KARACHI: Two men accused of carrying out a jirga approved murder of a young couple confessed to the crime before a magisterial court on Monday.
As stated in the FIR, 25-year-old Abdul Hadi and 22-year-old Haseena were killed on the basis of contracting a free-will marriage by the woman’s family members on the orders of a jirga for ‘bringing disgrace on the family’.
After committing the heinous crime in the city’s Mominabad area, the murderers had secretly buried the victims in Qaimkhani graveyard. The police had disentombed the bodies for an autopsy report that confirmed that the deaths had been caused by strangulation.
Nine of the fifteen accused in the case have been arrested, however, Haseena’s father, the prime suspect, is still at large and is said to have gone into hiding.
Two of the arrested suspects – Ghulam Rasool and Ziaul Haq – recorded their confessions before a judicial magistrate on Monday. The admitted to coconspiring with other family members and said that the jirga head and his sons murdered the couple.
Earlier, the police had incorporated the relevant clauses of the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997 in the registered FIR at the Mominabad police station. The FIR also stated that the woman’s father Miskeen and her brothers – Habib, Ayub, Azam and Mirza had strangled the couple to death for going against their wishes.
The arrested suspects included Abdullah, the father of Abdul Hadi, as well as, Noor Mohammed, Mohammed Umer, Abdul Sattar, Mohammed Azeem, Ziaul Haq, Ghulam Rasool, Abdul Rasheed and Eidan.