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Special Branch zooms in on pirs.

LAHORE, June 1 -- Punjab Police Special Branch has forwarded a report to the authorities concerned in which they have recommended that an operation be launched against pirs, sources told Daily Times on Monday.

According to sources, Punjab Police high ups have decided to launch a major crackdown against black magicians and pirs in the provincial metropolis and its adjacent cities.

"The decision was taken by the high ups after receiving several applications and the registration of cases against black magicians and pirs," the sources said.

In one such case, Lower Mall police arrested a pir, Baba Fawad Rashid, after a case was registered against him on the complaint of Ajab Khan. In his complaint, Ajab had alleged that the pir was looting large sums of money from him.

Separately, Baghbanpura Police arrested pir Muhammad Tufail a few weeks back, who had allegedly kidnapped a young girl Sana Nayab. Sara had visited the pir, at first with her family and then alone in accordance with the pir's directions, when she was kidnapped.

"Following such incidents and after receiving several similar complaints, the authorities decided to take stern action against such elements across the province. In this regard, the police department's intelligence wing was directed to collect data and the whereabouts of such people," the sources said.

Following the directions, the Special Branch high ups formed several teams for gathering details regarding such elements in Lahore and Kasur. The sources said that the teams completed their work in a couple of weeks and forwarded their report to the authorities concerned, with the recommendation that stern action and be taken against pirs.

A senior Special Branch officer, requesting anonymity, said there were increasing reports of people being duped by black magicians and pirs, who claim to be able to foresee the outcome of lotteries and arrange good marital matches for their clients' daughters and sons.

"These elements are involved in every type of evil and they are not only looting money, but also disturb people's marital lives," he said, adding that several such characters had been arrested in the past and at times had even been awarded the death penalty by the courts. Quoting an old incident, the officer said that on September 28, 2004, an Anti-Terrorist Court had sentenced two men to the death for raping and murdering a three-year-old girl.

In one gruesome case, pir Imdad Hussain and his disciple Hafiz Arshad are being tried for the murder of three children in Muridke.

According to the prosecution, Hussain had told his disciple that he needed the blood of three children to become a black magician. Arshad then allegedly murdered Tehmina Riaz, Ramzan and Tehsin at Daokay village.

A similarly gruesome murder shook Kasur in April 2004, when Hanif Masih, a black magician, reportedly told two clients, Muhammad Ramiz and Muhammad Aziz, to bring him the blood from the jugular vein of a seven-year-old girl who had been raped. The two clients, butchers by trade, would in exchange for the unthinkable act would be told the winning numbers of a prize bond draw that carried Rs 50 million in return. The two butchers and the black magician were arrested and are being tried for the rape and murder of seven-year-old Darakshan.

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