Man murders sisters in latest 'honour killings' in Sahiwal

According to police, Mohammad Asif had previously murdered his mother four or five years ago and was later set free

Afp March 02, 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.

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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".

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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.


brar | 8 years ago | Reply 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.
Mani | 8 years ago | Reply 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.
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