KARACHI: A female seminary teacher and her student were found dead on Monday under mysterious circumstances in Block H of the city's Kauser Niazi Colony.
The incident took place within the limits of the North Nazimabad police station. Law enforcers reached the site and found both the teacher and student dead. Their bodies were shifted to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities and were later handed over to their families for funerals.
The teacher was identified as 26-year-old Nasreen, wife of Khalid, while the student was identified as 16-year-old Rabia, daughter of Duggal.
Initially, unconfirmed reports said that the teacher committed suicide after shooting and killing her student, who allegedly refused to marry the former's brother.
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Reports also claimed that the teacher had asked Rabia to marry her brother a few days prior to the incident, however, Rabia had refused. As per the reports, the student was killed by her teacher when she arrived at her home for lessons, after which the teacher committed suicide.
Police investigators, however, said that nothing could be said with certainty until the investigation has been completed. "The investigation is at the initial stages," said North Nazimabad DSP Naeem Khan. "But the case is complicated."
The officer said that the deceased teacher used to teach religious classes at a seminary and the incident took place at her house, confirming that Rabia was one of her students.
"Some people in the family tried to cover the nature of the incident. The teacher was of Afghan origin while the student belonged to the Pashtun community and hailed from Peshawar.
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"It seems that the incident apparently occurred over honour killing," DSP Khan suspected. "It seems that someone called the girl to the teacher's house and shot both of them but nothing can be said until the investigation is completed."
The officer said that the police were also trying to trace the owner of the pistol used in the incident.
Meanwhile, the empty shells of the pistol had been sent to the forensic division for ballistic cross-matching, he said, adding that the police were also waiting for the medico-legal reports of the victims to investigate the case.
No case has been registered yet.
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