Islamabad, June 2: The death case of Shabana Akhtar, a 24 year old nurse found hanging from ceiling fan of her hostel room in Gilgit, has taken a dramatic turn with the arrest of a man named Nadeem Abbas, resident of Gilgit city’s Barmas ward.
Jarrar Hussin, a man arrested on suspicion on the basis of an unsent SMS found in the dead nurse’s cell phone, has been declared innocent and released after the police investigators found that all messages in Shabana’s cell phone had been prepared and saved by Nadeem Abbas, the man who had handed over Shabana’s cell phone to the police. Nadeem had told the police that he was in a “brotherly relationship” with Shabana and that she trusted him and shared her secrets with him.
According to Inspector Hafeez, the investigation officer, Nadeem Abbas had given Shabana’s cell phone to the police, saying that she had kept the phone with him (Nadeem) because people were threatening and harassing her. The police believed Nadeem’s version of the story and arrested Jarrar Hussain and two more people on suspicion.
Later investigations revealed that the entire plot may have been set by Nadeem to divert the investigators’ attention from the real crime. In light of the new scenario, the police has started investigating the case from a different angle.
Every year tens of girls are killed and their death termed “suicide” by families across Pakistan. The revelations of Shabana Akhtar’s death case shall serve as an eye-opener for the nay-sayers who refuse to believe that such crimes against humanity are taking place in Gilgit – Baltistan.