SIALKOT
The village panchayat in village Bhaagowal has refused to withdraw its decision to kill the couple who contracted court marriage with their consent if they refused to end the marriage through divorce.
Panchayat head Amanullah, a local PML-N activist, said that the exiled groom and his family would not be allowed to come back in the village, declaring it a lifetime forced exile for them.
The village Panchayat had ordered the newly married couple to end their love marriage through divorce within the four-day period ending on Saturday (yesterday) otherwise the couple would be murdered as a punishment for doing love marriage in a Sialkot court a week ago.
Village Bhaagowal-Sialkot based youth Muhammad Salman Bajwa, 22, and Ammara Maqsud got married in a local court on September 1, 2013. The parents of Ammara have already died and she was being looked after by her uncle. The girl's guardian family refused to accept the court marriage and made it a matter of hounor and ego and called a meeting of village Panchayat over the issue.
The jury rejected the court marriage and announced to punish the couple by announcing to force the couple to end their marriage through divorce within the period of four days ending on September 7, 2013, besides, giving repeated warnings to the couple, especially the groom, to divorce her, otherwise they would be murdered.
On the other side, a magisterial district court sent Ammara Maqsud to a shelter home (Darul Aman) and ordered police to provide security for Ammara and her husband. The Sialkot Saddar police produced Ammara in the court of Magistrate 1st Class Sialkot Imran Yaqub amid tight security in a case of love marriage. Her parents had got a case registered regarding her forced marriage and abduction.