HARIPUR: A man was shot dead allegedly by relatives of a girl he eloped with in Hairpur in the latest “honour killing” to hit the country.
Ismail Khan, 24, was walking in a nearby village when unknown assailants shot at him, killing him on the spot.
Ismail had married Saba Manzoor, last week after they both eloped, police said. Later, a jirga (tribal consultative body) found the girl and convinced her to return home to fulfill the traditional customs of marriage after Eid.
Husband murdered in Multan in rare male 'honour killing'
However, Ismail was shot dead and his father now believes his daughter-in-law is now in danger. Saba’s family convinced her to return home after convincing her they will get her married to Ismail after Eid.
According to the victim's father, he was not aware of the whereabouts of his daughter in law and feared she might be killed too in the name of honor.
Earlier on June 18, a man’s throat was slit by relatives of his wife in Multan who disapproved of their marriage.
Hundreds of women are murdered by relatives in Pakistan each year on the pretext of defending what is seen as family honour, but it is rare for victim to be a man.
Lahore couple murdered by family in 'honour killing'
Two weeks ago, Zeenat Bibi was killed in Lahore by her mother for marrying a man of her own choice in a case that sparked condemnation throughout the country.
It was swiftly followed by another killing, of a couple in Lahore who married without their family’s consent.
On Tuesday, the Council of Islamic Ideology (CII) declared man-made customs of Swara, Vanni and similar norms and killing of women in the name of honour against the injunctions of Islam and liable to punishment.
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