#JusticeForSajidaTasneem: Mother Of Three Axed To Death By Her Father in Law

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In another gruesome case of violence against women in Pakistan, an Australian-Pakistani woman, Sajida Tasneem, was reportedly axed to death by her father in law. The incident happened on June 12 in Sargodha, Punjab.

Sajid Tasneem had three kids. According to the first information report (FIR), the victim’s father was present at the time of his daughter’s killing.

“When I entered my daughter’s residence at 1:45 pm to meet her, the main gate was open so I let myself in. I heard Mukhtar Ahmad (Tasneem’s father-in-law) shouting and abusing my daughter. I went upstairs where I saw that Mukhtar Ahmad had stuffed Tasneem’s mouth with cotton to muffle her shrieks as he was swinging an ax down on her head,” Tasneem’s father told the police.

He added that the his daughter’s father in law also threatened to kill him if tried to save his daughter. “After that he fled with the ax, and my daughter succumbed to her injuries.”

Sajida Tasneem was an educated woman, who did her bachelors in Civil Engineering from NED University Karachi, and also worked as an Assistant Air Traffic Controller in the Civil Aviation Authority. She got married 12 years ago to Ayub Ahmed and the couple also has a son and two daughters.

The 38-year-old victim’s father stated that his daughter and her husband lived a happy life in Bahrain and Saudi Arabia before shifting to Australia in 2013, where she got the Australian citizenship.

“The couple came back to Pakistan and settled with her in-laws in Sargodha. After a few months, Ayub went back to Australia and later shifted to Bahrain for an online job,” Sher Muhamamd told Voicepk.net.

He revealed that Sajida had problems with her in laws soon after returning to Pakistan. Despite being asked to move back in with her parents, she refused because said she could not leave her children.

Following the gruesome murder, social media users are demanding justice for the victim. The hashtag #JusticeForSajidaTasneem is also trending on Twitter.

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