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16-year-old girl set on fire as 'punishment' by Abbottabad jirga

Updated May 06, 2016 04:19pm


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The girl's charred body was found in the backseat of the van. ─ DawnNews
The girl's charred body was found in the backseat of the van. ─ DawnNews

ABBOTTABAD: The chilling murder of a 16-year-old girl strangled and set on fire in Galyat's Makol village has been linked to the orders given by a local jirga last week, police said Thursday.

Abbottabad police said a 15-member jirga called by the Makol village councillor Pervez ordered for the deceased, Ambreen, to be killed and set on fire as punishment for helping her friend escape the village to marry of her free will. Thirteen members have been arrested and due to appear before an anti-terrorism court, including the victim's mother, said police.

When the jirga ended after a six-hour meeting on April 28, the girl was taken from her home to an abandoned house where she was drugged, killed, and placed in the backseat of a parked van. The van was then doused with petrol and set on fire.

The charred body of the teenage girl was found in a torched Suzuki van in Donga Gali on Friday. Police recovered the drugs from the abandoned house near the site, as well as the can of petrol used to start the fire.

The body was tied to the seat of the vehicle, which was parked at a bus stop in the village. Another vehicle parked near the gutted van was also damaged. Police moved the body to Ayub Medical Complex for an autopsy.

The girl was later identified as the daughter of Riasat, a labourer who works in Balochistan’s Gadani area.

A police official told Dawn that the fire on the bus had occurred at 3am.

According to District Police Officer (DPO) Khurram Rasheed, a couple eloped and left Makol April 23 for Abbottabad with the girl’s help and a driver named Naseer. A jirga was called at Naseer’s home when the couple could not be found.

DPO Rasheed said the case will be tried by an Anti-Terrorism Court and "exemplary punishment" will be recommended by the police.

Pakistan Tehreek-i-Insaf (PTI) MPA Shaukat Yousafzai told DawnNews "strict action" will taken against the jirga which ordered the brutal ruling. "This is not a part of KP's culture," he said.

"This is the first time an incident of this type has taken place."

He hailed the role of the local police for solving a case "that shook the entire Khyber Pakhtunkhwa" and lauded them for taking the investigation forward in a professional manner.

A jirga is a local community council composed of local elders and notables and a traditional dispute resolution forum.


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s khan May 05, 2016 12:32pm

This is not the teaching of Islam. May God guide us all....

lkhan May 05, 2016 12:32pm

Utterly shocking, unacceptable. Shameful. Damn the jirga.. all fifteen ought to be meted quick justice. Not acceptable under any circumstance.

NC May 05, 2016 12:37pm

Human factor in 'all of us' is dying, black spot on human race. What a shame.

Dr faizan May 05, 2016 12:38pm


PHILOSOPHER (FROM JAPAN) May 05, 2016 12:40pm

Tragic tribal culture. Having no value of human live. Sad indeed.

ehsan May 05, 2016 12:42pm

Unbelieveable, these jirgas should be banned and the culprits shoould be given exemplary punishment. This is barbaric behavior.

So sad, may her soul rest in peace.

Ejaz baig May 05, 2016 12:46pm

Strictt action is the need of the time against culprits.. Such incidents should be stop as such cases affects the image of country.Such brutal actions are not allowed in any religion or culture

Ali jee May 05, 2016 12:45pm

So disgusting

Truth May 05, 2016 12:46pm

We live in stone age

Merchant May 05, 2016 12:49pm

State within state will destroy Pakistan.

Umer May 05, 2016 12:50pm

I am from Abbotabbad and i never witnessed anything of this Kind. This is an unprecedented event and is very alarming. we should nip the evil in the bud.

well wisher May 05, 2016 01:01pm

may her soul rest in peace.......grow up u humans

Umar May 05, 2016 01:04pm

Illiteracy (Jahalat) is the root of all evil! what a sad day.

mba May 05, 2016 01:04pm

Very sad. The social clocks in Pakistan are ticking backwards to Barbaric periods – Jihalat in its crudest form! The Jirga-System has its merits, but it should be strictly controlled.

Muhammad Murad Iqbal May 05, 2016 01:03pm

RIP dear daughter!

SAHIL May 05, 2016 01:15pm

Many people will be blaming Girga system, just improve the police and judiciary system, that system will automatically abolished.

Umar Farooq Khawaja May 05, 2016 01:14pm

@ehsan Yeah, because people are very law-abiding and therefore will respect "bans". What this needs is education -- about the rest of the world as well as about Islam.

sgiprikap May 05, 2016 01:16pm


future May 05, 2016 01:18pm

Sentence them to 30 years of imprisonment to each culprit part of this Jirga. Abolish what ever law that empowers them to this kind of barbarism

a.hussain May 05, 2016 01:26pm

after reading this shame on us all

AIZ May 05, 2016 01:33pm


Pedro Sam May 05, 2016 01:35pm

Criminals who have done it shall spend their rest of life in isolation. No death sentence to them. They should suffer throughout their life thinking about the young angel who they killed in such an inhuman manner.

