Rawalpindi - A widow whose husband was allegedly killed some five months ago has appealed to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif to direct Rawalpindi police to solve the murder case of her husband on merit.

In the written application, copy of which is also available with The Nation, the PM was informed that local police were not arresting the killers and were making attempts to turn the murder case into a suicide incident by taking bribe from the accused allegedly on political pressure. She said that the killers were pressurising her to settle the dispute.

The victim lady namely Tehzim Akhter, resident of Dhoke Sobidaran, Morgah, also posted the copies of the application to Federal Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan, Punjab Chief Minister Mian Shahbaz Sharif and Inspector General of Punjab Police Mushtaq Ahmed Sukhera for justice. The lady stated in the application that her husband Saeed Ahmed had been working as cashier on a petrol pump for the last 16 years. She said that her husband on 4/11/2014 told her that his owner Muhammad Nawaz was demanding the house ownership documents from him, as he (owner) had accused Saeed of committing embezzlement. She said that on 5/11/2014 her husband was subjected to torture and then was killed by shooting into head. A case number 400/14 was lodged with Rawat police station under section 302/34, she said. She added that despite passage of five months the local police were not arresting the killers. She alleged that the killers were bribing police and using some politicians of the ruling party to influence the murder case.

On the other hand, sources revealed to The Nation that police held an accused in connection with the murder case but freed him on intervention of former MNA Chaudhry Riaz of PML-N from Gujjar Khan.

A jirga was held in the house of the victim lady which was headed by Chaudhry Riaz. Riaz made all-out efforts to convince the victim party to pardon the killers by taking blood money. Riaz said that he had taken Rs 2.5 million as guarantee money from the killers and would not return them as it would be given to the children of the deceased, the sources added. However, the victim party refused to pardon to killers and demanded of Riaz to ask police to arrest the killers.

Chaudhry Riaz, when contacted, denied that he had taken money from killers or asked police to free any accused. He said that the victim party on his intervention had pardoned the killers earlier and now she had taken U-turn.

SHO Malik Asif Nawaz, while taking to The Nation, said that it was basically a suicide case which was also being probed by SP (investigation). He said that police had sent all evidences to forensic lab and waiting for result. Action would be taken in the light of report, he added.