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Pakistan: Lawyer kills sister in court

August 7, 2012

The family of 22-year-old Raheela Sehto had made clear their fury over her marriage to Zulfiqar Sehto – a love match struck without their permission. They filed a claim with local police that their daughter had been kidnapped by her 30-year-old husband, a lifelong neighbour who had wooed Raheela over the years, largely through clandestine mobile phone conversations.

Her uncle had tried to throttle her with a scarf at an earlier appearance at the High Court in Hyderabad in July.

The couple had petitioned the court for its protection and to have the kidnapping charges thrown out.

But Mr Sehto, a graduate working for the local electricity company, said they felt they had no reason to fear for their lives in court, even when in the earlier part of the morning he was sitting almost directly in front of his wife’s eventual killer, her brother Javed Iqbal Shaikh.

Shortly after the two judges had returned to their seats after a break, Mr Shaikh, dressed in the black suit and tie of his profession, produced a gun he had smuggled into court, lunged at Ms Sehto and shot her point-blank in the left side of the head.



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