Pakistani husband, wife stage `death drama` for separation

A Pakistani man who faked the accidental death of his wife was arrested in the capital after police learnt that he and the woman had staged an elaborate drama so that they could go their separate ways.

Updated: Aug 07, 2010, 20:08 PM IST

Islamabad: A Pakistani man who faked the
accidental death of his wife was arrested in the capital on Saturday
after police learnt that he and the woman had staged an
elaborate drama so that they could go their separate ways.

Bilal Ahmed, a resident of Millatabad near Rawalpindi,
married Shehla Bibi about a year ago. The couple decided to
separate as they could not develop an understanding with one
another.

Some media reports suggested that both Ahmed and
Shehla were in love with other persons and this led to their
decision to separate.

Ahmed went to the Daman-e-Koh viewpoint in the
Margalla Hills overlooking Islamabad yesterday and claimed his
wife had fallen into a deep gorge while standing atop a hill.

His claim triggered a frantic search for the woman by
police and a state-run rescue service. Rescuers even found the
woman`s `dupatta`, shoes and handbag, which were thrown into
the gorge by Ahmed, police officials said.

Police became suspicious after Ahmed gave differing
accounts of the incident to local residents and rescue
workers.

The chief of Kohsar police station, Mehr Munawar,
smelt a rat when rescuers could not trace Shehla in the gorge
even after a prolonged search. He then contacted Shehla?s
parents in Multan and was told that she was safe in their
home.

Following this disclosure, officials arrested Ahmed
and registered a case against him and Shehla for misguiding
police and giving false information.

During preliminary questioning, Ahmed told police that
he and Shehla wanted to separate and adopted this elaborate
ruse. He said Shehla gave him her `dupatta`, purse and shoes
and asked him to pretend that she had fallen into the gorge.

PTI