Pakistani-American murdered by ex-husband
The search for 47-year-old Wajiha Farooq Swati, an American national of Pakistani origin, came to a close when her body was unearthed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, according to Rawalpindi City Police Officer (CPO) during a press conference on Saturday, December 25.
It was further revealed that 29-year-old Rizwan Habib Bangash had confessed to murdering the victim, his former wife, and shifting the body from Rawalpindi to bury it in the home of his servant, Sultan, in Darra Pezu, Lakki Marwat. The suspect told police that he killed her after she demanded that he return the property she had transferred to him prior to their divorce.
Police said they had also arrested the suspect’s father and the servant whose house Swati was buried in for abetment. The body will be sent back to Rawalpindi for an autopsy before being handed over to the victim’s kin for burial rites.
Teen girl’s suicide suspected to be murder
The younger siblings of 13-year-old Anusha, whose body was found hanging from a noose in her home in Karachi’s Orangi Town on Saturday, claim an unidentified man had entered their home and strangled dead their sister.
A post-mortem examination of the victim on Sunday, December 26, found that the cause of death was strangulation as one of neck bones was found broken. Doctors however found no evidence of sexual assault.
The girl’s death was initially ruled a suicide until the statements of her brothers who were allegedly present in the house at the time of the incident. They claimed that an unidentified trespasser murdered Anusha, and tortured and threatened the brothers before fleeing.
Police claim the victim’s family refused to conduct an autopsy and did not register a first information report (FIR), however investigations have been launched in lieu of the statements of Anusha’s younger brothers.
Justice Ayesha Malik once again nominated for elevation
Justice Ayesha Malik of the Lahore High Court (LHC) has once again been nominated for elevation to the Supreme Court by Chief Justice of Pakistan (CJP) Gulzar Ahmed. The CJP has convened a meeting of the Judicial Commission of Pakistan on January 6 discuss the nomination.
Justice Malik had previously been nominated by the CJP however members of the JCP were unable to reach a consensus.
If appointed, Justice Malik would make history as the first female judge of the apex court.