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Couple beheaded in public over love marriage

Published Jun 28, 2014 05:27am


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According to the FIR, the couple's family tied them up in public and beheaded them in a village near Sialkot.—File photo
According to the FIR, the couple's family tied them up in public and beheaded them in a village near Sialkot.—File photo

SIALKOT: A couple was beheaded in cold blood by the family of the girl over love marriage in Satrah village of Daska tehsil, some 65km from here, on Friday.

According to the FIR lodged with Satrah police station, Sajjad Ahmed, 27, of village Hasanabad, Sialkot, had contracted a love marriage with Muafia Bibi, 23, of Satrah on June 18.

On Friday, seven members of Muafia's family, including her father Dilshad alias Kulla, uncle Ghulam Husain, Shamshad, Afzaal Husain and Bashiran Bibi, stormed into house of the newly-weds in Hasanabad, bundled them into a van and took them to an outhouse at Satrah.

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The suspects tied up the legs and arms of Sajjad and Muafia and cut off their heads with choppers in public but nobody dared stop them, the FIR said. The suspects fled from the village after the incident.

Sajjad's family told Dawn the couple had come into contact several months ago and wanted to get married but Muafia's parents didn't agree to her marriage with Sajjad which led to their love marriage. They said the couple was issued threats by the girl's family.

Police handed over the bodies to Sajjad's family after autopsy at Daska Civil Hospital. They were laid to rest amid police security.

Also read: Dark tale of love and murder in Pakistan's rural heartland

Daska DSP Rana Zahid Husain told newsmen that police were conducting raids to arrest the suspects. The FIR was registered under various sections of the PPC and Section 7 of the Anti-Terrorism Act.

Published in Dawn, June 28th , 2014


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Saeed Jun 28, 2014 07:08am


Shamoon Ahmad Jun 28, 2014 07:10am

Extremely tragic incidence. Boys are allowed to marry a girl of their choice, but a girl is murdered by her father and uncles to marry a boy of her choice.. If asked, they would have hesitated to behead a dog in public but they did it to their daughter in the name of family honor. Now the honorable men are criminals running away from justice. What an act of honor.

Riaz Murtaza Jun 28, 2014 07:26am

We are a big hypocrites !

Syed Saulat Shere Jun 28, 2014 07:43am

Hang these stupid folks in public. Our justice system is too linient and corrupt to provide protection to couples who go against the archaic and tribal mentality.

SI Jun 28, 2014 07:55am

Law must be passes to call for similar punishments to such people mirroring their crimes in honor killing. Who has given such powers to these people?

Ravi Dallas TX Jun 28, 2014 08:12am

What is this obsession with beheading in Pakistan? All types of crime happen in the world but beheading ? Is it like a cool thing in the criminal world? Shame, Shame, Shame. Whoever did it or watched, they all should be beheaded.

Allaisa Jun 28, 2014 08:15am

Great, simply great! Which century is Pakistan in?

Hassan Jun 28, 2014 08:19am

There is no hope for this society; the term "love marriage" should not even exist in this day and age. Every marriage should be above love and emancipated from parental sanctions. Large parts of our country are in the stone age & this is not the political leaders' fault.

Asim Munir Jun 28, 2014 08:19am

What an honour the family of girl brought to them. The culprits must be beheaded in the same way to let such incidents stop. We are a confused nation failed to decide what is Islamic and what is not. Love marriage is allowed is Islam but denied in Islamic Republic of Pakistan.

S.Khan Jun 28, 2014 08:27am

No word to condemn this act of brutality, the people who committed this heinous crime are not human beings, they are beasts. they must be duly punished. Very sad and shameful.

omer khan shaheen Jun 28, 2014 08:50am

This is barbaric and anti Islamic! These people are a disgrace to us all.

