Farzana’s killing: US calls for swift trial of culprits

'We hope the perpetrators are quickly brought to justice in accordance with Pakistan’s law,' says spokesperson.


Afp May 31, 2014
Human rights activists hold placards as they chant slogans during a protest in Islamabad on May 29, 2014 against the killing of pregnant woman Farzana Iqbal. PHOTO: AFP

WASHINGTON: The United States State Department on Thursday condemned the ‘heinous’ killing of Farzana Iqbal and called for those responsible to be swiftly tried. “We hope the perpetrators are quickly brought to justice in accordance with Pakistan’s law,” spokesperson Jen Psaki said. Psaki denounced ‘unjustifiable acts’ against women around the world, especially “violence that occurs in the name of tradition and honour, such as so-called honour killings”.

She welcomed statements by Pakistani leaders denouncing the murder as well as new legislation protecting women’s rights in the country. “We encourage the full implementation of such laws as well as greater public awareness about these laws, especially in Pakistan’s rural and tribal areas,” she added.

Published in The Express Tribune, May 31st, 2014.

COMMENTS

Replying to X

Comments are moderated and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive.

For more information, please see our Comments FAQ

E-Publications

Most Read