PESHAWAR: Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Inspector-General of Police Salahuddin Mehsud confirmed on Wednesday that the minor girl found dead in Mardan’s Gujar Garhi area was strangled to death, but added that the post-mortem report points towards sexual assault.
“Looks like the culprit’s intention was to sexually assault [the minor],” he told media here while detailing the incident.
The minor’s post-mortem also shows signs of torture, the IG said.
Four-year-old Aasma went missing on January 13 from the Gujjar Garhi area and was found the next day at 3pm after efforts by the police and the family, Mehsud said.
The body was reportedly found in sugarcane fields.
Police joined the search after being informed of the incident at 9pm on January 13, the IG said.
Mardan RPO and DPO subsequently visited Aasma’s family on January 14 to record details about the incident, and an FIR was registered after Aasma’s body was found.
The IG said that an investigation team, headed by DPO Mardan, was formed to probe the case, and help from the counter-terrorism department was also utilised.
IG Mehsud commenting on the progress in the case said that a daily report is being prepared in the case.-Web Desk