Rawalpindi - A team of Counter Terrorism Department (CTD) and officers of Pakistan Army quizzed the family members of Muhammad Ali, the suspected knife-wielding man who was detained by police from Kotha Kallan in connection with launching fatal attacks on girls and women, sources informed The Nation yesterday.

The CTD and army officials’ team summoned Raja Muhammad Ilyas, the grandfather, and Rashida Bibi, the aunt of suspect, at Police Station Morgah and obtained complete family history of the suspect Muhammad Ali, his father Mazhar and stepmother Nasim Bibi, sources said.

Meanwhile, Raja Ilyas appeared before CPO Israr Ahmed Khan Abbasi during an open court and tendered an application before him stating police had picked up his grandson Muhammad Ali without any reason and are trying to implicate him in bogus cases registered with PS Morgah against a knife-wielding man for killing a nurse and injuring five other women and girls including a nurse. He stated that Ali was innocent and had been detained illegally. Ilyas requested CPO to release Ali from captivity of CTD. The CPO marked the application to DSP Civil Line Circle for further action.

Meanwhile, Mazhar Iqbal and Naseem Bibi, the father and stepmother of Muhammad Ali, while talking to The Nation denied the allegations that Ali was mentally sick and involved in killing and stabbing girls. They said that he was a good boy who once won cleanliness award from school. “He used to visit us on every weekend and love me and my wife Naseem,” said Mazhar.

“I do not my own kids and I love Ali as my real son. I never tortured him or used hard language against him. He too loves me,” said Naseem in response to a query. She denied that she had ever tortured Ali.

The couple appealed to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and Chief Minister Punjab Shahbaz Sharif to provide them justice as their son is not guilty.