Two Pakistanis beheaded in Saudi for rape

Published: October 22, 2010
The Pakistani men were beheaded by Saudi authorities for violating Sharia law.

The Pakistani men were beheaded by Saudi authorities for violating Sharia law.

RIYADH: Two Pakistani men were beheaded by the sword in Saudi Arabia on Friday after being convicted of rape, the country’s interior ministry said.

The two were found guilty of storming the house of a foreign family and raping a woman before stealing her gold jewellery, mobile phone and some cash, the ministry said in a statement carried by the SPA state news agency.

They were executed in the capital. Their beheading brings to 21 the total number of executions reported in the Gulf kingdom this year.

In 2009, there were 67 reported executions in Saudi Arabia, compared with 102 in 2008.

Rape, murder, apostasy, armed robbery and drug trafficking are all punishable by death under the kingdom’s strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.

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  • Oct 22, 2010 - 9:19PM

    Awesome !!Recommend

  • Muhammad Qureshi
    Oct 22, 2010 - 9:24PM


  • ahsan
    Oct 22, 2010 - 9:29PM

    A pakistani or not, thats what a rapist deserves…!Recommend

  • Ali Muhammad
    Oct 22, 2010 - 9:50PM

    “Watan k bete”Recommend

  • sana
    Oct 22, 2010 - 9:59PM

    i wish that this kind of justice also ruled in pakistan :(Recommend

  • Oct 22, 2010 - 10:04PM

    wow lovely i so so want this rule in pakistan.Recommend

  • ASQ
    Oct 22, 2010 - 11:03PM

    its not justice.saudi royal family is above justice everyone knows that!!!!Recommend

  • asma@london
    Oct 22, 2010 - 11:41PM

    Can we adopt the same in Pakistan, Mr. Chief Justice? or are we afraid of uncle Sam!!!!!!!! rather than Allah.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Oct 22, 2010 - 11:53PM

    What is meant by “kingdom’s strict interpretation of Islamic sharia law.” Islamic law is crystal clear its just that we do not want to apply it to our country :( Recommend

  • KM
    Oct 22, 2010 - 11:56PM

    If only this could be implemented in our country, we will not be far from becoming one of the top nations in the world.Recommend

  • Oct 23, 2010 - 12:12AM

    When such kind of rules will be implemented in PakistanRecommend

  • Farhan Khan
    Oct 23, 2010 - 12:56AM

    dont even think of it in Pakistan …..only the heads of poor will be on display Recommend

  • kittu
    Oct 23, 2010 - 1:26AM

    They killed them any way. Why can’t they do it in a civilized way…?Recommend

  • faraz
    Oct 23, 2010 - 3:11AM

    Does the Quran mention any the punishment for rape?Recommend

  • Oct 23, 2010 - 3:27AM

    Sharia Law is evil and it is inhumane you cannot treat women the way saudis treat women. Women are blamed for rape and are given lashes if they have been raped in saudi arabia. What kind of a justice is that? These people are under the notion that women ask for it which they do not, no woman asks for rape and no woman deserves to be raped. And it’s sick how a woman needs 4 male witnesses to prove rape.Why is that when men only need 1 witness in their favor to prove a crime? It is 2010 people wake up do you not see that as unfair? Recommend

  • Sabih Saleem
    Oct 23, 2010 - 3:31AM

    All the rapist must get the same punishmentRecommend

  • Sabih Saleem
    Oct 23, 2010 - 3:33AM

    All the rapists must get the same punishment, but in Pakistan they get away very easily thanks to our useless police and government.Recommend

  • Shaeena Lodhi
    Oct 23, 2010 - 9:25AM

    Lets see if we have the death penalty for Rape & Murder
    we have fingers chopped off for corruption
    we have hard labour for government fraud and abuse
    we have 5 yrs community service{cleaning of all latrines} for government officials that use nepotism for government hiring !
    May be then Pakistan can be an interesting country?Recommend

