“The family created a story to convince them"
A police investigation is underway after two Pakistani-Spanish sisters were murdered in an honour killing.
The victims have been identified as Aneesa Abbas and Arooj Abbas.
The sisters were originally from the Pakistani city of Gujrat but lived in Spain.
It was reported that they refused to take their husbands to Spain to live with them and were seeking separation.
The sisters were lured back to Gujrat where they were allegedly tortured and shot dead.
Gujrat Police spokesperson Nauman Hassan said:
“The family created a story to convince them to come to Pakistan for a couple of days.
“Preliminary investigations show this is a case of honour killing, but it is still developing and the investigation is ongoing.”
The sisters returned to Pakistan on May 19, 2022, along with their mother Azra Bibi.
However, on the night of May 20, the women were shot dead at their uncle’s home.
Police have now registered a case against seven family members and two unidentified suspects.
The suspects are brother Shehryar Abbas, uncle Hanif and cousins Qasid Hanif, Atiq Hanif, Farzana Hanif, and Hassan Aurangzeb.
The suspects are currently on the run.
According to police, the sisters were married to their cousins in Pakistan more than a year ago. They quickly became unhappy and wanted a divorce.
Police also said the victims were being “pressurised” by their husbands to help them move to Spain.
It was reported that the sisters wanted to marry someone else, however, their mother had allegedly tricked them into returning to Pakistan.
Gujrat DPO Ataur Rehman said that when the sisters refused to sign documents that allowed their husbands to move to Pakistan and demanded a divorce, an argument broke out amongst the family.
The women were later tortured and killed.
Azra Bibi claimed that prior to the incident, she tried to protect her daughters but she was locked in a separate room.
Meanwhile, Punjab Chief Minister Hamza Shahbaz has taken notice of the double murder and has sought a report from the Inspector General Police (IGP).
The CM has called for police to quickly arrest those involved and for stern action to be taken against them.
He also directed the authorities concerned to ensure the early provision of justice.