Karachi: Freewill couple shot dead in Clifton
KARACHI: A newly-wed couple was gunned down by the woman’s brothers in the Clifton area on Sunday for contracting a court marriage against her family’s wishes, police said.
The police added that the suspects fled following the killing carried out at a family reunion inside their home in Neelum Colony, a slum area across the shrine of Hazrat Abdullah Shah Ghazi.
“Bushra, the 26-year-old daughter of Rahim Daad, had eloped with 30-year-old Rafaqat only five days back and contracted a court marriage,” said Clifton SP Tariq Dharejo, adding that both were residents of Neelum Colony.
A duty officer of the Boat Basin Police Station quoted the woman’s family as saying that her father died of a heart attack when he learnt about her elopement. He said the family also alleged that Bushra took away gold jewellery.
The police official quoted Bushra’s mother as saying that she went to the couple’s house on Sunday at around 4.15pm and told them that she had forgiven her daughter for marrying a man against the family’s wishes.
He said it was during her meeting with the couple that Bushra’s brothers, Sohrab Khan and Sohail Khan, barged in and opened fire on the couple, leaving both dead and their mother shocked.
Hearing the gunfire, people from neighbouring houses arrived at the crime-scene and saw the grieving mother and the bodies lying in a pool of blood, he said, adding that they subsequently informed the police.
The official said that the police reached the crime-scene and shifted the bodies to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Centre for a post-mortem examination. They also collected spent bullet casings of a 9mm pistol from the crime-scene.