Honour killing: Couple who converted to Islam ‘killed by family’

Published: October 21, 2012
Former Christians Bilal and Kalsoom tied the knot two months ago. PHOTO: FILE

Former Christians Bilal and Kalsoom tied the knot two months ago. PHOTO: FILE


A Christian couple, who recently married of their own will and converted to Islam, was gunned down by family members in South Punjab in yet another case of honour killing.

The incident took place in a Christian colony in Kalore Kot, a small town in Bhaker distinct late Thursday night.

According to police sources, Kalsoom Bibi, daughter of Irshad Masih and Muhammad Bilal, son of Ashraf Masih, were killed on the spot after Kalsoom’s brother Imran opened fire on them.

A two-year-old child, Alisha, also received bullet injuries in the firing and was shifted to the Kalor Kot Hospital in a critical condition, the investigation officer (IO) of the case told The Express Tribune.

Bilal and Kalsoom had recently converted to Islam and got married, by choice, two months ago, the IO said.

On Thursday, they were at Bilal’s house when Imran, along with his brother Zahid and father Irshad, barged in and exchanged harsh words with the couple. He then, shot at the couple, killing them instantly.

The three accused ran away from the scene, while shooting in the air, the contents of the First Information Report (FIR) stated.

A case has been registered against Imran, Zahid and Irshad under sections 302, 324 and 109 of the Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) at the Kalor Kot police station on the complaint of Bilal’s father.

So far no one has been arrested, while further investigations are under way, SHO Afzal Khan said.

Published in The Express Tribune, October 21st, 2012.

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  • Muhammad Ahsan KHAN
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:26AM

    Is Honour more important than Blood?


  • SSA
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:31AM

    now where are the fake liberals who never let go any opportunity to defame islam and pakistan. now who has done honour killingRecommend

  • John T
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:54AM

    Now, where are so called liberals and secular fanatics???


  • Muslim
    Oct 21, 2012 - 11:12AM

    Really Sad! May their sweet souls rest in Peace! No comments from the so-called liberals today???????? What do these double standards show?


  • Kung
    Oct 21, 2012 - 11:25AM

    If a Muslim was involved in this the western media would have gone hoarse on it. Truly this is a not an age of information but an age of disinformation. The western media should realise the propaganda they have unleashed against Pakistan is not in their own interest. They can’t handle a small country like Afghanistan whose whole population is less than karachi. What will happen if a country of 200 million radicalizes. When people are pushed to corner they loose reasoning and lash out at everyone. This is what happened to Germany after world war one. Lets all pray for a peaceful world where everybody respect each other and live in harmony. Ameen.


  • Riaz
    Oct 21, 2012 - 11:33AM

    Let’s see the reaction of liberals.


  • antanu g
    Oct 21, 2012 - 12:31PM

    imagine…what would have happened if Muslims converted to Christianity were killed by kins….comment section would have targeted Islam and so called liberals would have started filling columns with sole aim to target Muslims and Islam.Recommend

  • paki christian
    Oct 21, 2012 - 12:57PM

    there is no such teaching in the holy bible about “Honor Killing”. this is an individual act and is in no way affiliated with their faith!


  • Muslim
    Oct 21, 2012 - 12:59PM

    May their innocent, pure souls rest in Peace! Liberals badly exposed. No say today? I knew.


  • Khan (Ex-PTI)
    Oct 21, 2012 - 1:12PM

    Now let’s see if the CNN and Fox News can report this incident bearing the headline of: “Christian family kills it’s children converted to Islam”


  • Pseudo liberal
    Oct 21, 2012 - 1:35PM

    If this was Muslims converting to Christanity and then shot by family you would have seen the comments section full of words like injustice, stoneage behaviour, bigotry, minority rights, Islam and Muslims are this that and the other, pious et al.

    Where are these (pseudo) liberals now? Even if they condemn it they will do it in the same way that some Zaid Hamid followers gave done the Malala attack ie. yes this is bad but you should also talk abt the dozens of Christians who suffer at the hands of Muslims. No one would muster the courage to call this bigotry and blame Christianity as they have so often done with Islam.

    Their hypocrisy and double standards are the elephant in the room.


  • Muslim
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:01PM

    No surprise that there is dead silence on the liberals’ side today. As we say in Urdu, aaj unhain sanp soong gea hai.


