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FIA arrests ‘fake pir’ in Haripur for assaulting, blackmailing women – Pakistan

The Federal Investigation Agency’s (FIA) cyber crime wing on Thursday arrested a man posing as a pir (faith healer) for allegedly sexually abusing women and then blackmailing them using their pictures and videos.

A resident of Haripur, the man is accused of harassing women who approached him for resolution to their problems, the FIA said. He would then use the videos and pictures of the women to blackmail them.

Numerous videos have been found in the accused’s possession, the agency said. He was remanded into FIA’s physical custody for seven days by a local court after a case was registered against him.

Cases of fake faith healers using their perceived position in society to abuse, blackmail and harass women and men are not uncommon in Pakistan.

Last month, a faith healer was arrested from Gujranwala for subjecting two minor girls to sexual assault.

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