ABBOTTABAD: Police on Friday arrested the primary suspect behind the homicide of Afzal Kohistani, who had introduced the Kohistan video scandal to gentle.
Masoom Khan, nominated as the primary suspect within the first info report (FIR), was arrested from Palis tehsil, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Info Shaukat Yousafzai stated.
A Kalashnikov and cartridges have been seized from Masoom Khan’s possession, the KP info minister added. “Raids are being carried out for the arrests of the opposite suspects,” Yousafzai stated.
Afzal Kohistani shot useless Wednesday night time at Kids Hospital Highway in Abbottabad’s Gami Adda space. The firing incident left three others wounded.
Afzal Kohistani, an area man, had proven media in Could 2012 a video through which his brothers have been dancing at a programme, whereas some ladies have been proven singing alongside and clapping. After the footage was leaked, a jirga comprising elders of the tribe decreed that the ladies and boys be killed in step with ‘riwaj’ (a tribal customized).
Afzal, whose brothers have been within the video, had appealed to the courtroom that the 5 ladies — together with Bazgha, Sireen Jan, Amna, Begum Jan, and Shaheen — have been all killed upon the jirga’s orders.
In December final 12 months, 4 suspects who had been caught in relation to killing the 5 girls in Kohistan had confessed to their crime — six years after the video had emerged.
Former chief justice Iftikhar Chaudhry had taken a suo moto discover of the case on June 7, 2012, constituting a fact-finding mission on July 17, 2012, to analyze the case.
The fee had then gone to Kohistan and investigated the matter, producing a report on July 20, 2017, which said that the ladies have been alive.
Dr Farzana Bari, one of many fee members, had expressed her doubts that the ladies weren’t the identical and another ladies have been produced clad in burqa and veil.
On January 3, 2013, Afzal’s three brothers — named Shah Faisal, Sher Wali, and Raffiduddin — have been killed inside their properties by the ladies’ tribespeople.
In the meantime, Bari, with the assistance of human rights activists and Afzal, had some assessments carried out to make sure that the ladies have been similar however the assessments didn’t match.
When the case was appealed to be reopened, the apex courtroom gave the Nationwide Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) orders to match fingerprints and CNICs. The assessments got here again unfavourable.
On July 31, 2018, a brand new case was registered underneath the Palas police station underneath the supreme courtroom orders.
In December 2018, then, 4 suspects — recognized as Umar Khan, Saber, Mohamad Sarfraz, and Saeer — have been arrested.
Upon interrogation, the suspects confessed to killing three ladies — Begum Jan, Sireen Jan, and Bazgha — by firing, saying they’d disposed of the our bodies in Nala Chorh. That they had stated Amna and Shaheen have been nonetheless alive and can be introduced earlier than the courtroom.
Iftikhar Khan, the district police officer (DPO) for Kohistan, had stated raids have been underway to arrest eight suspects who produced different ladies for faux identification.
Afzal, nonetheless, had stated the suspects have been mendacity.
“They killed all 5 ladies by extreme torture and are usually not figuring out graves as it would reveal their brutality,” he had added.