The prime suspect involved in gouging out the eyes and cutting off the feet of his sister for allegedly kidnapping his daughter in Pakistan’s Punjab province has been arrested, police said on Friday. Muhammad Afzal, the prime suspect in the horrific November 1 incident, has been arrested and police are conducting raids to trace eight other suspects named in the FIR, Muzaffarghar police head Awais Malik told reporters.
According to the FIR, Afzal and Munir abducted their sister Sharifan Bibi, who is in her 40s, and gouged out her eyes with a sharp knife and also cut off her feet in Muzaffarghar district, some 400 kms from Lahore. Nine persons took Sharifan to Afzal’s house, where they tied her with rope and assaulted her with knife and axe, according to the FIR lodged against the accused based on the complaint of Sharifan’s daughter Nusrat Mai.
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Afzal had earlier registered an FIR against Sharifan for kidnapping his daughter. However, police said it appears to be a matrimonial issue between the two families. Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has directed the police to arrest the culprits at the earliest.
Sharifan is under treatment at a hospital in Multan where her condition is said to be stable. Last year, 1,100 women were killed in the name of honour in Punjab province.