Karachi: Former policeman awarded death for killing wife
KARACHI: Additional District and Sessions Judge Sultan Mohammed Awan awarded the death sentence to a former police constable Mohammed Aslam for killing his wife. The court also awarded five years of rigorous imprisonment (RI) to two of his brothers, Mohammed Ashraf and Mohammed Mansoor, and a fine of Rs5,000 each on charges of abetment. The former police constable killed his wife Naheed with the help of his brothers on June 7, 2000. The court tried the accused under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and examined a total of nine prosecution witnesses.
According to the prosecution, complainant Faqeer Muhammad, the father of the deceased woman Nahid, lodged an FIR No 110/2000 at the Kalri police station against Aslam and his two brothers for killing his daughter.
Police managed to arrest accused Aslam and recovered from his custody his seven-month-old daughter. At that time, the accused told the police that his wife was trying to commit suicide and she had his pistol in her hand when he intervened and tried to stop her. However, in this attempt, he claimed that while he managed to snatch the pistol, its butt accidentally hit her head causing her instant death. He said that he had no other option except to leave the body in the house and escape.
However, the complainant told the police that, two days before the incident, Naheed came to his house and informed him that her husband misbehaved with her and wanted to kill her. It was alleged that the crime was committed on the instigation of the two brothers of accused Aslam.
Public prosecutor Abdul Maroof argued that it was not a case of suicide as the autopsy report revealed that Naheed was hit by a blunt weapon several times and the police also recovered the blood soaked clothes of Aslam. The prosecutor prayed to the court to award the death sentence to accused Aslam.