A 14-year-old girl and her relative were shot and killed early Monday morning in Dappar village allegedly by the girl’s brother.
In a complaint registered with Bhowana police, Ghulam Shabbir said his son, Gauhar, 17, shot his sister, Aqsa, when she had gone to sleep after her sehri meals. He said the boy also shot and killed a close relative, Islam, who had come over to stay at their house. “He had tried to stop the boy from killing his sister. He asked Gauhar to stop and help him take her to the hospital,” he said. Shabbir said his son fled the scene before he could catch him and hand over to the police.
Shabbir said the two siblings had an argument on Sunday but it was settled. “She had suggested that he get married so that she could share household chores with his wife,” he said. He added that Gauhar had taken the suggestion as an affront and had tried to hit her on Sunday night.
“I intervened and told the two to make peace. I had no idea that he would stretch the matter to such an extent,” he said. He also expressed ignorance about his son’s possession of a gun. “I can’t understand how and from where did he get the gun,” he said.
Bhowana police have registered a case against the boy under Section 302 of Pakistan Penal Code. The body of the deceased has been sent for a post mortem examination.
Bhowana police station house officer said a police team under sub inspector Riaz Shahid had been formed to probe the case and arrest the suspect.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 16th, 2011.