DERA GHAZI KHAN, January 19 2006: The victim of amputation of nose and lips by her brother-in-law has appealed to President Gen Pervez Musharraf to take notice of the police failure to arrest the perpetrator.
She says she is still receiving threats by the suspect and his family to withdraw her plea for divorce.
Reports said Amina Bibi and her brother, Akbar Jiani, were on way home on Sept 20, 2005 after attending court proceedings in Dera Ghazi Khan where she had sought divorce from her husband Abbas Jiani when her brother-in-law Hassan stopped them. He opened fire on Akbar’s legs and amputated lips and nose of Amina, who was expecting at that time.
The two injured were brought to the District Headquarters Hospital from where they were referred to the Nishter Hospital Multan. The incident took place in the jurisdiction of the Kot Mubarik police station (settled area).
A case was registered against Hassan under section 324/334, however, he is still at large.
The victim and her brother say they are being threatened with dire consequences by the former’s in-laws for pursuing the divorce case.
It is worth mentioning that Hassan is a resident of the tribal area in the Border Military Police’s Kashoba post precinct. The Punjab police are unable to arrest the suspect without the BMP.
When contacted, the Kot Mubarik police station moharrar told Dawn that the perpetrator had gone into hiding in the tribal area. He maintained that the BMP and provincial police had jointly raided the house of the culprit, but he was not there.
After surgery of lips and nose, Amina Bibi and his brother who could now walk with help of stick have reached their home situated in the foothills of the Sulaiman Range. They have appealed to President Pervez Musharraf to take stock of the police failure to arrest the culprit.
Amina Bibi, the mother of four, and his brother told Dawn that their life was under threat as neither the Punjab police nor the BMP had paid heed to their entreaty to provide them protection.
Sources reveal that the perpetrator had gone abroad with the connivance of the police. There was, however, need to create liaison between the Punjab police and the Border Military Police to arrest proclaimed offenders.