UK calls for wider debate on culture of violence

Hague asks Pakistan to investigate atrocious murder of pregnant woman

LONDON – British Foreign Secretary William Hague – condemning the killing of a pregnant woman by her family members in Lahore – called for a wider debate about how to confront and end the culture of violence against women in many parts of the world.

Hague said that he was shocked and appalled at the stoning to death of Farzana Parveen, whose family were in opposition to her choice of husband. He also said that there was absolutely no honour in ‘honour killings’ and called on the authorities in Pakistan to investigate this atrocious murder fully and bring those responsible to justice.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif already directed Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif to submit a report on the incident and said that incidents of ‘killing for honour’ in the presence of police were deplorable. Farzana – the victim – was attacked with bricks when the attackers intercepted on her way to the court.

Police booked her father Azeem, brothers Zahid and Ghulam Ali, cousins and some other relatives. The brutal act took place on Fane Road, one of the busiest roads in Lahore, when Farzana of Nankana Sahib, her husband Mohammad Iqbal and in-laws, left the office of her counsel for going to the court.

The victim’s father and brothers had got an abduction case registered against her husband and she had filed a petition in the LHC to get the case quashed. She was to appear before the court to record her statement in favour of her husband.

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