LAHORE: A 23-year-old committed suicide on Monday after shooting and killing a girl at a pedestrian bridge in front of Kinnaird College for Women.
A motorcyclist caught in the traffic jam on Jail Road in front of the college was injured as two bullet shells hit him. He was taken to Services Hospital where the doctors who treated him described his condition as stable.
Police said Samar Wasti, 19, an intermediate in computer sciences student at KC, was talking to her father over cell phone to complain about Shams Alam, 23, who had stopped her on the bridge when the latter took out an automatic pistol and fired five shots at her. She died on the spot. They said Alam then shot himself dead.
Assistant Sub Inspector Riffat Bukhari said the deceased had been schoolfellows at Cathedral School. She said the two had been in contact ever since and that Alam had been trying to persuade Wasti to marry him.
The girl’s father, Naheed Wasti, said two months ago Alam had called him and asked him to wed his daughter to him. “I told him that my daughter was not interested in marrying him and advised him to get her off his mind.” He said Alam however continued trying to persuade her to marry him.
“Samar had just told me over the phone that he (Alam) had taken out a gun and was not letting her leave when I heard several gunshots,” Naheed said. The injured motorcyclist was identified as Bashir Ahmad. He said he was waiting for the traffic to move when something hit him twice on his back and he fell on the ground. “I tried getting up but could not,” he said. He was later taken by passersby to Services Hospital.
An FIR has been registered against Shams Alam under Section 302/324 of the Pakistan Penal Code at Race Course police station on Naheed Wasti’s complaint.
Meanwhile, Kinnaird College has announced a holiday on Tuesday and postponed the upcoming farewell ceremony for its outgoing batch of intermediate second year students. The principal has also convened a meeting of Samar’s classmates.
Published in The Express Tribune, October 18th, 2011.
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