Five women have been buried alive by their tribe in a mass honour killing, prompted by their wish to choose their own husbands. The victims, who included three teenagers, were abducted at gunpoint, beaten and shot before being 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.
The incident occurred in Baba Kot, a remote village in Jafferabad district, after the women decided to defy tribal elders and arrange marriages in a civil court, according to the Asian Human Rights Commission.
They were said to have been abducted at gunpoint by six men, forced into a vehicle and taken to a remote field, where they were beaten, shot and then buried alive, it said, accusing local authorities of trying to hush up the killings.
Gold - National team - 1960 Rome - Field hockey - Men's competition
Bronze - Mohammad Bashir - 1960 Rome - Wrestling - Men's freestyle welterweight
Silver - National team - 1964 Tokyo - Field hockey - Men's competition
Gold - National team - 1968 Mexico - Field hockey - Men's competition
Silver - National team - 1972 Munich - Field hockey - Men's competition
Bronze - National team - 1976 Montreal - Field hockey - Men's competition
Gold - National team - 1984 Los Angeles - Field hockey - Men's competition
Bronze - Syed Hussain Shah - 1988 Seoul - Boxing - Men's middleweight
Bronze - National team - 1992 Barcelona - Field hockey - Men's competition
Pakistan has not won any medals since 1994.
Many stood up in protest, saying the executions were 'barbaric' and demanding more discussion. But a handful said it was an internal matter of the deeply conservative province of Baluchistan.
'I was shocked,' said lawmaker Nilofar Bakhtiar, who pushed for legislation calling for perpetrators of so-called honour killings to be punished when she served as minister of women's affairs under the last government. 'I feel that we've gone back to the starting point again,' she said. 'It's really sad for me.' The incident apparently occurred about a month ago.
Accounts about the killings have varied, largely because police in the tribal region have been uncooperative.The Asian Human Rights Commission, however, said the two older women may have been related to some of the teenage girls and were apparently murdered because they were sympathetic to their wishes. There have been claims one of the perpetrators was related to a top provincial official.
The word tradition comes from the Latin word traditio which means "to hand down" or "to hand over." It is used in a number of ways in the English language: Beliefs or customs taught by one generation and transferred to the next, often orally. It can refer to maintaining an established status quo in the favour of some of the participants. The word Tradition is sometimes incorrectly used, in situations driven by Self Interest and Profit.
Famous Male Pakistanis (Females are Absent From Defining Pakistan's National Identity)
The poet and philosopher of a revitalized Islam, Mohammad Iqbal (1873–1938), who wrote in Urdu, Farsi, and English, first called for the establishment of a Muslim state on the subcontinent in a statement made in 1930.
Mohammad Ali Jinnah (1876–1948), the Quaid-e-Azam, or "Great Leader," rallied the Muslims to this cause and became the first governor-general of the Commonwealth of Pakistan.
The Pakistani-born scientist Abdus Salam (1926–96) shared the 1979 Nobel Prize for Physics for his work in electromagnetism and the interaction of elementary particles.
In literature, the paramount position is still held by the great Urdu writers who lived before the establishment of Pakistan. Ghalib (1796–1869) and Iqbal are recognized as the two greatest Urdu poets.
Foremost among Pakistan's artists is Abdur Rahman Chughtai (1899–1975).
World-class cricket players such as Fazal Mahmood, Hanif Mohammad, Sarfaraz Nawaz, Mushtaq Mohammad, Imran Khan, Javed Miandad, Abdul Qadir, Wasim Akram, Inzamam-ul-Haq, Saeed Anwar, Waqar Younis, Mohammad Yousuf and Shoaib Akhtar. Ismail Gulgee - Famous Painter
Pakistan investigates 'honor killings' of 5 women - (Associated Press)
Five women who wanted to pick their own husbands buried alive in mass honour killing (Daily Mail - Great Britain)
Shot, then buried alive in honour killings (The Sydney Morning Herald - Australia)