by, Shakeel Anjum
Islamabad, Pakistan: The investigation into the murder of a young girl at the Air Force Complex, E-9, took a stunning turn when the victim’s younger brother alleged that their father was the killer. According to him, his father threw the dead body from the apartment and later lodged an FIR with the Margalla Police Station against the unidentified assailants.
Musarrat Ahmad, 16, was found dead with multiple wounds in different parts of her body and a broken arm near her apartment.
The Air Force official allegedly tortured his teenage daughter to death over the ‘honour issue’, beating her with an iron rod and a cricket bat and kept hitting her head, stomach and back till her death, the investigators, quoting his confessional statement, told ‘The News’.
On June 5, 2013, Ahmad Yar, assistant warrant officer of Pakistan Air Force, a resident of Block A-62/5, PAF Colony, E-9, Islamabad, lodged a complaint with the Margalla Police Station, saying that his wife left for her village Lalian (Chiniot) with his younger daughter a few days before the occurrence. He said that his daughter Musarrat Ahmad, 16, went missing on the night of June 4. He said that he searched her along with his two sons — Mohammad Asad, 14, and Asfandyar, 12. According to him, he was informed by the PAF guard deputed at the main gate at 10:20 p.m. that his daughter had entered alone into the premises of the PAF Complex from the main gate, but she didn’t reach home till the next morning and found dead near Block 23-J.
The Air Force Police reached the scene and shifted the dead body to the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS) after sealing the premises, police said.
The Margalla Police took up the case and registered an FIR (No. 313) under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) and started investigation, police said.
SP (Saddar Zone) Jamil Hashmi, when contacted, confirmed the report saying that it was a confusing case but police solved the case. He said that they included the complainant, his wife Sahib Bibi and their two sons — Asad and Asfandyar — in the investigation. He said that it was confusing for police — how the girl disappeared between the main gate and her apartment.
The SP said that the complainant did not confess to committing the murder, however his wife expressed her suspicion over her husband and indicated the real story as her son Asad had disclosed the truth before her.
Police induced Asad, an eyewitness, for telling the truth who, finally exposed his father as killer of his sister, Jamil Hashmi said. He added that Asad, telling the real story, disclosed that Musarrat left the house without informing anybody during loadshedding at about 10 p.m. He said that he along with his father and brother searched her in parks and other areas, including the hospital, but failed to find her. In the meantime, his father received a call from the guard of the main gate who informed that Musarrat had entered into the complex. As she reached home, the angry father started thrashing her, hitting her head and body with a cricket bat and an iron rod. Consequently, she fell down and died on the spot. Later, he put cloth on her face, picked her up and threw her on the ground near Block 23-J, Jamil Hashmi said, adding that Ahmad Yar later confessed to his crime and recorded his statement before the court of law under Section 164 CrPC.
Police have registered a case against Ahmad Yar on the complaint of his wife, Sahib Bibi, the SP concluded.
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An American Jewish college student, Andrew Driscoll Pochter, 21, a native of Chevy Chase, Maryland, was killed in Alexandria, Egypt on Friday as he watched clashes between supporters and opponents of the country’s Islamist president, it was confirmed Saturday.
Pochter, one of three people killed in Friday’s clashes, was stabbed to death by a protester, his family said.
Originally reported to have been an employee of the American cultural center in Alexandria, Pochter was later identified by his parents and university, Ohio’s Kenyon College, as an intern at AMIDEAST, a nonprofit organization devoted to promoting education in the Middle East and North Africa.
“Our beloved 21-year-old son and brother Andrew Driscoll Pochter went to Alexandria for the summer, to teach English to 7- and 8-year-old Egyptian children and to improve his Arabic. He was looking forward to returning to Kenyon College for his junior year and to spending his spring semester in Jordan,” Pochter’s parents told CNN.
“As we understand it, he was witnessing the protest as a bystander and was stabbed by a protester. He went to Egypt because he cared profoundly about the Middle East, and he planned to live and work there in the pursuit of peace and understanding. Andrew was a wonderful young man looking for new experiences in the world and finding ways to share his talents while he learned. Andrew cared deeply about his family and his friends. We won’t have any further comment and ask for privacy now at this difficult time for the family.”
Marcela Colmenares, a Venezuelan scholar at Kenyon College who was a friend of Pochter’s, paid tribute to him in her blog Saturday, saying he exemplified the “difference between a talker and a doer.”
Andrew Driscoll Pochter, 21, of Chevy Chase, Md. died Friday, June 28, while photographing clashes between opponents and supporters of President Mohamed Morsi in Alexandria, Egypt.
Colmenares related her first meeting with Pochter in the college library, where they became caught up in a political argument and discovered their mutual interest in the Middle East.
“The last time we spoke, he was already in Egypt and we agreed to eat a falafel in August, when he would come back to Maryland. After a long discussion, he planned to prove that — against my predictions — the falafels in Adams Morgan were better than those in Berlin,” wrote Colmenares.
“But he is never going to come back, because he was killed in a protest in Alexandria, where he was — according to the news — teaching English during the summer. In fact, Andrew was doing much more than teaching English, he was absorbing every bit of the Egyptian culture, he was learning about the Middle East, and he was doing what so many people avoid — following his passion,” she wrote.
In 2011, Pochter wrote an article for Al Arabiya on the effects of the Arab Spring on Moroccan society. He was an active member of a group of Kenyon students interested in the Middle East, was involved in Middle East activism on campus and took part in a forum Colmenares had created for students willing to discuss the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and collaborate to organize events.
Pochter was also active with Hillel, the Jewish campus organization.
“I don’t know the details about his death, and I don’t want to know them,” Colmenares wrote.
“But I know that it was provoked by an unreasonable amount of hate, a hate that does not have owners and that will never have a proper explanation –because it is irrational. This hate managed to kill an American who genuinely cared about the Middle East, and who would have had an extremely positive impact on the region. Violence is increasing in Egypt, especially towards Americans,” she lamented.
Andrew Pochter. (photo credit: Facebook)