Instead, SP (Legal) Ijaz Gilani turned up at the start of the hearing on Wednesday morning and submitted a two-page statement that stated that Gill was likely in Sargodha or Karachi and the police needed more time to locate her.
The counsel for the petitioner drew Justice Sardar Tariq Masood's attention to a story in The Express Tribune which, citing investigators, reported that a man had been arrested and confessed to involvement in killing Gill back in August.
Appearing before the judge later in the day, Tareen, the police officer in question, said that he had been informed late on Tuesday night about the arrest and confession of the suspect named Shehzad Hussain. He had told investigators that he and a relative named Shahid Ghazanfar, who owed Gill money, had strangled her and dumped her body in Khanpur Canal off Sheikhupura Road back in August.
Tareen said that Ghazanfar, a German national of Pakistani origin, had fled to Germany and the police had contacted Interpol for his arrest. He also stated that he had apparently come to Pakistan to learn some black magic.
Justice Masood told him off for his earlier reply and directed him to appear again on January 7 with updates on the investigation. He also instructed him not to rely solely on Hussain's confessional statement, but to widen the investigation and find more evidence.