Rawalpindi: Woman killed over land dispute
RAWALPINDI: A woman was gunned down at the site of her disputed land in DhokeGangal on Friday as a court commission was trying to resolve the dispute in the presence of the man who allegedly had grabbed it. Police said the dispute involved SabiraBibi and ImtiazKhokhar alias TajiKhokhar who is related to a former deputy speaker of the National Assembly. Advocate Ghufran Khursheed Imtiazi, counsel for Ms Sabira, said that he was present to assist the commission appointed by Civil Judge Sardar Hamid when suddenly shots rang out, hitting his client. “Police accompanying (the commission) fired back but the attackers escaped. Ms Sabira was taken to Benazir Bhutto Hospital where she died later,” he said, suspecting that the attackers were supporters of TajiKhokhar.
Doctors who attended Ms Sabira said she was hit in her legs and died of excessive bleeding.
Her husband, Raja Mohammad Yaqoob, said she had long been seeking justice and accused police of persistently ignoring complaints against the illegal occupants of his commercial plot.
MsSabira had lodged an FIR with the Airport police on June 15, saying that ImtiazKhokhar alias TajiKhokhar occupied illegally her husband’s commercial property, measuring about two kanals and worth Rs10 crore, on Raja RiffatShaheen Road in Dhoke Gangal.
In his statement recorded with the police, Mohammad Yaqoob said TajiKhokhar started constructing a hotel on his property but he secured a stay order from the court.
“As I sought court help and TajiKhokhar stopped constructing the hotel, he contacted me and promised to pay the market price of the property provided I withdraw the case,” he said, adding that he did that.
However, TajiKhokhar did not keep his promise when he withdrew the stay-order and resumed the construction of the hotel, he said.
Yaqoob also claimed that his house was attacked by TajiKhokhar’s armed men on Thursday but nobody was hurt or injured in the attack.
“I lodged a complaint with the City Police Officer after that attack who called the concerned station house officer and ordered to take appropriate security measures but he did nothing,” he said.
His wife, who lost her life in the struggle to regain their property, had filed a complaint with the Supreme Court also but received no response, he said.