I see it as a good sign that Arab News is carrying this Associate Press report about outrage in the Pakistani Parliament when one of its members chose to support ‘honor killings’. Three’s obviously a message here for Saudis, some of whom have rather strange ideas about ‘honor’. There is no honor in ‘honor killings’ whatsoever. There is no religious authority for them, there is no moral authority: there is only barbarity.
Pak lawmaker defend ‘honor killings’ of five
Robin McDowell I AP
ISLAMABAD: A Pakistani lawmaker defended a decision by southwestern tribesmen to bury five women alive because they wanted to choose their own husbands, telling stunned members of Parliament this week to spare him their outrage.
“These are centuries-old traditions and I will continue to defend them,” Israr Ullah Zehri, who represents Balochistan province, said yesterday. “Only those who indulge in immoral acts should be afraid.”
The women, three of whom were teenagers, were first shot and then thrown into a ditch. They were still breathing as their bodies were covered with rocks and mud, according to media reports and human rights activists, who said their only “crime” was that they wished to marry men of their own choosing. Zehri told a packed and flabbergasted Parliament on Friday that Baloch tribal traditions helped stop obscenity and then asked fellow lawmakers not to make a big fuss about it.
Many stood up in protest, saying the executions were “barbaric”. They demanded that the discussions continue tomorrow. But some lawmakers said it was an internal matter of the deeply conservative province.