Newlyweds Killed In Pakistan For Contracting Freewill Marriage

Reports from Pakistan say the authorities have detained at least nine people over the killing of a couple who had contracted a marriage without permission from their elders.

Police in the southern port city of Karachi said on November 27 that the couple was killed by relatives last week on the orders of a tribal council, known as a tribal “jirga.”

They said the victims, identified as 24-year-old Abdul Hadi and Hasina Bibi, 20, hailed from the northern Kohistan district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa Province, and married in Karachi about 1 1/2 months ago.

Officer Qasim Hameed said Hadi’s father and other relatives were arrested after the couple’s bodies were found in a Karachi graveyard on November 26.

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