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Couple beheaded in public over love marriage

Couple beheaded in public over love marriage

SIALKOT: A couple was beheaded in cold blood by the family of the girl over love marriage in Satrah village of Daska tehsil, some 65km from here, on Friday.

According to the FIR lodged with Satrah police station, Sajjad Ahmed, 27, of village Hasanabad, Sialkot, had contracted a love marriage with Muafia Bibi, 23, of Satrah on June 18.

On Friday, seven members of Muafia’s family, including her father Dilshad alias Kulla, uncle Ghulam Husain, Shamshad, Afzaal Husain and Bashiran Bibi, stormed into house of the newly-weds in Hasanabad, bundled them into a van and took them to an outhouse at Satrah.

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The suspects tied up the legs and arms of Sajjad and Muafia and cut off their heads with choppers in public but nobody dared stop them, the FIR said. The suspects fled from the village after the incident.

Sajjad’s family told Dawn the couple had come into contact several months ago and wanted to get married but Muafia’s parents didn’t agree to her marriage with Sajjad which led to their love marriage. They said the couple was issued threats by the girl’s family.

Police handed over the bodies to Sajjad’s family after autopsy at Daska Civil Hospital. They were laid to rest amid police security.

Also read: Dark tale of love and murder in Pakistan’s rural heartland

Daska DSP Rana Zahid Husain told newsmen that police were conducting raids to arrest the suspects. The FIR was registered under various sections of the PPC and Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

DAWN

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