Sarah Inam murder case: Court grants 14-day judicial remand of Shahnawaz Amir

ISLAMABAD: An Islamabad district and sessions court sent Shahnawaz Amir, the prime suspect in the murder case of his wife Sarah Inam, into judicial custody for 14 days on Thursday.

According to the details, Shahnawaz, who is also the son of senior journalist Ayaz Amir, was presented before civil judge Aamir Aziz after the completion of his physical remand.

The police then requested for the prime suspect’s judicial remand.

The police request was granted by the court and Shahnawaz was sent to judicial custody for 14 days.

Senior journalist Ayaz Amir’s son Shahnawaz allegedly killed his wife Sarah at home after a row over a family issue on September 23.

Shahnawaz — who was detained by the police from a farmhouse in Islamabad’s Chak Shahzad area for being a suspect in his wife’s murder — confessed to committing the crime and said that he “thought” his spouse was having an affair with someone else. The couple was married for just three months.

The first information report (FIR) against Shahnawaz was filed at Islamabad’s Chak Shahzad police station.

The FIR was registered under Section 302 (punishment for murder) of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) on the complaint of Station House Officer (SHO) Nawazish Ali Khan.

The complaint stated that on September 23, the suspect’s mother Sameena Shah called the police and informed them that Shahnawaz had murdered his wife “with a dumbbell”.

“My son is present in the house and has hidden the body,” the FIR quoted Sameena as saying, adding that the police subsequently raided the house.

“He had locked himself up in his room. When they broke inside, there were stains of blood stains on Shahnawaz’s hands and clothes,” the police said in the complaint.

“He then confessed that he had repeatedly hit his wife with a dumbbell during an argument and then hid her body in the washroom’s bathtub.”

According to the FIR, Shahnawaz also said he had “hidden” the murder weapon under his bed. Upon examining the dumbbell, the police found blood and hair on it. “We have sent it for forensics,” the FIR added.

The complaint further stated that the victim’s body had been sent to the Polyclinic Hospital for a postmortem examination.

Raja Furqan Ahmed

Raja Furqan Ahmed is the News Editor of The Pakistan Daily.

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