  • Singh
    Oct 23, 2010 - 9:32AM

    Will you guy write same comment if this punishment given by indian court to kasabRecommend

  • Oct 23, 2010 - 11:42AM

    i guess better castrate all rapists and women abusers so they can live in hell for the rest of their lives.. Recommend

  • anonymous
    Oct 23, 2010 - 12:14PM


    This is mere ignorance and illiteracy you just reflected. An ignorance and lack of education of highest order.Recommend

  • Anonymous
    Oct 23, 2010 - 2:36PM

    harsher and blood curdling sentences are not going to stop crimes in any society.these only show the callousness of a society as a is the fear of law which makes a criminal think before committing a fear of law i dont mean the harshness of punishment,but the alacrity and audacity of the law enforcing agencies with which they can investigate a crime and bring the culprit to the book in a short time.inability to influence the system by offenders is a prime requirement.the problem with the sub continental mindset is that they often see such harsh punishments and barbaric methods of killing of convicts as a panacea of all evils.,easily losing sight of the fact that how law is manipulated in this part of world,and how vulnerable poor and innocents are to the machinations of wealthy and well connected people.most of the people who are sent to the gallows are poor and helpless.Recommend

  • Shaeena Lodhi
    Oct 23, 2010 - 9:55PM

    @anonymous – You talk about

    This is mere ignorance and illiteracy you just reflected. An ignorance and lack of education of highest order.
    and yet you have the bullocks to be anonymous ??


  • Anoop
    Oct 23, 2010 - 11:09PM

    Very modern. Very Taliban-esque.. Pakistan should try this system, since it is a system given by Him, allegedly.Recommend

  • Aftab Kenneth Wilson
    Oct 23, 2010 - 11:37PM

    This is called quick justice where as here we do not see even a ray of this type of Justice. I hope the same justice will be given to the Saudi Prince who is convicted in UK for murder of one of his servant cum gay partner. The concerned Judge in UK straight away said in his conclusive remarks that all are equal in front of law. Here we see variety of rape cases where rich are freed and poor is punished due to lack of evidence and corruption. Lot goes under the table.Recommend

  • Salman
    Oct 24, 2010 - 10:39AM

    For Sheena

    Sharia Laws only way to eliminate crimes from the society. in presence of Sharia Laws only criminals are killed but in absence only innocents people are killed by killers and killers get no punishment. is this your Justice? thousands of Innocents people have been kiiled and killers are free to do anything.
    and death punishment to rapists to is to secures women. you should read this article before giving any comments.Recommend

  • Hassam
    Oct 24, 2010 - 3:07PM

    Rape is one of the most heinous crimes possible to commit and is something that scars a person for life thus worthy of severe punishment, but state endorsed head chopping! How inhumane is that? Surely there are more appropriate punishments for such crimes. And more importantly such barbaric execution of foreign citizens, where was the Pakistani high commission? They should have been extradited and punished here(even hung if so be), but in Pakistan. Surely this must be a breach of international law of some kind. If Aafia can be guilty of attempted murder and still be supported by our government, then what about the countless laborers in foreign lands who send there hard earned cash to Pakistan. If our high commission doesnt look out for them, who will?Recommend

  • Shaeena Lodhi
    Oct 24, 2010 - 10:03PM

    For @Salman – I think that men who rape women should be castrated to make a lesson for others not to repeat this reprehensible act.Recommend

  • g.khan
    Oct 25, 2010 - 1:22AM

    Yes, Mr. Singh I would take absolutely the same stance if Kasab had committed it and Indian court would have ruled this punishment. But here the question is , ” Is Indian court capable of giving honest jugdments in general”?
    Well, I will leave it upto you that answer however I would like to give two example of high profile cases.

