Lahore couple murdered by family in 'honour killing'

Published: June 10, 2016
Police say Muhammad Ashraf killed his daughter Saba and her husband Karamat Ali a day after couple reached their home. PHOTO: AFP

Police say Muhammad Ashraf killed his daughter Saba and her husband Karamat Ali a day after couple reached their home. PHOTO: AFP

LAHORE: A 17-year-old girl, her husband and another man were shot and killed by her father following an argument early on Friday morning.

Kahna police investigation officer Mehdi Kazmi said the deceased girl and her husband were residents of Abdullah Pura. The third man was as her parent’s neighbour who had apparently facilitated the marriage.

Kazmi said the suspect, identified as Ashraf, had been taken into custody. He said he had admitted his guilt during investigation. He had told the police that he and his wife had disapproved of their daughter’s marriage.

The FIR registered on a complaint filed by a relative of the third deceased stated that the couple had gotten married a year ago against the wishes of the girl’s parents. It said she was the third wife of the man.

Speaking to media, the deceased girl’s mother said that their relations with her and her husband had not been good from the day they got married a year ago. She said there would be a heated argument between her husband and Ashraf whenever the couple visited them over the last year.

She said there had been a heated argument between the two men on Friday night as well. The couple and their two-month-old baby had come to spend the night with them, she said. She said soon the argument ended and everybody went to bed. However, she said, there was another quarrel between the two men at sehr time. She said as the argument continued Ashraf took out a gun and fired several shots at his daughter and her husband. Then, he rushed out of the house and called out their next door neighbour. When the neighbour came out, the suspect opened fire at him for his role in the couple’s marriage.

The injured were shifted to a nearby hospital where doctors pronounced them dead.

Their bodies were sent to a morgue for an autopsy.

On Wednesday, another girl had been burnt to death in Factory Area allegedly by her mother and a brother for marrying at will.

*Names have not been disclosed to protect the identities of the deceased

Published in The Express Tribune, June 11th, 2016.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Haji Atiya
    Jun 10, 2016 - 10:50PM

    It appears that many with a warped sense of honour cannot reign in their homicidal instincts even during Ramadan.Recommend

  • Ali S
    Jun 10, 2016 - 11:26PM

    It’s spreading like a virus in LahoreRecommend

  • numbersnumbers
    Jun 10, 2016 - 11:56PM

    “No fresh legislation has been tabled since then” speaks volumes about the government’s unwillingness to do more than periodically express feigned “outrage” about this sickness!Recommend

  • R.A
    Jun 11, 2016 - 1:14AM


  • Sad Observer
    Jun 11, 2016 - 2:04AM

    This is inexcusable, Who in their right mind would murder their own daughter and son in law? In attempting to protect their family’s “honour” they dishonour themselves, their family and generations to come with their despicable blood crime. It is time for this barbaric activity to stop, by any means necessary.Recommend

  • Azi
    Jun 11, 2016 - 6:23AM

    Bunch of crazed peopleRecommend

  • shazada zahid Malik loan
    Jun 11, 2016 - 7:04AM

    A new legislation is needed to stop these so called sexually motivated marriages – the men need to be punished for eloping with these young girls in order to gratify their sexual urges and exploits. The families of these girls have the right to be aggrieved when their girls are misled by these men although killing is not the justified solution.Recommend

  • sterry
    Jun 12, 2016 - 1:19AM

    @Ali S: You haven’t been to an Arab country I take it ? Most Muslim countries are even worse with crime against women and couples. Think about Afghan refugee in Canada who killed his wife and three daughters for honour.Recommend

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