Lahore: A Pakistani court Monday disposed of a petition asking it to direct authorities to trace missing Canadian national Rajvindar Singh Gill after a senior official assured the judge that police had filed a case and were conducting an investigation into the matter.
The DSP (Organised Crime) of Punjab province told Justice Sardar Tariq Masood of the Lahore High Court that a case had been registered at Sarwar Road police station in Lahore regarding the kidnapping of Gill, who was reported missing in August last year, and is now beleived to be dead.
The police official also submitted a report to the judge, who was hearing a petition filed by Sikandar Singh Gill, the father of the missing woman.
At the last hearing on January 2, Lahore Police chief Aslam Tareen had told the judge that police believed Rajvindar was killed soon after she arrived in Lahore.
He had said that police had arrested a suspect in connection with the murder.
During today`s hearing, the DSP told the judge that a man named Hafiz Shahzad Hussain had been arrested and Rajvindar`s laptop was found in his possession.
The laptop had been identified by Rajvindar`s father, he said.
Sikandar Singh Gill`s counsel told the court that his client would be satisfied if the judge directed the police to fairly investigate the matter after collecting details of Rajvindar`s bank accounts and mobile phone data.
The judge then disposed off the petition after directing the police to investigate the case properly.
Gill said in his petition that his daughter had travelled to Pakistan on August 25 last year to attend an exhibition of diamonds in Lahore. She had gone missing soon after, he said.
In a related development, a lower court remanded Hafiz Shahzad Hussain, allegedly involved in kidnapping and murdering Rajvindar, to police custody for five days.
The court directed police to produce him again on January 12.
Hussain told media that he and his cousin, Shahid Ghazanfar, received Rajvindar at the Lahore airport.
He said they had later killed her and dumped her body in Khanpur Canal. Police officials have said that Ghazanfar, a German national, had fled to Germany.
Efforts are being made to arrest him through the Federal Investigation Agency, they said.
Sikandar Singh Gill is a distant relative of Sukhbir Singh Badal, the Deputy Chief Minister of Punjab.
He had sought Badal`s help find his daughter and Badal had taken up the issue with Shahbaz Sharif, the Chief Minister of Pakistani Punjab, when he visited Lahore last year.