Two Pakistani teenagers who tried to elope were brutally murdered by relatives with electric shocks last month as an “honor killing” in the southern port city of Karachi, police confirmed.
The tribal boy and girl accused of falling in love with each other were declared by the local tribal council, or jirga, as a symbol of “dishonor” on the Pashtun community. The bodies will be exhumed for postmortem examinations on Wednesday, according to Aman Marwat, a police officer on the case.
Jirgas are often convened, particularly in conservative rural areas, to settle local disputes especially between poor families. Although they operate outside the law, their rulings of prompt justice, based on centuries-old traditions, are often honored by local officials.
On the orders of the influential tribal council, the teenage girl was murdered first, and the boy was killed the next day. The bodies were buried secretly at night and no funerals took place.
The 15-year-old girl, identified as Bakht Taj, allegedly tried to elope with the 17-year-old boy, identified as Rehman. The couple belonged to the tribal Mohmand clan originally from Federally Administered Tribal Areas (FATA) where Pakistan’s army has fought to contain an Islamist militant insurgency that has spread across the northwest during the past several years.
“The innocent souls were tied to a charpai (rope bed) and given electric shocks,” Marwat said. He arrested the two fathers and two uncles and is pursuing some 30 members of the jirga who have gone into hiding.
Senior police superintendent Rao Anwar said investigators learned about the dual murder through an informant. Police arrested the fathers and some relatives of both teens.
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SOURCE: Fox News, Haroon Janjua