Karachi - Seeking report in a week, Supreme Court of Pakistan has ordered to arrest 19 accused including Member National Assembly Ghaus Bakhsh Mehr on the charges of holding a jirga to settle the murder case of two sisters in Shikarpur, reported BBC on Friday.
The jirga was held on March 16 over alleged eloping of Mehr tribe’s two girls to marry two boys of their choice belonging to Jagrani Tribe. According to police, elders of Jagrani tribe had handed over the girls to Mehr tribe on the second day of their alleged eloping. The cousin of the girls, Sanaullah, had shot them dead and buried, police said.
However, the jirga blaming the men of Jagrani tribe for murder of the girls had imposed Rs 2.4 million fine on them.
On a suo moto notice, Chief Justice of Pakistan Justice Tasadduq Hussain jillani on Friday inquired from Acting Inspector General of Sindh Police Iqbal Mehmood about the names of the girls and how the police came to know about the incident.
Acting IG Iqbal Mehmood informed the court that two girls were Reema and Shana Mehr. He said father of the girls, Master Abdullah had got registered an FIR wherein he had stated that his daughters were missing after went to their uncle’s house and he suspected that they had been buried after murder.
On a query put by the CJP, the acting IG told the court that people of Mehr and Jagrani tribe including MNA Ghaus Bakhsh Mehr and 18 others were involved in the crime.
The court ordered the police to arrest the accused and submit challan in the concerned court. The court also ordered for forming an investigation team headed by Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP) Quddosi Kalore. The apex court also sought an investigative report about jirga and the murder of girls within a week.
It is pertinent to note here that police in Shikarpur, after a suo moto notice by the Supreme Court, had booked 13 people including former federal minister and MNA Ghaus Bakhsh Mehr, Jagrani tribe’s elder Haji Bakhsh Jagrani for holding an illegal jirga to settle the murder dispute of the girls.