Pashto singer Nazia Iqbal took to social media last week to shame her brother, Iftikhar Ali, after he was found guilty of raping her two daughters.
She said, “Truth has prevailed and justice has been served. Verdicts like the one about my brother serve a bigger purpose of keeping the future of young girls in our society bright and safe”.
Iftikhar Ali, the brother of Pashto singer Nazia Iqbal, was arrested in April last year over allegations he had assaulted two of his sister’s minor daughters.
A sessions court in Rawalpindi on last month sentenced Iftikhar Ali to death for subjecting his two minor nieces to abuse over the course of several months.
Sessions Judge Tahir Alam sentenced Ali to death and also imposed a fine of Rs0.6 million on him.
Police had said at the time that the convict, Iftikhar Ali who was then 19 years old, was reportedly caught red-handed by Nazia Iqbal while abusing her daughter at her residence in Bahria Town, Rawalpindi.
In her statement before the police, the singer had stated that she is mother of 4 children, 2 boys and 2 girls. Due to professional commitments, both she and her husband are mostly be away from home. For this reason she had called over her brother from Swat to look after the girls at their home in Rawalpindi.
Instead, he abused them and scare them into silence, he would show them scary movies, threatening to kill them if they told anyone, she maintained.
However, since the verdict came out, Nazia’s mother is said to be pressuring her into pardoning Iftikhar for his heinous crimes. “My mother is begging me to spare my brother’s life for her sake,” the singer said in a video message.
While efusing her mother’s request, She posted a video message on social media, “I did what every mother should do. At least now mothers, daughters and sisters will be careful about not just the people they meet and greet but also their immediate family members,” she further said in the video.
“I fought a long and tedious battle in the court and Allah blessed me with justice,” Nazia said. “I request others to stand up for their children and protect them from the beasts wandering around in our society.”