Lahore court awards two brothers death sentence over honour killing

Published: February 29, 2016
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LAHORE: A sessions court in Lahore on Monday sentenced two brothers to death in a double murder case.

Zeeshan and Ahsan had killed their sister Saba and her husband Shafique in 2009 for ‘honour’ after the couple had married of their own free will.

Besides awarding the death sentence, Additional Sessions Judge Naveed Iqbal also imposed a fine of Rs1 million on both the accused.

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Saba and Shafique, the residents of Yaki Gate Lahore, had left the area over fears of being killed by their relatives after they chose to tie the knot nearly six years ago.

However, a few months after their wedding, Ahsan and Zeeshan invited the couple to their home for a lunch and shot them dead with a gun.

Following the murder, Yaki Gate police had registered a case of double murder in 2009 against the accused. Advocate Chaudhry Mohammad Imran appeared in the court on behalf of the victims.

The judgement in the ‘honour’ killing case coincided with filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy winning her second Oscar award for the best documentary, A Girl in the River, a short film which sheds light on honour killings in the country.

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In Pakistan, a loophole in the law allows perpetrators of so-called honour killings to get off scot-free if they are pardoned by their family. Sharmeen wants to change that.

Last week, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had hosted a screening of the film in Islamabad and promised to rid Pakistan of the crime by tightening up the legislation.

Reader Comments (4)

  • Jibran
    Feb 29, 2016 - 6:43PM

    > Last week, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif had hosted a screening of the film in Islamabad and promised to rid Pakistan of the crime by tightening up the legislation.

    It was Nawaz Sharif who followed his mentor’s footsteps, and further ‘Islamized’ the Pakistani penal code. He has the blood of victims on his hands.Recommend

  • Usman
    Feb 29, 2016 - 9:40PM

    @Jibran: Don’t blame the PM. He’s a mascot for whichever force is strongest in the country. No moral standing of his own.Recommend

  • Sam
    Feb 29, 2016 - 10:20PM

    All lives matter and no one should be allowed to go free. Let every murderer face the taste of their foul deeds but do it fast.Recommend

  • Mar 1, 2016 - 3:14AM

    Nobody kill other person. Honour killing is Jahalat.Recommend

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