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Misuse of the Sharia

Published Sep 17, 2013 07:04am

EVERYONE has heard and read of the Shahzeb Khan murder case. The media is full of people expressing their outrage at the release of the criminal by way of ‘Diyat’.

Since the law was brought to the fore by the late Gen Zia, how many murderers have escaped punishment through this door? The so-called honour- killing cases are full of fathers, brothers and uncles who killed their womenfolk and were never punished because the other men in the family accepted their Diyat.

So why the outcry now? Surely, their lives were not any less valuable than Shahzeb’s? What hypocrites are people who want to use Shariah when it suits them and to abandon it when it does not?

If people have to speak out, then let them speak for all such murdered souls who no longer have a voice. Don’t play favourites.

AYESHA SARFRAZ Australia