By Mohammad Asghar
RAWALPINDI: An Army Medical Corps nurse was murdered allegedly by her husband at her official residence in Bakra Mandi on Friday, police said.
Iftikhar Ahmed, a former Air Force employee, surrendered to the police who seized a large knife – believed to be the murder weapon – from his possession and registered a case against him.
Major Rehana left behind four daughters – the elder one a college student and the younger seven years old.
Sub-Inspector Mohammad Aslam, who is leading the investigation into the case, said relations between the couple had been strained for some time over domestic issues. Quoting the statement of the elder daughter of the victim, he said the accused, who was sleeping on the rooftop of the house, came down to the room of his wife on Friday morning carrying a large knife and attacked her while she was asleep.
He said on hearing her screams, Major Rehana’s daughters and her sister, who along with her husband Lehraseb Khan had come to the house, got up and tried to rescue her. However, the enraged man threatened them to stay away.
The elder daughter of Rehana begged her father to spare her mother when he attacked her but he pushed her aside, the IO said.
He said as Iftikhar repeatedly stabbed his wife on her belly, she got up and scrawled towards the courtyard. However, the accused chased her and slashed her neck. Lehraseb Khan told the police that when he returned from the nearby market, he saw his brother-in-law running out in panic with his clothes soaked in blood. As he went inside the room, he saw Major Rehana lying in a pool of blood and her daughters and sister screaming. According to a doctor, Major Rehana’s neck was slit and there were deep wounds on her body parts.
Earlier, a young man was murdered and his brother injured after their rivals attacked them outside their house in Pirwadhai on Thursday night.
Mohammad Imran told the police that he was coming home with his brother Mohammad Rizwan when Sajid, Abid, Wajid and two other persons allegedly attacked them, killing his brother and injuring him. The motive behind the attack was a petty dispute between the deceased and Sajid.
Meanwhile, robbers struck in different parts of the city on Thursday.
Ghulam Rasool, a retired colonel, told the Westridge police that three gunmen entered his house and looted Rs20,000 and gold ornaments.
Lt Commander Tahir Mehmood complained to the RA Bazaar police that his mother was robbed of gold ornaments and cash by a gang of swindlers while going to hospital. Asif Mehmood was going home on his motorbike when three gunmen intercepted him in the jurisdiction of Jatli police and deprived him of Rs9,000 besides taking away his vehicle.
Nadeem Aslam’s purse containing Rs156,000 was snatched by two bandits in the Cantonment police area. Mohammad Ilyas reported to the Sadiqabad police that his car (LW-250) was stolen from outside his house while Luqman Shahzad’s car (JJ-485) was taken away from the Cantonment police area.