ISLAMABAD: Four young men were killed and two others wounded when Kashmala Tariq, a vehicle with the Federal Women’s Security Ombudsperson’s family on board, struck a car on Srinagar Highway late Monday night.
Police also lodged a lawsuit against the son of the ombudsperson, Azlan Khan, and the family’s driver has been arrested. However, her son secured parole until his arrest. Judge Mohammad Sohail, who issued him bail before detention for protective bonds of Rs50,000 before Feb 16, appeared before the court of Additional Sessions.
Kashmala Tariq said later at a press conference that her son was not driving the vehicle that struck the car. She said she was travelling with her husband in a truck that had been driven by their driver and crashed into the Mehran car.
Four youth travelling in a car were killed after Lexus in convoy of vehicles hit them
She said that her son was riding in another car driven by another driver and requested that the Safe City Project footage be released to show the innocence of her son.
“The accident was due to the negligence of the drivers of both vehicles, but my family’s trial was started by the media,” Ms Tariq said.
She said, “My son stayed till 12 midnight on the spot.”
She and her husband both sustained injuries and the latter was hospitalised, Ms Tariq said.
The police said the incident happened at the G-11 signal, where a speeding white Lexus from Golra Mor jumped into a red light and struck a Mehran car with five passengers. The Mehran was coming off the G-11 side of Srinagar Highway, they said.
The car bounced a few times on the highway after the crash and crossed over to the opposite lane and collided with a motorcycle and another truck.
Before coming to a halt a few hundred metres away from the location, the Lexus also struck a motorcyclist, the police said.
As one of the car riders was lying in front of his truck, the driver of the Lexus could not flee, the police said, adding that the Lexus was travelling along with a few other cars, including a black Fortuner, carrying government registration number plates.
The Lexus and the Fortuner were overwhelmed by citizens and forced their riders to disembark. Police were informed, but the family of the Ombudsperson fled in the Fortuner in the meantime.
Later, the car’s wounded passengers and a motorcyclist were transported to a hospital where the inmates of the vehicle were pronounced dead.
The police said that the dead were identified as Anis Ahmed, 22, Farooq Ahmed, 23, Hayder Ali, 22, and Malik Adil, 23.
A police investigation on the incident said that the Lexus had struck a red signal and that the incompetence of its driver cost the lives of the four people.
In response to a complaint lodged by Mujeebur Rehman, the injured rider of the Mehran, against the individual driving the Lexus, the police registered a case.
The FIR said Mujeebur Rehman, a security officer at a hospital in Mansehra, had come to Islamabad in the Mehran car with four other individuals to participate in an interview for a position in the Anti-Narcotics Force (ANF).
The FIR said the wounded claimant was able to listen to people naming Azlan, son of Ombudsman Kashamala Tariq, as the driver of the car.
On condition of anonymity, a senior police officer told Dawn that the police had arrested a man, a driver by profession and a family member, even though Ms. Tariq’s son was identified in the FIR.
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ASP Ramna circle Usman Munir told Dawn when contacted that Azlan’s driver, who admitted to having committed the crime in his statement, had been arrested. He reported that five other cars, including the official one, were transporting the Lexus on the highway in a motorcade.
The driver drove the Lexus, and Ms. Tariq’s husband, the owner of the Best Western Hotel, slept in the back seat. Azlan, the ASP added, was travelling in the official Fortuner.