18 Mar 2022
Mardan, Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (Pakistan)
Chaand was shot dead in what police described as a "local dispute". A friend was injured in the same attack.
Chaanda, a well-known figure in the transgender community, was shot dead in Mardan, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa on Thursday.
Police have indicated that the murder was due to a ‘local dispute’, adding that an investigation was underway to arrest the culprits. Her friend was also shot and injured in the incident.
“It’s too early to say about the motive behind the killing but it doesn’t appear to be a target killing incident but rather a local dispute,” District Police Officer (DPO) Mardan Dr Zahid said.
The incident was also confirmed by several members of the transgender community.
In a separate incident, police arrested Sabtin Fida of Bedadi on Monday for allegedly shooting five transgender people in their home in Manshera, charging him with attempted murder.
Mona, a trans woman shot in the incident, told police, “I reached my room near Pima Hospital along with my other colleagues. Sabtin who was already in the room, opened fire on us with an intent to kill us.”
Two people were subsequently arrested and confessed responsibility for the shooting.