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10 arrested for honour killing of newly-wed couple in Pakistan

The couple was killed for marrying without permission from their elders.

world Updated: Nov 27, 2017 22:26 IST
Associated Press
Associated Press
Associated Press, Karachi
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Relatives of a newly-wed couple stand behind bars at a police station in Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, Nov. 27, 2019. (AP)

Pakistani police say they have arrested ten people for killing a newly-wed couple who entered into a free-will marriage in the southern port city of Karachi.

Officer Qasim Hameed said Monday that Abdul Hadi, 24, and Hasina Bibi, 19, were killed by relatives last week for marrying without permission from their elders earlier this month.

Qasim said Hadi’s father and nine other relatives were arrested after the couple’s bodies were found in a local graveyard on Sunday. He said Bibi’s father has absconded.

He added that the men confessed to murdering the couple with knives upon the orders of a “Jirga,” or tribal council, for dishonoring their Pashtun culture.

Nearly 1,000 Pakistani women are killed by close relatives each year in so-called honor killings.

First Published: Nov 27, 2017 21:56 IST