Pregnant woman, husband tortured, shot dead after family dispute

A pregnant woman and her husband were found dead in a canal with gunshot wounds to the head, a day after they were reportedly snatched by relatives following a dispute.

Police told CNN Sunday that Aqsa Shakeel, 26, and her husband, Muhammad Shakeel, 30, were visited by a group of relatives on Wednesday at their home in Thikriwala, a village in Pakistan’s eastern Punjab province.

Police said a heated argument broke out between the couple and the family members, who included Aqsa’s brother, named as Muhammad Mauvia, and her mother, Majeeda Bibi.

Aqsa’s family disapproved of the marriage, according to police, though no further details were given.

A search for the couple was initiated when the husband’s father, Muhammad Kushi, reported the couple missing later Wednesday. Their bodies were discovered in a canal near the village Thursday evening. An autopsy report revealed that they had been tortured and shot in the head.

Police said only one relative, identified as M Khawar, has so far been arrested in connection with what police are treating as a murder case. The other relatives, including Aqsa’s mother, brother and an uncle, remain at large.

Aqsa, a healthcare worker, had been married to Muhammad, who worked in a government school, for four years.

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