Karachi: Barber shoots wife, self before engagements
KARACHI: A 40-year old man, Bashir Ahmed, shot himself on Monday after shooting his wife, Farzana, 35, on the day of the engagement ceremonies of two of their daughters. The motive is as yet unknown.
The incident took place at the family’s house within the jurisdiction of Korangi Industrial Area Police Station. Soon before the incident occurred, Ahmed, a barber by profession, told his children to go outside, saying that he and his wife were engaged in a discussion. The children were at the neighbours’ house when they heard gunfire.
They rushed back home and when they found the door locked, they went onto the neighbours’ roof, from where they saw their parents’ bodies. Their shouting alerted the neighbours.
It is believed that after an exchange of words, Ahmed shot Farzana with his own 9 mm pistol. The first bullet hit her arm, injuring her. Ahmed fired again, hitting her in the head and killing her. After that, Ahmed shot himself in the head and both died on the spot.
A crowd gathered quickly and law enforcement personnel later took the bodies to JPMC for legal formalities, after which the family took the bodies home for burial.
Yasin, Farzana’s brother, said that the motive behind the incident is far from known, but suggested that they may have been arguing on the fact that their two younger daughters were getting engaged before the couple’s elder daughters and that the grooms were Farzana’s nephews. Ahmed and Farzana leave behind four daughters and two sons.