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LAHORE: Police in Sahiwal are tracing a man who shot dead both his sisters in an apparent “honour killing”.

Mohammad Asif had previously murdered his mother four or five years ago, according to police, before being pardoned at the time by his family and set free.

The latest killings occurred in the village of Noorshah in Sahiwal district, in the central province of Punjab.

“Mohammad Asif, who is in his late twenties, shot his two sisters late last night because he doubted their characters and was against their lifestyle," local police official Allah Ditta Bhatti told AFP.

He said the sisters died on the spot while Asif fled.

“He had killed his mother around four or five years ago and was set free after his family pardoned him,” Bhatti said.

The incident was confirmed by other officials at the local police station.

On Monday a father in Lahore shot dead his 18-year-old daughter because she could not account for where she had been for about five hours.

The incidents come as Pakistan celebrates its second Oscar win, courtesy of filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy whose documentary based on the heinous crime won the prestigious award.

“A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness” — a film telling the story of a rare survivor of such murders — won the Academy Award for best documentary short at the star-studded Hollywood ceremony on Sunday.

Obaid Chinoy met Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif recently, turning a global spotlight on honour killings in the country.

Hundreds of women are murdered by their relatives in Pakistan each year on the pretext of defending family “honour”.

Pakistan amended its criminal code in 2005 to prevent men who kill female relatives escaping punishment by pardoning themselves as an “heir” of the victim.

But it was left to a judge's discretion to decide whether to impose a prison sentence when other relatives of the victim forgive the killer — a loophole which critics say remains exploited.

Sharif last month vowed to eradicate the “evil” of honour killings in Pakistan.

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usman Mar 02, 2016 02:54pm

blame it on sharmeen?

Harmony-1© Mar 02, 2016 02:55pm

Family pardoning the murderer should be outlawed...that would be real change!

Mehreen Mar 02, 2016 03:10pm

Killing people on doubts!! No matter what type of bill or documentaries people make, changing this kind of mind-set of people here in Pakistan will take a lot of time, and I'm talking about the educated class here too! Even they don't put that much level of trust to females as compared to males.

xmaestro Mar 02, 2016 03:18pm

And they expect us to let these animals live.

Hassan Mar 02, 2016 03:19pm

This is worse than the Game of thrones! A man who can kill his mother can kill anyone. He was set free. A murderer who killed his own mother was set free!! And now he has killed his two sisters. This is surreal! Only in Pakistan!

ZalmayKhan Mar 02, 2016 03:21pm

And then we complain Sharmeen is insulting our country.

Bilal Mar 02, 2016 03:25pm

I am completely baffled as to how a family can conveniently forgive a psychopath for killing his own mother! This guy deserved to be punished harsh for killing his MOTHER! I am utterly dissappointed, the magistrate should have atleast kept him behind the bars for life.

Democratic Kp Mar 02, 2016 03:27pm

Only cowards kill women, its not hounour but mans dirty mind which needs cleansing. Please table this Punjab like women protection bill in National assembly to be passed and applied in every province.

Pedro Sam Mar 02, 2016 03:29pm

How on earth a murderer can be pardoned?

Sceptic Mar 02, 2016 03:29pm

A murder is a crime against the State. A victim's relatives should not have the right to pardon the culprit.

Azmeen Mar 02, 2016 03:31pm

A shameful barbaric act against humanity especially helpless women. Are religious leaders still against women protection law? May God forgive us all.

Pedro Sam Mar 02, 2016 03:31pm

I urge the educated Pakistanis to raise and take up these issues. There should be a bill against killing which is called as Honour killing.

Krana Mar 02, 2016 03:35pm

“He had killed his mother around four or five years ago and was set free after his family pardoned him,” what kinds of rules are there in Pakistan, shocked how family can forgive a murderer ? where are courts?

Honey Singh Mar 02, 2016 03:36pm

Sisters are biggest gift endowed by nature to a man after mother. Only a physchopath can do that. My sister is about to marry and I am feeling pain inside that I won't see her again barring occasions.

minni Mar 02, 2016 03:38pm

And some politicians opposing women protection bill...

Qamer Mar 02, 2016 03:40pm

This would not have happened, if he was in jail for life. As a matter of fact he committed a capital crime when he killed his mother. This kind of person does not deserve to be alive not even in jail.

Propakostani Mar 02, 2016 03:42pm

We as a nation need to have tolerance and accept the lifestyle of different individuals. Everyobe should have tbe right and freedom to do as their likings.

M.Saeed Mar 02, 2016 03:47pm

The killer beast was forgiven for killing his mother about 5 years back and this killing of two of his sisters is "The Price of Forgiveness" now paid by the family.

