18-year-old actress was attacked in her sleep in the early hours of Saturday morning
A Pakistani teenage actress is in a critical condition in hospital after she suffered burn injuries in an acid attack in northwest Pakistan on Saturday.
A man threw acid in 18-year-old Bushra Waiz’s face while she was asleep at her family home.
Akhtar Waiz told CNN that his sister suffered burns to the right of her face and her right leg, arm and eye.
Her mother and brother also sustained minor injuries trying to protect her, reports Pakistan Today.
Bushra 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 (92 miles) northwest of Islamabad.
“A man climbed the wall of our house in the early hours, threw acid on my sister and fled,” Bushra’s brother, Pervez Khan told AFP.
A local police official, Sultan Khan also confirmed the incident.
The teen was immediately taken to Lady Reading Hospital in Peshawar where Dr Suhail Ahmad said she had suffered 33 percent burn injuries, on her face and shoulder.
Her brother Pervez Khan has lodged a complaint against a local TV 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.
Acid attacks are common in Pakistan with scores of such assaults taking place 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 in 2012.
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