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Jirga ordered Ambreen’s killing — had helped her friend elope

SAMAA | - Posted: May 5, 2016 | Last Updated: 6 years ago
Posted: May 5, 2016 | Last Updated: 6 years ago

Abbottabad: Police arrested 14 suspects involved in the murder of Ambreen Bibi, on Thursday (today).

Ambreen was a 17-year-old girl who was killed on the orders of a jirga for allegedly facilitating her friend's marriage in Makol village, Abbottabad on April 29.

The jirga, headed by Pervez, a local government councilor who has also been arrested, decided to punish Ambreen for allegedly helping her friend Saima elope and get married to the man she loved.

Saima ran away on April 23, locals said. Saima’s father, who had been out of town at that time, returned to the village on April 24, and started looking for his daughter. He and some other locals alleged Ambreen’s involvement in facilitating Saima's marriage.

A jirga was held where Pervez, together with other elders, decided to punish Ambreen and “set an example,” a local told Samaa.

Ambreen was drugged till she fell unconscious and then, was strangulated to death. She was then tied up to a seat inside a minivan and set ablaze.  Another vehicle parked near the gutted van was also damaged. Police moved the Ambreen's charred body to Ayub Medical Complex for an autopsy.

The girl was later identified as the daughter of Riasat, a labourer who works in Balochistan’s Gadani area.

An FIR has been registered against the jirga members in the case under Section 302 of Pakistan Penal Code and Section 7 of Anti-Terrorism Act. Those arrested include Ambreen’s mother and father.

AFP adds the owner of the van was also a member of the jirga. His van was burned because the eloping woman — who is believed to be safely in hiding — travelled in it when she ran away.

One of the first people to have alerted the authorities about the horrific case was an Islamabad-based professional Abdullah Khan. On April 29, he had posted a picture of what appeared to be a charred corpse inside a burnt Suzuki van and had posted it on his Twitter feed.

He followed this story through that day and kept tagging journalists, which helped bring the case to the notice of the authorities.

However, today Mr Khan tweeted that the police had also picked up his brother-in-law and sister.

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