Cleric arrested in Islamabad for physically harassing 12-year-old foreigner

Aslam confessed to his crime, expressed shame over incident

News Desk January 31, 2018

Islamabad Police have arrested and registered a case against a cleric accused of behaving inappropriately towards a twelve-year-old foreigner, according to Express News.

The cleric, reportedly, physically harassed a twelve-year old Filipino child, and the parents of the victim filed a complaint against him with the local police officials.

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The accused was arrested from a hotel in the Khannapul area of the federal capital, and will be escorted to court for hearing under tight security.

"The boy belongs to the Philippines and our embassy in Pakistan has also asked us to come in and talk to them about the case," the father of the victim told the media.

Qari Aslam has confessed to his crime and expressed his shame over the incident, asking the family for forgiveness.

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Earlier, an elite force police official was arrested on charges of allegedly raping and blackmailing a 15-year-old boy in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa’s Haripur town.

The victim, S*, in his recorded statement with the local police, claimed that Shehzad, the alleged culprit, raped him on multiple occasions and also made a video of the act.

Shehzad serves as an official of the elite force and is posted at the Peshawar headquarters.

Local police said the accused has been arrested after a case was lodged against him.

There has been a surge in cases of child abuse cases highlighted in the media, with the most recent rape and murder of Zainab in Kasur on January 4, causing an outcry triggering mass protests nationwide.

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