Kohistan video: Local claims five women killed, officials deny

Brother of one of those accused of making video claims women were tortured before they were killed on May 30.

Muhammad Sadaqat June 03, 2012
Kohistan video: Local claims five women killed, officials deny

KOHISTAN: Five women in Kohistan, four of whom were filmed 'singing and dancing' with men at a wedding party, were killed on May 30 after a tribal jirga ordered their execution, claimed Muhammad Afzal – brother of the two accused of filming the video and uploading it on the internet. Officials have however denied this claim.

Commissioner Hazara Khalid Umarzai and Provincial Minister for Social Welfare Sitara Ayaz denied that the women were killed and said they were alive and safe at their homes. Police officials in the area also denied the incident.

The fifth girl, sister of one of the women filmed, was also killed on suspicion, claimed Afzal.

Police had filed an FIR against the two brothers, Bin Yasir and Gul Nazar, for filming these four women and putting the video online.

According to Afzal, the women were kept in captivity for a month and were tortured by pouring boiling water on their bodies before they were killed.

The jirga had also ordered the execution of the two brothers along with the four women. However, the men had fled the area.

It was earlier reported that the accused, in connivance with four other people including their elder brother and a cousin uploaded the video on the internet and also released it to some media outlets. This caused uproar in the community, which felt the video had stained the honour of the tribe’s women.



Muhammad | 12 years ago | Reply

Arab and Pashtoon culture and Mentality towards the women is 99.99% similar ! This is their culture and mentality, and its unfortunate these ethnic groups happen to be Muslims ! The non Muslims look at their actions ISLAMIC as if these people represent Islam in every act of violence they commit ! I think they should have punished the culprits who shoot the video and post it on the internet, if it true !

Faraz | 12 years ago | Reply

@gp65: this is the rational thinking that we (Pakistanis) lack, comparing with India (I have no idea who is better and I don't wish to compare, I am only concerned with what happens in Pakistan and I strongly condemn this brutal jirga act) relieves us of all our wrongdoings, matter dismissed. Most unfortunate.

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