Woman, her children bludgeoned to death over property

Police arrested a man for brutally murdering his sister-in-law and her three minor children over a property dispute on Tuesday.

The incident occurred in Shampur village in Kharian tehsil, Gujrat district.

According to police, the suspect identified as Safdar Hussain had friction with his brother, who is currently based in Saudi Arabia, regarding ownership of a piece of property. The suspect’s sister-in-law Shakeela and her three children, Abdul Roshan, Maryam and Zainab, remained in Shampur village with her husband’s family.

Hussain on Tuesday bludgeoned all four to death with a club while they were asleep in their room.

Rescue 1122 shifted the bodies to the Kharian tehsil headquarters (THQ) hospital for autopsy, while a team of the Punjab Forensic Science Agency (PFSA) collected evidence from the crime scene.

A case under sections 34 (acts done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) and 302 (punishment for premeditated murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code has been registered against Hussain and his wife Safia on the complaint of Shakeela’s cousin, Tanveer.

Three suspected of infanticide get bail

A Karachi court granted bail to three suspects in a case pertaining to the murder of a newborn girl by tossing her out of a moving vehicle.

The incident occurred on March 11 when Neha, accompanied by Sita, delivered a baby girl in an ambulance while on their way to the Jinnah Postgraduate Medical Center (JPMC). Sita allegedly threw the newborn out of the window on Chaudhry Khaliquzzaman road. The body was spotted by passersby.

Police were able to trace the suspects through CCTV footage and arrested both women as well as the ambulance driver, Ayaz, on March 13. However, the accused were only booked for concealment of birth.

The defence’s counsel pleaded that the case had been registered under a bailable offence. Meanwhile, suspect Ayaz argued that he was unaware of what had happened in the back of the ambulance while he was driving.

The courted ordered the release of all three suspects on furnishing bail bonds worth Rs. 50,000 each.

Zahir Jaffer files appeal against conviction

Death row convict Zahir Jaffer on Tuesday filed an appeal against his conviction in the Islamabad High Court (IHC).

A two-member bench comprising Justice Amir Farooq and Justice Sardar Ijaz Ishaq heard the appeal in the presence of Advocate Shah Khawar on behalf of Shaukat Mukadam, father of Noor Mukadam who was raped and tortured before being beheaded by Jaffer in his home on July 20, 2021.

On March 12, Shaukat Mukadam had challenged the sessions court’s acquittal of the prime accused’s parents and six Therapy Works employees, as well as the reduced sentences of Jaffer’s guard and gardener in the IHC.

The high court sought all records and documents in the sessions court trial of the case.


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