Alleged killer of NGO workers arrested
MANSEHRA: The Hazar police on Tuesday claimed to have arrested the alleged killer of three women workers and a driver of the Rise International, a USAID-funded NGO. Talking to media people here, Hazara Deputy Inspector General of Police Syed Imtiaz Altaf, flanked by Mansehra District Police Officer Akhtar Hayyat Khan and SP (investigation) Sohail Khalid, ruled out the involvement of terrorists in the incident.
Mr Altaf said preliminary investigation revealed that the reason behind the incident was an old enmity. He said the man arrested was a former husband of one of the slain women workers.
He said Abdul Rehman, the father of one of the victims, Naeeema Kusar, had nominated his former son-in-law, Alimzab, as the main accused in the FIR. He alleged that Alimzab had earlier killed his son Fakhar Alam and his sister-in-law Rukhsana.
The DIGP said that in 2001 a brother of Naeema Kusar, Fakharalam, and a sister of the accused Alimzab had married of their will which had enraged Alimzab, who allegedly killed both of them. He said the accused had been arrested in the case.
He added that on his release he wanted his two daughters back from his ex-wife and threatened her with dire consequences on her cellphone.
He said that after the killing of the NGO workers, the accused was arrested in a police raid in Haripur late Monday night.
The bodies of slain Sadif Yar Mohammad and driver Saifullah Khan were dispatched to their native areas and funeral prayers of Naeema Kusar and Anjum Zab were offered in Shinkiary and Labarkot, Mansehra, respectively.
Meanwhile, in protest against the incident, most of national and international NGOs suspended their field activities and closed the offices on Tuesday.
The All Teachers Coordination Council, a representative body of teachers and staff of the education department, also announced three days of mourning in the district.