Pakistani actress hit by acid attack

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 June, 2013, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 June, 2013, 6:33am


A young actress suffered burn injuries in an acid attack in northwestern Pakistan yesterday, her relatives and police said.

The 18-year-old, known as Bushra and popular in the northwest for her film, television and theatre appearances, was attacked while asleep at her home in the town of Nowshera, 148 kilometres northwest of Islamabad.

"A man climbed the wall of our house in the early hours, threw acid on my sister and fled," her brother Pervez Khan said.

A local police official, Sultan Khan, also confirmed the incident.

The teen was taken to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar, where Dr Suhail Ahmad said she had suffered 33 per cent burn injuries, on her face and shoulder, but was in stable condition.

Her brother Pervez Khan has lodged a complaint against a local television-drama producer, Shaukat Khan, over the incident, saying that the producer was unhappy over Bushra's refusal to marry him.

Popular Pakistani singer Ghazala Javed, 24, was shot dead by gunmen as she left a beauty salon in Peshawar last year over a dispute with her ex-husband.

Scores of acid attacks take place in Pakistan each year.

The plight of acid attack victims and survivors became the focus of a 40-minute Oscar-winning documentary, Saving Face, by a Pakistani woman, Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy, last year.