Man ar­rested for ‘honor killing’ of sis­ter

Pakistan Observer - - NATIONAL - STAFF RE­PORTER

KARACHI—Po­lice on Thurs­day ar­rested a man in Karachi for slit­ting his sis­ter’s throat and let­ting her bleed to death, the lat­est case of ‘hon­our killing’ in the metropo­lis. Hayat Khan, aged around 20, used a kitchen knife to mur­der his 16-year-old sis­ter Su­maira af­ter he found her talk­ing to a man on her mo­bile phone at their home in the Orangi Town neigh­bour­hood of the city on Wed­nes­day, se­nior po­lice of­fi­cer Az­far Ma­h­e­sar said.

He then threw her out of the house where she con­tin­ued to bleed and writhe in pain on the steps as neigh­bours gath­ered. Inves- tigat­ing Of­fi­cer Gulzar Ahmed con­firmed the de­tails of the at­tack adding that Su­maira had suf­fered mul­ti­ple stab wounds to the neck, chest and back. Mo­bile phone footage shot by an un­known on­looker shows sev­eral men and boys stand­ing around Su­maira, who is ly­ing face down, dressed in a red tu­nic and orange head­scarf and draped in a blan­ket.

Her head is seen lolling from side to side and the fin­gers of her right hand ap­pear twisted. A young boy is shown fight­ing back tears as one man says in Pashto: “Let’s take her to a hos­pi­tal in a car,” and an­other man replies: “It’s al­most here, it’s com­ing brother.” The video then pans to Hayat, dressed in a pur­ple shirt and blue jeans, who stares di­rectly at the cam­era.

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