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Honour killing suspect’s father also remanded

Honour killing suspect’s father also remanded

By: Ishaq Tanoli

KARACHI: The administrative judge of the antiterrorism courts remanded on Monday a suspect with his father in police custody in a case pertaining to the murder of his teenage sister.

Hayat Khan was detained for allegedly stabbing his 18-year-old sister Sumaira to death in their Fareed Colony house in Orangi Town on April 28 while his father, Inayat Khan, was also booked allegedly for abetting the crime. Initially, the police had produced the main suspect before a judicial magistrate for remand and he was handed over to police on a four-day physical remand for questioning.

Later, the police incorporated a relevant section of the Anti-terrorism Act, 1997 in the case by stating that the crime had created a sense of insecurity and terror among people and also arrested Hayat’s father for alleged instigation.

Subsequently, the police brought both suspects before the administrative judge and sought their custody. The court granted their 10-day physical remand.

The police said the suspect had confessed to having killed his sister because he saw her talking to a youngster on the doorstep of their home. The youngster ran away when he (Hayat) arrived there, he added.

In his early 20s, Hayat had told reporters after the first remand that he had repeatedly asked his sister not to go at the door, but she did not listen to him. On the day of the incident, he saw her which infuriated him and he grabbed a kitchen knife and stabbed her four to five times.

According to the investigating officer, after getting wounded, the victim begged his brother to take her to hospital, but he refused and tried to escape, but neighbours caught him and informed police about the incident. The girl was taken to hospital, but she succumbed to her injuries, the police added.

In a mobile-made video, it could be seen that the girl was lying at the doorstep writhing with pain while his brother was sitting beside her surrounded by people.

The case was registered at the Mominabad police station on the complaint of the state since the victim’s father had refused to lodge an FIR against his son.

Preventive detention

The Pakistan Rangers informed on Monday the administrative judge of antiterrorism court about 90-day preventive detention of seven suspects for questioning.

The paramilitary soldiers along with their legal team produced the detainees, including Aftab Ahmed, said to be a coordinator of MQM leader Dr Farooq Sattar, before the judge along with intimation applications, detention orders and jail warrants.

They informed the court that upon receiving credible information about their involvement in targeted killing, kidnapping and extortion punishable under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997, they were put under three-month preventive detention as provided in Section 11-EEEE of the ATA for an inquiry.

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