RAWALPINDI: A journalist working for a private TV channel was arrested on Wednesday for allegedly killing his wife in Rawalpindi’s Yousuf Colony.
According to the FIR registered at Airport Police Station by the victim’s sister, the incident occurred on June 29.
In the complaint, she stated that the suspect, identified as Ali Salman Alvi, called her from her sister’s phone at 2pm saying that he was “ruined” and the victim, identified as Sadaf Zahra, had “done something”, before hanging up.
She rushed to their home, along with her husband and mother, where they found the suspect standing at the main door while the rest of the doors had been locked from the inside, the FIR said.
She added that the suspect then led them to their room where they found Zahra’s body hanging from the ceiling fan by a bed sheet tied around her neck and a ladder lying close by.
The victim’s sister alleged that the suspect had beaten her sister on multiple occasions, despite being warned repeatedly. She urged the police to investigate the incident.
Airport Police SHO Jawad Shah said the accused was arrested under Section 302 (murder or Qatl-i-Amd) of the Pakistan Penal Code the same day the incident occurred. He added that the accused was currently in police custody on physical remand.
He said that the deceased’s autopsy report was still awaited, after which it will be concluded whether she was a victim of domestic violence.
The incident was highlighted on social media on Wednesday as citizens demanded justice for the victim, who had previously spoken up about domestic violence on Twitter.