Shahzaib Khan arrested and charged with murder after he murdered his newborn daughter in Mianwali, Pakistan
Khan is accused of shooting dead his seven-day-old baby girl on Sunday because he wanted his first-born to be a boy
Baby Jannat – meaning heaven in Urdu – was shot five times at home in Mianwali
Khan allegedly, entered his house and ordered his wife to hand over Jannat before shooting dead the week-old infant
He is accused of shooting baby because he had wanted a boy instead of a girl
A Pakistani father has been arrested after shooting dead his seven-day-old baby girl allegedly, because he wanted his first-born to be a boy in a case that has sparked fury in Pakistan.
The newborn baby named Jannat – meaning ‘heaven’ in Urdu – was shot five times on Monday at her home in the central city of Mianwali, police said.
On Sunday morning, police said, the suspect, identified as Shahzaib Khan, allegedly entered his house and ordered his wife to hand over Jannat, pulled out a pistol and shot his daughter dead reported Dawn newspaper.
Shahzaib, who has been married for two years, then fled the scene but was arrested on Thursday in a nearby district, police said.
The girl was taken to the DHQ Hospital where doctors pronounced her dead.
The autopsy report revealed that Khan had fired four bullets to kill the newborn.
The suspect was charged with murder after victim’s maternal uncle Hidayatullah lodged a complaint with authorities.
In some parts of Pakistan tribal customs mean that baby girls can be considered an insult to manhood.
The girl’s maternal uncle, Hidayatullah Khan, launched a formal complaint against the suspect for the killing.
‘A baby girl was born…he was infuriated,’ Hidayatullah said, referring to the father.
The devastated relative said Shahzaib had not returned to the family home after discovering his wife had given birth to a baby girl and refused to accept her.
Hidayatullah said the suspect entered the family home where relatives had gathered and ordered his wife to hand over Jannat to him.
‘The suspect took the girl into his hands and shot her dead,’ he told Dawn.
Hidayatullah claimed that he had tried to take the baby away from Shahzaib but the suspect had pointed the gun at him and the other relatives and threatened to shoot them if they moved closer.
The case sparked fury in Pakistan, with the public condemning the ‘brutal’ death of the newborn baby.