A Pakistani lawmaker, Israr Ullah Zehri, has publicly supported honor killings even in the face of a recent case in which five women were buried alive by Muslim religious fanatics. While the case is the latest outrage that has disgusted the world, Zehri insisted it is a time-honored tradition for immoral people to be dealt with under Sharia law.
Zehri represented Baluchistan province where these attacks are common. He told his colleagues that “[t]hese are centuries-old traditions and I will continue to defend them. Only those who indulge in immoral acts should be afraid.”
His comments follow the killing of five women, including three teenagers by shooting them and then throwing them into a ditch where they were buried alive with rocks and mud. Their crimes was their intention to marry men of their own choosing, here.
Zehri insisted on Friday in a speech to his colleagues that such Baluch traditions help deter obscenity and should not be viewed as a big deal. Some colleagues agreed with him that it should be treated as an internal matter for the province. What is not an internal matter is a legislator who endorses murder. The question is whether the parliament with expel Zehri who is obviously holds monstrous and murderous views for a lawmaker.
There is still no action against the culprits in the murders in Baba Kot, a remote village in Jafferabad district. They were forced into a car at gunpoint by six men, taken to a field, beaten, shot, and then buried alive.
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I do understand why you want to keep your traditions, and i respect them, but I still think it is wrong and unjust.
oh. my. god, your a man pig!!!!!! That’s disgusting and perverted. You are so insanely wrong.
Well said Michael. Understanding and honoring one culture’s beliefs is one thing, murder is another. The statements to support this kind of murder are akin to Yoo and company claiming that torture is only torture if you have serious organ failure.
I strongly believe in honoring the traditions of all cultures and that the Western World’s belief in its own cultural superiority is merely jingoistic nonsense. However, there are certain norms that all humans must begin to recognize, or we are doomed to remain as little more than pompous apes. One is the separation of church and state to ensure that zealots and fanatics are not allowed to take over. A second, in my opinion, is the recognition of equality between men and women. A third that pertains to this case is that the first two are universal imperatives that must trump local superstition and ignorance. For instance, if all the European Jews followed the “Tradition” sung of in “Fiddler on the Roof,” their descendants would have all died in the Holocaust. By the same token, if Muslims continue to to pay obeisance to Sharia Law, they will remained firmly entrenched in the 18th Century. Christian Fundamentalists also must begin to understand that their Bible is a text rife with allegory, edited to meet the designs of various historic political/religious leaders, and misinterpreted frequently by those claiming knowledge as authorities.
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