KARACHI: A woman, said to be a victim of domestic violence, was arrested for murdering her husband near Khajji Ground in the Gulbahar area, police said on Sunday.

They said that Maham shot dead her husband Ziaullah, 45, on Saturday evening. A pistol was also recovered from her, the police said.

Area SHO Zubair Nawaz said that both Maham and Zia had tied the knot around a month ago.

He said that Zia’s first wife got divorced (Khula) around six years ago and she was living with her children in Liaquatabad. The first marriage of Maham also ended in divorce and she had a three-year-old son from her first husband, he added.

During initial questioning, she told the police that she was being tortured by her husband on a regular basis.

She said that he did not allow her to meet with her son, who lived with her first husband in New Karachi.

On Saturday evening, she convinced her husband to take her to New Karachi so that she could meet her son one last time.

She said before leaving home she took Zia’s pistol and hid it in her purse. After meeting with her son, the couple returned to their area and were walking home when she took out the pistol and fired at her husband, who was talking to someone over the cell phone. He died on the spot.

The SHO said that he was in the same area when the incident took place. He rushed to the scene and arrested Maham with the murder weapon i.e. the pistol.

He said that the police registered a case under Section 302 (premeditated murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code against her on the complaint of a relative of the deceased.

Published in Dawn, April 15th, 2024

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