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Pakistan Parliament Passes Legislation Against “Honour Killings”

By Mehreen Zahra-Malik ISLAMABAD, Oct 9 – Pakistan‘s parliament unanimously passed legislation against “honour killings” on Thursday, three months after the murder of an outspoken social media star. A joint session of the lower and upper houses of parliament, broadcast live on television, approved the new anti-honour killing law, removing a loophole in existing law

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Pakistan’s Tribal Councils in Spotlight After Brutal “Honor Killing”

By Asad Hashim MAKOL, Pakistan, May 8- Shock across Pakistan at the murder of a 16-year-old girl accused of helping a young couple run away and elope has turned to anger over the role played by a “jirga”, or tribal council, which police say ordered the punishment. Jirgas are often convened, particularly in conservative rural areas, to settle local

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In The Name of ‘Honor’

By Omar R Quraishi Film-maker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy did Pakistan proud yet again — winning her second Oscar for documentary film-making. Her first one was for Saving Face which highlighted the terrible stories of women in Pakistan whose faces have been disfigured by acid attacks. This year’s Oscar winning film, A Girl In The River: The

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Protecting Women in Pakistan—One Step At A Time

By Omar R Quraishi One would normally think that passage of a law empowering women and protecting them from social ills like domestic violence and stalking would be seen as a good step in any society wishing to progress. Not so in the case of a law passed recently by the legislature of Pakistan’s Punjab

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Pakistan: The Shame Of It All

A new documentary on Pakistan’s honor killings brings truths home BY Mishaal Khan The medieval practice of honor killing is defined as “the murder of a family member, usually a female, who is perceived to have brought dishonor and shame on their family.” In the majority of cases, an honor killing is not only justified

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