KARACHI - The bodies of a couple, buried after being stabbed to death for ‘honour’ last week, were exhumed on Monday.

The heinous crime took place last week on the order of a jirga in Mominabad area of Orangi Town in Sindh capital’s District West.

The bodies were exhumed Monday afternoon and shifted to hospital where doctors conducted their postmortem in the presence of the magistrate. The doctors have taken their samples and sent them to the laboratory for the chemical examination report to ascertain the actual cause of the deaths.

Hadi, 24, tied the knot ‘secretly’ with his cousin, 21 weeks ago. Reportedly, he was already married with another cousin and had two children. The girl was engaged with her cousin and her fiancée was also involved in the slaughter. The family belonged to Kohistan.

According to Mominabad SHO Muhammad Qasim, the couple started residing in hiding at a rented house in Nawab Colony of the same locality. But, the SHO added that Hadi's brother came to know their ‘secret shelter’ after he chased him when Hadi was returning from his parent’s home some five days ago.

He told other family members, the policeman said, adding that their relatives, particularly, the girl's father Miskeen held a (family) jirga .

The jirga members stabbed to death the couple with knives and daggers at their home and buried the dismembered bodies, packed in gunny bags, at the Ittehad Town graveyard.

House owner Khayal Zada alerted the police about bloodspots and sudden disappearance of the couple.

"Their (couple’s) sudden disappearance made me doubtful. Also, the bloodspots on my house raised more suspicion and compelled me to inform the police," said Khayal.

The police then started investigations and apprehended two of their relatives Ziaul Haq and Ghulam Rasool. "The crime was committed on Wednesday's night," the arrested relatives revealed to police.

SHO Qasim said they made more arrests after the duo revealed the truth.

So far, the police have arrested nine relatives including father and uncle of Hadi while father of victim girl and brothers are on the loose, the policeman said.

This is the second incident of killing to save ‘honour’ in Karachi as in September a teenage couple was murdered with electric shocks by family on the order of an tribal council.

Taking notice of the killing, Sindh Chief Minister Syed Murad Ali Shah sought a report from IGP Allah Dino Khawaja and asked him to immediately arrest the culprits.