Two Adiala Jail officials suspended over ‘attempted rape’

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Rawalpindi, PAKISTAN: Mohammad Saeed, the cousin of British national Mirza Tahir Hussain, waits outside Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi, 19 October 2006, after coming to pay a visit to Hussain. Pakistan has delayed the hanging of Hussain by two months from its scheduled date of 01 November, when Prince Charles was due to visit the country. Officials at Adiala Jail in Rawalpindi told AFP they had received a letter from President Pervez Musharraf's office ordering a two-month stay of execution for Hussain. Dual British-Pakistani national Hussain was 18 when he was arrested for killing a taxi driver shortly after arriving in Pakistan to visit relatives in 1988. AFP PHOTO/Aamir QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

The Adiala Jail’s Assistant Superintendent (AS) along with a warder were suspended over sexually harassing a fellow officer on Sunday, a private media outlet reported.

AS Moazzam Ali and Warder Bilal allegedly attempted to rape another warder, identified as Safdar. In view of the incident, the Adiala Prison IG ordered the suspension of the two officers for a three-month period.

According to jail authorities, the culprits attempted to sexually harass Safdar.

The jail’s SSP carried out a probe into the matter after which the incident was brought into the notice of the IG Jail.

Not only have the two been suspended but DIG Jail Naveed Rauf has been made the inquiry officer to further investigate the matter.

Sexual harassment is a pervasive issue in the country as back on August 13, an anti-terrorist court awarded 70 years imprisonment and 47-year-jail term to two accused involved in abducting and sexually assaulting a girl in Multan.

The accused also kidnapped a 12-year-old schoolgirl and fled the scene.

The culprits sexually assaulted the girl and threw her at an isolated place after committing the offence.