17-year-old student killed in Pakistan’s KPK for ‘talking to cousiness’

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An engineering student in Pakistan’s Charsadda was killed on Saturday allegedly for ‘speaking with his cousiness.’ The Express Tribune newspaper reported.

According to the report, Owais, a resident of the Mandani village of the district, was shot at and killed for spending time with his cousin and studying with her. His body was found in the fields of his village.

The youth was a student at Islamia College, Peshawar, and was killed when he was visiting his native village due to his college closing due to the COVID-19 outbreak. He was reportedly killed by his brother in law who didn’t like Owais’ relation with his niece, the report added.

The 17-year-old had always aspired to be an engineer and managed to secure a seat at the engineering department of the college after attaining 1,040 out of 1,100 marks in his matriculation examination. He was a position-holder student who wanted to excel in the discipline.

Talking to The Express Tribune, Owais’ father said he wanted his son to receive higher education as he couldn’t do so when he was in his youth. He added that he doesn’t understand what crime his son had committed to receive such a punishment.


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