Veteran journalist Ayaz Amir arrested by Islamabad Police, son sent on physical remand

Court approved arrest warrants for journalist, his wife as part of case investigation
Sep 24, 2022

A judicial magistrate on Saturday granted two-day physical custody of Shahnawaz Amir for allegedly murdering his wife at a Chak Shahzad farmhouse.

The court also approved arrest warrants for the suspect’s parents. Ayaz Amir was arrested by Islamabad Police on Saturday night.

On Saturday morning, Shahzad Town police presented the suspect, Shahnawaz Amir before Judicial Magistrate Mubashir Hassan.

The police sought 10-day physical remand of the suspect to conduct their investigations.

However, the court only granted two-day physical remand of the suspect, subject to pre and post medical examination and directed to present the suspect before the court again on Monday, September 26.

A separate request by the police to arrest the suspect’s father, renowned journalist Ayaz Amir and his wife Samina for the purpose of investigations was granted by the court.

After the hearing, the police took Shahnawaz back to the Shahazad Town police station for further investigations.

Earlier on Saturday, the police registered an [FIR against Shahnawaz], booking him for murdering his wife Sarah Inam, under Section 302 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) which proscribes punishment for murder.

Punishment of Qatl-i-Amd: Whoever commits qatl-e-amd shall, subject to the provisions of this Chapter be: (a) punished with death as qisas; (b) punished with death or imprisonment for life as ta’zir having regard to the facts and circumstances of the case, if the proof in either of the forms specified in Section 304 is not available; or (c) punished with imprisonment of either description for a term which may extend to twenty-five years, where according to the injunctions of Islam the punishment of qisas is not applicable 113[:] 113 114[ Provided that nothing in this clause shall apply to the offence of qatl-i-amd if committed in the name or on the pretext of honour and the same shall fall within the ambit of (a) and (b), as the case may be.

Ayaz Amir

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