ABBOTTABAD: A man was allegedly gunned down by his in-laws in a remote village of Bakot in Abbottabad on Friday. According to the police, Mansoorur Rehman, the 26-year-old son of Muhammad Irshad and a resident of Liyran Syedan village, was romantically involved with Shazia Bibi, daughter of Syed Shabbir Shah of the same village. Rehman and Shazia Bibi eloped nine months ago and solemnised their marriage in court. However, since Shazia Bibi’s family was not happy with her decision, her grandfather and uncles planned to avenge her act of “dishonor.” On Thursday evening, they called Rehman to their house on the pretext of reconciliation and when he reached, Shazi Bibi’s grandfather, Ali Haider Shah, along with his sons, Shabbir Shah, Faheem Shah and Naveed Shah opened fire, killing Rehman on the spot. However, police added, the whereabouts of Shazia Bibi are still not known.
Published in The Express Tribune, February 27th, 2016.