Pakistan - Sindh Province Resolution Condemns Honour Killings

Publication Date: 
November 6, 2010
Daily Times

KARACHI: The Sindh Assembly (SA) on Friday unanimously passed a resolution condemning honour killings in the province.

Pakistan People’s Party legislator Farheen Mughul presented the resolution, recommending that the provincial government should take special steps to prevent honour killings.
She demanded that a murder case under Section 302 of the Pakistan Panel Code should be lodged against the culprits. Honour killings are a global issue while Lady Diana was also a victim of honour killing, she claimed.

Discussing the issue, MPAs said that although Sindh was the land of Sufis and peace, some people with a negative mindset killed innocent girls usually to occupy a piece of land or a share in the property or sometimes as revenge from their rivals.

Terming honour killings as a form of targeted killings, they said that the murderers involved in the crime should be given capital punishment.

SA Deputy Speaker Shehla Raza said the ratio of honour killings could be decreased through proper imposition of law.

Holding the police department responsible for the rise in honour killings, she suggested that women police desks should be established in areas where honour killings cases were reported frequently.

Endorsing the resolution, Sindh Law Minister Ayaz Soomro said the Sindh government was already following the practice of lodging FIRs against people involved in honour killings under Section 302.

Speaker Nisar Ahmed Khuhro replied that why was the resolution tabled in the session if the provincial government was already practicing this.

However, arguments from the female lawmakers forced the Speaker to rule out voting and the resolution was passed unanimously.

The speaker deferred four bills including Sindh Shops and Establishments (Security) Bill 2010, Colonisation of Government Lands (Amendment) Bill 2010, Shaheed Benazir Bhutto University, Shaheed Benazirabad Bill 2009 and People’s University of Medical Sciences and Health, Shaheed Benazirabad Bill 2009 for reconsideration.