Peshawar: Police arrest man accused of stoning, shooting spouse
PESHAWAR: The police Sunday claimed to have arrested Mohammad Saeed, wanted in eight different cases including the murder of his wife Shazia, who was stoned and shot dead in Bairoch village near Rustam, sited about 29 kilometres north of Mardan city.
Rustam Police Station House Officer (SHO), Shah Mumtaz Khan told The News that they arrested Mohammad Saeed at 8:30am near Badam Pesai when he was passing through Chor Bazaar. He said the police had arrested five of Mohammad Saeed’s 15 accomplices on June 23 while the search for the rest was underway.
He said those arrested were identified as Sher Bacha, Amir Bacha and Lal Bacha, sons of Sherawan, Ghufran, the son of Matiullah, and Saib Shah, son of Hikmat Shah. He said the suspects had a criminal record and were already wanted by police in various cases.
The police official said there were two major clans, Peeran and Mian, in the area. He said killing of the young woman had enraged local people who had set on fire the houses of the alleged murderers.
Local sources said Shazia had contracted love marriage with Mohammad Saeed on November 23, 2010 and moved to Bairoch. She, however, returned to her native town after two months when differences developed between her and her husband.
They said her husband, his relatives and friends allegedly stoned and shot Shazia to death after calling her and her mother Noor Jehan to Rustam on the pretext of settling the dispute. It was reported that the accused fired at Shazia s mother to make her flee the spot.
The deceased s mother later lodged first information report (FIR) with the local police, saying that Shazia had married Muhammad Saeed six months ago and had come back to her parents home after relations between the two turned sour.
She said her son-in-law called her on June 20 and said he wanted to reconcile with his wife. Shazia along with her mother and sisters went to her husband s home where he along with his 14 accomplices beat her to death, she alleged.
Local sources said the deceased had married twice before tying the knot with Muhammad Saeed. Her previous marriages had ended in divorce.
The SHO said Shazia’s mother was living in Barikot and regularly comes to attend the hearings in the court.
Shazia’s murder shocked the human rights bodies. The Gender-Based Violence Committee of the Provincial Commission on the Status of Women Khyber Pakhtunkhwa condemned it as a barbaric and inhuman act.
The commission s chairperson Zubaida Khatoon called upon the government to take notice of the reported stoning of woman to death and provide exemplary punishment to the culprits to set a precedent so that nobody could dare commit such acts of violence against women in future.