Jirga orders killing of free-will marriage couple

Published: March 9, 2012

Sources have also revealed that a lashkar has been formed for the execution of the decisions and will be led by Ammamoon Chandio and Habib Chandio. PHOTO: FILE

LAHORE: A jirga held in the Basti Ramday area of Rahim Yar Khan district has decided to kill a couple who married out of love, The Express Tribune has learnt. They have also decided to attack the boy’s house.

The jirga was attended by around 150 people of the community and was held at the house of Mukhtiar Chandio, the father of the girl. Two police constables also attended the jirga in a personal capacity as they are relatives of the couple, sources said.

Sources have also revealed that a lashkar has been formed for the execution of the decisions and will be led by Ammamoon Chandio and Habib Chandio.

Station House Officer (SHO) Maqbool Tatla, while talking to The Express Tribune, said that he had sent Assistant Sub-Inspector Ismail along with the constables for the whereabouts of the incident. He said that he was on his way to Basti Ramday along with other personnel.

The SHO said that no written application had been received from either side regarding the jirga. He said the girl’s parents had not filed a report on her going missing either.

He said that if the jirga had taken the decisions, then the boy’s side should approach the police for protection of the couple and the house.

The SHO said that action will be taken according to the law against those who participated in the jirga.

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Reader Comments (22)

  • Lobster
    Mar 9, 2012 - 3:40PM

    And then people ask why there are so many killings!


  • Mar 9, 2012 - 4:35PM

    When every one in the country is a killer or helper to a killer, perhpas innocents should be hanged!


  • Rahman
    Mar 9, 2012 - 5:00PM

    Unfortunately, the jirga culture is not only in the backward areas but it’s very common in the big cities and towns too. The mob-mentality of religious and ethnical groups against others is another version of Jirga. It is barbaric, inhuman, un-Islamic and fascist to implement punishment by group of people when law and implementing authority exists.


  • Well wisher
    Mar 9, 2012 - 5:24PM

    Yeah go on why not? It is Jirga after all not as if it was a court of law. KILL THEM! AND destroy your country too set a Jirga for that too while you are att it, why not?


  • sara
    Mar 9, 2012 - 5:44PM

    He said that if the jirga had taken the decisions, then the boy’s side should approach the police for protection of the couple and the house….if the boy’s parents couldnt approach then who cares, let them die, if dats what SHO meant.


  • Mar 9, 2012 - 5:55PM

    The jirga was held in the residence of the father of the girl. impose maximum fines on the people attended this jirga. The house where this jirga is held should be confiscated by the government and start a school for girls.Recommend

  • Hamid
    Mar 9, 2012 - 5:57PM

    Ignorance at its best. No free will, is this Islam? Islam allows people to marry on their own free will.


  • Mar 9, 2012 - 6:08PM

    That’s a SHAME,THAT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN COUNTRIES LIKE PAKISTAN DON’T MAKE PROGRESS IN EDUCATIONAL SECTOR,THAT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN SAUDI ARABIA DECIDED TO OPEN MADRASSAS IN YOUR COUNTRY AND SPREADS RELIGIOUS FANATICISM,THAT WHAT HAPPENS WHEN IGNORANT MULLHAS HIJACK YOUR RELIGION. And all this happened in the presence of two police officials.Is there anyone in Pakistan who can stand up and take care of such ignorance? I hope ”The Express Tribune” keeps an eye and reports more details on this Heinous Crime.Recommend

  • Kamran
    Mar 9, 2012 - 6:47PM

    ‘Might’ doesn’t obey law and it only keeps displaying its power by every possible means … And I will always stand with it


  • Irshad Khan
    Mar 9, 2012 - 7:16PM

    This tradition/culture on increase. This can be controlled if people are educated, their living conditions are improved, Jagirdari/sardari nizam is abolished and Jirga system is totally prohibited.


  • ABC
    Mar 9, 2012 - 8:21PM

    This is a trash and fabricated story. Rahim Yar Khan and other parts of Seriki belt are not jirga-type areas, and people mostly do not go for honour killings. Instead they approach police and convene village punchayats to resolve the issue out of court.
    The story does not quote any reliable sources and lacks version of the parties. Police say they have not received any such complaint.
    Such imaginative, one-sided and planted stories paint Pakistani journalism yellow, dark yellow.


  • s shah
    Mar 9, 2012 - 8:49PM

    Jirgas have become a parallel government that are underming whatever little law and order and respect for human, women and minority rights that we have in this country. Unfortunately they have the support of the police who are too intimidated or too indoctrinated to oppose them. Jirgas promote mob rule, murder and destruction of property and are vehicles for the promotion of an extremist ideology. Jirgas should be banned..Recommend

  • Cautious
    Mar 9, 2012 - 9:34PM

    If this is true then someone explain why the govt hasn’t arrested and put all of the members of this Jirga in jail. Conspiracy to commit murder is a crime in the civilized World.


  • Mwaqar
    Mar 9, 2012 - 10:10PM

    stop living in denialRecommend

  • Ashar
    Mar 9, 2012 - 10:36PM

    My maternal side is from Rahim yar Khan and I am quite surprised to read this news item. I have never come across such incidents taking place in that area.


  • Hafeez
    Mar 9, 2012 - 11:33PM

    Will you please stop calling these panchayats as Jirgas. Jirga is a very respected term in Pushtoon society and it never allows or condones such inhuman acts. Jirga is more like a mediation body, it never serves as a court. Please correct it ET!


  • MarkH
    Mar 10, 2012 - 12:33AM

    I fail to discern the difference between a Jirga and a Lynch mob. Except that lynch mobs were never really officially accepted when they were used.


  • OG
    Mar 10, 2012 - 2:57AM

    when will pakistan come out of the dark ages?


  • Babloo
    Mar 10, 2012 - 4:52AM

    Jirga led lynch mobs to protect honor are protected by the state and so is murder in the name of blasphemy. Its all sanctioned by the laws of the state.


  • Munna
    Mar 10, 2012 - 12:40PM

    This Jirga is a authority over Gov’t rit, all “bakwas”.Recommend

  • ASAD KHARAL (Author)
    Mar 11, 2012 - 6:44PM

    Honour killing: Eloped couple on the run after jirga orders execution
    Militia consti­tuted to ensure implem­entati­on of the jirga’s decisi­on

    Published in The Express Tribune, March 10th, 2012.

    Here is a link



  • Trevor
    Mar 20, 2012 - 12:56AM

    So two cops attended a meeting to conspire to murder. This is legal in Pakistan? As long as you’re off duty you can conspire to murder innocent people?

    * these ***.


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