Seven people were killed in two separate incidents of ‘honour killing’ in Nowshera and Mardan districts late on Tuesday.
Six people were killed in Watharh, SHO Mumtaz Khan in Nowshera Kalan told The Express Tribune. He said that the daughter of Said Gul, Raheema, eloped with Suliman son of Mazhar six months ago and on Tuesday evening Raheema’s brothers attacked her house and killed their sister along with her brother-in-laws Shahzad and Ijaz. Two children, 12-year-old Asma and eight-year-old Sehrish also died in the assault, while Suliman was injured and taken to the Lady Reading Hospital.
Mumtaz said that Gul and Mazhar’s families had an old dispute and a few years ago a local jirga attempted to resolve the matter by deciding that Gul’s daughter should be married to Mazhar’s son. Gul initially accepted the jirga’s decision, but later refused to go ahead with it. Suliman and Raheema, however, eloped and ran off to Punjab.
The couple returned to the village nearly three months ago. During this time, problems between the families settled and Gul also visited his daughter’s house several times. However, on Tuesday night Raheema’s family members shot her and her husband’s family members.
After receiving the news about Shahzad’s death his mother got a cardiac arrest. “She was rushed to the hospital where she died,” the officer said.
Raheema’s body was buried at a cemetery in Watharh, while Shahzad, Ijaz, Sehrish and Asma were buried in Zarha Mela on the outskirts of the village.
In another incident, a woman was killed by her son and former husband in Lalma Bandha on the outskirts of Takht Bhai tehsil, Mardan district.
Luqman, an officer at the Saro Shah police station said that Fazilat bibi, former wife of Quraish, eloped with a man named Falak Naz five years ago. The couple had run away to Punjab and returned to the village a few months back.
Shahzada, father of Falak Naz, told the police that Quraish and his son Shahzad barged into his house on Tuesday evening and shot his daughter and her husband. Shahzada himself managed to remain unhurt.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 23rd, 2012.