Man murders sisters in latest 'honour killings' in Sahiwal

Published: March 2, 2016


LAHORE: Pakistani police were Wednesday hunting a man who shot dead both his sisters in an apparent “honour killing”, days after a Pakistani director won an Oscar for a documentary on such murders.

Mohammad Asif had previously murdered his mother four or five years ago, according to police, before being pardoned at the time by his family and set free.

Pakistan reports new ‘honour killing’ after Oscars triumph

The latest killings occurred in the village of Noorshah in Sahiwal district, in the central province of Punjab

“Mohammad Asif, who is in his late twenties, shot his two sisters late last night because he doubted their characters and was against their lifestyle,” local police official Allah Ditta Bhatti told AFP.

He said the sisters died on the spot while Asif fled.

“He had killed his mother around four or five years ago and was set free after his family pardoned him,” Bhatti said.

The incident was confirmed by other officials at the local police station.

Honour killing issue would gain traction if film wins Oscar: Sharmeen Obaid

On Monday a father in the eastern city of Lahore shot dead his 18-year-old daughter because she could not account for where she had been for about five hours.

“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” — a film telling the story of a rare survivor of such murders — won the Academy Award for best documentary short at the star-studded Hollywood ceremony on Sunday.

Director Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recently, turning a global spotlight on honour killings in the conservative Muslim nation.

Hundreds of women are murdered by their relatives in Pakistan each year on the pretext of defending family “honour”.

Lahore court awards two brothers death sentence over honour killing

Pakistan amended its criminal code in 2005 to prevent men who kill female relatives escaping punishment by pardoning themselves as an “heir” of the victim.

But it was left to a judge’s discretion to decide whether to impose a prison sentence when other relatives of the victim forgive the killer — a loophole which critics say remains exploited.

Sharif last week vowed to eradicate the “evil” of honour killings in Pakistan.

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Reader Comments (24)

  • Mar 2, 2016 - 2:54PM

    So what’s more harmful? This act or Sharmeen’s documentary. We are taking notice and so is the current government. Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2016 - 3:27PM

    this is the answer to those who are criticizing Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy for her Oscar winning documentary on honor killing. Recommend

  • Parvez
    Mar 2, 2016 - 3:28PM

    Laws have to be implemented…..otherwise they are useless.Recommend

  • Jawad
    Mar 2, 2016 - 3:38PM

    If this man would not have been pardoned by family 4 years ago for killing his own mother, this must have not happened. He did a crime and family pardoned him. Now he has killed more of the family – What a pityRecommend

  • Dr.M.M. Khan
    Mar 2, 2016 - 3:52PM

    There is NO HONOUR In HONOUR KILLING. It is the action of a perverted mind on a defenseless woman.Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Mar 2, 2016 - 4:26PM

    You just can’t keep an ‘honorable’ man down !!Recommend

  • Ahmed
    Mar 2, 2016 - 5:19PM

    Men killing women to protect their honor in front of other men.


    In the USA they are finishing gender. No man. No woman. Just male and female. Recommend

  • Mar 2, 2016 - 5:49PM

    This is complete madness! There is a killer on the loose. What and where is honor in this country? We Pakistanis have driven ourselves MAD in tribal traditions. What a country. SalamsRecommend

  • echoboom
    Mar 2, 2016 - 6:25PM

    purpose of such bills is to infest Pakistan with western vulgarities.Recommend

  • Pakistani
    Mar 2, 2016 - 6:45PM

    Can we get rid of this law where family can pardon their criminal? It’s clearly been misused.Recommend

  • Saad
    Mar 2, 2016 - 6:59PM

    Ask Sharmeen Chinoy to solve this problem.Recommend

  • Imran Ahmed
    Mar 2, 2016 - 7:09PM

    @Pakistani: I agree wholeheartedly. This law is drafted in the most unjust way possible and in Punjab culture the victim’s heirs are put under enormous blackmail pressure to “forgive”.Recommend

  • SK
    Mar 2, 2016 - 7:51PM

    I wish there was an act to decontaminate Pakistan from embarrassments like you.Recommend

  • curious2
    Mar 2, 2016 - 8:46PM

    State is responsible for justice and family forgiveness should not be an excuse for failure to put criminals behind bars. Triple murderer is on the loose because of Sharia.Recommend

  • Rex Minor
    Mar 2, 2016 - 11:07PM

    The political and military leadership in Pakistan should first put a stop to judicial and extra judicial killing spree in the country, before intervening into the privacy of homes and eliminating the unjust cultural and traditional family systems which also ends in loss of life.

    Rex MinorRecommend

  • TooTrue
    Mar 2, 2016 - 11:09PM

    What is this savage and backward law that allows family members to pardon a killer? The state should be the only authority to decide such things.Recommend

  • A J Khan
    Mar 2, 2016 - 11:18PM

    No one should be empowered to condone punishment to murderers whether he is “Wali” or President of Pakistan.
    Murder is an offense against state and not individual. It should be the states responsibility to bring him to justice.Recommend

  • Observer
    Mar 3, 2016 - 1:34AM

    Such a low-life burden of the society. He is definitely a psycho case. Recommend

  • Meer
    Mar 3, 2016 - 1:57AM

    Disgusted by Pakistani law where a son can kill his own mother and walk free to kill his sisters! What kind of a people are you!?Recommend

  • Meer
    Mar 3, 2016 - 1:57AM

    Disgusted by Pakistani law where a son can kill his own mother and walk free to kill his sisters! What kind of a people are you!?Recommend

  • curious2
    Mar 3, 2016 - 2:34AM

    Ever notice that the people killing women are men – and the people forgiving women killers are men? Coincidence – I think not. Women have the same rights/liberties/responsibilities as men and don’t deserve to be killed because someone doesn’t like their behavior. Your religion or culture doesn’t give you the right to kill women.Recommend

  • Chacha Jee
    Mar 3, 2016 - 3:40AM

    Where is civil society? At least. In india, if there is rape or killing, millions of indians come out. And, why would pakistanis come to when they themselves enjoy fruits of same law where they can murder their women and then pardoned by same family. Watch my words this murderer is against going to come and will be pardoned by same family and will enjoy clout in his bradariRecommend

  • Mani
    Mar 3, 2016 - 6:30AM

    This law has to be changed. Families shouldn’t be given the sole power to pardon a killer who has killed another family member.

    We are all part of a society and not just our families. If someone is murdered the impact is not just restricted to their immediate loved ones. Co-workers, friends, neighbours etc. all feel the pain of losing someone they cared for.

    So only family should not be given this power. State should still prosecute the murderer and allow justice to take its due course.Recommend

  • brar
    Mar 3, 2016 - 12:11PM

    Strange country strange laws where if u have money you can killany one and than pay handsome amount called dia to the next of the kin and go to sleep.Recommend

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