K Mar 02, 2016 03:53pm

Those who are blaming sharmeen for showing the bad side of Pakistan...Now these murders are on YOU

Zee Mar 02, 2016 03:57pm

@Sceptic you are 100 .% right this is ridiculous. you murder someone and someone else for whatever reason "forgives" you .

Dr.M.M.Khan Mar 02, 2016 03:59pm

There is NO HONOUR IN HONOUR KILLING. It is action of a perverted mind over a defenseless woman.

Adnan Mar 02, 2016 04:11pm

Salaam to Sharmeen Chinoy for raising this issue for all to see.

A Kay Mar 02, 2016 04:15pm

with this state of affairs ..something's gotta change .& change soon .....this whole corrupt system where the police cannot catch the culprits ..until and unless people like Asif are punished ..nothing wil change ....

A Ali Mar 02, 2016 04:16pm

Ms Obaid Chinoy rightly said, unless people don go to jail how they will realize its a crime to kill someone under "honor killing". this guy should be served a speedy punishment

UncutTruth Mar 02, 2016 04:20pm

Please give them exemplary punishment this time. This cannot go on.

Arif119 Mar 02, 2016 04:27pm

I don't blame it on sharmeen but it should be understood that real change will only come from practical steps. A process should be started through which though process of all important elements of society needs to be changed. Sharmeen's documentary is good but it has zero impact or connectivity with masses.

M. Malik Mar 02, 2016 04:27pm

And the death-rattle of honor killers goes on!

Apparently the message has not been received in Pakistan, because despite the Oscars award for Sharmeen Chinoy's documentary, because it has been aired in Pakistani Television or perhaps people in Pakistan did not even bother to watch over the Internet ??

Pakistan110 Mar 02, 2016 04:27pm

Maulana Fazlu Rahman wants this in the country.

Timeto stopthis Mar 02, 2016 04:28pm

This is completely ridiculous that a man who killed his mother is pardoned by his relatives and then goes on to kill his sisters. These laws need to be revamped and this man who is truly mentally sick should be locked up for life.

Skeptic Mar 02, 2016 04:28pm

Very sad indeed!

Ravi kant Mar 02, 2016 04:34pm

So sad

shahzad Mar 02, 2016 04:35pm

Family can pardon but why is the pakistani state pardoning the killing of its citizen. There should be no pardon period. You have no honor if you dont trust your mother or sisters. Lock these killers and throw away the keys.

shahzad Mar 02, 2016 04:36pm

@Sceptic i agree with you

Umair Mar 02, 2016 04:37pm

And then people of my beloved country will say that Sharmeen is 'defaming' Pakistan.

zak Mar 02, 2016 04:39pm

Stop this 'forgiving' non sense. The state should take over prosecution to protect the victim.

Jaago Mar 02, 2016 04:50pm

What's so honorable about murder? This is very sad

Ahmed Mar 02, 2016 04:53pm

What kind of rule is 'family pardoning'! Two lives would have been saved if it were not for this.

My 2 cents Mar 02, 2016 04:55pm

Regardless of motives - all murders should be a crime against the Sate - no pardoned should be accepted by the court!

M. Siddique Mar 02, 2016 05:00pm

Let us pardon him again and use him as honor killer for hire. What is wrong with the society.

Ghulam Nabi Malik Mar 02, 2016 05:12pm

It is high time for PM who has two third majority in parliament, from opposition PPP and PTI some liberal forces would join for amending constitution to show the world that MNS is liberal in the eyes of world. Criminal mind set and society's norms are the cause of this inhuman action. It would be better, if such laws are framed which indicate that such crime which tell upon on society and would encourage further crime should not be excused from relatives. a severe punishment must be at place.

aiz Mar 02, 2016 05:21pm

One of the sad side of the Pakistan society.

Imran Mar 02, 2016 05:36pm

The govt of Pakistan is to be blamed for these killing as the culpits goes free no punishment for person who kill other for honour killing

uzi Mar 02, 2016 05:45pm

@Honey Singh You are a good man Singh, We need more of you in this world

mhw Mar 02, 2016 05:46pm

this is the shut up call for those who oppose 'A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness’

Naveed Mar 02, 2016 05:48pm

Never heard brother killing brother or father killing son in the name of honor!

AXH Mar 02, 2016 05:58pm

This shows the state of law and order in Pakistan. A person kills his mother and is pardoned by his family?