Cain May 05, 2016 01:37pm

yeah but who needs a protection of woman act?!

lets all ask sheerani and ashrafi.

Pedro Sam May 05, 2016 01:36pm

21st Centurey SHAME

Khalid May 05, 2016 01:39pm

All these people in the Jirga should be arrested and sent to prison for murder of an innocent girl.

Strange May 05, 2016 01:40pm

Swift punishment for those involved in needed.

khan May 05, 2016 01:39pm

This is pakistan where jirgas rule over all of us.

Ghalib Ghalib May 05, 2016 01:42pm

I want to know each time i read these reports exactly what is the outcome of the perpetrators? All I here is arrests? What then? What is the conclusion?

Farrukh May 05, 2016 01:41pm

Lost faith in HUMANITY today!

Fazil K. May 05, 2016 01:42pm

@s khan. It is not but imams and mullahs don't come out strongly against those barbaric practices...

Arslan May 05, 2016 01:47pm

Do what they did to the girl. Punish them exactly the same way after they've spent a few decades in the jail.

zakhta May 05, 2016 01:54pm

disgusting crime. very shocking to hear such a news coming from Abbottabad where literacy rate is highest in Pakistan.

Ali May 05, 2016 01:53pm

This is not a Jirga, but a small gathering of relatives. This is an act of few specific individuals who should be given the severe punishment. I am from Abbottabad and have never heard of this type of tragedy. This is a very unexpected event in our city. KP police is very good and all culprits will be cached (and have already been caught) given the deserved punishment inshallah.

Roshan May 05, 2016 01:55pm

These people should be dealt with under the Shariah law! Then we will see how quickly such backwardness ends!

Tariq Aziz May 05, 2016 01:56pm

Very painful. They all who are involved in this brutal killing must be punished. This is a daughter of a poor labor an it is very likely that the JIRGA will force the family to compromise. This matter must be taken in Anti Terrorist court.

jeffrey May 05, 2016 01:56pm

heinous crimes which should be put down with an iron fist.

SQ May 05, 2016 01:59pm

Can anyone imagine the horror that girl must have gone through? Can anyone imagine what the last moments of her life would have looked like? And yet the people who carried out this horrendous act were human beings. What's left there to say or do but to appeal the government to indeed make an example out of these criminals. Give them such a punishment that no one ever dares to think about doing such an atrocious thing in the future.

akram May 05, 2016 01:59pm

the entire jirga should be punished harsh, lets see how they like it.

Sixer From Chakwal May 05, 2016 02:01pm

make it an exemplary punishment

Justwasif May 05, 2016 02:03pm

Now the jirga members should be punished in same way..

Xyz May 05, 2016 02:05pm

Why are we all condemning it as we in some way or other had supported extremism to flourish in this country and still supportin.

Virat May 05, 2016 02:07pm

Burn those jigras as well!! What a non-scene.

Farrukh Iftikhar May 05, 2016 02:10pm


nuzhat shireen May 05, 2016 02:12pm

we are living in jungle where weak section of society is killed either on the name of religion or culture.

Bipul May 05, 2016 02:14pm

Those people may get punished but it is matter of grave concern what kind of brutal mindset exist in these common people. This decision was not taken by criminals, it was taken by elders and then some village people brutally murdered a teen girl in cold blood. Are there humans living in the village?

Muhammad iqbal May 05, 2016 02:13pm

@AIZ .the area MPA must also be taken to task.

A Kay May 05, 2016 02:16pm

exemplary punishment not just for those who actually carried out the act..but also for all those who were part of the jirga ....we are fighting here with a mindset order to have a civilized society ..these kind of "Jirga" consisting of uneducated , thugs & criminals ...must be out rooted .

Shah May 05, 2016 02:16pm

These 16 people should be given the same punishment as the one the gave to that poor girl.I am ashamed and terfull to just imagine how she would have felt , how can these humans be so barbaric ?

Khan May 05, 2016 02:18pm

Please STOP this brutality with our girls, women!!!

Zia ur Rehman May 05, 2016 02:19pm

Police can become such an excellent force , if relieved from political interference and asked to showperformance I was suspecting that this crime would be very difficult to solve It is a heinous crime and should be published appropriately.

Yousuf May 05, 2016 02:22pm

All the jirga men involved must be set on fire the same way.

CALCUTTA MAN May 05, 2016 02:23pm


Apropos of you comment, I didn't find the words "burnt alive" in the report. Maybe you commented BEFORE the story was updated???? If so, good point.

Concerned May 05, 2016 02:26pm

Educate Educate and Educate. Lets give all our zakat to education rather than feeding people to build a better tomorrow. Otherwise we will just keep limping on and not actually get anywhere.

