Man turns himself in after killing wife
By Imran Ayub
KARACHI: A 35-year-old man killed his 57-year-old wife in what the police described as a case of honour killing in Ittehad Town on Tuesday.
They said the early morning incident left the people of the area in shock, who had witnessed quarrels between the couple in the past over domestic issues along with frequent warnings from the husband to the deceased woman. After the incident, the suspect, Mohammad Rahman, approached the Mochko police station to surrender himself to the law-enforcers.
Mother of nine children, Maash Pari remarried Mohammad Rahman some 15 years ago after being divorced by her first husband who was the father of her six children. All the six children from her first husband are grown up and most of them are married.
“Three children from her second husband were not at home in Khyber Mohalla near Ayubia Masjid in Ittehad Town when she was shot dead,” said Inspector Rao Farman, SHO of the Mochko police station. “The couple has a 14-year-old son, who is elder to their two daughters who are seven and nine. They were staying at their half-sister’s house when their mother was killed.”
The initial probe carried out by the area police after the lodging of an FIR (309/2009) under Section 302 (premeditated murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) on the complaint of the victim’s son-in-law, Mohammad Saeed, led the investigators to believe that the relationship between the couple started becoming strained a few years ago, when Mohammad Rahman told his wife to stay at home while he was at work.
“A mason by profession, Mohammad Rahman is highly respected in the area and his extreme reaction surprised the neighbours,” said an officer at the investigation section of the Mochko police station. “He was against his wife’s frequent visits to relatives and other people and in an initial statement he accused the victim of having extra-marital relationships.”
The area police only came to know about the incident after the suspect appeared before the police with a 30-bore pistol to surrender himself. The police later shifted the body to Abbasi Shaheed Hospital, where doctors found only a single bullet wound in her head, which matched the initial findings of the investigators.
“In his statement, Rahman told the police that his wife was staying with a married daughter at her house in another area for the last two months after having a fight with him and she only returned on Monday after he offered to compromise,” said Inspector Farman.
“On Tuesday morning when he got up for prayers, the couple again argued over the same issue that has been a cause of dispute between them for the last several years. The situation left Rahman extremely angry, who then offered prayers inside the house, pulled out his unlicensed pistol and fired a single shot on her head from the back,” he added.