Man kills wife inside Mardan courtroom
MARDAN: A woman seeking divorce was gunned down by her husband inside a courtroom here on Thursday. A court official, a lady constable and two other people also suffered bullet injuries when the accused opened fire on his estranged wife, who had come to the court for dissolution of their marriage, police said. They said that the victim, Lalzia Bibi, was present inside the family court when her husband Hazir Zaman attacked and killed her on the spot.
The injured included family court reader Asif Haroon, lady constable Nighat and two other people Ghaniur Rehman and Mohammad Yousaf. The police officials present on the occasion overpowered the alleged killer. Eyewitnesses told Dawn that the alleged killer was accompanied by two other accomplices who fled the scene after the incident. The city police station has registered an FIR against the accused on the report of Aqeel Ahmad, a staffer of the family court.
Meanwhile, lawyers of District Bar Association, Mardan, boycotted court proceedings and held an emergency meeting to condemn the killing of a woman inside the courtroom. The lawyers demanded of the district administration to chalk out a foolproof security plan to ensure protection of people and lawyers inside district courts.