Shamsher Singh Dhillion Jun 28, 2014 09:22am

Truely sad, things like this also happen in India time to time. Its amazing how intolerable our south Asian society is, compared to the rest of the world. I wish we would open up on our hearts and accept everyone as they are!

ali Jun 28, 2014 09:35am

@omer khan shaheen

It is not about being Islamic or non Islamic it is about the evil desire and complete ignorance of some people who beheaded the couple even if they act is non Islamic one can not kill some one May ALLAH give us hidayah.

Vijai Murugan Jun 28, 2014 09:50am

Lage rhao Pakistani Bhai!!!

Sunil Jun 28, 2014 09:51am

A Muslim boy cannot marry a Muslim girl, shows there is deep division.


Here we go again,the Whole World is going to condemn the God Forsaken People of Pakistan. Is there ever ANY Good News coming out of PAKISTAN?

MN Jun 28, 2014 09:59am

It is horrible. The social system has collapsed. Everyone is doing whatever he/she wants to do. There is no law at all in Pakistan.

But, who is responsible? Our leaders - politician, relegious scholars, community elders, teachers, mosque imams. These leaders are supposed to lead the society for a prosperous future, but they ruined it.

Salman Jun 28, 2014 10:10am

An act of BRUTALITY : The world is touching the heights of glory and we are still busy in killing in the name of honor and blah blah grow up

Pak Soul Jun 28, 2014 10:27am

@Shamsher Singh Dhillion Very true. Wonder why we have become so emotional and have started to take things in our hands

Pak Soul Jun 28, 2014 10:27am

@MN Lack of education and respect for human lives

Pak Soul Jun 28, 2014 10:28am

@WHATAPATHETICCOUNTRY Yes a lot, depends on what you are reading. There are good news as well but unfortunately the media isn't interested in highlighting them.

ranganath Jun 28, 2014 10:54am

They are nothing but Zombies. People with soul do not act like this.

Awais Jun 28, 2014 11:55am

Such tragic incidents are mostly taking place in PML (N) and PPP dominated areas of Punjab and Sindh. The reason is simple, corrupt selfish MNAs/MPAs representing these area are mostly Waderas, Nawabs and Sardars. All of them have a vested right in denying the people of their area a decent education, because education gives you the power of reasoning and reason gives you choice. Choice is what these selfish power hungry families do not want their people to have. All social evil takes root from illiteracy, poverty and backwardness.

atif Jun 28, 2014 12:46pm

one more notice by cm punjab

Imran Jun 28, 2014 12:47pm

Badla hai Punjab again!!!

Azmeen Jun 28, 2014 12:59pm

Very shameful. Murderer(s) must be hanged.

Harmony Jun 28, 2014 01:35pm

There should be public hanging for such barbarism to set an example. Only then such nincompoops will learn. Our useless law makers are doing nothing but just sitting watching such brutality.

Mohammad Iqbal Jun 28, 2014 01:39pm

This is a land where youngsters listen to the tales of sassi pannu, heer ranjha etc., and as such this tragedy will go down in the history as yet another heer ranjha. Besides the copy of love stories, our society is running on parallel justice system. One by the state law and the second by jirga etc., Good signs of slowly and steadily moving into pre hijra era.

Moiz Omar Jun 28, 2014 02:11pm

This country is unbelievable.

Mohammad Farooq Jun 28, 2014 03:07pm

The culprits should be hanged until death.

JD Jun 28, 2014 03:42pm

Though such horrible crimes in pak, india will be lauded by people more concerned with traditional values, We all have to make a joint pact that we should give most priority to humanity above traditional beliefs. So next time you see such a thing happening before you, then you should be an ideal human to intervene and stop it forcefully instead of being scared and just watching ! what you fellas?

SaeedS Jun 28, 2014 05:51pm

Family killing happened all the time and every where , but I am seeing the frequency increase in media coverage and with extra specie. Any crime is wrong but these news publishing in the local and foreign media is alarming. For me it is defaming Pakistan than dealing with real problem.

