Indian-origin woman missing in Pak ‘killed’

A Canadian woman of Indian-origin, distantly related to Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, was killed and her body dumped in a canal by a man who owed her money, Pakistani police investigating her disappearance since last August told a court here on Wednesday.

The police also said that they had written to Interpol to seek the arrest of the main accused in the case, who was a German of Pakistani-origin and had fled to Germany.

The case of Rajvindar Kaur Gill was taken up by Badal with CM of Pakistan's Punjab Shahbaz Sharif during his visit here last year, after her father sought his intervention.

City police chief Aslam Tareen disclosed details regarding Gill's case in the Lahore High Court, which had sought a detailed report on the matter in response to a petition filed by Rajvindar's father Sikandar Singh Gill. As Tareen informed the court about the murder of Gill, her father went into shock.

Tareen said police had arrested a suspect — Hafiz Shahzad Hussain — who had confessed that he killed Rajvindar along with his cousin Shahid Ghazanfar, a German Pakistani. The police are yet to trace Gill's body.

"I will not return (to Canada) unless the body of my daughter is recovered," Sikandar Gill said outside court with tears in his eyes. Justice Sardar Tariq Masood, who is hearing the case, adjourned proceedings till Monday and told Tareen to file the challan or chargesheet for the crime.

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