HOME HORROR: In Pakistan 1,000 are murdered each year by own families
A PREGNANT woman and her husband have been abducted and shot dead by relatives who disapproved of their marriage, police said last Sunday (19), the latest in a surge of reported “honour killings” in Pakistan.
The couple were murdered near the village of Thikriwala in Punjab province last Wednesday (15), senior local police official Malik Waris said. The bodies were discovered after they washed up in a canal.
Waris said Aqsa Bibi, 22, and Shakeel Ahmed, 26, both worked at a local pharmacy and had got married in a court ceremony four years ago. Aqsa was expecting a baby.
The couple’s match enraged Aqsa’s family, who lived in a nearby village.
Matters came to a head when one of her brothers, named as Muhammad Moa- via, who had recently returned from abroad assembled a group of relatives to kidnap the couple.
They then shot them both in the head and dumped their bodies in the canal.
The accused remain at large, said Waris, adding that raids are underway.
It was the latest in a string of “honour killings”, which are thought to claim around 1,000 lives every year in Pakistan.