Three children register FIR against pedophile Sohail Ayaz


RAWALPINDI: Three children who were raped by Sohail Ayaz have come forward and registered cases against the accused after his arrest here on Tuesday.

The 46-year-old rapist was arrested after a woman filed a case against him for kidnapping her 13-year-old son, drugging him and then raping him for four days. According to the first information report [FIR] Sohail threatened the child of releasing videos of the crime if he told anyone about the incident.

Further, a case of child abduction was also made against the accused over an 11-year-old who had gone missing around three months ago.

According to the details, obscene videos and pictures were confiscated from the accused on his arrest, whereas the paedophile also confessed to filming the abuses performed on his most recent victim, whose report became the catalyst for the criminal’s arrest.

According to the Rawalpindi City Police Officer (CPO) Captain Faisal Rana, the accused has confessed to more than 30 counts of child sexual abuse in Pakistan, in addition to revealing about a network of delinquents involved in child rapes which they filmed, sold or streamed live on the dark web.

“One of his confessions is about raping a labourer’s daughter,” he said while stressing that more confessions were expected from the rapist who was remanded into police custody for five days on Wednesday.

Soon after his arrest, a senior police official Rai Mazhar had told a local news channel that Sohail was a chartered accountant by profession who was working on the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Governance and Policy Project as a consultant, drawing a salary of Rs300,000 and other benefits from the KP government since the past two years. “He used to spend most of his salary on the equipment used to record the live-streaming of rapes. We have sent his laptop and equipment to the forensic lab for tests,” he added.

The police official also revealed that the rapist also has a child of his own. “Sohail, who is the father of a girl from a failed marriage, has been living in Rawalpindi’s DHA Phase 8 area since his deportation from the UK,” he further added.

It may be mentioned here that Sohail Ayaz is a convicted paedophile who was deported from the UK in 2009 after serving jail sentences for kidnapping and raping children in addition to circulating videos of the abuse he subjected his victims to on the dark web.

The UK police had discovered that the rapist was wanted in Italy for being involved in a Romanian child pornography ring before coming to the UK where he volunteered at “Save the Children” foundation to continue targeting children in a similar manner.

Then aged 35, Sohail was arrested at the charity’s headquarters when thousands of child porn images were discovered at his home in Barking, east London. Some of the images depicted six-month-old babies and others showed youngsters being tied up or blindfolded.

‘One very disturbing and worrying aspect of this case is that you sought and obtained work at a well-known children’s charity. There is a concern that you did this work because it may have appeared to you that it would give you access to children’ the sentencing judge had said at the time of his conviction.

Further, Rawalpindi Police citing CPO Rana on Twitter, said that the police would register cases of child abuse on its behalf if the survivors’ parents were unable to do so due to societal pressure.

Rawat police have been instructed to present the suspect in court again on November 18.