ISLAMABAD: Mystery prevails about the whereabouts of Kashmala Tariq, the driver of the Federal Ombudsperson for Protection against Women’s Abuse at Work.
The driver was in police custody, according to reports, although the police dispute that he was detained in connection with the Islamabad fatal traffic accident.
When a Lexus crashed into a Mehran car and a motorcycle on Srinagar Highway on Monday night, four individuals were killed and two others wounded.
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The sources said he was still in police custody, but there was no need to officially arrest the driver.
However, when approached, SP Amjad Buttar, director of communications for the Capital Police, denied that he had been detained.
“The driver was neither arrested nor held in police custody; he could not be arrested by the police as he was not nominated in the case,” said SP Buttar.
After the crash, the police arrested him, but he was later released on a personal promise that when questioned, he would testify before prosecutors, SP Buttar said, adding that he was still a witness to the accident.
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Police sources told Dawn that Ms. Tariq and her husband had told authorities that when they hit the vehicle, their driver was behind the wheel of the Lexus.
They also asked the investigators to check their claims, adding that the son was riding another vehicle carrying an official number plate. On the other hand, the son of Kashmala Tariq, who is nominated in the investigation, appeared before the police and reported his statement. SP Buttar verified that the son of Ms Tariq had appeared and recorded his statement before the investigators.