Outrage as 'honor-killing' whistleblower shot dead in Pakistan

Afzal Kohistani

Afzal Kohistani

The case remains open but the killing of Afzal Kohistani deepens the tragedy - which started with a video of dancing and singing and has since spiralled into a bloody tale of Shakespearean proportions, with at least nine lives claimed.

Kohistani, 31, was shot dead on March 6 in the northwestern city of Abbottabad, police said on March 8.

What does it say about the state that seven years after highlighting one of the country's most notorious cases of honour killings, Afzal Kohistani was gunned down in a crowded Abbottabad market and nobody is the wiser about who did it? The police said that three others persons were also wounded in the firing. The police have collected evidence from the site and are now searching for the suspects. After the video got leaked, a Jirga was held by the girls' tribe which issued a decree for the killing of the boys and girls under a tribal custom. The injured people were bystanders and seriously wounded. They were immediately shifted to the District Headquarters (DHQ) Hospital. A pistol was recovered from the arrested suspect identified as Faiz-ur-Rehman.

Finally, in July 2018, the Supreme Court ordered a fresh police investigation, which led to five further arrests of men from the women's family. They had said Amna and Shaheen were still alive and would be presented before the court.

The commission went to Kohistan and investigated the matter, producing a report on July 20, 2017, which stated that the girls were alive.

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When the case was appealed to be reopened, the apex court gave the National Database and Registration Authority (NADRA) orders to match fingerprints and CNICs.

Afzal Kohistan, Whistle-blower of Kohistan video scandal, was shot dead in Abbottabad on Wednesday.

A member of the negotiating team said that police and district administration contacted prominent social activist Farzana Bari, former chief justice Saqib Nisar on phone and they also talked to the family members and elders who were on protest and the both were also taken on board over the situation.

Meanwhile, Mr Kohistani's family are calling for the release of his detained nephew, 23-year-old Faizur Rahman, and police protection for his wife and children.

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