  • Nitish
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:04PM

    @paki christian: Now go and convert north -east india.We hindus r learning our lesson very well.Islam and christainity both r alien to subcontinent and have no reason to exist there in south asia.But alas our leaders r busy in appeasing minorities.


  • Usman Hassan
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:29PM

    @Muslim, @Antanu g First of all, contrary to what liberal-bashing elements say, The Express Tribune has reported this incident de facto. Secondly, brother of the girl not the boy did the killing apparently enraged on her sister marrying of her own free will. Besides conversion, marriage issue is also involved here. And of course, what a reprehensible act the murderer has committed, exposing that many minority communities are no different in terms of barbaric social norms which have become a hallmark of our country unfortunately.


  • ZZQ
    Oct 21, 2012 - 2:43PM

    Looks that this so called ‘Honor’ killing is more a by-product of culture than religious extremism…

    Such extreme (condemnable) practices are rooted deep in the tribal influenced culture of Pakistan where the powerful have always used such violence to suit their vested interests and confuse it with Islam. And sadly enough our religious fraternity has also never raised any voice against this…


  • Ozymandias
    Oct 21, 2012 - 3:36PM

    When something like this happens, so many commenters ask: is this Islam? No it isn’t. It isn’t Christianity either. Its pure and simple barbarity based on corrupted cultural mores.


  • Nitish
    Oct 21, 2012 - 3:52PM

    ET again i m appealing ,pl publish my comment.


  • Athiest
    Oct 21, 2012 - 4:09PM

    @Riaz: They have been killed for converting to Islam. Why should they convert?? They should have got married without any conversion?


  • S
    Oct 21, 2012 - 7:17PM

    where r the fake liberals now?


  • faraz
    Oct 21, 2012 - 7:22PM

    Well in Islam, killing coverts is part of law while this is individual act


  • IceSoul
    Oct 21, 2012 - 7:27PM

    @Kung: Why are you bashing Western media at this time? The couple weren’t killed in a Western country nor is ET a Western newspaper.

    As for myself, I’ve never ever bashed Islam. I’ve always criticized the typical Pakistani mindset and it is this mindset which was once again on display when the couple were killed. This intolerant mindset permeates people of all faiths living in Pakistan, but Muslims of course are involved more often because they constitute 98% of the population.


  • IceSoul
    Oct 21, 2012 - 7:32PM

    Imran, the man who actually killed the couple needs to be hanged at once and his brother and father must be tried as accessories to murder. It is clear that they came with the intention of murdering the couple; it was not an spontaneous act and therefore, all three of them need to be punished. It is abundantly clear that the people of Pakistan, whether they be Muslim, Hindu, Christan behave only when they have a sword hanging over their heads.


  • Akshay
    Oct 21, 2012 - 8:15PM

    So many Pakistanis condemning liberals. Liberal is one who listens to all opinions and preached tolerance. What happened to the couple is a criminal act and deserves punishment but it does not take away the moral responsibility from the muslim communities where non-muslims have their places of worship attacked, daughters forcefully converted and life and property in danger.


  • tahir
    Oct 21, 2012 - 9:07PM

    liberals any one please ??Recommend

  • Awais
    Oct 21, 2012 - 9:44PM

    @John T:
    This was an individual act. Muslims do this more frequently than Christians.


  • Hussain Syed
    Oct 21, 2012 - 9:53PM

    Hey, I’m a “fake, fanatic and fascistic” liberal and secular blowhard and here is my opinion: this is a disgusting crime, no doubt about it. Why don’t you let us speak for ourselves? And how about you people stop being disgustingly manipulative and trying to take this horrific news and dissolving it into an attempt to bash an ideological perspective you don’t agree with? Liberalism promotes equality and liberty, and secularism promotes, among other things, the treatment of all religions in a uniform manner. Based on these principles a liberal would truly be THE FIRST to condemn such an attack. All of you need to read a book and stop with this childish ideological banter that too of which you have no coherent understanding.Recommend

  • Sutta
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:07PM

    The irony is they were murdred cause of converstion to islam,now ready for some muslim backlash on christians too. Probably they will burn few churches and kill some too. No diifernence here cause its all religious matter and liberals have nothing to do with it.


  • Silas
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:14PM

    Actually islam isn’t the problem. Religion is.


  • Rana Amjad
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:28PM

    It sounds very strange! Why they had to convert?


