TORGHAR: A prayer leader allegedly gunned down his daughter in the name of honour on Sunday morning.
Villagers said Maulana Taoos of Balyani village in Kandar tehsil suspected his daughter, 17-year-old Zubaida, of having an affair with a relative in Karachi.
On Saturday night, he reportedly subjected her to severe torture, forcing her to confess. After Fajr prayers on Sunday, the maulana shot her dead with an AK-47. Zubaida was later buried by villagers.
Coordinator for the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan Zahid Khan condemned the incident and said Torghar still has centuries-old traditions which have claimed the lives of several men and women in the name of honour. Police have yet to register a criminal case against the accused who fled the village after the incident as no one has lodged a complaint.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 5th, 2014.