A man has been accused of killing his cousin for turning down his marriage proposal.
Muhammad Abdur Rehman said his daughter Sumaira was studying Botany at Bahauddin Zakaria University. He said she was living with her maternal family in Mumtazabad colony in Multan.
He said her cousin, 26-year-old Muhammad Asif, had sent a marriage proposal for Sumaira through his parents last week. He said his daughter did not want to marry Muhammad Asif because she felt that they were not compatible due to his extreme religious views.
He said after she turned down his proposal, Asif threatened Sumaira for one week.
He said Sumaira shared her fears with her parents and wanted to shift to the university hostel temporarily.
He said they could not afford the hostel fee and advised her to continue living with her maternal family.
He said on Tuesday afternoon, she returned home from the university and met Asif at the door of the house. He asked her to change her mind. When she refused, he shot her six times. She died on the spot.
Witnesses detained Asif and beat him before handing him over to the police.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 29th, 2013.