A local sharia court has added a stoning death to this year’s record after a Pakistani soldier was found to have had an affair with a local woman in Northwesterd Kurram. To make matters worse, Anwar Din, 27, is a Sunni and Intizar Bibi, 19, is a Shiite girl.
The two met at a checkpoint near the girl’s home. Din tried to elope with the girl when he was posted to another region. The girl left her home to meet him but they were discovered by local villagers. Munir Hussain, the head of the local jirga, or tribal court, announced that the man was then sentenced to death by stoning in accord with Islamic justice. He was taken to a local cemetery and stoned to death. The local court ordered that the girl should be shot but it is not clear if the execution was stopped before it could be carried out.