Lahore Court Sentences Brothers To Death Over ‘Honour’ Killing

Lahore Court Sentences Brothers To Death Over ‘Honour’ Killing

A sessions court on sentenced two brothers, Ahsan and Zeeshan Butt, to death twice for killing their sister and her husband over ‘honour’ six years ago.

Judge Naveed Iqbal also imposed a fine of Rs one million each on the convicted men.

The two brothers had shot dead their sister, Saba, and her husband, Shafiq, for marrying out of their own will six years ago.

The couple, who were residents of Yaki Gate area of Lahore’s walled city, had married of their free will in 2009 and had moved away. But Ahsan and Zeeshan invited them over for a meal and shot dead the couple only a few months after their marriage.

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

More than 500 men and women died in honour killings in 2015, according to the Human Rights Commission of Pakistan.


This news was previously published in DAWN and it is being republished here with permission.