SIALKOT: The three sisters who allegedly murdered on April 19 a man charged with blasphemy said they did not regret killing him as, what they called, a punishment for committing blasphemy 13 years ago.

Suspects Amna, Afshan and Razia, who had been sent to prison on two-week judicial remand in the murder case, showed no remorse for the murder while recording their statement at the local police.

Local police quoted the sisters as saying that they did not regret killing Fazal Abbas Shah at his home in Nangal Mirza Bajwa village, Pasrur tehsil.

“No one had motivated us to kill [Shah] for blaspheming, as we had heard in our childhood that the punishment for any blasphemer is only death,” they told police.

They said that hate for the Shah also increased as they grew up, which resulted into the murder.

“We killed him when we were able to kill him, as we could not do it 13 years for being children at that time,” they added.

The sisters had murdered Shah after they learnt of his return from Denmark after 13 years. Pasrur Sadar police had arrested them and registered a murder case.

Published in Dawn, April 22nd, 2017