SAHIWAL: A married woman was allegedly poisoned to death by her parents for honour in village 111/EB, Arifwala, on Sunday.

The Ahmedyar police arrested Sadiqan Bibi and her husband Subhae Sadiq on the complaint of deceased Bisma Kausar’s husband Nasir Ahmed. The police said both suspects have confessed to their crime.

According to reports, six months ago, Bisma, of village 111/EB, was married to Nasir in village 79/EB. Allegedly, Bisma was not willing to marry Nasir and had an affair with Imran, a fellow villager.

After the marriage, Bisma eloped with Imran, prompting her mother Sadiqan to file a case against Ismail and Imran at Arifwala Saddar police. However, Bisma, in court, testified in favour of Imran and Ismail, claiming that she had left Nasir’s house due to mistreatment.

The case was dropped and Bisma was returned to her parents’ home.

A few days ago, Nasir requested Bisma’s parents to return her, to which they reluctantly agreed. However, Bisma refused to return to Nasir’s house, to which her parents administered poisonous pills to her in her food. The police shifted the body to Arifwala Tehsil Headquarters Hospital.

RAID: Commissioner Shoaib Iqbal ordered the replacement of the entire examination staff at the Government Graduate College examination center due to “poor efficiency and vigilance” on Monday.

Naveed Azamt, the controller of the Board of Intermediate and Secondary Education, confirmed to Dawn that a new staff comprising six personnel had been appointed before the commencement of the evening paper.

Reports said suggest that the commissioner, who holds dual charge as board chairman, observed lax vigilance and witnessed the unauthorized use of mobile phones outside the examination centre. Out of nine educational boards in Punjab, seven are administered by commissioners who hold dual roles as board chairmen.

Only Rawalpindi and Multan boards have chairmen, while Sahiwal, Gujranwala, Faisalabad, Dera Ghazi Khan, Bahawalpur, and Lahore are overseen by bureaucrats.

Published in Dawn, April 23rd, 2024

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