Syed Zafar Kazmi U.S.A Mar 02, 2016 06:00pm

A murder is a crime against not only the individual but against the state and people and a law of the land has been violently violated. There should be no room for pardon because leaving such violent indidual free in the society has strong possibilities of other innocent individuals be his victim in future just as has happened in this very unfortunate case that the murderer having been forgiven for the murder of his mother committed, years later, a double murder. Had he been incarcerated and put away, he would not have had any chance to continue on his murderous path. This case should be made as a pilot case to amend the law to abolish the loophole of forgiveness of mutder as that law unjustifiably exposes the rest of the society to a violent criminal.

Adnan Anwar Mar 02, 2016 06:03pm

Whether you are pardoned by the family or not , the law should be applicable with its full wrath and independant . YOU have to set example by allowing the pardoning , respect of the law was never there.

Tanweer Khan Mar 02, 2016 06:09pm

What do they mean by 'Mohammad Asif had previously murdered his mother four OR five years ago'.

Either it was 4 years ago or 5 years ago. I am surprised at the police's confusion on this.

This probably means they never registered/investigated the murder of the mother in the first place - and now they have allowed him to kill two more people.


Justice Mar 02, 2016 06:16pm

We need thousand more years to complete our primary education.

fahd Mar 02, 2016 06:17pm

well the govt can and should make an example out of him by punished him harshly.

Exlim Mar 02, 2016 06:35pm

The state should have its own law enforcement and prosecution on behalf of the citizens.

We as public have a bigger say in the kind of society we have to love in. Blood money and forgiveness apart, the mandatory punishment must be meted out to these abhorrent criminals.

Where are we? Mar 02, 2016 06:40pm

What honor man. If you are so dishonored then why don't you all icons of honor should kill yourself rather than killing others.

Gerry D'Cunha Mar 02, 2016 06:43pm

No one can change the mentality of our society's male dominated, educated or non-educated,they think women are men's property

faridullah Mar 02, 2016 06:46pm

Pakistan has deep cultural issues.

Muhammed Ali UK Mar 02, 2016 06:54pm

Govt fast asleep...they dont care..

ehsan Mar 02, 2016 07:08pm

Oh lets criticize Sharmeen for showing the world this ugly side of our nation. Two gruesome murders and three lives lost in two days.

N_Saq Mar 02, 2016 07:11pm

This is what happens when the punishments are not carried out. It emboldens the criminal mind if there are no consequences.

Crimes are committed in the West too and sometime some people do get away with it as well, however, the individuals who do get caught, they face the punishments so severe that it deters all the future generations.

Vivek Amar Mar 02, 2016 07:36pm

Solidarity with this women and heartfelt condolences. Prayers from India.

Sasa Mar 02, 2016 07:40pm

Honour killing must be punishilble by law in Pakistan .

Kahlid Baloch Mar 02, 2016 07:46pm

Any comments on this Mullan Fazal????

FutureWizard Mar 02, 2016 08:07pm

@zak Wow Zak after a long time a sensible remark...I'll take that.

FutureWizard Mar 02, 2016 08:08pm

@Harmony-1© Family, individuals should be able to pardon/forgive, however, not the state. If you commit a crime, state must prosecute.

Moe Mar 02, 2016 08:32pm

Don't kill the daughters and sisters for honor. The honor should be dealt with killing yourself. You have no right to harm anyone. Pakistani nation needs a cultural revamp, we have cultural norms.If we like to make a change, the first step would be to control our tongue. People blame Sharmeen for showing negative image of Paksitan, this is our failure as a nation that we have issues which are there since ages and we couldn't solve them.

Rehmani Mar 02, 2016 08:49pm

Justice delayed is justice denied. This murderer of three innocent human beings must be brought to justice ASAP And delivered his due punishment.

Rehmani Mar 02, 2016 08:58pm

@zak Exactly. You are 101% right.

Asma Ali Mar 02, 2016 09:18pm

So where are Sharmeen's critics now?

Salman Mar 02, 2016 09:27pm

Murder should be treated as state-crime not, a family or individual matter.

Satyam Vada Mar 02, 2016 09:28pm

very sad.

saz Mar 02, 2016 09:54pm

Conspiracy theory bearers were found saying earlier that Sharmain Obaid Chinoy the Oscar aware winner is insulting Pakistan by presenting negative picture. Where is some thing positive deserve to be presented exist in Pakistan???? Pakistani nation should recover from false pride and see real picture of morally corrupt society full of narrow mindedness, insanity, intolerance, apathy and religious extremism. None of those prevailing believes and practices deserve any praise and presentation.

