Police arrested accused persons of sana cheema’s murder

Alleged murderers of Italian girl arrested

Staff Report

Islamabad

Two more accused involved in the murder of Pakistani origin Italian girl, Sana Cheema, were arrested by police from new Islamabad airport on Monday.

The airport sources revealed that the alleged murderers Aijaz Khizar and Faraz Khizar were attempting to flee to Istanbul when they were arrested by Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) adding that FIA has contacted the Jhelum police for their custody.

Cheema’s death took place under suspicious circumstances last month. The Gujrat police had launched an investigation although the family had declared her death as natural and buried her in west Mangowal area of district Gujrat on April 18, the autopsy reports however told otherwise.

Her body was later exhumed and an autopsy was performed, leading to the discovery of her murder.

A senior police officer in Gujrat revealed that she was strangled to death and according to the report, her neck was also broken. Another officer from Gujrat confirmed the findings of the forensics report.

The Italian media had also made headlines claiming she was murdered in a so-called honour killing.

According to the police her father Ghulam Mustafa had brought her back to Pakistan to get married adding that she wanted to marry in Italy but her father and family were against it.

According to the girl’s family, this led to a confrontation with a nearby family who spurned the offer of a match.

The relatives told the Police that because of the rejection she refused to eat, fell ill and died.

Police had said earlier that Cheema’s father Ghulam Mustafa, brother Adnan Mustafa and Uncle Mazahar Iqbal have been arrested.

Under previous legislation the culprits, usually men, could escape punishment if pardoned by members of their own family. A new law removes the power to forgive culprits in such cases but critics contend some loopholes still exist.

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