PHC orders transfer of Asma Rani murder case to Peshawar | Pakistan
KOHAT: The High Court of Peshawar (PHC) on Friday decided to transfer the case of the murder of Asma Rani, who was killed for refusing the marriage proposal, to the court on wrestling with terrorism in Peshawar from Kohat, where lawyers refused to consider the case for security reasons.
The lawyer of the Rani family said that lawyers do not want to put their safety at risk, and the main accused Mujahidullah Afridi and his accomplice Shahseb belong to the "influential family".
During the hearing, Judge Kaiser Rashid asked the additional counsel of General Vakar Ahmed if he objects to the transfer of the case from the Internal Affairs Directorate in Peshawar to Kohat, to which the latter replied in the negative. Then the court approved the request of the Rani family to transfer the case to another court on combating terrorism in connection with security considerations.
Rani, a third-year MBBS student at Abbottabad Medical College, was in her hometown of Kohat on vacation when Mujahidullah opened fire on her in January of this year.
Rani's family reported last month that they are being pressured to conclude an agreement on the murder case and ask the Supreme Court to transfer the case to Peshawar, Bannu or Dere Ismail Khan.
Asma's brother and father said that the defendant enjoys the support of some influential people, including from Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI), president of Kohat Aftab Alam district, who is the uncle of the Prime Minister of the accused Mujahidullah Afridi .
The Prime Minister Mujahid was handed over to the Pakistani government in March, after he fled the country after the incident.
The brother of the accused Sadikullah and close friend Shahzib were also arrested.