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Police arrest prime suspect in transgender murder case

Published May 28, 2016 09:24pm


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PESHAWAR: Police on Saturday claimed to have arrested the prime suspect in the murder case of transgender female Alisha, who breathed her last in Peshawar’s Lady Reading Hospital on Wednesday.

SSP operations Abbas Majeed Marwat told media that the the prime suspect in the case, Fazal Gujjar, was arrested from Peshawar’s Qazi village.

Alisha, a transgender activist working for Trans Action Alliance (TAA), was shot eight times, close to her one-room rented residence at Iqbal Plaza near Parda Bagh, Faqirbabad on Sunday night.

In her statement to police in hospital, Alisha had identified her killer as Fazal Gujjar, a resident of Bakhshoo Pull.

Alisha and her attendants had to go through a humiliating ordeal when the badly injured transvestite was taken to Lady Reading Hospital on Sunday night. The hospital staff and the attendants with the patients did not take them seriously and after failing to get accommodated in the male or the female ward, they were forced to get a private room in the hospital.

Later Alisha’s condition deteriorated and she was shifted to the ICU but she succumbed to her injuries and died on Wednesday morning.

Alisha's murder was the fifth reported case of violence against trans people in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa this year. Other members of the TAA Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, Adnan, Sameer, Komal and Ayesha were also targeted this year.


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M.Saeed May 28, 2016 10:01pm

Simply inhuman and horrific! We must accept the natural fact and make room for the transgenders at all places of gender identification in the application forms like for ID cards, passports, driving licences etc.

Ali May 28, 2016 10:23pm

KP Police is the best in Pakistan. Thanks IK.

Philosopher (from Japan) May 29, 2016 01:31am

@Ali yeah under the nose of this self proclaimed 'best' police this was the fifth murder taken place in KPK. Please stop beating the old drum.

excuse me May 29, 2016 07:03am

This is just a Pakistani problem we all have to condemn.

khi96 May 29, 2016 11:56am

This is Naya Pakistani not roads, bridges and Metro. Insaf is uncommon in the country. And Insaf given is a depiction of Naya Pakistan. Well done IK and PTI!