By: OWAIS QARNI
MULTAN: A woman’s eyes were allegedly gouged out and her limbs were cut off by her brothers over a family issue in Shahar Sultan, Muzaffargarh on Wednesday.
One of the suspects, identified as Muhammad Afzal, had suspected that his sister Shareefan Bibi, 40, was involved in the kidnapping of his daughter Asia who was abducted a week ago from the same locality.
According to police, Afzal had also registered a case at the police station regarding his daughter’s disappearance against Shareefan.
On Tuesday, Afzal and his brother Mohammad Munir sent the former’s son Muhammad Aslam to call Shareefan for a court hearing. When she was on her way, three men caught her and gouged out her eyes with a sharp knife. They also cut off her feet and fled from the scene.
The woman, who is mother of five children, was taken to a rural health centre by a passerby where she was referred to Nishtar Hospital Multan. Doctors at the hospital said that the victim was in a critical condition, terming the next 12 hours crucial.
Talking to The Express Tribune, Shareefan’s daughter Nusrat said her uncles wanted to kill her mother but she was not responsible for Asia’s kidnapping.
Police have registered a case against Afzal, Munir and Aslam on the complaint of Nusrat.
A worrying trend
Pakistani social media celebrity Qandeel Baloch was strangled to death by her younger brother in the name of honour in July this year.
Similarly, a mother-of-three and the man she was allegedly having an affair with were killed in Chak 56 near Multan on September 15.
On October 16, a woman was strangled-to-death while another was gunned down in separate incidents in Multan. Gulshan Bibi, 24, a resident of Chak 42, Lodhran, tied the knot with Tanveer a year ago but the couple used to fight over domestic issues. Tanveer and his father Shafi strangled her to death and fled from the crime scene.
One the same day, Muhammad Khan, a resident of Basti Shaheedabad, Rajanpur, shot dead his wife Naseebo Mai, 33, in the name of honour. He killed her while she was sleeping and managed to escape. The suspect killed his wife over suspicion of having an illegal affair with a man, said the police.