A man whose lips and nose were cut by men who accused his family of an assault on their ‘honour’ in Dera Ghazi Khan on Wednesday remained in critical condition at the district headquarters hospital.
A case has been registered against three men identified by the victim. No one has been arrested so far.
Choti police said that 22-year-old Nasir Shah was kidnapped from his home in the rural area of Pai Gaan village along the tribal belt on Tuesday night. His family said some men had come to the house asking for Shah. They said he went out to meet them and did no return.
The family said they looked for him for several hours before police were informed.
On Wednesday morning, Shah was found lying on the roadside near his house.
His family said he was in a bad condition. His lips and nose had been cut. He was taken to district headquarters hospital, where he underwent a surgery.
Doctors treating Shah told The Express Tribune that he was in critical condition. They said he had bruises all over the body and had several broken bones.
Medical Superintendent Sibghatullah Qureshi said that Shah’s condition was being monitored closely. He said it would only be clear after 24 hours if he still needed more surgeries.
Shah’s mother, Shahida Bibi, told The Express Tribune that while Shah did not have any apparent enemies, his father Ijaz Shah had been accused by a family in the neighbourhood of helping their daughter marry a man they had not approved of.
“The woman had eloped with the man to Rajanpur,” she said.
She said her husband had had nothing to do with the woman or the man.
She said she and her husband speculated that the same group was behind the attack on their son.
She said they had been threatening them with revenge “in a way they would have never imagined”. She said her husband left the area due to the threats.
An FIR was lodged under Sections 336/34 (assault) against the three suspects.
Police said Shah’s father is still missing. They said the nominated suspects had denied the allegations. Some of the other suspects would also be questioned, the police said.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 11th, 2013.
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