As the public continues to express outrage against the authorities for not taking action against the attackers of Uzma Khan and her sister Huma Khan, a local court in Lahore has issued arrest warrants for those involved, including Malik Riaz’s daughters, in attacking the actor.
According to reports, a judicial magistrate in Lahore on Friday issued arrest warrants for three women – Amber Malik, Pashmina Malik and Aamna Usman Malik – who barged into Uzma’s house and attacked and assaulted her and her sister. Uzma had nominated these three women along with 15 unidentified men, who were the ladies’ private guards, in her first information report (FIR). The FIR was registered on Wednesday after Uzma lodged a complaint. The women were charged with offences of trespassing, vandalism and criminal intimidation in the FIR.
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The warrants were issued after Defence C police filed an application in the Cantt Kacheri seeking arrest warrants of the three women, as all three of them have purportedly gone missing and are not responding to the police.
The judicial magistrate, in his order, noted that the investigating officer had sought the warrants on the grounds that the suspects “have intentionally concealed themselves and are avoiding” their arrest. He added that the investigation officer made efforts to apprehend the suspects but they “could not be arrested”.
Uzma and her counsel Hassaan Khan Niazi have repeatedly been urging the police to make arrests and apprehend the criminals.
Uzma recounts the horror of the night in an interview
Meanwhile, in a recent interview, Uzma clarified the facts of the incident and her relationship with Usman Malik. Uzma revealed that she was in a relationship with Usman for two years with the promise of marriage. She said that Usman never discussed his marriage with Aamna with her and she never asked. She said that he promised that he would tell his family about her and stop working for Bahria Town in order to settle down with her. Uzma also shared that she broke up with him and changed houses because he was not making a commitment but he managed to win her back. However, Usman never fulfilled his promises.
Instead, Uzma ended up facing Usman’s family, who not only abused and attacked her physically and verbally but also asked their guards to sexually assault her and her sister. They also held the sisters at gunpoint and ordered them to confess and apologise to them. Videos of the entire incident, which according to Uzma were made by Pashmina and the women’s maid, have been widely circulated on social media. The videos, which are graphic in nature, show the women slapping Uzma and her sister, threatening them as well as glimpses of shattered glass and damaged articles in the house.
Uzma shared that for two days after the incident, she was unable to move or do anything as she was in shock.
Uzma’s counsel, Hassaan, has alleged that the videos were cropped and edited by one of Lahore’s leading PR agents Aamir Mazhar before they were released to media outlets by him.
Aamir Mazhar files defamation case against Uzma Khan, Hassaan Niazi
Meanwhile, Mazhar has denied all the allegations and has sent a legal notice to Uzma and Hassaan for defamation and causing professional and personal damage.
“The matter of Uzma Khan which is trending on social media is a private matter between the parties,” read the notice. “It clearly shows personal jealousy with our client. Law should be kept in mind while solving personal matters instead of involving innocent people. This is only done to damage our client’s reputation with cruel intentions.”
Mazhar has demanded a public apology and Rs 50 million in damages, adding that he promises to deposit this sum in Edhi Foundation “for the welfare of the real orphan children of Pakistan.”
Will Uzma compromise?
“I will fight this case till I am alive,” says Uzma. “Jitni baiziti honi thi, hogayi. Money is not going to bring back my respect or honour. If I had to settle the matter and take money, I would have done that two days ago.”
Breaking down, the actor remarked that instead of apologising for their actions, the women continue to hurl accusations her way and malign her in any way they can. Uzma said that had they apologised for their actions, she might not even have registered an FIR against them.
Uzma further said that she has been receiving death threats as well and has appealed to Prime Minister Imran Khan and Minister for Human Rights Shireen Mazari to help her. The actor, in a video message, also shut down rumours that she had fled the country and said that she is very much here in Lahore.