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Man kills sister-in-law on court premises

LAHORE: An armed man on Monday gunned down one of his sisters-in-law, and injured another at the sessions courts. The two women accompanied his wife for appearing in a divorce case.

The wife of the accused, Fauzia, who was his target, remained safe. A passerby, Samuel, was also injured when he received a bullet to his ankle. According to details, Amjad, a resident of Shadbagh, was present in the court of a family judge for hearing in a case filed by Fauzia seeking divorce from him. On stepping out of the court, Amjad saw Fauzia sitting with her sister Fakhira, and Farah, her brother’s wife. Amjad opened fire on Fauzia with an automatic pistol. Farah rushed to protect Fauzia, and received three bullets. She died on the spot. Fakhira also received a bullet to her belly.

Farah’s father, Haji Muhammad Ashraf, who was also present, tried to overpower Amjad. He received injuries during the ensuing scuffle, but managed to overpower Amjad. The accused was handed over to the Islampura Police who had reached the court. The police also seized the pistol used in the shooting. A first information report was registered on the complaint of Ashraf, and started investigating the matter. Farah’s body was shifted to the city morgue for an autopsy. Fauzia was discharged from the Mayo Hospital after treatment.

Muhammad Naeem, Farah’s husband, told Daily Times his wife, a mother of three children — Haris, Sufian and Kehshan — went to the court to accompany and protect Fauzia. He said although the accused had been threatening Fauzia for some time, and kept asking her to withdraw the divorce case, the shooting was completely unexpected.

Naeem said Fauzia had been married to Amjad 12 years ago, and had three children —Bilal, Aleeza and Izza. He said some four months ago, Amjad physically tortured Fauzia and threw her out of his house. He said Amjad used to compel her to ask her parents for money.
Source: Daily Times
Date:4/28/2009

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