Ayaz Amir discharged from Sarah Inam murder case

Ayaz Amir discharged from Sarah Inam murder case

Islamabad (Web Desk): A local court in Islamabad on Tuesday discharged senior journalist Ayaz Amir from the murder case of his daughter-in-law Sarah Inam.

Ayaz Amir was taken into custody by the Islamabad police following the arrest of his son Shahnawaz who allegedly killed his wife on September 23.

Shahnawaz was detained by the police from a farmhouse in Islamabad's Chak Shahzad area for being a suspect in his wife's murder and later confessed to killing her, saying he "thought" his spouse was having an affair. The couple was married for just three months.

On September 24, a trial court approved the arrest warrants of Ayaz Amir and his former wife Sameena Shah, as the two were nominated as suspects by Sarah's family. Amir was arrested while his former wife later acquired pre-arrest bail.

Ayaz Amir was presented before the court after completion of his one-day physical remand earlier in the day.

At the outset of the hearing, the police requested the court to grant a five-day extension in the physical remand of  the senior journalist for further interrogation.

The police informed the court about the progress in the investigation, saying that Ayaz Amir came in contact with prime suspect Shahnawaz. They said Sarah's parents have reached Pakistan.

Meanwhile, Ayaz Amir's lawyer maintained that his client doesn't have to do anything with this case and so, should be dismissed from it.

He said that the police arrested the senior journalist after getting approval of arrest warrants from the court.

"What evidence does the Islamabad police have against Ayaz Amir?" he asked, adding that anyone travelling from abroad cannot be a witness in the case.

Ayaz’s counsel maintained that at the time of the murder, Ayaz Amir was in Chakwal and that he informed the police about the murder once he found out himself.