Lahore-Sialkot motorway gang-rape accused Shafqat, who has confessed to his role in the horrific incident along with absconding co-accused Abid, has made shocking revelations regarding the incident such as how did they force the survivor to follow them into the bushes off the main road.
According to reports, the accused, while detailing the entire episode, said that key suspect Abid called him and one Bala Mistri to reach Lahore for some criminal activity.
“All three of us left to commit a robbery but Bala ditched us on the way.”
Confessing to the robbery and rape, Shafqat told investigators that they were intoxicated at the time of the incident and initially had planned to only commit a robbery.
“Abid smashed the windows and injured his hand in the process,” he said, adding that after looting the victim they decided to sexually assault her.
“We decided to bring her off-road and after stiff resistance, took away her children to the nearby bushes so she would follow.”
“As expected, the woman followed us off the main road where we raped her,” Shafqat said and added that they have committed various crimes at the same spot.
According to his statement to the police, he further said that they spent the next day in the Qila Sattar Shah area of Sheikhupura district. “Then I went to Dipalpur while Abid went to meet his father in Manga Mandi.”
“We last spoke to each other three days ago,” he confessed.
Since it was not their first such criminal activity, Shafqat told the investigators during the probe that they also tried to sexually assault a woman during a robbery in Sheikhupura, however, the attempt was foiled after police reached the site of the incident.