Honour killing: Newly-wed couple gunned down

Groom’s brother claims the girl’s relatives were behind the crime.

Jehanzeb Khattak August 14, 2012

NOWSHERA: With honour killings on the rise in Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P), another new incident surfaced on Monday. This time, a newly-wed couple was gunned down in the Pirpai area of the district.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Azakhel police SHO Muhammad Saleem Khan said Musafar Khan and his wife were on their way to a clinic when some armed assailants ambushed and opened on fire on them. The assailants managed to escape subsequently.

Tahir Hussain, a resident of Charsadda, while filing a report against the accused Amanullah, Aashiq, Saifullah and Lal Zada, said that his sister-in-law Zarkaisha, a resident of Lower Dir, eloped with his brother Musafar Khan a year ago and married him.

“The marriage was against the consent of girl’s family,” Hussain told the police, adding that after the marriage, his brother left Charsadda and moved to Pirpai with his new wife. Hussain told police that soon after the marriage, the girl’s family started threatening his brother. He cited this as the reason behind them shifting to another village.

According to SHO Khan, a police van reached the area and took the bodies to District Headquarters Hospital for an autopsy soon after the incident. He confirmed that the accused were relatives of the complainant’s sister-in-law.

The bodies were later taken to Charsadda district’s Dosehra area – the hometown of the deceased, Musafar – for burial.

Published in The Express Tribune, August 14th, 2012.