Kohistan video: SC disposes of case, rules girls are alive

Published: June 20, 2012
A report of a judicial officer stated that media reports about the killings were bogus and that the girls were alive. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

A report of a judicial officer stated that media reports about the killings were bogus and that the girls were alive. PHOTO: AFP/FILE

ISLAMABAD: Disposing of the Kohistan video case, the Supreme Court of Pakistan said on Wednesday that the girls were alive and that if the plaintiff had more evidence then the case could be reopened, Express News reported.

A suo motu notice was taken on media reports of a Kohistan Jirga that had ‘condemned’ to death four girls for defying strict tribal custom.

A report of a judicial officer was presented before a three-member bench, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry. The report stated that media reports about the killings were bogus and that the girls were alive.

Social Worker Dr Farzana Bari said that she still had some “reservations”. She said that the girls presented before them did not resemble the girls seen in the video.

Justice Jawad S Khwaja said that the statement given by Muhammad Afzal, brother of two men who filmed the video, had been proven untrue.

Afzal’s brother Bin Yasir and Gul Nazar, had allegedly made the film and uploaded it on a video sharing site.

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Reader Comments (11)

  • Uzair Javaid
    Jun 20, 2012 - 3:02PM

    So turns out it was another scam by ET to malign Pakistan


  • NM
    Jun 20, 2012 - 4:16PM

    disposing off


  • Sky
    Jun 20, 2012 - 5:07PM

    Irresponsible journalism?


  • American Desi
    Jun 20, 2012 - 5:09PM

    What a shame?! SC after realizing the limitations of it’s power decided to wash off the ill conceived Suo Motu! This SC is powerless in front of Jihadis and Khakis. Whatever power SC has can only be directed against the civilian government!


  • Mj
    Jun 20, 2012 - 5:22PM

    @Uzair Javaid:
    How was it a scam? The girls still have not been produced before the SC, and even the activist to went to ascertain their fate have been unable to conclusively verify the identity of the two out of the five girls they’ve met. This whole affair seems to be a repeat of swat flogging video which was also branded a conspiracy and swept under the rug. Living in denial has become a national pastime of ours.


  • captain niatpac
    Jun 20, 2012 - 5:54PM

    we very well understand why some are making such films on purpose for their masters who make dollars for every story that further ruins our reputation.This guy Afzal should be charged for wrongly alleging the local tribal council Recommend

  • Imran Haider
    Jun 20, 2012 - 5:56PM

    This Supreme Court is only interested in going after the left-leaning elements, e.g., PPP, Haqqani, Gilani, etc. All of its judgements have given relief to the right-wingers, e.g., PTI, PML-N, Javed Hashmi, Maulana Abdul Aziz, Malik Ishaq, etc. Besides, the court is sitting idle on the Bhutto case as well as the Asghar Khan case, and the Arsalan Iftikhar case has been shrugged aside. There is no limit to the bias the court in showing but not many people are noticing.


  • Mj
    Jun 20, 2012 - 6:10PM

    @captain niatpac:
    Again, living in denial. Are the videos of beheadings fake too, and videos of our soldiers getting shot and hacked?


  • ayesha_khan
    Jun 20, 2012 - 7:25PM

    Right – no-one has seen 3 of the girls. But the villagers claimed that they are alive – so they must be alive – right?


  • Its (still) Econonmy Stupid
    Jun 20, 2012 - 9:03PM

    Justice is not only done but is seen to be done. By not producing girls in the Court despite CJP’s ORDER Justice was not seen. Black mark onSCP.


  • Mohsin
    Jun 21, 2012 - 2:14PM

    This is not a forum to defend corrupt PPP, However i would agree with Uzair Javaid


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