Five women buried alive in Pakistan: report
hussain | August 29, 2008 at 11:01 pmby
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In insurgency-plagued Balochistan province of Pakistan, some people are compelled to live like animals even in the 21st century as instead of law of the land brutal punishments are still in vogue in some tribes.A recent report about burial alive of five women has shocked every Pakistani. Interestingly, brother of a sitting provincial minister belonging to the Pakistan People’s Party of late Benazir Bhutto has been accused of involvement in the heinous crime in the name of tribal tradition. Following report appeared in English-language daily The News International: A nationalist senator from Balochistan, Mir Israrullah Zehri, stunned the Senate on Friday by defending the burial alive of five women in Balochistan terming it an act within Baloch tribal traditions and advised the House not to exaggerate the issue, which triggered a protest by the opposition members. Even Senator Jamal Khan Leghari, while lodging strong protest against the remarks, said that he was also a Baloch but would not hide the brutal act of violence against women in the name of Baloch traditions. The issue started when Senator Yasmeen Bibi raised the issue of a report appeared in ‘The News’ about the live burial of five women allegedly by a brother of a provincial minister from the Pakistan People’s Party (PPP). She said the only fault of those innocent women was that they had married according to their choice, which is allowed in Islam. She protested the ‘silence of the government’ on this issue, saying, how anyone could remain silent on this barbaric act. Objecting to observation made by Senator Yasmeen Bibi, Senator Mir Israrullah Zehri of the BNP-A remarked that the Baloch tribe did this action according to tribal traditions. These remarks triggered a protest by the opposition senators. Senator Jamal Khan Leghari said: “I am also a Baloch but would not link the Baloch traditions to such kind of act against humanity. No Baloch can dare to even think of taking such action.” However, Acting Chairman Jan Muhammad Jamali remarked that the incident occurred in his neighbouring tribe and he could not speak on this issue unless the investigation report comes to the House. Opposition Leader Kamil Ali Agha also protested these remarks, saying that such kind of barbaric incidents portray very negative impression about the country. He demanded referring this issue to the Senate Committee on Human Rights. Though Leader of the House Raza Rabbani did not object to referring the issue to the concerned committee, he asked for time till Monday for the report from Balochistan government on the issue. “The federal government had already sought the investigation report from Balochistan government and if the House was not satisfied with the report then this issue would be referred to the House committee,” he added. Rabbani also assured the House that if anyone from the PPP was found involved in the incident action would be taken against him. Meanwhile, Adviser to the prime minister on Interior Rehman Malik has appointed a reputed police officer, Tariq Khosa, to launch a comprehensive and an independent investigation into the shocking incident of burying five women alive in a desert in Balochistan. A brother of a sitting PPP minister in the Balochistan cabinet is being accused of carrying out the heinous crime in the name of honour. Umrani had been allegedly killing women in the past in the name of ‘honour’ without action from any side, which encouraged him to go for a new style of punishment i.e. burying women alive in the desert. Earlier, it was reported that some Umrani tribesmen had taken three girls and their mothers to a desert and buried them alive as a mark of punishment for trying to get married at their own free will.
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