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Land transfer dispute turns deadly: Triple murder case in Pakpattan

Pākpattan, 12 June, 2023 (GNP): In a shocking incident, a man has been accused of murdering his wife, her father, and her brother over a land transfer dispute that has left the community in deep shock and sorrow. The incident took place on Sunday in Sham Kot village, Pakpattan District.

According to the police, the suspect, identified as Zaheer Baloch, allegedly shot his wife, her father, and her brother after they refused to transfer a piece of land, inherited by his wife, into his name. The suspect, after committing the act, managed to escape the scene.

Regional Police Officer (RPO) Mahboob Rasheed, taking immediate notice of the incident, has ordered the District Police Officer (DPO) Tariq Walayat to ensure the arrest of the suspect within 48 hours. To facilitate the investigation process, a three-member investigation committee has been formed, headed by the Sadar sub-divisional police officer (SDPO).

The Chak Bedian police have registered a murder FIR against the suspect, who hails from Jagga Baloch village.

The suspect had married Amina Bibi from the same clan, and the couple resided at the house of the victim’s father, Gulam Farid. The victim’s brother, Saqib, also lived with his family at the same residence.

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Tensions escalated when Zaheer repeatedly demanded the transfer of his wife’s share in her father’s land to his name. Despite opposition from his in-laws, the suspect persisted in his demands, leading to increasing animosity within the family.

Witnesses report that heated arguments and even physical altercations had occurred between Zaheer and his in-laws over the land transfer issue. On the fateful day, the situation escalated further when Zaheer once again pressed for the transfer. Following a verbal clash, the suspect allegedly resorted to violence, fatally shooting his wife, father-in-law, and brother-in-law before fleeing the scene.

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Law enforcement authorities swiftly responded to the incident, collecting forensic evidence and moving the bodies to the district headquarters hospital for autopsy. Police teams, led by SHOs Rai Khizer and Rana Imran, conducted a raid in Mohalla Saeedabad in Pakpattan city, where the suspect was believed to be hiding. However, the suspect had fled the location prior to the arrival of the police.

The tragic event has sent shockwaves through the community, highlighting the devastating consequences of unresolved disputes and the need for peaceful conflict resolution.

The police have urged anyone with information about the suspect’s whereabouts to come forward and assist in the investigation.