Policemen stand aside an accused murderer (C) at a police station in Lahore on Tesday. AFP
A Pakistani man accused of killing his American wife was arrested after officers caught him digging a grave in the middle of the night, police said.
Kazim Kamal Khan was arrested in Pakistan’s eastern city of Lahore in the early hours of Saturday. He later confessed to the murder of 50-year-old Diana Christo Khan, police said.
“We got a call from a gravedigger about a man who had come to the graveyard and was trying to bury a body without a shroud or funeral rites,” the arresting officer Muhammad Nadeem told AFP.
“When we got to the scene we saw the body was completely uncovered and it looked suspicious.” A US State Department spokesperson confirmed the death of a US citizen in Lahore.
“We are in contact with the family and are providing all appropriate consular assistance,” the spokesperson said. Kazim Kamal Khan was deported from the United States after the 9/11 attacks and became estranged from his wife and their daughter who stayed behind, police said. He allegedly recently lured his wife to Pakistan by claiming to be gravely ill.
Diana Christo Khan’s body had visible trauma to the head and bruises on the neck, according to an incident report. The body has been sent for a postmortem to identify the exact cause of death.
The district court also sentenced Rizwan Habib's father and an employee to seven years in prison for abetting the murder of 47-year-old Wajiha Swati, a lawyer said. The court acquitted three other suspects for lack of evidence.
The police produced the accused in the court to seek extension in his physical remand. Magistrate Suhaib Bilal Ranjha extended the remand for two days. Jaffer is accused of killing the daughter of former ambassador Shaukat Ali Mukadam.
The deceased was a third-year medical student and was shot dead in Kohat in January 2018 for turning down a marriage proposal. Police said Rani was visiting her family during a session break when Afridiopened fire on her after she turned down his marriage proposal.
Citing the confessional statement, the investigators said he had taken his children on a motorbike to Lulliyani Canal in District Kasur. He asked his children to pose for a selfie, but suddenly, he pushed them into the canal.
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