A couple which eloped from Shangla last week has appealed to the prime minister and chief justice of Pakistan to provide them security from Shangla police, which is allegedly harassing them. The couple has threatened to commit suicide if they are not protected.
While addressing a second news conference at Swat Press Club on Saturday, Wajid Ali and Razia Bibi once again accused Shangla police of pressuring them.
“The SHO of Karora police, Itebar Khan, physically assaulted us at the police station and repeatedly told me to change my statement,” claimed Razia.
According to the couple, they got married in a court in Swat on July 7 and later an executive magistrate in Alpuri, Shangla allowed them to live together after they showed their marriage certificate and recorded their statements.
The couple accused the SHO of taking bribes from Razia’s family to threaten and pressurise them.
Razia appealed to the chief justice and prime minister to provide them security from the police, warning she would otherwise set herself on fire in front of the IGP’s office.
Later, Wajid and Razia along with other relatives protested in front of the press club and chanted slogans against the SHO, demanding his suspension.
On July 12, Razia’s father Munawar Khan had filed a case at Karora police station against four policemen and three others for allegedly kidnapping his daughter on July 7. However, the girl claimed she married Wajid, one of the accused, willingly.
They also held a news conference last Sunday and said they married out of their own free will and wish to live in peace but the SHO and Munawar Khan were threatening them.
Published in The Express Tribune, July 20th, 2014.