CHAKWAL: `Honour` feud claimed the life of a four-year-old girl here early Sunday, sources and relatives said.
Humaina Mudassir was sleeping with her aunt Naureen Rafi when two persons stormed into their room and opened fire at them. Humaina was rushed to the District Headquarters Hospital where she died while Naureen was stated to be in a critical condition.
Sources said the attackers wanted to kill Shumaila, the step-mother of Humaina, and they had already assassinated the father and grandmother of the little girl for `honour`.
Mudassir Hussain, a resident of Munday village, married a woman a few years back who born him Humaina. Later, due to some differences, Mudassir divorced her.
Mudassir, a rickshaw driver, developed relations with Shumaila, who belonged to an influential tribe of the village. When the elders of Shumaila refused to give her hand to Mudassir, the couple tied the knot through the court of law on October 19, 2010.
The elders of Shumaila, however, got registered a case of kidnapping against Mudassir and police arrested him. When Mudassir was in the police custody, the elders of Shumaila allegedly attacked his mother Zaibun Nisa on May 18, who died four days later.
Meanwhile, Mudassir was set free after Shumaila told the court that she had married him on her own will. However, he was also eliminated allegedly by the elders of Shumaila on October 27. The next day, Mudassir`s widow gave birth to a son. The elders of Shumaila threatened that they would also kill Shumaila along with her newly-born baby to save their honour.
Shumaila moved to the house of Mohammad Rafi, the elder brother of Mudassir, in Basti Allah Wali of Chakwal city. At 6am on Sunday, the attackers came to the house to kill Shumaila. Mr Rafi said they were four — Azhar, Asad, Abrar and Zaheer — and two of them stayed outside.
The attackers thought that Humaina was sleeping with Shumaila but the latter was in another room with her son.
The elders of the victims brought the body of the girl to Bhoun Chowk and blocked traffic. DPO Kashif Mushtaq Kanju reached the spot and told the protesters that one of the alleged killers, Asad, had been arrested and the others would be nabbed soon.