Lahore: Man declared PO in wife’s murder case
LAHORE: A trial court on Friday declared a man proclaimed offender (PO) for not appearing in the court in the hearing of his Danish wife’s murder case.
Gujrat District Police Officer (DPO) Tahir Alam Khan said the police would follow the legal process for bringing the accused from Denmark to Pakistan. The DPO said he had talked to the Interpol director in this regard.
On June 18, Kharian Saddar police registered a case under Sections 302, 109 and 34 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) on the complaint of Mushtaq Ahmad. Mushtaq told the police that about ten years ago his niece, Tahira, a Danish national, had come to Pakistan and wed Muhammad Shahbaz. He told the police that the couple had two daughters and their only son died few hours after his birth.
Doctors told the couple that Tahira would not be able to bear more children. Tahira then returned to Pakistan but Shahbaz stayed in Denmark. Shahbaz and his family physically abused Tahira for not bearing a baby boy.
Mushtaq said on June 18, Tahira’s father-in-law Bashir and brothers-in-law Faisal, Sheraz alias Foji, and Nawaz entered Tahira’s room. He said, “Bashir fired at Tahira, killing her instantly.” The police registered a case and arrested the four accused. Later, the case was presented in Kharian additional session judge’s court. The court ordered Shahbaz to appear, but he disobeyed.
On Friday, the complainant’s counsel Syed Baqir Ali Naqvi, Syed Ali Ashtar Naqvi, and Muhammad Arshad Javed Chughtai requested the court to declare Shahbaz proclaimed offender (PO). The court declared Shahbaz a PO and adjourned the proceedings until August 15.