Muhammad May 05, 2016 02:25pm

This is insane. Just reading this horrific story gives me shivers, can't begin to imagine the horrors poor girl must have went through. People mentioning Stone Age rules, but even then human nature was not so oblivious to care for another being. May her soul rest in peace. Ameen

Ahmar Qureshi May 05, 2016 02:26pm

Is not that a gruesome act of terrorism?

kam May 05, 2016 02:27pm

Either all Jirgas should be abolished or their decisions be approved by Local courts.

khurram May 05, 2016 02:28pm

Please get this jirga punished before girls soyem.

FAK Rao May 05, 2016 02:30pm

Horrendous tale of another case

kamran May 05, 2016 02:32pm

Clearly this is government fault. Why don't they eliminate jirga system? LAW SHOULD YOU ENFORCED AGRESIVELY !

JUDE ALLEN May 05, 2016 02:32pm

Burning a 16 year old to her death for helping two people who fell in love ?????? Very alarming and very sick!!!

Annie May 05, 2016 02:35pm

These so called honored people need islamic education

adventurer May 05, 2016 02:35pm

So stop one and all - by giving a clear message that law is their to give the justice. Do not resort to barabaric inhuman uncivilized means.

BiG TWEET May 05, 2016 02:36pm

Just a Animal in Human!

READER May 05, 2016 02:42pm

A typical illiterate tribal culture. Even Islam forbids such acts. Shameful!

Common Pakistani May 05, 2016 02:46pm

@BiG TWEET there has been no element of human in these animals... they are worse than animals as animals hunt to fulfil their requirements not for leisure....I have no words to express my feelings how can they burn someone alive...don't they need similar punishment?

Razi May 05, 2016 02:46pm

Well, do the same with those fifteen human-like creatures.

SAQ May 05, 2016 02:52pm

Thank god for anti terrorism courts. Swift punishment is key here. Every one involved in this killing irrespective of role should be punished immediately.

bk May 05, 2016 02:52pm

Dear daughter, May your soul Rest in peace. Very painful to hear, that for parting for a noble cause of helping lovers, the barbaric peoples brutally killed you. Hope the authorities will rise to the occasion and give hardest punishments to the culprits and their associates.

usman May 05, 2016 02:54pm

when you have a constitution, when you are courts, why are jirga's operating?

SAQ May 05, 2016 02:54pm

This Jirga nonsense needs to be banned. Council members with no education and reference to law of any kind meting out shocking punishments. Ban them all at once.

Arshad May 05, 2016 02:54pm

Beyond EVIL !

SAQ May 05, 2016 02:55pm

Barbaric medieval tribal culture. Rotten to the core the lot of them. Then they wonder why they can not prosper.

SAQ May 05, 2016 02:56pm

All Jirga councils should be severely restricted to dealing with strictly civil matters. Who are they to hand out such barbaric punishment. Bunch of old sadists

sal May 05, 2016 03:00pm

And Imran Khan wants to empower this jirga system!

Awan May 05, 2016 03:03pm

If this would have happened in Punjab then we will be listening Failure of Punjab Police and Shahbaz Sharif must resign mantra. Since it happened in KP, So all is well with administration and PTI. My question is that what Imran Khan is doing to clamp down these illegal Jirgas?.

Waseem Sarwar May 05, 2016 03:05pm

But a lot of Pakistani scholars would still bash Shermain Obaid for displaying false image of Pakistan.

pratabh May 05, 2016 03:07pm

There is no harm in love marriage. There is no future of arranged or forced marriages. If you disagree, your kids will run away too.

The End is Near May 05, 2016 03:07pm

Ban the Jirga-Mafia immediately.

xpakistani May 05, 2016 03:09pm

Islam has nothing to do with this. This is just a crime and vigilantism in its most cruel form. Most of these people use their culture and tradition as an excuse for this barbarism, Islam is farthest from their little minds when committing these crimes.

Mudassir Hussain Azeemabadi May 05, 2016 03:11pm

These guys should be sent to Karachi and handed over to Rangers for 90 days custody!

Imran Soomro May 05, 2016 03:13pm

Such Jirgas are a cancer for our society which need to be rooted out before someone else is fallen prey to their inhuman brutality.

Nauman May 05, 2016 03:12pm

Unacceptable , barbarian act.

Farah May 05, 2016 03:19pm

Does not Islam give a right to an adult female to choose her husband?

Which religion these 'Jirga Monsters' are practicing?

Tapish May 05, 2016 03:25pm

All those who passed the judgement and executed it should be punished and the couple should be protected.

Tanweer Khan May 05, 2016 03:23pm

Jirgas need to be banned - NOW!!!

Enough is enough. And these so-called honour killings must be stopped immediately.

You have to laugh at the PTI MPA's comment that 'this is not apart of KP's culture'.

Honour killings and jirgas are prevalent throughout Pakistan, and KP's track record in both these areas is worse than the rest of the country.

Maybe the MPA should work to get legislation through that outlaws such heinous, barbaric and outdated practices.

Xyz May 05, 2016 03:30pm

Gender in Pakistan has been segregated to such an extent that anyone who dares a relationship is cursed and animal mind like those in jirga has got sufficient support if not more in society. As a society needs to open up a bit on these issues and must allow some breathing space for those who choose to live their lives as per their wishes.

