Identity crisis: The ‘spy’ who kidnapped and raped me

Published: September 15, 2011
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"He posed as a
magistrate, an ISI
official and a banker
and has swindled
millions of rupees.
We found he had four
separate CNIC cards,"
Inspector Jamshed Maqbool.

"He posed as a magistrate, an ISI official and a banker and has swindled millions of rupees. We found he had four separate CNIC cards," Inspector Jamshed Maqbool.

FAISALABAD: 

Local police claim to have arrested an impersonator allegedly involved in raping several young girls while posing as an Inter Services Intelligence (ISI) agent.

According to police officials, the accused Ameenabad resident Muhammad Arif had been claiming to be an ISI official. “The man stole cell phones, laptops and other valuables and has been charged with multiple counts of rape,” Civil Lines Police said.

Several police investigation teams who have interrogated the accused said he used to visit departmental stores and take away cash and other articles without meeting any resistance.

He would tell them “I am one of the leading investigators at the ISI and we have traced the phones of some militants who have been trying to contact you so we need to examine the technology,” a police inspector Jamshed Maqbool said.

“He posed as a magistrate, an ISI official and a banker and has swindled millions of rupees. We found he had four separate CNIC cards,” he added.

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The police said that the accused was arrested on the testimony of Rehana Shahid who was also dramatically kidnapped by the accused and remained in his custody for more than seven days. “Arif abducted me and my husband Ata Shahid on April 11. He introduced himself as an ISI official and said that he needed to question us”, she said. The accused asked Shahid to accompany him for interrogation but took him somewhere else. “Meanwhile, he took me to a hotel in Qilla Gujjar Singh and locked me there for 5 days. He raped me several times,” she told police. “He said that my husband was a terrorist and convinced me that he would save me and marry me once we were ‘safe’,” she told police.

“He began taking me with him whenever he was going to a store to get cell phones or other things. I would be tied in the car and he would drive the moment he got back. We were on the run for months,” she said. “I escaped when he was drunk five days ago. I climbed out of the hotel’s bathroom window,” she said. Rehana called one of her uncles, a police constable and told him about what had happened.

Qila Gujjar Singh Police arrived at the scene and arrested the accused. During interrogation the accused admitted to over 40 robbery incidents, posing as an ISI official and using several identities. The accused has been shifted to Faisalabad where he was also wanted in two registered cases in Madina Town and Civil Lines Police Stations. Muhammad Arif confessed to seven counts of rape.

“He admitted to abducting the girls and convincing them it was for their own security.

He raped them and then told them he would marry them all,” Inspector Javed said.  Police officials said that after Arif was arrested several women had come forward and filed rape charges against him.

“They feared to do so earlier because he claimed to be working for the ISI,” police said.

Arif confessed to being the accused in a rape case as far back as 2001.

The FIR registered on April 16, 2001 under Section 365-B involved a 24-year-old Christian woman who was abducted and raped for a period of four days in different cities by a person who identified himself as a serving Major in the Inter Service Intelligence (ISI) agency. Sherbano Naz, 24, was abducted on April 14 from her car.

“He was standing with a traffic police official and told me that a call had been received against me and I needed to be taken in for questioning,” she told police. “Then he raped me and warned that if I told anyone the ISI would ensure no one in my family survived,” she added. Her father Khursheed Alam lodged a police report on the same day. Sherbano was found on April 18, 2001 when he dropped her at Faisalabad Railway Station.

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“The police then sent the victim for medical examination in the local DHQ hospital where she was examined by a doctor and subsequently issued a certificate of medical examination which proved that she had been sexually assaulted” police officials said, adding “ but at the time the accused couldn’t be identified. Sherbano has now confirmed it was Arif and several other women have filed charges against him,” he added.

The police claimed that the accused is being interrogated and three police teams are working on verifying the allegations against him.

The names of the victims have been altered to protect their identities

Published in The Express Tribune, September 15th, 2011.

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Reader Comments (17)

  • tooba kazmi
    Sep 15, 2011 - 3:22AM

    was that criminal a human or not? he should be hang till death for such criminal acts

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  • Sameer Qadir
    Sep 15, 2011 - 3:32AM

    There are many lessons to be drawn from this article. Firstly, if found guilty, this man should be publically punished. Second, anybody posing as an ISI agent should be told to produce an identification. This should be made into a law and publically announced by the Government and the Chief of Army Staff so that nobody misuses the name of ISI, already in distress. Third, women should start keeping red chilli powder or black pepper and throw it at their rapists given the first opportunity. After that kick him repeatedly where it hurts the most. Fourth, a Shariat Police Station should be formed in every city and town where female lawyers should be given the charge. This should be a revolving post with no one woman staying for more than two years. The bar of each city, town should hold elections every two years to elect the head. And finally, swift justice should be provided , the major punishment being to be attached in front of a York and made to plough the fields with a policeman/woman walking side by side with a whip in hand. Such measures may kickstart justice at one of the weakest links our society shuns to talk about.

