PESHAWAR: Deceased Pashto singer Ghazala Javed’s ex-husband and alleged murderer has claimed charges against him were baseless.
Javed’s ex-husband Jehangir presented his statement before Additional Sessions Judge Muhammad Zubair Khan in Swat on Tuesday.
Javed and her father were gunned down by armed men in Peshawar on June 18 last year. Her younger sister Farhat later filed an FIR with the police, accusing Jehangir and his friends Salam and Naseer of killing the singer and her father.
Jehangir was arrested on August 29, 2012 and on November 3, 2012 Peshawar District and Sessions Judge Shahbar Khan framed charges against the suspect. The case was later transferred to Swat after Javed’s family received threats.
Jehangir recorded his statement on June 8, maintaining the charges against him were based on mala fide intentions.
According to the statement, a copy of which is available with The Express Tribune, the couple was living happily but Javed’s family started interfering in their marriage. Javed then filed for khula at a Peshawar family court. Jehangir accepted the khula since he loved her, the statement read.
“I had a soft corner for her (Javed), I loved her and that is why I accepted her khula so she would not suffer the agony of litigation,” Jehangir said in response to the court’s queries.
According to the ex-husband, the investigation officer had concocted the story of him murdering Javed. Three people are said to have fired from three different pistols but the laboratory report states casings recovered from the spot were fired from two pistols.
Jehangir alleged Javed’s parents received a large amount of money from different people, including an Afghan national, to marry the Pashto star. Newspapers also ran stories about Javed being involved with another man, who later killed himself because he suspected his father of killing Javed, claimed Jehangir.
“It is incorrect that I went into hiding. I escaped because of police injustice but later I surrendered to the police.” The accused insisted the police instigated Ghazala Javed’s family against him in order to get rid of a cold case, hence a false story was established.
In his statement, the man accused of murdering the two denied he was at the crime scene and/or contacting Javed on the fateful day. He further denied any relations with Saleem and Naseer. The two have been missing since the murder last year.
Published in The Express Tribune, June 12th, 2013.
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