Two Pakistani teenagers who tried to elope were brutally murdered by relatives with electric shocks last month as an “honour killing” in the southern port city of Karachi, police confirmed.
The tribal boy and girl accused of falling in love with each other were declared by the local tribal council, or jirga, as a symbol of “dishonour” on the Pashtun community.
Jirgas are often convened, particularly in conservative rural areas, to settle local disputes especially between poor families. Although they operate outside the law, their rulings of prompt justice, based on centuries-old traditions, are often honoured by local officials. Read more