Muhammad Sajid May 05, 2016 03:37pm

This case should be tried in the Military court

Abdulla Hussain May 05, 2016 03:42pm

Utterly disgraceful & extensively inhuman act, OMG ! O God look what these disgraceful & exceedingly inhuman peoples are doing on Your land. I simply don't have words to express my angers.

Abdulla Hussain May 05, 2016 03:46pm

@s khan: Here the order of God is to punish them & not ask for His guidence for them. Instead say O God give those in power to destroy these highly inhuman Lunatics.

Abdulla Hussain May 05, 2016 03:48pm

I don't understand who is being benefitted by such idiotically illiterate Jirga, Hell with these jirga system. Pass law in assembly to make all Jirgas in Pakistan illegal.

Abdulla Hussain May 05, 2016 03:52pm

@Umar: you are half right the other half truth is the fact that the local politicians are getting votes from these jirgas lunatics.

Abdulla Hussain May 05, 2016 03:54pm

@PHILOSOPHER (FROM JAPAN): Utterly illiterate culture, these peoples don't deserve to be call humans.

irfan May 05, 2016 03:55pm

This is inhuman. These insane should be punished severely. This is not Islam. This is brutality.

My 2 cents May 05, 2016 03:57pm

Where are Mullah and their apologists on such as heinous crime.....

Anwar Saeed, St. Louis, Missouri. USA May 05, 2016 04:00pm

I just can not believe it.

M. Siddique May 05, 2016 04:05pm

In 21st century there are still criminals like this who commit such crimes. Let us hope justice will be done and no political influence will be applied.

Ghuncha Gul Khan May 05, 2016 04:10pm

It is beneath beastly behavior.

This is a lost nation.

Shame on all of us.

khanm May 05, 2016 04:15pm

How long do we have to live with this cavemen mentality... are we going to change in near time soon... it is time to have the courage to abolish this jirga system...the judiciary should take a there anyone who safeguards the rights of those who are the being the victims of Jirga system. the constitution guarantees the justice

MP Singh May 05, 2016 04:17pm

Such inhuman acts are done in Pakistan only. Pakistanis refuse to grow and educate!

Shahzad May 05, 2016 04:18pm

Decisions of such Jirgas are intolerable and must be punished.

Yasser May 05, 2016 04:25pm

This is unbelievable and the perpetrators carrying out such a heinous crime must be severely punished.

RAJA CHILL May 05, 2016 04:29pm

Now the same punishment be served to the jirga ..

ah May 05, 2016 04:30pm

Though the event is so tragic but I think shall applaud KPK police for resolving the mystery behind this tragic incident. When it comes to criticizing police we are the first to comment it.

Monsoon May 05, 2016 04:33pm

Yet another crime against daughter of the nation.Jirga is non-sense. Abottabad is not far from Islamabad.Where was Federal Interior Minister,when Jirga was held.All this comes under purview of Interior Ministry,but unfortunately the Interior Minister is too busy in clarifying PM family matters regarding Panama Leaks.

Ramizjcb May 05, 2016 04:33pm

WE Pakistani Just criticism India for intolerance, we should first correct ourself and our nation first few un educated persons can not take over whole Nation be United

waheed khaksar May 05, 2016 04:36pm

This world day by day becoming more and more crazy, really this is unfortunate, why there is not govt writ? jirga decision should not be acceptable on cast of honor killing,

Taimur Malik May 05, 2016 04:39pm

Simple: charge all abbetors under anti terror laws,

US CENTCOM May 05, 2016 04:41pm

An innocent life lost and for what? It is important to prosecute these cases and bring the perpetrators to justice. One has to look at the root cause of these problems and it is lack of education. Until education is made available for all we will not see the end to these atrocities.

Abdul Quddus DET - U.S. Central Command

woman May 05, 2016 04:47pm

This is not acceptable. I hope the appropriate punishment be implemented otherwise wild animals like these will carry out such acts again. Didn't they have any shame? Any remorse? any humanity while committing that act?

Hassan May 05, 2016 05:00pm

Most of the perpetrators have been nabbed by the police. We should make an example out of them.

Fiz May 05, 2016 05:05pm

These jirgas should be banned. They do not deliver justice but are means to impose autocracy of few people upon others. Shame to the whole society who bear such atrocities.

Muzaffaroklahoma May 05, 2016 05:06pm

Such a tragedy!But silver lining,culprits were caught.Its becoming a pattern now.KPK police is able to solve most heinous of crimes.Respect !

Zulfikr Ali Khan(ZAK) May 05, 2016 05:07pm

Pakistan, Please provide proper education to your people,

kamran May 05, 2016 05:08pm

I cannot to believe this is ordered by a local jirga. there must to be something else there.

