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Ex-minister gets transit bail in dancer murder case

MANSEHRA: Former provincial minister Ibrar Hussain alias Iqbal has obtained transit bail from a Peshawar court after being booked for killing a woman dancer here.

The accused`s lawyer, Babar Khan Yusufzai, told reporters on Monday that Ibrar Hussain appeared before additional session judge Naveedullah and pleaded not guilty to the murder and other charges and therefore, the court granted him a transit bail.

He said his client would appear before the relevant Mansehra court on August 17.Meanwhile, Mr Hussain released a video message on social media and claimed that the police had booked him on false charges.

`I declare that I am innocent and didn`t kill the woman [dancer],` he said while holding a copy of the Holy Quran in his hands.

The Mansehra police had registered an FIR against Mr Hussain and four others, including a woman, on the charge that the former minister killed Kiran after she stopped him from groping her during a dance performance in Thakara area here on August 12. Mr Hussain allegedly along with his friends left the body near the dancer`s Noguazi house in a car.

The police have already arrested Mohammad Jamshad and a woman, who engaged Kiran for the dance performance, while search for the other accused, including the former minister, Raheel Tanoli and Mian Amir, is under way.

The dancer belonged to Azad Jammu and Kashmir and lived in a rented house in Chiria Dee Takee area.

Her body was taken away by her brother.

MAN, DAUGHTER KILLED: A man and his minor daughter were killed in Oghi tehsil here on Sunday night.

SHO of the Oghi police station Gul Nawaztold reporters on Monday that Jule Khan of Kandia valley in Upper Kohistan district and his eightyear-old daughter were attacked by rivals when they`re asleep on the rooftop of their house in Harigah area.

He said gunshots left the two seriously injured who died on the way to a nearby hospital.

The SHO said Jule Khan had fled Kohistan in 2018 af ter killing a man.

He said the police had begun a search for suspected killers, including Mohammad Fareed,Mohammad Kareem, Mohammad Rasheed, Chubo Khan, Jami Baral and Nehmatullah.

Meanwhile, Oghi tehsil president of the Jammat-i-Islami`s Youth Wing Riaz Osama demanded of the government to establish a degree college for girls in the area.

He told reporters that most of girl students quit education after matriculation as there was a shortage of seats in the girls` college, so a degree college should be set up for them besides the upgradation of high schools.-Correspondent