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12-year-old maid’s body exhumed for medical examination

ABBOTTABAD: The body of 12-year old housemaid Misbah, who died at the residence of the brother of PTI leader and provincial minister Mushtaq Ghani, was exhumed on Thursday for medical examination. 

The grave of the teenage girl was dug up in the presence of a judicial magistrate and medical experts as well as heavy contingent of police personnel.

Misbah, who used to work at the house of Shoib Ghani, brother of the provincial minister, died on January 25 in mysterious circumstances.

A day earlier, a fact-finding committee constituted to probe the death of the teenage housemaid approached a magisterial court seeking permission to exhume her body for postmortem to ascertain the exact cause of her death.

Subsequently, Judicial Magistrate Aijazur Rehman allowed the request for exhumation of the girl’s body.

The probe into the death of Misbah was ordered after rumors of her death owing to physical torture began to circulate.

Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Wednesday took suo motu notice of the death of Misban and sought a report from IG Khyber Pakhtunkhwa police in this regard.

The fact-finding body said if the postmortem report established that the girl died of torture, then legal action would be taken against her employers.

It expressed displeasure that the body remained at a hospital for more than an hour and was examined by medical officers there, but they failed to establish the cause of her death.

The committee has recommended action against the doctors who examined Misbah over their negligence.

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