Philosopher (from Japan) May 05, 2016 05:11pm

A couple of days back an innocent girl was stabbed in Karachi by her brother Hayat Khan on the charges of honor killing. And now this incident, the word shame is small enough to cover their brutality. My heart weeps for both of them. I believe the God's justice will be met to those beasts even the worldly justice can't give them punishment.

sara May 05, 2016 05:15pm

How shameful. Strict action should be taken against this jirga and this system should be banned and uprooted. Just wondering if the same punishment would be ordered if this was a boy,probably not. The sister would have been punished to teach him a lesson. Making a mockery of humanity.

Dv May 05, 2016 05:13pm

Limit the powers of Jirga to civil penalties, Fines etc. extreme punishments should be banned by law to prevent such cruel acts.

Zubaida khan May 05, 2016 05:17pm

Why did village counselor call a jirga?

waheed khaksar May 05, 2016 05:18pm

illiterate Society cannot do anything for innocent girl,justice must be done, can we ask question to Govt of KPK what is jirga? where is govt writ?????????????, this really sham full.

AKS May 05, 2016 05:23pm

I think all jirga members should be given same kind of harsh punishment. Only this way we will achieve something.

Rational May 05, 2016 05:28pm

Jirga should be given harsh punishment

Asgher Ali May 05, 2016 05:28pm

How can any Pakistani look into the eyes of another person and claim that we follow the teachings of someone who taught us love and compassion. To be fair we must haul every one of those stone hearted jirga members and give them harsh punishment, except that let people watch their fate. Disgusting!

Ash May 05, 2016 05:30pm


waheed khaksar May 05, 2016 05:33pm

Local Jirja what is selling their, Govt should be taken action against them, justice delayed is easycal to justice denied.

M Hanif May 05, 2016 05:32pm

The answer to the problem is quite clear. So long as we have parallel systems of law and justice operating in Pakistan such as this, we we always fail as human beings.

Haider May 05, 2016 05:32pm

Shame on this brutal act.The Jirga should be punished exemplary in islam there is no any concept of this type of brutal act.I request the KPK government to take the strict action against these perpetrators and protect the eloped couple.

dawn May 05, 2016 05:40pm

Punish them fairly.

Just Someone May 05, 2016 05:43pm

Punish all the jirga members and real quick.

Just Someone May 05, 2016 05:43pm

There was an article a few days ago in dawn, mentioning something like 2.1 million outstanding cases in the judiciary. The CJ should take notice of this and bring down the number of outstanding cases, especially those which are more than 5 years old.

singh May 05, 2016 05:44pm

Problem is, we the people on internet condemning it are in minority and top of it we do not vote in elections.

Zak May 05, 2016 05:46pm

barbarians ! disgrace to humanity

Asad Khan May 05, 2016 05:57pm


Rizwan May 05, 2016 06:01pm

May her soul rest in peace. Education is the only solution for all the problems of Pakistan.

Where are we? May 05, 2016 06:01pm

There are some basics in every society that we must all learn to live like humans and not like animals. Society develops those basics and looks like we have not developed those basics to be simply a human and respect human life.

Khurram Jadoon May 05, 2016 06:04pm

The main reason of her killing was being "a daughter of a labourer", probably the one who ran away belongs to some local influential people and they are trying to save their prestige using this poor girl as escape goat.

What If May 05, 2016 06:07pm

An incident as such takes place… gets reported…..then another … and again… and again…

N_Saq May 05, 2016 06:23pm

The problem is the recognition of these jirgas as courts, which is directly in contravention of the country judicial system. How can government allow people running their own justice system parralel to judiciay? There should be strict punishments for anyone who participates in a jirga, panchayat ect, so that this menace can be eliminated.

I do not understand why this brutality towards women? Laws for the protection of women needs to be strengthened and government and the judiciary needs to come down hard on individuals who mess up with women.

Also, if strict action is not taken against the culprits then time is not far away when people in Pak will start burying their daughters alive.

Simba May 05, 2016 06:24pm


Arif Mirza's Blog May 05, 2016 06:40pm

These ruthless barbaric jarga should get exemplary punishment. This will deter any jarga or people to be inhumane.

Agha Ata May 05, 2016 06:45pm

The entire Jirga should be punished severely,

shahida khan May 05, 2016 06:48pm

All these Jirga men should be punished the same way as they punished the teenager. Shameful / Disgraceful / Barbaric men should have no place in this world

Roy May 05, 2016 06:50pm

when the state abdicate its authority, barbarism takes up the vacuum.

Sudhir Neyalasinger May 05, 2016 06:54pm

This is so gruesome and primitive. It's only in the subcontinent that you see some of these communities who haven't evolved over the years. Shame on the culprits.

Jaleel May 05, 2016 06:55pm

Jirga system should be abolished all over Pakistan

Riaz Uddin May 05, 2016 06:55pm

Those who killed an innocent girl, represent the society before dawn of Islam. They are in fact neither human being nor Muslims. I have no words to express my feelings about this heinous act so much so that the girl mother also aided and abetted these inhuman Jirga People. Deplorable indeed!

Mubarik May 05, 2016 07:14pm

Dear God don't give daughters to this ignorant Pakistani lot.

