No sexual assault proven against Mufti Aziz, medical report says

LAHORE: The medical report of a Lahore cleric’s assault on a seminary student came back negative, confirming that no sexual assault was committed on the boy.

Sources said on Sunday that the medical report of a seminary student, Sabir Shah, and the accused Mufti Aziz-ur-Rehman could not prove that the cleric had sexually assaulted the boy. But police believed the report was negative due to the delay in the victim’s medical test, which could have destroyed the evidence.

PNI reported that the police added two additional sections: Section 295 and Section 298 to the case against Mufti Aziz. They said that these two sections were not releasable and added that the Punjab Forensic Science Agency report had been handed over to the police.

Deputy Inspector General of Investigations Shariq Jamal said police would complete the defendant’s challan based on video evidence.

A case was filed against a seminary teacher Mufti Aziz on June 17 on his student Sabir Shah’s complaint of sexually assaulting him under Sections 377 and 506. The student provided the video of the assault to the police in support of his complaint.

The police sent the accused Mufti to jail after completing his pre-trial detention.

On June 21, a northern Cantt court in Lahore granted CIA police four days physical pretrial detention against the accused Mufti Aziz. The court also ordered a DNA test and medical examination of the accused Mufti Aziz.

Police arrested Mufti Aziz of Mianwali. They also arrested his two sons from Lahore and Lakki Marwat.

The 70-year-old religious cleric and deputy of Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam Ameer in Lahore is now in police custody.

Lahore Police said Mufti’s student Sabir filed an FIR at North Cantt Police Station in which he claimed his teacher blackmailed him after he failed one of his exams and demanded sexual favors in return. The video went viral on social media and was widely condemned by people demanding immediate action.

Tear-eyed Sabir in the video said his life was in danger as Mufti Aziz’s sons threatened to kill him for denouncing Mufti Aziz. The Jamiat Ulema-e-Islam-Fazl also suspended the membership of Mufti Aziz.