Senate body rejects report on Balochistan ‘honour killing’

Regarding the case of the Five Shaheed BibiaN Who Were Buried Alive in July 2008.

By Tahir Niaz

ISLAMABAD: The Senate’s functional committee on human rights on Friday rejected an investigation report on the killing of five women in Balochistan for ‘honour’ as ‘ambiguous and incomplete’. The committee, which met under Senator SM Zafar, demanded the authorities form a body at the federal level ‘so that the situation becomes clear’. The committee said the report had complicated the case.

It also passed a resolution demanding police become a complainant in the case. The committee granted the police another month to complete the investigation into the killings. Zafar told reporters after the meeting there was a need to amend laws on ‘honour killings’. He said the committee would meet again to ‘thoroughly’ review the case of Tasleem Solangi, another alleged victim of ‘honour killing’. He also urged the government to try its best to free Dr Aafia Siddiqui from the United States custody.

Senator Talha Mehmood lamented the attitude of tribesman towards their female relatives, and called for ‘concrete measures’ to stop ‘honour killings’.

Balochistan Inspector General of Police Asif Nawaz said nine people had been arrested in connection with the killing of the five women in Balochistan.