Nawaz asks Punjab CM to submit report on 'honour' killing outside LHC

Published: May 29, 2014
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A file photo of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: REUTERS

A file photo of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. PHOTO: REUTERS

ISLAMABAD: Taking notice of the killing of a 25-year-old woman outside the Lahore High Court (LHC), Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has requested Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to submit a report on the incident, Express News reported on Thursday.

“This crime is totally unacceptable and must be dealt with in accordance with law promptly. I am directing the chief minister to take immediate action and report must be submitted by this eve to my office,” said an official statement issued by the prime minister’s office.

The woman was stoned to death by her father and two brothers in an apparent ‘honour killing’ outside the LHC on May 27 after she married a man of her choice.

Farzana Iqbal of Chak 167, Jaranwala, was previously engaged to a cousin but chose to marry Muhammad Iqbal, a resident of Syedawala, a month ago. Her family registered a kidnapping case against Iqbal at Syedawala police station and Farzana arrived at the LHC to record her statement in favour of her husband, officials had said.

Police had said that Farzana was waiting outside the LHC, near a mosque, when members of her family opened fire at her. She had survived the firing and subsequently, nearly a dozen men, including her father, brothers and former fiancée, pelted her with bricks and stones, according to Civil Lines SP Umar Riaz Cheema.

The men continued to stone her until she died on the spot.

Local police had reached the spot soon after Farzana died and registered a case on her husband’s complaint.

Farzana suffered head injuries and was taken to the hospital by passersby, where she was declared dead on arrival.

All attackers except Farzana’s father, Muhammad Azeem, fled from the scene. Azeem confessed to police that he killed his daughter as it was a matter of honour. No further arrests have been made by the Mozang police yet.

According to rights group Aurat Foundation, honour killings claim an estimated 1,000 lives of women every year in Pakistan – the figure is compiled from news reports and the Foundation states that actual statistics may be greater.

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Reader Comments (25)

  • Hasan Hasni
    May 29, 2014 - 1:44PM

    International media published the story yesterday. Did Lahore High Court had taken any notice?.

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  • observer
    May 29, 2014 - 2:18PM

    only report and then putting the report in cold storage

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  • Shazia
    May 29, 2014 - 2:40PM

    How about taking notice of the high rate of honour killings in Sindh too? You are supposed to be PM of all 4 provinces.

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  • touseef
    May 29, 2014 - 2:45PM

    What a beautiful action… intervention of CM in rape case and PM inn honour killing is evident that governance in punjab is zero.

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  • Neeraj
    May 29, 2014 - 2:53PM

    Is it just me who is thinking that Nawaz has changed his approach after returning from India? This is like amazingly proactive.

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  • naeem hussain
    May 29, 2014 - 3:08PM

    What about slapping by PML-N MPA to a doctor and PML-N woman slapping to PTI MPA out side Punjab assembly.

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  • Jibran
    May 29, 2014 - 3:16PM

    Killing a daughter is no honor. The culprits must be tried with full force for the maximum penalty. There must not be any excuse for barbarity. In addition, the occurrence of such events repeatedly in the heart of Punjab, and total lack of action by the provincial government demonstrate the incompetence and connivance of the very CM who never hesitates to claim good governance.

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  • Imran
    May 29, 2014 - 3:21PM

    Serious Crime rate is skyrocketing in Punjab, especially the crimes against women, children, and minorities as well as terrorism. A province ruled by PML for more than 20 years in the last 25 years.

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  • Imran
    May 29, 2014 - 3:25PM

    @ Neeraj
    It is just you

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  • String theory.
    May 29, 2014 - 3:26PM

    WE pak need to invest in humans need to ensure proper education rather to invest all money in road and metrobuss , Really if we have developed human capital no body can stop us to go out of list of third world to developing world.

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  • pardesi
    May 29, 2014 - 3:57PM

    Would the PM also take notice of killing of minorities

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  • Muhammad Saim
    May 29, 2014 - 3:58PM

    As if you you, Mr. PM don’t know that there was a heavy police contingent present to provide protocol safety to one of your chosen ones. Impotent they proved to be and incompetent the whole system including your leadership is. This is but once isolated incident in a jungle of beasts of all sorts.

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  • Zeeshan
    May 29, 2014 - 4:00PM

    @ Neeraj…amazingly Proactive???? This is anything but proactive. Its at best highly reactive rather media style reactive! Waqea ka notice leylia, I hate this line!!

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  • Babar Khan
    May 29, 2014 - 4:57PM

    According to, the Qisas/Diyat laws the relatives of victim are allowed to forgive the murderer for monetary compensation.

    So, the result would be the man walks free because all his relatives were accomplices to the killing her and would agree to forgive the lovely father for 5 rupees compensation, like in most cases of honor killings in this country.

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  • Muhammad Rizwan Ali
    May 29, 2014 - 5:25PM

    PM should ask CM to resign instead asking him to report,
    PM,CM, Police chief, all responsible, they must quit their job immediately
    Shame on them

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  • Muhammad Rizwan Ali
    May 29, 2014 - 5:28PM

    I am surprised people of Punjab, there must be hundred of peoples, why they not save her,
    Shame on people,

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  • Avtar
    May 29, 2014 - 5:53PM

    Pakistan is approaching ‘stone age’ – the fundamentalists would be so pleased. It is difficult to believe that there were no police or court security personnel who could have at least arrested the perpetrators!

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  • lol
    May 29, 2014 - 6:54PM

    now if this would have happened in some village… still understandable….but happening in pakistan’s most cosmopolitan city that too outside lahore high court is shocking …. no one even cared to protect her…. large hearted pakistanis??? :) ;)

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  • Beck
    May 29, 2014 - 7:06PM

    Hogwash! Nothing will come out of it.Those who indulge in such acts, their hearts have been sealed and there is no cure for it. They will never see the light.

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  • Dur e shawar
    May 29, 2014 - 7:07PM

    Whatever happening we should appreciate the news paper and persons who at least have courage to print this .

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  • Dr. Abid Shah Mashwani
    May 29, 2014 - 7:31PM

    No doubt a murderer (father and rest of the people involved in brutality) must be punished but how about law enforcement agencies and people leading them. This is not a murder took place in a small village and inside a house rather she was brutaly killed in Lahore and most importantly near high court. No police was there? This remind me of those two innocent teen agers killed in Sialkot in front of police. Such acts should lead to resignation and punishment of the law minister, sacking of IG, and lahore DPO.

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  • AJ
    May 29, 2014 - 8:25PM

    This is so messed up, I persoanlly am not even sure what to write about this since this sort of stuff has become so common in our so called muslim conutry that with every occurance of such incident all we do is to comment, talk and vent and at the end nothing happens. On to the next one. Recommend

  • MA
    May 29, 2014 - 11:27PM

    CM Punjab took notice of the issue (full stop)

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  • Iram
    May 30, 2014 - 8:47AM

    When you depute your law minister to crack jokes on other parties leaders then how will he look after law & order affairs. This is a serious business sir, so please depute a serious person who look into the matters seriously.

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  • Naeem
    May 30, 2014 - 9:56PM

    As if you, Mr. PM don’t know that there was a heavy police contingent present to provide protocol safety to one of your chosen ones. Impotent they proved to be and incompetent the whole system including your leadership is. This is but once isolated incident in a jungle of beasts of all sorts.

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