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SC constitutes team to arrest culprits involved in Karo-Kari case

SC constitutes team to arrest culprits involved in Karo-Kari case

KARACHI: The Supreme Court on Friday directed the Shikarpur police to arrest the culprits involved in the killing of two women by declaring them Kari and holding a Jirga to settle the dispute within a week.

The three member bench headed by Chief Justice Tassaduq Hussain Jillani was hearing the suo moto case on the Jirga in Wazirabad town in Shikarpur to settle tribal dispute in Karo-Kari case.

Two women of the Mahar tribe had allegedly been killed by their parents for having illicit relations with men of the Jagirani tribe. The Jagiranis were fined a total of Rs2.4m for ‘kidnapping’ and ‘having illicit relations’ with the women. The jirga that was presided over by the Pakistan Muslim League-F MNA Ghous Bux Mahar apparently held to settle a tribal dispute and both the parties accepted its decision but no one was penalised for murdering the women.

The court expressed displeasure over the non-arrest of culprits involved in the incident. DIG Larkana Khadim Hussain Rind submitted that raids have been conducted to arrest culprits involved in the killing of women and twelve accused who held the jirga to settle the dispute.

Investigation officer Mohammad Siddique submitted that the case was registered on complaint of Abdullah Mahar about disappearance of his daughters who went to his brother Sanaullah’s house and later it was transpired after the jirga that murders were the result of Karo-Kari. He said that an FIR was registered against the members of the Mahar and Jagirani tribes.

The court directed DIG to constitute investigation team headed by DSP Abdul Qudoos Kalwar who shall conduct investigation into the murder of the women, arrest the culprits involved in both cases and submit the charge sheet before the court.

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