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Pregnant mother of two killed with alleged lover

By M. Waqar Bhatti

Karachi: The bodies of a pregnant mother of two and her alleged paramour were recovered on Tuesday from a well near Sehra-e-Madina on the Superhighway, within the limits of the Gadap City Police Station. The police said that the man was initially tortured and the couple was then apparently thrown alive in the well.

The woman was identified as 25-year-old Hazrat Bibi, a married mother of two and an Afghan national. She was four months pregnant at the time she was killed. The man who was killed with her was identified as 30-year-old Shahenshah, also an Afghan national.

Gadap City DSP, Chaudhry Saifullah, told The News that Hazrat Bibi, a resident of Afghan Mohajir camp near the Toll Plaza, was missing since August this year and her husband, Zahir Shah, suspecting that she had been abducted, had lodged an FIR regarding her disappearance.

“Shahenshah was a relative of the woman and her husband. We suspect that it is an issue of ‘honour’-killing and the two of them were killed by their own relatives,” the DSP said.

Some people told the police about a foul stink emitting out from the well, he said, adding that the police then discovered the two bodies. Edhi volunteers recovered the bodies from the well and shifted them to the Abbasi Shaheed Hospital for a postmortem. The bodies were then sent to the Edhi morgue.

Initial medico-legal examinations suggest that Shahenshah was tortured before being thrown into the well. His skull is fractured, which suggests that he either died when his head hit the wall of the well or he was hit by some hard object, DSP Saifullah said.

On the other hand, Hazrat Bibi was alive at the time she was thrown into the 200-foot-deep well. She drowned later, the DSP added.

Shahenshah had not been nominated by Shah in the FIR regarding Hazrat Bibi’s disappearance. He had suspected some other people, also his relatives.

“So far, nobody from the family of either the woman or the man has approached police for taking the bodies. We have not lodged any FIR because we are waiting for their family members to come and lodge a complaint,” DSP Saifullah said.

He suspecs that Hazrat Bibi had eloped with Shahenshah and the two were living together somewhere in Karachi, when they were spotted by her husband or her other relatives and forced to face a Jirga.

“We are searching for Zahir Shah, but his cellphone is switched off, and he is not available at his house either. He is our prime suspect in this case,” the DSP said.

An FIR will be lodged by the police on behalf of the State, if no one from the couple’s families comes forward to lodge a complaint, DSP Saifullah said.
Source: The News
Date:10/7/2009