ISLAMABAD (Reuters) – Pakistani police are hunting a 29-year-old man who shot his two sisters dead in a suspected honor killing, officials said on Wednesday, two days after a Pakistani filmmaker won an Oscar for a documentary on such murders.
Police named the suspect as Muhammad Asif, saying he has been on the run since Tuesday night, after murdering his sisters Fozia Bibi, 22, and Suriya Bibi, 24, in the eastern province of Punjab.
“Muhammad Asif killed his two sisters last night over their character and lifestyle, which he didn’t like,” police officer Tariq Mehmood told Reuters. “Fozia was shot in her chest and Suriya was shot in her waist.”
Police said neighbors and relatives had told them the deaths were honor killings, over Asif’s suspicions that his sisters were having affairs.
Police said Asif was jailed after having murdered his mother four or five years ago, but set free after being pardoned by his family, but declined to provide details.