Pakistani man kills wife, two children, six others in alleged honor killing

Members of civil society protest against a recent "honor" killing in Islamabad, Pakistan on May 29, 2014. (Reuters / File)
Updated 02 July 2019

Pakistani man kills wife, two children, six others in alleged honor killing

  • The deaths add to hundreds of honor killing cases reported each year
  • Pakistan adopted legislation against honor killings in 2016, closing legal lacunae and introducing tough punishment

LAHORE: A man shot his wife, their two children, and six of her family members on Monday and then burned the bodies when he set her family’s home on fire in an alleged honor killing in central Pakistan, police said.
Muhammad Ajmal committed the attack as revenge for a suspected affair by his wife Kiran, said Imran Mehmood, a District Police Officer for the city of Multan, where the killings occurred. Ajmal returned to Pakistan from Saudi Arabia, where he worked as a tailor, 25 days ago intending to carry out the killings, he said.
Mehmood said Ajmal confessed to the killings.
“This is clearly an honor killing. He saw a picture of his wife with another man and believed she was having an affair,” Mehmood said. “He does not repent his actions.”
In addition to killing his wife and their two children, Ajmal also killed his three sisters-in-law, two of their children, and his mother-in-law.
Ajmal and his father, who was with him at the time of the murder, are both in custody and have been charged with murder, Mehmood said. Police are searching for his brother, who is also believed to be involved.
The deaths add to the hundreds of women and girls killed in Pakistan each year, according to human rights groups, by family members angered at the perceived damage to their honor, which may involve eloping, fraternizing with men or any infringement of conservative values regarding women.
Kiran’s brother Ali Raza told Reuters that Ajmal and his sister were having marital problems and she had recently moved back to Pakistan and was living with her family.
“I am left with just my father, my whole family is gone,” he said.
Mehmood said Ajmal has not been assigned an attorney yet and Reuters was unable to contact any of his family members for a comment.
Pakistan adopted legislation against honor killings in 2016, introducing tough punishment and closing a legal loophole that allowed killers to walk free if pardoned by family members.
Police in Pakistan’s most populous province of Punjab, where honor crimes have been rampant, said recently that the number of such killings had fallen since the law was introduced but rights groups estimate that nearly 1,000 such killings take place annually.


Pakistan slams India’s controversial citizenship bill

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Pakistan slams India’s controversial citizenship bill

  • PM Khan says the legislation violates all norms of international human rights law
  • Passed by the Indian lower house on Monday, the bill seeks to grant nationality to all minorities, except Muslims

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday strongly condemned the decision taken by India’s Parliament to pass the controversial Citizenship Amendment Bill (CAB), which grants citizenship to all religious minorities from neighboring countries, except Muslims.
“It violates all norms of int [international] human rights law & bilateral agreements with Pak. It is part of the RSS Hindu Rashtra design of expansionism propagated by the fascist Modi Govt,” he tweeted.
On Monday, Indian Lok Sabha — the lower House of Parliament — took up the hearing for the CAB, with Pakistan’s Foreign Office criticizing the move later in the day.
“It is a complete violation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and other international Covenants on elimination of all forms of discrimination based on religion or belief,” a statement released by the FO said, adding that the legislation is also “in complete contravention of various bilateral agreements between Pakistan and India, particularly the one concerning the security and rights of minorities.”
The FO termed the legislation as another major step toward the realization of the concept of “Hindu Rashtra idealized and relentlessly pursued by the right-wing Hindu leaders for several decades.”
“We condemn the legislation as regressive and discriminatory, which is in violation of all relevant international conventions and norms, and a glaring attempt by India to interfere in the neighboring countries with malafide intent,” the statement read.
The CAB seeks to amend the country’s Citizenship Act 1955, aimed at granting citizenship to persecuted minorities such as Hindus, Buddhists, Jains, Christians and Parsis from Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan, but excludes Muslims.