Pakistan round-up: Honour killings, another plain vanilla rape and kill, plus tribesmen are in a panic and fleeing to Afghanistan

MARDAN: Two women were killed for ‘honour’ in Katlang area of Mardan here on Sunday, police said.

The officials of Katlang police station said that the alleged killers identified as Amjid Ali and his brother Mohammad Ali entered the house of one Falak Naz and shot dead his daughter-in-law (known only as ‘N.’) on the spot. They said that the accused, Amjid, had also killed his own wife hours before that.

Police officials claimed that Amjid suspected that his wife had illicit relations with the husband of the slain woman (N.) who was also residing adjacent to his house.

They said that Amjad, accompanied by his brother, first shot dead his own wife and then moved to kill her alleged paramour whose name was also Amjid, but that the latter remained unhurt while his wife (N.) was killed in the firing.

Related, although the motive was likely conventional: Man booked for killing stepdaughter: ISLAMABAD: The Margalla police have booked a man on the charge of raping and killing his 25-year-old stepdaughter.

The mother of the deceased has also been nominated in the case. A police official told Dawn that on May 21 a resident of E-8 complained that his daughter had committed suicide.

“When the police reached the house, the body was hanging from a ceiling fan.”

A postmortem conducted on the body at the Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences showed that the deceased was raped and then killed.

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Pakistani tribesmen clear rubble and belongings from their destroyed houses following Pakistan military airstrikes against suspected Taliban hideouts in Miramshah in North Waziristan on May 24, 2014. – AFP Photo

Panic-gripped Waziristan tribesmen fleeing to Afghanistan: MIRAMSHAH: Panicked by the ongoing military action in North Waziristan Agency, the tribal people have preferred to take refuge in neighbouring Afghanistan instead of shifting to settled areas of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

According to reports, many families have migrated to Khost and Paktika provinces of Afghanistan from different areas of the volatile tribal region.

Eid Mohammad Khan, a local tribesman, told this correspondent that many foreigners also moved to Afghanistan from Waziristan before the launch of military action. He said that the foreigners sold their belongings in the local market before the military action was started.

“Many foreigners belonging to Uzbekistan, China, Middles East and European countries who were settled in Mirali, Miramshah and the adjoining areas have shifted to border areas of Afghanistan,” Mr Khan said.

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Note: The Pakistani military has been bombing Taliban territory for the last week or so.