A Peshawar resident has been denied bail for attempting to kill his wife

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PESHAWAR: A local court on Friday denied bail for a man accused of attempting to murder his wife with multiple gunshots.

Additional District and Sessions Judge Aftab Iqbal ruled that petitioner Barkatullah was not eligible for bail given the evidence on file.

The applicant is accused of having shot his wife, Bushra Bibi, who had received six bullets. Although the woman survived the attack on her life, she suffered serious injuries, including multiple bone fractures.

The petitioner is also said to have snatched their two minor children from the custody of his wife.

The life attempt FIR was registered at East Cant Police Station on February 19, 2022, under Sections 324 and 34 of the Pakistan Penal Code.

In the FIR, the woman had accused her husband, Barkatullah, and his two brothers of committing the offense against her.

Lawyer Nouman Muhib Kakakhel represented plaintiff Bushra Bibi arguing that the couple had a strained relationship and that his client’s husband forcibly took away their minor children.

He said the plaintiff filed a habeas corpus petition in local court and got the children back.

The lawyer, however, said the defendant challenged the issue of custody of the children before the competent guardian judge. He added that on the day of the hearing, the accused accompanied by his two brothers forcibly took away the complainant and his two children.

The lawyer asserted that his client had been shot six times by the applicant and his brothers.

He argued that the three defendants fled taking the children and remained on the run for many months.

The lawyer said that after the complainant recovered from her injuries, she transferred to the Peshawar High Court whose orders led to the recovery of the children, while the accused was arrested on September 3 with the help from a joint investigation team.

The lawyer argued that the claimant’s call data recording also supported the prosecution’s case.

Mr. Kakakhel said his client suffered serious gunshot wounds and, being a young woman, became disabled for the rest of her life.

Posted in Dawn, September 17, 2022

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