Five men have been arrested in two incidents of so-called honour crime in Faisalabad and Rahim Yar Khan.
In Faisalabad, Aamir Asghar and Mubassher were arrested by Sargodha Road police on Friday for killing their two sisters and a man their mother had adopted as a son at their house in Mohalla Naseerabad.
The suspects were produced before the media at a press conference after a court remanded them into police custody for a week.
Aamir Asghar, an employee of an intelligence agency, and Mubasher , a rickshaw driver, said they had killed Rehmana, 22, and Umme Kalsoom, 20 and Shaukat Ali, 24, on Wednesday night. The parents of the suspects, Asghar Ali and Jameela Bibi, were away at work at the time.
“I had warned my sisters several times to stay away from Shaukat but they refused to mend their ways,” Aamir said, “We had become a laughing stock in the neighbourhood.”
SSP (Operations) Sadiq Dogar said police had recovered the murder weapon. He also announced cash rewards for the team that arrested the suspects.
Killed for marrying without permission.
In Rahim Yar Khan, Maqbool Ahmed, a resident of Chak 46 NP, admitted to killing his 21-year-old daughter, Farzana, for marrying a neighbour without his permission.
Ahmed and his two accomplices were arrested by Abadpur police on Wednesday night from a friend’s house. The police had earlier recovered the body of the deceased in a raid at Ahmed’s house after Saeed Ahmed, husband of the deceased, approached them with a kidnapping complaint against his father-in-law. The complaint told The Tribune that Farzana was missing when he returned from work. “I suspected my father-in-law of kidnapping her,” he said. Saeed said he and Farzana had left their houses over a month ago and married in a court. They had recently returned to the village on his father’s advice. “My father called me and said he was not opposed to our marriage. He also assured me that he would go to Maqbool and request him to bless the marriage,” he said.
He said he had requested the police to provide protection to him and his wife but no action was taken in this regard.
The body of the deceased has been handed over to her mother after an autopsy at Shaikh Zayed Hospital.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 11th, 2012.