KARACHI: A district and sessions court deferred the four suspects indicted in a case concerning the death of Dr. Maha Shah, On Monday.
On August 18, 2020, 25-year-old Dr. Maha Shah died by suicide in her residence at DHA home.
The police detained four individuals Junaid Khan, Waqas, Irfan Qureshi, and others who were identified as her friends.
The suspects have been apprehended for allegedly luring the victim towards taking drugs, torturing, and blackmailing her until it led to her death.
There was also a petition filed for the accused’s DNA testing in the judicial magistrate’s court for Karachi’s South district, as the police suspected rape.
In April, a district court delayed the indictment of the four suspects. The south district and Sessions Judge Munawar Ali Lodhi declared the decision of the deferred indictment.
The accused culprits Waqas, Tabish, and Saad appeared in court on bail but the fourth suspect Junaid Khan was absent.
Consequently, the judge delayed their indictment in the case and urged the suspects to guarantee their appearance on April 24.
Currently, two accused Dr. Irfan and Tabish Yasin do not match with Dr. Maha Shah’s DNA and are considered innocent. The DNA samples of Junaid Khan and Waqas Rizvi have not been gathered still, so the charge of rape does not apply to them.
The investigation police (South) stated that Saad Siddiqui and Tabish had illegally given a pistol to Dr. Maha, which she used to take her own life. The police recorded testimonies of 39 witnesses during the whole investigation.
The investigating officer confirms that throughout the inquiry, no evidence was obtained concerning an assault on Dr. Shah by the alleged suspects regarding criminal intimidation and poisoning her to death.
The Investigating Officer said that Junaid Khan did have a friendship with Dr. Maha and he allegedly lured her into drug addiction, also the couple took trips to Dubai, as witnesses have seen them together with Waqas at gatherings.
In the end, Dr. Shah ended ties with Junaid and Waqas, but they started physically torturing her, blackmailing and slandering her in social circles. After this, Maha Shah committed suicide in her bathroom at her home.
She took a pistol from an old friend Tabish Yaseen, but it was under the name of Saad Nasir, who had allegedly illegally sold it to Tabish.