    1) Sikh genocide of 1984 – were perpetrators of that genocide ever brought to justice?
    2) Demolishing Babri Mosque and its judgement? ( who held the title of the property?)

    you decide!!!! Recommend

  • Daubic
    Oct 25, 2010 - 11:59AM

    Indian Courts are at least far better than Pakistani Courts. Can you say me at least one case in which your strategic assets like Suicide bombers or the LeT members or your national assets JeM Members or your children of the nation Taliban been brought to justice and given punishment. All that happens is your military shielding those assets and use it against your neighbors and even when caught your courts releasing them as lack of evidence. And people like you in web world would support them terming them as the Savior of Islam for the rights of the oppressed.Recommend

  • Mutazalzaluzzaman Tarar
    Oct 26, 2010 - 12:02AM

    Typical barbarity from Saudis. As a Pakistani, I want no part of this inhumane shariat nonsense. Recommend

  • Rizwan T Khan
    Oct 26, 2010 - 11:06AM

    Does the royal Saudi family runs the same rule for their own family member? What if any American or British citizen had raped; would they punish them in the same manner? Pakistan cant follow this rule as almost all of us are corrupt (not saying that Saudi or any other country is not but we have a very high %) and we care more about our personal interest over national.

    A saying goes ” A real human does not need a penalty to follow a law as he would follow it irrespective if there is any or not”. From this saying we all can do our self analysis and rate how good citizens we are.

    Before judging anyone else, always judge yourself 1st.Recommend

  • Oct 28, 2010 - 2:43PM

    Please mention their names, and areas where they originally belonged to Recommend

  • Rana Amjad
    Oct 28, 2010 - 4:09PM

    Beheading! Can’t they have some better way of punishment instead of beheading. It’s cruel & barbaric.Recommend

  • Eymaad
    Oct 28, 2010 - 5:58PM

    Sheena- The news clearly read that the rapist shall be be-headed, and like all other useless NGO’s of Pakistan u started crying on women rights, read the news clearly before putting ur comments

    Rana Amjad – i wonder how a muslim could ever had courage to say Sharia Law cruel and barbaric, may Allah show u the right path and so to me :(Recommend

  • Ali Farooqui
    Oct 28, 2010 - 7:25PM

    good riddance .. they should do the same to the Saudi prince recently convicted for murder in Britain extradite and chop chop then we shall see the measure of justiceRecommend

  • Anonymous
    Oct 28, 2010 - 9:48PM

    How come a Muslim rape in the first place. Well done Saudi Govt !Recommend

  • Farah
    Oct 28, 2010 - 10:06PM

    Had any Saudi been involved in raping here in Pakistan, he would have been deported royally back to his nation. If they had Pakistani nationality, they should have been deported to Pakistan and punished here as a brotherly gesture. If they wanted to show how they greatly they punish and make it serve a grave warning for anyone, they should have better allotted that punishments to their own royal family who is above the Sharia.Recommend

  • adnan
    Oct 28, 2010 - 10:50PM

    this was not the true picture as it was shown in the court.Actually the complainaint was sister in law of khuram shahzad and there was some family dispute due to which she nominated him& just to punish him she blamed him.she had married 3 times.this whole story was only to take revenge in which she succeded. Khuram shahzad father died two years back when he heard the news of his son arrestRecommend

  • adnan
    Oct 28, 2010 - 11:05PM

    he was the earning hand.
    Saudi court has not fulfilled any criteria neithen 4 eye witness nor medical examination.this case was lingered on for 3 yaers. Both the boys were innocent&have been punished just for nothing.
    Saudi police has not recovered any thing.
    I extremely condemn this decision as it was only single party caseRecommend

  • SA
    Oct 30, 2010 - 12:44PM

    Sheena, get a life woman! If you think these punishments do nothing good to the society just run your eyes over the number of executions mentioned in the artice.. I wonder why we refuse to see the positive side of harsh punishments! Recommend

  • N
    Nov 10, 2010 - 1:03AM

    There is no postive side of punishment. This is brutality and injustice in the uncivilized worlds of Muslims. beheading has never eradicated rape from any society nor any other capital punishment has made any effect. Recommend

  • Nov 10, 2010 - 1:51PM

    @ N
    “There is no postive side of punishment.”

