Sunday, February 6, 2011

Davis case: Fahim's widow commits suicide

The widow of Muhammad Faheem, one of the two civilians shot dead by a US citizen Raymond Davis committed suicide after taking poisonous pills on Sunday, fearing the American would be released without trial, police and doctors said.

Shumaila, the wife of Faheem, took poisonous pills and was taken to hospital in Faisalabad, local police chief Usman Anwar said, where she died despite attempts to save her.

“Faheem”s wife Shumaila has died,” doctor Yasin Hashmi, head of Allied Hospital, said.

“Doctors tried hard to save her life but could not succeed and she died a short while ago,” he said.

Police officer Rana Atif confirmed the death.

Her body will be handed over to the family after a post mortem, he said.

Emergency ward doctor Ali Naqi said her condition had deteriorated in the evening, confirming the suicide attempt.

He earlier quoted Shumaila as saying that she feared Davis could be released without trial.

Shumaila said that she was upset over reports that efforts were being made to secure his release.

“I was under shock and decided to kill myself,” she said. “We want blood for blood,” she said.

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