Abbas Naqvi Mar 02, 2016 09:57pm

The holy book says if you kill one individual it is as if you have killed entire humanity. Islam does not allow anyone to take someone's life. A true Moslim would never do that. The civil society cannot approve of such heinous crimes in the name of honor either. It is the product of compounded ignorance. It shows cultural bankrupsy of those who support it. What is the remedy? Educate the minds, create awareness, bring cultural uplift and propagate human values besides teaching the basic lessons of tolerance, forgiveness and human respect and dignity. Who will do this? The State, the Ulema, the Scholars, the Educationists and the Media, if they join hands. Such crimes bring bad name to Pakistanand tarnish its image on the international scene.

Ashutosh Mishra Mar 02, 2016 10:23pm

Thanks to Sharmeen for at least raising this much ignored issue. Only through highlighting will it be possible to address the problem. Sad, that rogues such as him go free due to this indefensible law of "pardon". Had he not been pardoned, he would have received his just sentence and two individuals who like anyone, anywhere were responsible for their actions, got determined and judged by him to be unchaste and accordingly eliminated. Now God willing this vermin too must be judged and treated as the law dictates.

Jawwad Mar 02, 2016 11:15pm

Clearly a case of mentally insane person killing other human beings in the name of honor. But whats an honor in killing?

noshin Mar 02, 2016 11:18pm

this is the price of forgiveness!

Unshackle Pakistan Mar 02, 2016 11:33pm

@Sceptic Murder isn't a crime against state. State isn't sentient. The crime is against the one who's suffered or died.

PatelD Mar 02, 2016 11:42pm

@Mehreen You correctly write"I'm talking about the educated class here too!" Many years ago I read a similar news item in Dawn about a professional woman(may be a doctor) going to an office building and shooting her daughter for dishonoring the family clan by perusing marriage without family permission.

PatelD Mar 02, 2016 11:59pm

Any law that leaves wide open hole for a murderer to legally escape punishment is secretly hounors the hounor-killings and even encourages murderers to get away with committing more murders. The new 2005 law has not changed anything in favor of the victims. It just gives light harmless slap on the face of the murderer and releases him.

Deeply sad Mar 03, 2016 12:03am

Media and people should not call these murders as - Honor Killings. There is no effing honor in killing anyone :( Shame on this oppressing and obsessive mentality. We have seen similar crimes in few parts of India as well. Sad to observe it as a commonality :(

Sonny Afridi Mar 03, 2016 01:21am

Karo kari still a problem

Cyrus Mar 03, 2016 01:41am

@Democratic Kp ... ... According to the CII chief Maulana Sheerani the Women's Protection Bill is unconstitutional.

Cyrus Mar 03, 2016 01:46am

@Sceptic ... ... Bring back English Common Law. How did this happen? Mohammad Ali Jinnah was trained in the law in Great Britain.

Arifwala Mar 03, 2016 02:36am

Sad but unfortunately a society changes but slowly. It is a south asian problem. India has even more such killings.

Cyrus Mar 03, 2016 02:41am

@A Kay .... The police don't want the whole village to turn on them. The have to test the mood of the mob.

Cyrus Mar 03, 2016 02:46am

@Arif119 ... .... Every sane mind knows it is wrong to kill your mother from childhood. Pakistanis are being taught differently from a very young age. The boys are taught they are in charge of a sister's virtue and girls are taught the must accept the punishments. That their primary duty to the family is obedience.

Cyrus Mar 03, 2016 03:05am

@Sasa ... ... The rest of the world thought it was. Now They Do Not.

savinusa Mar 03, 2016 04:25am

A man who killed his own mother was set free!? What kind of law and order you have Pakistan!? Disgusting!

Mukul Mar 03, 2016 04:55am

Fabulous film by Oscar Winner- Not sure why some comments seem to blame her No family member has a right to kill another for honor of for any other reason

Mukul Mar 03, 2016 04:57am

Why is family allowed to pardon anyone who has killed a family member How is that justice for the victim who was killed- We are in the year 2016- I cannot believe that the law allows for this -

Mukul Mar 03, 2016 04:59am

@Arif119 Her documentary has at least started a conversation on the subject- not just in Pakistan but all over the world. She has done a tremendous job in brining reality to light- I agree things don't change overnight for "the masses" as you put it, but increasing awareness, and starting a conversation on the issue is a HUGE contribution

Mukul Mar 03, 2016 05:01am

You make a very good point. It seems it is always women who are at the receiving end of unfair practices

Alarmed Khan Mar 03, 2016 07:37am

@usman: Why--for opposing it?

Alarmed Khan Mar 03, 2016 07:38am

@Harmony-1© :Absolutely!Pardoning system for murderers is CRAZY!