  • IceSoul
    Oct 21, 2012 - 10:34PM

    @Tahir: Do you have weak eyesight? A number of people with liberal views (including myself) have commented on this issue. It seems you guys have no idea what the word liberal means. It doesn’t mean someone who is against Islam, Christianity or any other religion; the word “liberal” merely denotes a person who is against violence and bigotry.


  • roshan khayal
    Oct 21, 2012 - 11:26PM

    why didnt you see hindu killing from that perspective?atleast be honest with urself frnd…. will help u a lot in ir liberal future


  • A. Khan
    Oct 21, 2012 - 11:32PM

    ‘It proves honor killing is part of pakistani society across the religious boundaries. If the said couple were muslims, they were killed just for conversion even if there marriage was arranged by the family.
    That also prove that ‘Express Tribune’ post news fairly and the people who claimed that it is some agent of west are either misguided or themselves poisonous.


  • Something Clever
    Oct 22, 2012 - 12:17AM

    It’s called seeing Muslims do it so much that you end up going silent instead of asking what you really want to. “How do you like it?”


  • Saheb
    Oct 22, 2012 - 1:28AM

    How would Muslims react if Muslims converted to Christianity of their own will in Pakistan? Is it even allowed?


  • Shock Horror
    Oct 22, 2012 - 1:29AM

    Muslims converting to Christianity in Pakistan, impossible. Apostasy in a theocratiic country like Pakistan would have resulted in an automatic death penalty. Tell me how many Muslims living in Pakistan have converted to another religion!Recommend

  • Giri
    Oct 22, 2012 - 2:28AM

    To get protection from Muslim majority, but muslims didn’t care for the new converts.


  • antanu g
    Oct 22, 2012 - 2:47AM

    @A. Khan:
    have you not ever noticed very frequent HONOUR KILLING syndrome in India particularly in Gautama and rajasthan…?Recommend

  • Usman
    Oct 22, 2012 - 3:15AM

    These people should be given exemplary punishment. Intimidation tactics like these will not discourage people from embracing Islam. There should also be treason punishment applicable for Muslims trying to leave Islam. “Allah ki Zameen par Allah ka nizam”


  • mahakaalchakra
    Oct 22, 2012 - 3:54AM

    @antanu g: There is no state named GAUTAMA as mentioned by you in your post above.

    Your twisted and silly comments are indication of the truth that you are not an India, what you try to project by using a Hindu name. What do you get by pretending what you are not?


  • amir jafri
    Oct 22, 2012 - 6:03AM

    Liberoon, secularoon, and murtadoons are now in their cocoons.


  • mr. righty rightist
    Oct 22, 2012 - 9:15AM

    @antanu g

    I am from the town of Gautama from the state of Gautama. You are right, as always.


  • Hukum Singh
    Oct 22, 2012 - 9:52AM

    I wonder from whom did these 1% Pakistani Christians learn honor killing from?



  • sars
    Oct 22, 2012 - 10:13AM

    Instead of condemning the murder of any human being (regardless of cause), some strange people are looking for “liberals” to bash. This is beyond ridiculous.
    Obviously the guy who killed his sister and brother in law ( due to free will marriage or conversion) was not liberal in his thinking. Liberals do not run around forcing their views on who should do what.
    The rest of you could learn a thing or two.


  • Solarcide
    Oct 23, 2012 - 8:27AM

    @SSA: Islam defames itself, as does Christianity.


  • Solarcide
    Oct 23, 2012 - 8:31AM

    @paki christian: So what you’re saying is that it’s the Arabic culture that is to blame, not the religions that influence it?


  • Reasoner
    Oct 23, 2012 - 10:38AM

    The couple was ‘murtid’ according to the killer ….. hence Wajib-ul-Qatal period !


  • gp65
    Oct 23, 2012 - 11:33AM

    Honor killing is just flat out wrong. Whether the couple murdered was Hindu, Muslim, Christian, SIkh or atheist is completely irrelevant. As our former home minister Chidambaram rightly said, it is incorrect to even describe these as honour kilings, they should be called dishonour killings because a family killing their own child is the most dishonourable thing possible.

    Not sure why this is being made into a liberal issue. I cannot think there would be a single person who calls themselves liberal who would support such gruesome murders.

