Couple allegedly killed on jirga’s orders for contracting free will marriage

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KARACHI: A young couple who earlier this year contracted a free will marriage in the port city were allegedly killed on the orders of a jirga, police said Monday.

According to Mominabad police, the deceased couple, identified as Abdul Hadi and Hussaini Bibi from Kohistan, had tied the knot one and a half month ago without seeking the consent of their elders. The couple had rented a house within the jurisdiction of Mominabad police station to live outside the influence of their families.

On November 24, the residents of the area spotted blood around the house and immediately called the police to investigate the matter.

During investigations, the victims’ bodies were recovered from the Qaimkhani graveyard in Ittehad Town. Police later sent the bodies to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for medico-legal formalities.

Orangi Senior Superintendent of Police Abid Baloch said that a suspect arrested in connection to the case had confessed to killing the couple with the help of accomplices after receiving orders from a jirga.

The incident raised concern in the provincial corridors of power as Sindh Chief Minister Murad Ali Shah took stern notice of the incident and said, “This is a metropolitan city and not a tribal area. Then how come a jirga was held here?”

CM Murad directed Sindh Inspector General of Police (IGP) A D Khawaja to wholly investigate the matter and submit a detailed report in this connection at the earliest.

Furthermore, he directed the IGP to bring the participants of the jirga to justice and find out how a jirga was able to operate in the port city.

In September during the current year, police had dug out bodies of a 15-year-old girl and a 17-year-old boy, who were allegedly electrocuted by their families to fulfil the order of a jirga.