Court Rejects Bail Plea of Accused in Murder Of Medical Student Asma Rani

A court here on Wednesday turned down a bail application of an accused person in the 2018 murder case of medical student Asma Rani in Kohat.

The court rejected the bail plea of Shahzeb accused of aiding and abetting main accused Mujahid Afridi.

Court Rejects Bail Plea of Accused in Murder Of Medical Student Asma Rani

Asma Rani, a third year student at Ayub Medical College, was shot dead in January 2018 at her hometown in Kohat after she allegedly rejected the marriage proposal of Afridi.

Police had registered an FIR of the case on the complaint of brother of the deceased, Muhammad Irfan, under Section 324 and 304 of Pakistan Penal Code. Asma was returning home in a rickshaw with her sister-in-law when Mujahid Afridi, who was lying in wait outside their house, allegedly shot her dead.

Soon after the incident, the accused had fled to Dubai following which his name was placed in the Interpol’s most

wanted people’s list. KP police had approached Interpol through Federal Investigation Agency for his arrest.

He was brought back via Dubai to Islamabad after his arrest by Interpol in UAE.

The ill-fated medical student had come from Abbottabad to Kohat, her hometown, during her holidays.

The accused, who was already married and had a business in the UAE, managed to escape to Saudi Arabia on the day of the incident from the Islamabad airport using an Umrah visa.

After his escape, the K-P police had approached the Federal Investigation Agency (FIA) and asked it to approach Interpol for the arrest of the suspect in Saudi Arabia.

The brutal murder and the accused’s escape had sent a shockwave across the country. His brother and a friend, both co-accused, were later arrested by the Kohat police and interrogated. The police had also recovered the gun used in the murder based on information provided by the co-accused.