BY OUR CORRESPONDENT
GILGIT: A four grade student from district Diamer – whose conviction landed a police inspector behind bars – says the allegation dented his image and disrupted his education in his valley.
“Everyone in my school and valley look at me like I am a terrorist,” Zohaib Ahmad told reporters in Chilas, headquarter of Diamer valley, on Sunday.
“This has distracted me from education as I feel being bullied.”
Zohaib Ahamd, a seven years old boy, was booked under Anti-terrorism Act (ATA) by a police inspector Raji Rehmat last year in Darel valley for being involved in a shootout.
According to his relatives, Ahmad had received injuries on his arms as he was sitting on a wall and watching people vote in the area when the violence occurred, leaving many injured.
An advertisement published in local newspapers declared Ahmad an absconder who is escaping his arrest.
On Friday, when Ahmad along with his father Jehanzab Khan appeared in Anti-terrorism Court, justice Raja Shehbaz Khan censured the inspector and ordered Rahmat be arrested and Ahmad be set free. The inspector was handcuffed in the courtroom and taken away by police. Raja Shehbaz also directed IGP Zafar Iqbal Awan to initiate action against Rahmat under the departmental rules.
“I appeal high officials to look into this and ensure due punishment to those who have played with the future of kids,” said the minor who is now back in his valley, which is more than 200 kilometers from Gilgit.
The minor’s father Jehanzeb Khan is also shocked on how his son was portrayed in the case. “My son is a topper in his school and accusing him of such a heinous crime is shocking,” Khan said.
Jehanzab said the class fellows of Ahmad would tease him for the charges levelled against him by police. “His friends call him as ATA. But now I am hopeful things will be better in favour of my son after court’s decision.”
However he said he’ll appeal everyone in his valley to get education which is the sole panacea of all evils. ”I would encourage others in the valley to send their children to schools if they real want to compete with others in the fast changing world,” said Khan whose Diamer district is one of the most backward valleys in G-B. According to Alif Ailaan Pakistan District Education Rankings 2015, Diamer is ranked 95 out of 148 districts in terms of education and 127 in terms of infrastructure and facilities.