AD (Canada) May 05, 2016 07:20pm

Terrible. All parties involved in this should be punished to the max.

nasir siddique May 05, 2016 07:18pm

These people are really sick. Surprised in this day and age people still follow such elders andcso called wise people of jirga. Absolutely despicable.

Vijay May 05, 2016 07:22pm

@BiG TWEET Where have you seen animals burning other animals (or humans)?Animals only kill to feed.

Tabinda May 05, 2016 07:21pm

What a shame and waste of human life! I wonder if these villages have any educated class who can stand up for these girls. Are there any shelter homes? It's time that privileged people step in to end this biased jirga system.

Baba May 05, 2016 07:24pm

Well I'm not surprised by this incident since I know how this illiterate (or literate) group of people act in our beloved Pakistan and only on the basis of so called values, traditions and religious interpretations.

AD (Canada) May 05, 2016 07:25pm

@mba Jirga-System has no merit in a civil society when you have civil courts.

Vijay May 05, 2016 07:31pm

@Muzaffaroklahoma And then what? Have you heard any feedback about those arrested?

saeeds May 05, 2016 07:32pm

People say politician are bad and corrupt. I never see any bad coming from politician only gossip or news . But read every day Pakistani common person involved in evil act.

FutureWizard May 05, 2016 07:34pm

Killing a 16 year old child is no honor/justice. A sad father....

ukumar May 05, 2016 07:33pm

@CALCUTTA MAN How does it matter if girl was dead or alive when put in fire. Poor girl is dead by barbarians.

Aadmi May 05, 2016 07:35pm

The report also mentions a driver. No mention of whether the jirga passed a verdict on him also. Usually, they only focus on girls to punish. Unless some of these jirgas are severely punished (for murder in this case), this dual judicial system will keep on meting senseless verdicts for minor transgressions.

Dar May 05, 2016 07:37pm

Imran Khan should pay attention to bigger problems like this

ukumar May 05, 2016 07:40pm

Why is there no reform of this system? India has panchayat system that is based on election. Many are headed by women. Panchayat decisions can be taken to court. Panchayat can not give death sentence or even physical punishment to anyone.

Shah May 05, 2016 07:41pm

This is horrible. Justice should be severe and quick. Jirga should be tried in ATC and punished and PUBLISHED.

Syed Ahmed, Canada May 05, 2016 07:51pm

A parliamentarian says that "strict action" will taken against the jirga which ordered the brutal ruling. It is all rubbish, nothing is going to happen.

Ihsan May 05, 2016 07:59pm

What the police were doing....even a six hours long meeting was held.

Laeeq, NY May 05, 2016 08:02pm

In what age we are living in!

Aziz May 05, 2016 08:09pm

Good news: 13 of 15 jirga members are arrested and they would be trial in anti-terrorism court. Thank you KPK police

Mohammed May 05, 2016 08:13pm

We should put all Jirga with same punishment

Gawal Mandi Ya May 05, 2016 08:15pm

These jirgas should be eliminated, this is 2016, one cannot order someones death in a horrific manner just because they decided to marry at will, there are other ways to handle a situation,but the ignorance and not being educated comes into play. I could never have my child be punished in such inhumane way. I really hope the jirga is punished in a way no one will ever dare to punish someone like this.

Hamid Ali May 05, 2016 08:14pm

I am sure that there are still Pakistanis who will say that it is Malala and Chermeen Obaid Chinnoy to be blamed for Pakistan's bad image and not the ghairatmand men who committed this heinous act.

malik May 05, 2016 08:18pm

stone age laws still exist and enforced while the rest of the world progresses forward.

Fazal Karim May 05, 2016 08:19pm

This and such news when flashed through international media present a barbaric picture of Pakistan and Islam. We living out of Pakistan feel ashamed and have no word to defend. It is government and society responsibility to educate people against false honour and treatment of women. So long girls and women remain dependent on men, they will not be respected and given their due share. For God sake educate and train them to take jobs and stand on their feet.Rate of progress in the country will be doubled.

kamran May 05, 2016 08:21pm

no one has voiced any protest for this? Where are the "religious" leaders are they sitting silently?

MP May 05, 2016 08:34pm

I bet that these jirga men will somehow manage to escape and never face justice or the family will be forced to 'forgive' them and settle everything out of court.

Truth May 05, 2016 08:38pm

We have failed miserably as a nation. What kind of society we live in. She was a child for God sake and a living feeling human being

talat haque May 05, 2016 08:40pm


Jagan May 05, 2016 08:43pm

Its beyond my comprehension ...can somebody explain me how people can sit there and watch a person getting torched, doesn't matter what he or she did? Don't these people have any heart? What happened to her parents? why didn't they make an effort to stop this atrocity

Saeed May 05, 2016 08:42pm

Jargas should be declared illegal

Shah May 05, 2016 08:44pm

all these jigra members will walk away scott free as the case will be dropped due to "lack of evidence"

Peace May 05, 2016 08:45pm

And yet the madrasas continue to mass produce extremists and no one cares...when will proper education given to the people and youth?