    An estimated 100 rapes take place in Karachi every day, and about a reported rape every 4 minutes in U.S.

    Compare it with Saudi Arabia, Iran, Dubai and so on….Recommend

  • Ahmer Ali
    Nov 14, 2010 - 11:24AM

    Assalam-o-Allaikum Warahmatullah.When any Pakistani commits a blunder intentionally that rape’s punishment in Saudi Arabia or in any other Arabian state is beheading then why rape is done.Why does he forget this that he is raping in Saudi Arabia not in Pakistan where such these types of crimes are camouflaged by nepotism,approach,illegal political pressure and bribery?Every Pakistani where goes must know that he/she is representing Pakistan especially in that Islamic countries where Islamic laws of Quran and Sunnah are practically applied not like Pakistan where Quranic and Sunnah laws are only made for debates,speeches and arguments.Recommend

  • Syed A. Samad
    Nov 21, 2010 - 6:45PM

    Sheena…. Of all the comments you have posted here… I know it is useless to say anything to you. I just pray for you that May ALLAH show you the right path so atleast for once in your life you can realize that you are not intelligent then the almighty ALLAH and his Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) to decide what is evil and what is devine. And I hope the realization doesn’t come the hard way.Recommend

  • Syed A. Samad
    Nov 21, 2010 - 6:55PM

    Also, anyone who has sligthest of knowledge should know that cutting the jugular vain is the most painless way of giving the capital punishment as is shuts down the nervous system in a fraction of a second causing no pain at all. Capital punishments through injecting fatal drugs, electric chairs and even castration is more barbaric then beheading. Now all you bleeding heart people should really think who knows better… YOU or the almighty ALLAHRecommend

  • Aamna Taseer
    Nov 21, 2010 - 11:29PM

    Sharia Laws is one of the CRUEL BARBARIC law created to demean women. A law written by MEN to uphold men. A great example is the number of men who have posted here to condemn Sheena for now upholding a law that will push her to a lower class.
    Sharia Law is not even desirable for animals yet it is supposed to be applied? and it treats in as inhumane way women, just ask the Saudis. Women are blamed for rape when men are the rapist and then women are Beverly given lashes if they have been raped so the Saudis can protect men as the Sharia Laws tend to do. This is a justice from men to protect men! Men have decided without the women consent that women ask for it, hence there for women need to cover up body parts so that MEN don’t get excited while the men can prance around in any clothing, have YOU MEN wondered do WOMEN get excited when they see a sexy muscular man? and so for equal treatment both men & women need to dress appropriately
    Its 2010 and Muslim women will not stand for the archaic laws of the past; if YOU MEN don’t like it then HELL man get out of our kitchens !Recommend

  • Syed A. Samad
    Nov 22, 2010 - 5:15PM

    Amna… Did you really read the article correctly??? I mean its not the woman who got beheaded but the Men… Secondly; go and get some knowledge of the Sharia Law before you speak. Men are also ordered to dress appropriately.

    Also, its not the Arabic Law…it’s Sharia Law…Recommend

    Nov 23, 2010 - 12:18AM

    Very Good. Justice served.!!! Death should be the penalty. Then I will see how many have the courage to comitt a rape. I want this law to be implemented in Islamic Republc of Pakistan as well. Recommend

  • SA
    Nov 26, 2010 - 1:13PM

    @ N: You need to see the statistics first before jumping to conclusions.
    @ Aamna Taseer, please read thoroughly and think twice before posting a comment otherwise you’re giving others a chance to laugh at your caliber!Recommend

  • Syed
    Dec 1, 2010 - 6:32PM

    @Aamna Taseer,

    If one puts Plastic container of food on Stove to cook, then its not the fault of Stove or food packaging company, its the fault of the person who puts it on the stove, who despite of warning and common understanding put it on the stove.

    Same is the case with Saudia and Shariah Law, they dont follow Shariah Law completely, most of their laws (specially the ones that supress women) are not derived from Islam, but its derived from the Arabian Culture.Recommend

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