LAHORE: A woman and her husband were shot dead on Thursday, allegedly by her brother for contracting a love marriage in Multan.

The police said Afsana, 28, with her minor daughter and husband Waqas, 30, from Lodhran went to meet her mother Irshad Bibi in Shah Rukh-i-Alam Colony to settle the dispute when Afsana’s brother Irfan shot at and injured her and her husband and fled. They were taken to a nearby hospital, where they were pronounced dead.

The Shah Rukn-i-Alam police registered a murder case against Irfan and his mother, Irshad Bibi, on the complaint of Waqas’s father, Khadim Hussain.

He claimed Waqas married Afsana against her family’s wishes one and a half years ago. A false kidnapping case was filed against him.

He alleged that his son’s in-laws called the couple to settle the case and killed them.

South Punjab Additional IG Maqsoodul Hassan took notice of the double murder case and directed the city police officer to arrest the suspects and submit the report. The police

later arrested Irfan and also recovered the pistol from his custody and started the investigation.

Published in Dawn, February 24th, 2023

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