Muhammed Ali Jun 28, 2014 07:48pm


khanm Jun 28, 2014 08:14pm

wonder how an honourable father or brothers get this unhonorable thought of beheading their own flesh and blood. May be it is the society, may be the way they were brought up, or may be the peer pressure. no matter what one should know and should be taught from their childhood. killing is killing no matter what you call it.

Weirdity Jun 28, 2014 08:41pm

@WHATAPATHETICCOUNTRY " Is there ever ANY Good News coming out of PAKISTAN?"

YES. According to Sethi, Pakistan is now a member of big 4 in ICC.

bill Jun 28, 2014 08:44pm

@WHATAPATHETICCOUNTRY Pakistan was created in 1947 at the independence of India from British rule. Jinnah insisted on it against the wishes of the British govt. Thousands died on both sides (Hindu and Muslim) when the people fled to and from the new country. The slaughter tells us how much hatred there was between the two religious factions. So there we had the new country dedicated to Islam so it should have been a model for the world, a utopia. However just the opposite resulted - dystopia

bill Jun 28, 2014 08:47pm

Marriage against the wishes of the family is dishonour but murder is not? Surely murder is the ultimate dishonour and murder of your child the worst of all crimes

Saad Zafar Jun 28, 2014 11:32pm

@Allaisa Enough with Pakistan. A retarded goes to murder their daughter and her lawful husband in the name of honour and you blame it all on Pakistan.

There are 200,000,000 million live inside Pakistan. If couple of lunatics exist, its a no surprise.

Omar Jun 28, 2014 11:53pm

Not shocked at all.

Lauren Jun 29, 2014 12:54am

To people who live in western countries, reading or hearing about incidents like this are not a shock. To be honest, it would be a shock if things like this stopped happening.

kalbas Jun 29, 2014 06:34am

@Saad Zafar

Pakistan is to blame because these crimes go unpunished. Has there been a single execution.

deepak Jun 29, 2014 10:53am

@Saad Zafar correction 200 million rpt 200 million not 200,000,000 million.

Muhammad Jun 29, 2014 11:49am

My God these people are not humans. they do every thing and anything to defend there so called honour, and every one knows that how honourable most of these men are, what a shame. people know that they can get away with these things thats why they do it the first place. Cowards!!!!

Azmeen Jun 29, 2014 12:18pm

@Awais What is happening in KPK?

mazbut63 Jun 29, 2014 04:21pm

"Love in the times of cholera" ???

Richard Caldwell Jun 29, 2014 06:50pm

Women are NOT property. The sooner these savages learn that, the better. And how twisted do you have to be to kill your own child for marrying someone you don't approve of?

Awais Jun 29, 2014 09:55pm

@Azmeen KPK is feeding the homeless IDPs who are banned from entering Punjab and Sindh, need i say more ... ?

gerry d'cunha Jun 30, 2014 02:44pm

what a shame!! both belonging to the same religion 'islam' beheaded because of their love for each other - these illerate people should be taught true meaning of islam in pratical life

Anwar kamal Jun 30, 2014 04:02pm

we condemn this barbaric act.

Jack Sidhu Jun 30, 2014 04:36pm

@Shamsher Singh Dhillion kiya hogiya app nu!

mike ghaous Jun 30, 2014 08:34pm

famous for FIFA soccer balls! now this love story in a forbidden land, Brutal like a bollywood screenplay!

nasir Jun 30, 2014 09:40pm

wow, where is law? How about any humans?

American Jul 01, 2014 02:57am

@Allaisa Apparently it is stuck in the 2nd century!!!

Shamsher Singh Dhillion Jul 01, 2014 04:02am

@Jack Sidhu Dil tutiyaa wa veerey! Kyokey apney log Pyaar karn waleya nu Nafrat kardey ney! Even love is forbidden in land of heer ranjha and sassi pannu!

Quratulain Jul 01, 2014 04:55am

Any limit of brutality, cruelty & barbarism (all products of ignorance)

kris Jul 05, 2014 03:42pm