A girl and her alleged lover were shot dead in broad daylight in a village in Palas Kohistan Tehsil on Saturday evening. No FIR was registered by the families of either victim, as tribal culture does not permit them to seek justice through the police, rather they opt to take revenge on their own, a police official said. This was the second incident of honour killing in two weeks in the same area, the Palas police and local people said.
Police said that Kamalur Rehman alias Kama, 25, from the Jadoon Khel tribe, allegedly developed a romantic relationship with Bano Bibi, 21, from the Badar Sher tribe.
Bibi’s father Habibur Rehman, a medical technician of Kohistan health department, had arranged for her to marry a relative next month, but when he learnt of Bibi’s relationship with Kama, he shot him in a village shop, killing him on the spot. The angry paramedic than went home, where he shot and killed Bibi.
He was on the run till the last reports came in. Police said that no party has lodged an FIR so far as it is not permitted in tribal culture, which “demands an eye for an eye”. However the police have started their own investigation.
About two weeks back, a married woman and a man from the Walikhel tribe were gunned down in the jurisdiction of Palas Police Station. No FIR was registered in that case either.
Published in The Express Tribune, December 19th, 2011.