Peshawar: A Pakistani man accused of murdering two of his teenage cousins after a video of the sisters appeared on social media showed they kissed a man arrested Wednesday, a local police official said.
The killing took place last week in North Waziristan, a former tribal area that has functioned as a stronghold of the Taliban for the past few years. The video, which was filmed about a year ago, went viral last week and is suspected of making the sisters’ cousins, accusing them of undermining family honor.
The arrests came after a five-day hunt launched in the region to find and arrest Mohammad Aslam, who fled after allegedly killing the sister last week, said Shafiullah Gandapur, a district police chief in North Waziristan.
Police have arrested the man seen in the video kissing the two sisters and he allegedly posted the video on social media. Gandapur said the video angered Aslam’s female cousin, who is now accused of shooting dead girls.
“We also questioned the father and brother of the two girls to determine whether they played a role in the killing,” he said.
The so-called honor killings are an important issue in Pakistan, a conservative Muslim country where nearly 1,000 women are killed by close relatives each year because of actions deemed to violate conservative norms about love and marriage. The incident continues even though the country’s parliament in 2016 made legal changes to mandate a 25-year prison sentence for anyone convicted of honor killings.
Earlier this month, Pakistan’s independent human rights commission in its annual report gave the Prime Minister Imran Khan’s failure value, alleging that too little was done to protect the most vulnerable countries, including women and children.
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