Farooq May 05, 2016 08:46pm

No religious scholar has the guts to condemn and raise voice against such acts of barbarism.

muhammad May 05, 2016 08:46pm

LACK OF EDUCATION = PEOPLE LIKE THESE..its that simple Pakistan....its that simple

Ahsan Gul May 05, 2016 08:53pm

May Allaha's almighty curse be upon who committed, supported and condoned this crime.

Muhammad May 05, 2016 08:53pm

Is it true that our religious parties are planning to take out rallies against this barbarism No ok please bring US in it then they may think

Saulat Haider May 05, 2016 08:55pm

Exemplary punishment should be given to all parties involved to deter others to even think about such heinous crime.

RAK May 05, 2016 08:57pm

Ban all these jirgas and tribal systems.

Saulat Haider May 05, 2016 09:05pm

These elders should ask themselves if the same girl had been the daughter of jirga members would they allow this happened to her? It is the most brutal, heinous, unbelievable crime a human being can commit against another. Absolutely unthinkable.

Rp May 05, 2016 09:09pm

@SAHIL - No both things should be done in parallel - start confronting and severely punishing these local "justice-deliverers" and focus on revamping the existing judicial system.

Khan , USA May 05, 2016 09:15pm

The horors of Jirga system !

M.Saeed May 05, 2016 09:23pm

Abhor-ably inhuman! Ban Jirga and Punchaiyat systems in the entire sub-continent from meddling in already existing laws.

WTH May 05, 2016 09:31pm

The couple that eloped must be in a state where they would be thinking of death as a better option to life, exactly as it must have been the Jigra's aim. Make sure they are not harmed in any way

ijaz May 05, 2016 09:44pm

What everyone commenting os forgetting is that this jirga killed her for trying to help a couple marry against their parents wishes.

The real issue here is the concept of izzat, forced marriages which leads to so called honour killings. As a society we need to teach children that it is okay to marry the person of their choice. When this happens these tragedies will disappear.

Noshin May 05, 2016 09:47pm

Lack of awareness!!!!!

Maryam May 05, 2016 09:52pm

@well wisher I don't think they should be called humans anymore.

Maryam May 05, 2016 09:57pm

@kamran They are busy in planning rallies against women protection laws.

imran May 05, 2016 10:02pm

Well done KP police for apprehending these savages. May the soul of the deceased rest in peace.

Farrukh May 05, 2016 10:12pm

What a great nation we are! Making headlines in terrorism, mugging,rape, child abuse, extortion ,kidnapping and list goes on.... Yet we call others with bad names? What a shame!

Kamran May 05, 2016 10:18pm

Pakistan is really stuck in the barbaric dark ages.....sad day for humanity

emar May 05, 2016 10:24pm

@Shah - well said

gb xee May 05, 2016 10:50pm

govt should collapse jirga system soon through out pakistan including fata, ...all issues should be treated accoding to the court establish by state....

gknatarajan May 05, 2016 10:55pm

ATTROCIOUS! feel sad for the girl!

Zara May 05, 2016 11:06pm

What can we expect when generations have been left without proper access to education and instead are left to their own devices. Is it an isolated incident? I doubt it very much. Will something be done about it? I truly hope so.

Javed May 05, 2016 11:06pm

I am reading about this story in all major news media across the globe, these village elders are making Pakistan famous... for the wrongs reasons.

Pak American May 05, 2016 11:36pm

Extremely sad news. The culprits should be punished, the "same way". this barbarity needs to be eradicated from Pakistani Culture. It is also because a culture is different from the Religion. These things happen when people do not understand the Religion, and Islam is against such barbaric practices. I have lived in US since I was a very small. When I was in Pakistan, looking for marriage, I found that girls everywhere, whether Rural area, or even in modern cities like Islamabad, had a very little say, in who to marry. Even if parents were ready for "suitable marriage proposal", some relative came along and stopped the marriage proposal, it happened so many times with me personally, I was confused. Girls, 90%, had no choice, not even the parents had the choice, and mainly it was the girl's relatives that stop the suitable marriage proposals, and twist the girl's parent's decision one way or another. Islam gives the girls the choice to say "No".

ZAFAR May 06, 2016 12:44am

Even children aren't safe from extremists in Pakistan...

N_Saq May 06, 2016 01:00am

One more thought...

Are you sure they didn't rape her first and then killed her then burned her body to hide the evidence? This needs to be fully investigated.

numbersnumbers May 06, 2016 01:41am

If Dawn was serious about helping stop these incidents, it would have a weekly review section where such cases would be noted and followed to see if justice was ever accorded the victims!

Jawaid kamal May 06, 2016 02:52am

Sweat heart RIP.there is a deep hole in my heart full of your sufferings are over !love.

Faisal May 06, 2016 02:59am

She was a daughter of pakistan is this how we treat our children ? Justice must be done

Ahmed May 06, 2016 03:00am

Lowest of the lowest. Horrific, cruel and callous.

