Police on Wednesday launched an investigation into the murder of a social activist Saba Aslam stabbed to death in New Karachi a day earlier.
Saba Aslam, 27, was attacked outside her home in Sector 5-J of New Karachi near Aqsa Masjid on Tuesday. It happened when she came out early in the morning to run an errand.
Bilal Colony police have registered a case under Section 302 (murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code against a neighbor of the victim, Ghazanfar alias Maan, on behalf of the state through a police officer.
Social media users also called for her killer’s arrest following Aslam’s killing, with #JusticeForSabahAslam trending.
According to the First Information Report (FIR), Saba Aslam was stabbed to death near Monotechnical College in New Karachi. Two eyewitnesses namely Akhlaq Ali and Zeeshan Shaukat told police that the woman was allegedly killed by their neighbor, Ghazanfar. He managed to escape from the crime scene.
The victim’s brother, Mohammed Yasir, and her sister, Sadaf, told police that they did not want any legal proceedings. He even showed reluctance to lodge the FIR.
“She was murdered over some personal enmity and after an exchange of hot words,” said the FIR.
The initial probe had revealed that the murder took place over “throwing of garbage on the street” in the neighborhood, said Central SSP (Investigation) Shahla Qureshi.
Family reluctant to lodge a complaint
Speaking to a local media outlet, Bilal Colony Station Investigation Officer (SIO) Arif Shah said that police had lodged the FIR on behalf of the state through a police officer as the family had refused to lodge a case.
However, he said, Aslam’s relatives, who were in a “state of shock” initially, had now shown interest in pursuing the case legally. The “last dispute” between the victim and the suspect, according to the SIO, was apparently over throwing garbage on the street. Meanwhile, police were also investigating other possible motives for the murder.
The officer revealed that the alleged killer was stated to be addicted to charas (hashish), while the victim was a known social activist in the area.
In a separate incident earlier this year, two men shot a British woman over refusing to marry them in Lahore. Police found Mahira Zulfiqar, 26, in a pool of blood in her flat. The deceased woman had arrived from the UK, where her family had settled two months back.
A female lawyer was shot dead in Lahore earlier this year. She was reportedly ambushed near Johar Town while traveling in a car with her fellow lawyer.
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