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  • Harsh Kapoor
    August 4, 1999 FYI (South Asia Citizens Web) ... Contents: 1] PAKISTAN: Senate Rejects Ban On Honor Killings 2] Pakistan fails to condemn honour killings
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      August 4, 1999
      FYI
      (South Asia Citizens Web)
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      Contents:
      1] PAKISTAN: Senate Rejects Ban On 'Honor Killings'

      2] Pakistan fails to condemn 'honour' killings

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      1] UN WIRE
      Tuesday, 03 August, 1999
      WORLD SNAPSHOT: UN WIRE TOP STORIES
      PAKISTAN: Senate Rejects Ban On 'Honor Killings'

      Pakistan's upper house, the Senate, has rejected a resolution that would
      have outlawed the practice of "honor killing," in which women are murdered
      by
      family members for allegedly bringing the family dishonor. Long condemned
      by human rights groups, the practice continues in conservative regions of
      Pakistan.

      The resolution was proposed by the main opposition party, former prime
      minister Benazir Bhutto's Pakistan People's Party, but was blocked by
      members of the governing Pakistan Muslim League from the conservative and
      largely tribal region of the northwest frontier. "Much to the surprise of
      many," the BBC reports, a left-wing opposition group, the Awami National
      Party, also opposed the resolution. Awami is also based in the northwest
      frontier.

      People's Party Senator Iqbal Haider, who drew up the resolution, said the
      Pakistan Muslim League had endorsed the reprehensible custom to win the
      support of tribal leaders (Zaffer Abbas, BBC Online, 2 Aug). (Back to
      Contents)

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      2] BBC NEWS Online
      Tuesday, August 3, 1999 Published at 11:11 GMT 12:11 UK Pakistan fails to
      condemn 'honour' killings

      The practice has continued in the conservative north-west

      By Zaffer Abbas in Islamabad

      Pakistan's upper house, the Senate, has rejected a resolution condemning
      the growing incidence of murder of women in the name of family honour.

      The resolution was moved by the main opposition party of former prime
      minister, Benazir Bhutto, but members from the highly conservative tribal
      region of the north-west frontier province prevailed upon the house to stop
      the move.

      The practice to murder women in the name of family honour has been going on
      for ages in many of the tribal and conservative parts of Pakistan.

      Shot down

      Recently, it became a major issue when a woman who had fled her home in the
      north-west frontier to avoid a forced marriage was shot down by a hired
      killer in the office of a human rights activist.

      The incident sparked a bitter
      debate in the country, with
      human rights groups asking for a new and strict law to discourage the practice.

      It was against this backdrop that the opposition Pakistan People's Party
      wanted the Senate to pass a resolution to condemn the so-called "honour"
      killings of women.

      But when it tried to move the resolution, the governing party members
      belonging to the conservative tribal region of the north-west frontier
      province put up a forceful opposition.

      'Sad day for democracy'

      Much to the surprise of many, they were fully backed by a left-wing
      opposition group, Awami National Party, whose members also come from the
      same province.

      People's Party senator, Iqbal Haider, who had drawn up the resolution,
      later described it as a sad day for democracy in the country.

      He said in order to win the support of some tribal leaders, the governing
      Pakistan Muslim League had endorsed one of the most reprehensible customs -
      killing women in the name of honour.
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