Anwar Saeed, St. Louis, Missouri. USA May 06, 2016 03:16am

All the jirga members should be prosecuted as murders. They are all equally responsible for this heinous crime. All jirga activities must stopped and their verdict should be challenged in the court of law of the land. Uneducated idiots do not know Islam and its values. They are disgraceful and non Muslims. They are not even human being my opinion.

Yankee Cricket Fan May 06, 2016 03:36am

@Khalid Completely disagree.

Malakand May 06, 2016 04:58am

It is not Jirga, it is Punchaiat which is the village laws of non-Pashtun/Baloch people of Pakistan. A pakhtun jirga will never ever order this kind of punishment. Please dont use the sacred name jirga.

Akil Akhtar May 06, 2016 05:24am

@SAHIL Don't agree, in the eyes of law the girl did not commit any crime so what justice would the family have sought from the police even if we had a strong system. We need to get rid of the jihalat and tribal culture.

Telh May 06, 2016 05:32am

Societies that are more concerned about 'shame' than guilt will continue this practice.

Dr Tahira Malik May 06, 2016 06:13am

Why does a parallel system exist in Pakistan. The legal system on Pakistan has failed this poor girl

Rizwan Khan May 06, 2016 06:20am

These people judged this girl and called themselves jirghah. The jirghah of the common man in this mail section is asking for their punishment in a similar fashion. They should accept this now

SKZ May 06, 2016 06:54am

The problem is the Jirga members are usually evry old and aged people.. I dont know what kind of punishment can be given to them.. Although they deserve the most harsh punishment... they might get away because of their age..

illawarrior May 06, 2016 07:32am

What was her supposed crime? Is eloping illegal?

waseem shahzad May 06, 2016 09:28am

Examplary punishment should be given to the members of jirga and also to those who were aware of this brutal order of jirga but remained silent till the death of innocent girl.

waseem shahzad May 06, 2016 09:33am

@Dr Tahira Malik Examplary punishment should be announced for the jirga members. Its a black spot on our socio face. From today will cant call ourselves civilized........

Zafar Ahmed May 06, 2016 11:23am

Every one on the horizon saying as usual to take punitive action against the Jirga & those who took part in this heinous act of crime but who is going to take the action & when.

Dr. Riaz May 06, 2016 03:50pm

It is so tragic. through news I guess that girl's only crime was her poverty. If she had been a daughter of rich she would have met a different fate. All jirga members should be given exemplary punishment . PM should take serious notice of it.

Mary May 06, 2016 04:27pm

This is so shocking!

ahmad May 06, 2016 05:05pm

Such a shame. crowd people.

Exlim May 06, 2016 06:20pm

Jirga are parallel justice or rather injustice systems in Pakistan. Why does Pakistan, allow it. The civilian government and politicians could care less, as this is allowed and accepted culture of the Vaderas and tribal mindset.

AG May 06, 2016 07:02pm

This news was all over the world Yesterday,

Rohit Singh May 06, 2016 07:52pm

Try it in military court, swift n sound.

tariq May 06, 2016 10:49pm

make these jigra members re-build all the girls schools that have been destroyed by the extremists and once they have done that hang them!

faisal May 06, 2016 10:50pm

so where is the sit-in/protest by "religious" parties condemning this? They all came out to support a convicted murderer but this innocent girl murdered and not a single religious leader has condemned the act?

imsid May 06, 2016 10:58pm

Imran Khan should show his will of INSAF now , a 16 year old girl barbarically killed in KPK. It about time the society should collectively respond to this monstrosity and ensure that culprits are brought to justice !! I think writ of state be established again in that village where this incident took place. Enough women and girls have been killed on the name of honor, it about time someone does a right thing in the name of national honor by punishing the so called Jirga !! Tahreek E Insaaf I suppose.

bushra May 06, 2016 11:38pm

this is just one incident thousands of innocent girls are murdered in cold blood and no one ever bothers and we blame the West for their way of life maybe time to clean up own house before telling others their house is dirty!

samina May 06, 2016 11:39pm

this madness will happen again what will be solution for next incident? No one mentioned how to prevent this from happening again?

Fatima May 06, 2016 11:42pm

and they say no need for women protection laws!! seriously ?? Women are abused, raped, killed, brutalized, tortured every day in the thousands in the country and still no one cares...they just quick to blame West for all issues but never address their own!

nadia May 06, 2016 11:52pm

these useless people have nothing better to do? instead of burning innocent children cant they build schools instead? extremism will not go away until proper education is given and proper education is NOT madrassas!

Sheraz Inayat May 07, 2016 09:50am

the worst part is that these people always find a way to escape and they mostly never get punished for ruining helpless people's lives ....

Shahzad May 07, 2016 05:55pm

This is madness, savagery not Islam

Scarlett May 07, 2016 08:18pm

@Muzaffaroklahoma btw KPK police didn't do anything social media highlighted it and owner of the van went to register FIR. Police on its own didn't take any action. In the period between pictures appeared on Twitter and the van owner filed a complain

Rehana May 07, 2016 10:39pm

@Pfew day agohilosopher (from Japan)