Principal suspect in Afzal Kohistani murder arrested

07:10 PM | 8 Mar, 2019
Principal suspect in Afzal Kohistani murder arrested
ISLAMABAD - The principal suspect in the murder of Afzal Kohistani - the whistleblower of Kohistan video scandal -  was arrested on Friday.

Masoom Khan, nominated as the main suspect in the first information report (FIR), was taken into custody from Palis tehsil, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Minister for Information Shaukat Yousafzai said.

A Kalashnikov and cartridges were seized fromMasoom Khan's possession, the KP information minister added.

The minister continued that raids were being conducted for the arrest of the other suspects.

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Police have already arrested Kohistani's nephew, Faizur Rehman, in connection to the murder after he was named in the FIR.

Afzal Kohistani was shot dead Wednesday night at Children Hospital Road in Abbottabad's Gami Adda area; The incident left three others wounded.

Afzal Kohistani had brought to light the Kohistan video scandal. He had produced a video before media in which his brothers were seen dancing in front of local girls.

A jirga comprising elders of the tribe decreed that the girls and boys be killed in line with riwaj (a tribal custom) and Afzal had appealed to the court that the five girls including Bazgha, Sireen Jan, Amna, Begum Jan, and Shaheen were all killed upon the jirga's orders.

In December last year, four suspects who had been caught in relation to killing the five women had confessed to their crime, six years after the video had emerged.