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  • daggardalla
    Sep 15, 2011 - 9:32AM

    @Sameer Qadir
    I agree with most of your points, but we dont need shariat police for enforcing law & order. Like in Saudi Arabia. These sharai police there act like mullah normally as witnessed in saudi arabia.We need to strengthen our police & law & enforced department. Educate the people & justice should be given to each & everyone. No need Shariat police for that. We dont need another zia ul haq’s action again.

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  • Amazed
    Sep 15, 2011 - 9:43AM

    Sameer, your geniuses are top-notch. A rare amalgamation of seriousness and absurdity. Keep coming up with such ingenuous ideas.

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  • Pakistan One
    Sep 15, 2011 - 10:06AM

    the ISI acting on court orders should give him exemplary punishment so that no one can do this again.

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  • Umayr Masud
    Sep 15, 2011 - 11:39AM

    The police said that the accused was arrested on the testimony of Rehana Shahid who was also dramatically kidnapped by the accused and remained in his custody for more than seven days.

    “He began taking me with him whenever he was going to a store to get cell phones or other things. I would be tied in the car and he would drive the moment he got back. We were on the run for months,”

    I think there is some error in the report.

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  • Sep 15, 2011 - 1:38PM

    It is an effort by RAW to malign ISI

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  • Sarah
    Sep 15, 2011 - 2:03PM

    Seriously ET that is such an insensitive headline for this. Who comes up with this stuff???

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  • Raheel
    Sep 15, 2011 - 3:06PM

    We need Shariat police Station in Pakistan for enforcing law & order like in Saudi Arabia.Recommend

  • abc
    Sep 15, 2011 - 3:27PM

    @ Sarah… They outsource headlines to 6th grade students.

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  • Khan
    Sep 15, 2011 - 3:54PM

    @Sameer Qadir:
    @Raheel:
    Are you for real? Why do people bring up Shariat in every thing ?
    My son doesn’t like eating potatos .. Bring shariat doctors.
    my car broke down bring shariat mechanic.
    Seriously, What does it has to do with that? When some one does a crime you should have a Law to punish him for the betterment of the society you live in.. Doesn’t matter what you call that law but it has to be respected and implemented in full spirit. We already have law .. There is a punishment for what ever he did .. I am no lawyer but he will be punished with multiple sections of PPC applied including sec 420 for impersonating and cheating people, Section 376 applies to rape cases which can award him 25 years behind the bars for each rape.
    Besides, you need to study PPC before commenting and asking for Shariat as our Law isn’t English but it already has Sharia’s Mohammedan law.

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  • MUNIB
    Sep 15, 2011 - 4:13PM

    @Raheel
    Thank you. We dont want to be Taliban state. We can follow Scandinavian countries and still be safe where freedom is available in plenty without the requirement to be in a “bori”

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  • Paki in Caribbean
    Sep 15, 2011 - 8:16PM

    People asking for Shariat police like in Saudi Arabia should know that in KSA if woman goes out alone even in Hijab, chances are that she will never come back and end up in Sheiks haram. Ask anyone of your friend or relative living in KSA with family they will confirm this how insecure women are in KSA if they are not Saudi. This is completely opposit to UAE where a girl can go out even late in the night and expect to return home safe. This is not told/heard things but personal experience.

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  • Grace
    Sep 15, 2011 - 8:36PM

    The real ISI deserve to punish this criminal. He reminds of a story of a so called police officer who raped a teenaged girl in Europe.

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  • Truth Prevails
    Sep 15, 2011 - 10:49PM

    @MUNIB:
    How do you like some guy killing 90 people and still be just enjoying his life by being declared as ‘Mentally Unfit’ … Here in Pakistan, the guy (Taliban) atleast ensures his own death while carrying out such massive killing …

    Summary: Taliban scarifies more than any scandinavian terrorist, so better live with them ,,

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  • Iftekhar
    Sep 16, 2011 - 3:46AM

    It is point to ponder how much fear of ISI is on people’s mind. And if one such fake one has raped and cheated so many persons then how country and political class is being and in past raped and cheated by real ones.

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  • Muhammad 1
    Sep 16, 2011 - 9:29AM

    No doubt it is a very sad and painful news.
    I will not go into the tpoic being discussed by my other fellow readers…

    My only question is that are we that dumb ???? i mean we watch TV, Movies in most of the Dramas and Movies we see such scenes and shall take lessons from it….how some one can take you with him or her by saying that i have to go him/her as they are from ISI ????? and then would ask to get naked……i mean seriously i think we need the common sense and it does not come solely from education..i know many females who are not well educated but they would never ever go with some unknown person like this….

    what makes me angery that why some of us unluckyly believe on such bolloks !

    i request you all just be very careful and always use the common sense, if something like this pops up…ask for the proper identification, proper documentation from Govt etc etc…

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