Senior journalist Ayaz Amir arrested in daughter-in-law's murder case

Arrest made following interrogation with his son Shahnawaz Amir, prime suspect of Sara Bibi's murder, say sources


Our Correspondent September 25, 2022
Senior journalist Ayaz Amir. PHOTO: EXPRESS/ FILE

ISLAMABAD:

The Capital Police on Saturday arrested senior journalist Ayaz Amir in the murder case of his daughter-in-law Sara Bibi, who was murdered in Islamabad's Chak Shehzad suburbs on Friday.

The 37-year-old was living at a farmhouse in the area where she was found dead on Friday morning. She was reportedly murdered with a dumbbell.

According to sources, Sara and Shahnawaz had an altercation over a domestic issue on Thursday night which led to her death as the accused allegedly had hit her in the head with an iron dumbbell.

After killing his wife, sources revealed, the accused allegedly put her body in a bathtub. The police arrested the accused and took him to Shahzad Town Police Station for further investigation.

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According to sources, Shahzad Town Police has now named Ayaz Amir in the case. They said that in the light of the interrogation of Shahnawaz, the police obtained the arrest warrant of Ayaz Amir from the area magistrate on Saturday.

The senior journalist will be presented before the magistrate for physical remand on Sunday.

Earlier in the day, Shahnawaz was handed over to the police on a two-day physical remand a day after being arrested for the murder.

The defendant’s lawyer termed the case a "blind murder", adding that the murder was only to the extent of the charge, adding that this was the first remand in the case hence, there were no objections.

The police had initially requested a 10-day physical remand from the court, stating that the accused had to be interrogated. They said the suspect had called his Canadian-Pakistani wife from abroad to allegedly murder her.

However, the court only approved a two-day remand for the accused.

The investigating officer also stated that the accused’s fingerprints were also to be taken, but the court rejected the appeal, saying the print could be acquired through the National Database and Registration Authority (Nadra).

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