    These killings are unfortunately prevalent in our subcontinent. What is needed is strong laws to deal with them, a prosecution machinery that aggressively prosecutes those involved in honour killing rather than sympathize with them by giving the excuse of tradition and a campaign to change societal attitudes which includes but is not restricted to open condemnation of such acts when they occur by role model (religious, politicial, entertainment etc.).


  • Libra
    Oct 23, 2012 - 12:13PM

    I’m from pakistan or technically, The Islamic Republic of Pakistan. And I can tell you for a fact that this issue has nothing to do with the conversion, even though it might seem like it on the outside. The mentality and perception of people in Pakistan is built on Islamic radical views, whether you are a Muslim or a christian. I have Christian friends in Lahore and other parts of Pakistan. Apart from going to church instead of a mosque, there is nothing different to their thinking than the Muslims. They are even taught islamic studies as a compulsory course all over Pakistani schools. So Yes, the liberals can still use this issue as an islamic issue because the 1% christians have been under the influence of 99% muslims. It’s the idea of marriage by choice combined with apostacy. In pakistan, it is legally punishable by death if you are an apostate. This idea has obviously and naturally seeped into the 1% christians as well. Stop bashing liberals. It is still a religion issue, particularly related to Islam.


  • Asma
    Oct 23, 2012 - 1:26PM

    Where is the international Media?


  • cpellbinder
    Oct 23, 2012 - 4:12PM

    The killing is a shameful act however, the converstion to Islam does not seem to be the main cause of this act, infact their marriage by choice without the consent of the families was the main reason. Youth from Chrisitan community in order to gain sympathies from the muslim community converts and gets married when their families oppose, just to give an impression that becasue of their conversion the familes are against them, the same rule was applied here too. If they wanted to convert to Islam only then where does the issue of marrige come in, isnt it a coincidence that they converted and then got married?


  • Muzaffar
    Oct 23, 2012 - 4:18PM

    I can’t believe i am reading this on ET :ORecommend

  • Cynical
    Oct 23, 2012 - 11:54PM

    @antanu g and

    @John T

    Bible doesn’t approve this. These people are not true Christians.
    Sounds familiar? Happy!!!


  • gp65
    Oct 24, 2012 - 10:08AM

    @Cynical: Sir, not sure if your sarcasm reached the target audience as intended – but it did make me smile, for what it’s worth.


  • maryam
    Oct 25, 2012 - 2:46AM

    @antanu g:
    It unfortunately happens more in Islam than it does Christianity, thats why there is more news, we must admit


  • maryam
    Oct 25, 2012 - 3:31AM

    Your statement only proves what some think, that SOME who practice it show that Islam is not a peaceful , kind religion. Its an individual choice if u want to be religious or not. You are not God. God loves those who believe and those who dont. We are all of his children, otherwise he would have programmed all of our brains to think we will follow Islam, and he didnt do this, which means he loves all of us. But Im pretty sure he will punish those who do violence and spew hatred, especially those who say they are doing it for him or the prophet because he wouldnt approve of this hatred and violence, being the kind creator he is. People should be able to leave any religion, its their choice and u dont own them. God is judge , youre not, and God wont judge them badly if they do leave Islam because he loves all of his children.


  • Hermann
    Oct 25, 2012 - 9:06AM

    Did anybody notice that the husband’s first name was Muhammad, a good Christian name? There is something not right here.


  • Cynical
    Oct 25, 2012 - 9:22AM


    A million thanks for a sane voice.


  • Cynical
    Oct 25, 2012 - 3:16PM


    All that @ paki christian said is,
    ‘there is no such teaching in the holy bible about “Honor Killing”. this is an individual act and is in no way affiliated with their faith!’; which is perfectly sensible.
    And start your rant,
    ‘Now go and convert north -east india.We hindus r learning our lesson very well.Islam and christainity both r alien to subcontinent and have no reason to exist there in south asia.’

    Why don’t you go to north-east and convince them not to get converted.

    And by the ‘english’ is an alien language in the sub continent. Stop using it.


  • Cynical
    Oct 25, 2012 - 10:41PM


    Very well said. The couple committed apostacy, hence qulified as wajib-ul qatal.
    Open and shut case.


  • zohaq
    Oct 26, 2012 - 5:24PM

    @cpellbinder: I think you hit the nail on the head!


  • david
    Oct 31, 2012 - 9:02AM

    @paki christian:
    and where does it say in the quran there is “honor killing”


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