Punjab police looking for expat wanted in wife, daughter’s murder case

Updated October 08, 2018

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Islamabad International Airport — Photo/File
Islamabad International Airport — Photo/File

RAWALPINDI: Police have alerted the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA)’s immigration staff at the Islamabad International Airport (IIA) to arrest a Pakistani expatriate wanted in connection with the killing of his wife and a daughter and injuring two other daughters over a domestic dispute in Kallar Syedan on Saturday.

A source close to the investigation told Dawn that soon after the incident the police alerted the immigration authorities at the IIA to stop the murder suspect identified as Tariq Mehmood from flying out of the country.

The suspect got settled in Spain 15 years ago and came to Pakistan on Sept 3. After landing at the Allama Iqbal International Airport Lahore, he came to his native town Kallar Syedan on Saturday afternoon.

Mr Mehmood married Rukhsana alias Lubna about 27 years ago and the couple had four daughters and a son.

After reaching home, he had a brawl with his wife over the marriage of his elder daughter.

Mohammad Naeem Butt, a brother of Rukhsana, 45, in a report registered with the police stated that he along with his brother Saqib Nadeem was at his sister’s house on Saturday.

He said his brother-in-law started quarrelling with his wife and then pulled out a pistol and opened fire at her.

He also shot and injured his daughters Durre Shahwar, 23, Umme Kulsoom, 20, and Najma Tariq, 17.

Ms Rukhsana and Kulsoom, who were seriously injured, died while being taken to hospital. Ms Kulsoom was a commerce graduate, he added.

Durre Shahwar and her younger sister Najma Tariq, who suffered bullet injuries to their arms, were shifted to the Holy Family Hospital (HFH) where they were stated to be out of danger.

Later, Mr Butt told Dawn that Durre Shahwar was discharged on Sunday while Najma was still under treatment at the hospital.

The police said Mr Mehmood wanted to marry off his elder daughter according to his wish but she refused and got her Nikah solmenised on her own.

The police said a team along with the copy of the murder case had been sent to the IIAP to prevent the alleged murderer from flying out of the country.

The police were also making efforts to arrest the suspect who might be hiding somewhere in his native area.

Published in Dawn, October 8th, 2018