of the border military police in Fort Munro after the incident and restricted the criminals in the police station. They had not allowed the police to shift them to Dera Ghazi Khan for investigations.

The three arrested personnel were taken into custody by armed residents of the tribal area and subsequently spirited away to their homes. The border military police has since been in negotiations with the armed tribal residents to hand over the criminals, so that they can be presented in court tomorrow. A late night development included Basra leading a heavy contingent of police to negotiate with the tribesmen.

However, as per Express News correspondent Tariq Ismail, the armed tribesmen and the border military police had come to an agreement that the alleged criminals would not be prosecuted under law, instead they would be subject to the decision of a tribal jirga, as per their custom.

Border military police commandant Tariq Ali Basra vowed that strict action would be taken against those involved.

“We have suspended all 14 personnel who were present in the station,” said Basra. ”Three were suspended on the straightforward allegations on them whereas the rest were suspended for negligence.”

He further said that a preliminary inquiry had been completed upon which the FIR was lodged. To this, the tribesmen had objected, calling it a breach of their agreement.

“Now, there will be a legal investigation based on the FIR which will reveal the degree of involvement of each accused,” said the commandant. President Zardari had also taken note of the incident, and directed the provincial government to file a report to him immediately.

The girls, according to Basra, revealed little about themselves. “They did not give any address. They just said that they were from Lahore,” said Basra, stating that the girls were hesitating in giving any information about themselves.

“Even the man who was accompanying them was not related to them. He told me one of the girls was his friend since eight months and she and her friends came here sightseeing.”

Basra said that the accused did not have a history of offences and this was the first accusation against them.

Incharge maternity ward DHQ Dera Ghazi Khan, Dr Azra Saeed, has sent the DNA samples of all victims to a laboratory in Lahore for verification of the gang rape.

Women sent home

After the women were directed to be taken to Darul Aman, Asif Imran, who had hosted the girls, filed an application before the magistrate requesting that he should be allowed to take them home instead.

The magistrate asked the women where did they want to go? They subsequently consented to return with Imran to their homes.

They too will be presented before a court tomorrow.

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Reader Comments (28)

  • pagall
    Jun 9, 2012 - 2:13PM

    Border military police?
    Rangers?
    Police?
    Army?
    Levis?
    Khasadar?

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  • Anil
    Jun 9, 2012 - 2:27PM

    Shameful, A clarification Border Military Police comes under Ministry of Interior as Civil Armed Forces recruited from locals. No link to Pak Army. Before the liberals put this non Army

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  • vigilant
    Jun 9, 2012 - 2:30PM

    This is shameful….

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  • Mohhamd Ali Siddiqui
    Jun 9, 2012 - 2:58PM

    Security personnel performing duties at the border should be allowed to keep their wives with them at the borders to avoid repeated similar events.

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  • T
    Jun 9, 2012 - 2:59PM

    what will happen when someone who is suppose to protect you becomes your predator?

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  • Ordinary Villager
    Jun 9, 2012 - 3:02PM

    @Anil: Also the Border Military Police hire local people so it have nothing to do with one Dominant ethnicity of Pakistan as everyone knows who live in Dera Ghazi Khan.

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  • Moulvi Nawaz Shareef
    Jun 9, 2012 - 3:05PM

    Good job @ Anil…..there are so many intellectuals with so little knowledge on these pages!!!

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  • Anil
    Jun 9, 2012 - 3:07PM

    @pagall:
    Crime has no nationality or profession, would it make any difference if they were from ony of those forces?

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  • Sharjeel Jawaid, Karachi, Pakistan
    Jun 9, 2012 - 3:25PM

    COAS, for your kind attention please!

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  • A J Khan
    Jun 9, 2012 - 3:39PM

    Punjab Border Military Police is a misnomer. It has nothing to do with military, but is part of Punjab Police.Recommend

  • John
    Jun 9, 2012 - 3:44PM

    Shameful act which should be condemned with punitive action against the culprits.

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  • Umair
    Jun 9, 2012 - 3:53PM

    This is sad to know… but dont take me wrong when I utter the following:

    These girls aren’t exactly a normal case are they? Only one man accompanying them, that too isn’t someone who knows them personally / related to them. Something seems fishy…

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  • Knotty
    Jun 9, 2012 - 3:57PM

    So sad!
    .
    Its a mindset in our society that a group of girls without Husband/Father/Brother are a fair game!

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  • Truth
    Jun 9, 2012 - 4:31PM

    Shameful act!

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  • Faesal
    Jun 9, 2012 - 4:41PM

    Everyone seems to cut the part which says ALLEGED. and Good Job @Anil before some trolling kids came out of closet and start blaming it on entire Pakistan Army and ISI and Pakistan Navy and Missiles

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  • Anonymous
    Jun 9, 2012 - 5:50PM

    Border military in the middle of Pakistan. Hmmm?

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  • Ammar
    Jun 9, 2012 - 6:24PM

    I doubt this ever happened. May be there is story behind this incident. Five girls from LHR going for site seeing in DG khan ? you got to be kidding me.

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  • Moulvi Nawaz Shareef
    Jun 9, 2012 - 7:06PM

    @ Sharjeel Javed…….I was talking about people like you…but you have gone farther then that :)

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  • pagall
    Jun 9, 2012 - 7:14PM

    @ Anil
    I just wanted to clear.
    It’s very shameful

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  • Uzair Javaid
    Jun 9, 2012 - 8:42PM

    There is no such thing as border military police. DI khan has FC deployed there not BORDER military police which totally sounds absurd and yet another attempt by the legendary ET to malign Pakistan’s forces

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  • Aftab
    Jun 9, 2012 - 9:35PM

    This is what happens when law and order breaks down. Vote for Imran Khan to save this country

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  • sick of this nonsense
    Jun 9, 2012 - 10:24PM

    @Mohhamd Ali Siddiqui:
    So if they dont keep their wives with them they can go on gang raping women? great logic.

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  • Mirza
    Jun 10, 2012 - 12:17AM

    The protectors of people are the biggest predator. Wives or no wives, there is no logic in justifying rapes by our protectors. It is sick to see some are trying to spin the news instead of condemning it. It is major crime, plain and simple no ifs and buts.

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  • T Vance
    Jun 10, 2012 - 6:12AM

    Indian loiters on this page: This is no need to rejoice because it happens in Pakistan. Look into your own back yard and see what is going on there. In fact it is a daily happenning there.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_detailpage&v=wRcuFGYraLM

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  • B.Ally
    Jun 10, 2012 - 6:48AM

    Do not go sight seeing.

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  • Naeem
    Jun 10, 2012 - 7:23AM

    Its totaly illitracy Pakistan it is still in the eve of darkness that’s why no one can say I proud to be a Pakistani. Its totaly shame .:
    it is just of bad democracyRecommend

  • Jun 10, 2012 - 7:35AM

    strongemphasized text textIt is the game of Democrats.you would be better understand . And their will be no action by sitting at home and just comment on news page .
    think about a revolution.

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  • Abdullah
    Jun 10, 2012 - 8:30PM

    where is shabaz sharif

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