ABBOTTABAD: The person who introduced the Kohistan video scandal to mild was shot lifeless Wednesday evening right here at Kids Hospital Highway within the metropolis’s Gami Adda space, authorities confirmed. The firing incident left three others wounded.
Afzal Kohistani, a native man, had proven media in Could 2012 a video wherein 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 keeping 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.
The injured individuals have been bystanders and significantly wounded. They have been instantly shifted to the District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital.
Police stated they’ve arrested one individual suspected of being concerned within the assassination. A pistol was recovered from the arrested suspect recognized as Faiz-ur-Rehman.
In December final 12 months, 4 suspects who had been caught in relation to killing the 5 ladies 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 research 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 checks performed to make sure that the ladies have been identical however the checks 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 checks got here again destructive.
On July 31, 2018, a brand new case was registered below the Palas police station below 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 that they had disposed of the our bodies in Nala Chorh. They’d 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, nevertheless, had stated the suspects have been mendacity.
“They killed all 5 ladies by extreme torture and aren’t figuring out graves as it’ll reveal their brutality,” he had added.