Ayaz Amir's wife requests pre-arrest bail in Sara's murder case

Sara was allegedly murdered by her husband at the family home where his parents were also present at the time


Our Correspondent September 26, 2022
Senior journalist Ayaz Amir (left), main accused Shahnawaz (centre) and victim Sara (right). PHOTO: file

ISLAMABAD:

Senior journalist Ayaz Amir’s wife Samina Shah on Monday filed an application with the Islamabad District and Sessions Court requesting pre-arrest bail in connection with the murder of her daughter-in-law.

The 37-year-old victim identified as Sara Bibi is suspected of having been murdered by her husband Shahnawaz – Ayaz Amir and Samina Shah’s son.

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 had arrested the accused and taken him to Shahzad Town Police Station for further investigation.

Sources furthered that Shahzad Town Police had later named Ayaz Amir in the case. They had said that in the light of the interrogation of Shahnawaz, the police had obtained the arrest warrant of Ayaz Amir from the area magistrate on Saturday.

An Islamabad court on Sunday granted one day’s physical remand of senior journalist Ayaz Amir.

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Samina Shah in her bail application filed by her counsel Barrister Hasnat Gul today stated that Sara’s uncle and aunt had nominated her name.

The application further adds that Samina has been a resident of the farmhouse for many years where the crime was committed.

“The main accused, Shahnawaz, sent me a message in WhatsApp asking for the victim’s departure before the murder,” the bail application read.

“Later, Shahnawaz Amir informed about the incident by phone at 9:12am after the murder had already been committed,” Samina claimed.

“Shahnawaz was asked to sit in the room,” the application added, “by then his father, Ayaz Amir had already called the police. After that, the Islamabad police arrived at the scene within a few minutes.”

The application pleaded that Samina Shah had “nothing to do with the incident” and nor was she an eye-witness to the crime. It also added that the accused suffers from health problems and requested pre-arrest bail to be approved.

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