CHAKWAL: After a two year investigation, the Choa Saidan Shah police have arrested a man on the charges of murdering his four-year-old son, police sources said on Saturday.
The suspect confessed to the crime during the investigation.
Mohammad Bashir, a resident of Choa Saidan Shah, has been married three times.
His first wife left him in 2005, along with four children, and filed a maintenance suit for herself and her children against her husband.
Mr Bashir did not care for the suit and refused to pay expenses of his children and ex-wife.
He then contracted a second marriage, and had another two children.
His second wife then left him, leaving his son and daughter behind.
During this time, the court issued a decree in the maintenance suit filed by his first wife according to which Mr Bashir had to pay his first wife Rs400,000 – the equivalent of ten years’ expenses.
Mr Bashir was married for the third time when his four-year-old child from his second wife was found
dead on the morning of Sep 14, 2014, at his father in law’s home in the Lehr Sultanpur village near Choa Saidan Shah.
At the time, Mr Bashir told the police the child was killed by his first wife and her brother.
The autopsy of the child had not been conducted when Mr Bashir and his third wife fled, and had since been at large. Mr Bashir was declared a proclaimed offender by the police.
Station House Officer Mohammad Nawaz told Dawn: “After a two-year struggle we arrested him, [and he] confessed to slaughtering his child.”
He said Mr Bashir murdered the child “to take revenge on his first wife, who won a maintenance suit against him” and to avoid a similar suit by his second wife.
“That is why he killed his son and blamed the murder on his first wife,” Mr Nawaz said.
Published in Dawn, August 1st, 2016