PESHAWAR: Bin Yasir, brother of Afzal Kohistani, the man who exposed the Kohistan video scandal and was killed last month, has demanded the formation of a judicial commission to probe the murder of his brother.
Talking to media persons at Peshawar Press Club on Wednesday, Bin Yasir said his brave brother exposed the Kohistan video scandal and told the world what happened there. He said his brother was fighting against the obsolete system under which people, particularly girls, are being killed in the name of honour, and he died while pursuing this mission. He said despite his repeated requests for security, he was not provided security and he was eventually killed by the people who became his enemies after the scandal came to surface. He said the whole family is facing threat now and they are running from pillar to post for justice.
Bin Yasir told that his three other brothers, Shah Faisal, Sher Wali and Rafiuddin, were also killed inside their house in January 2013 on the same issue. He said four of his brothers have been killed so far and the case is yet to reach its conclusion.
Afzal Kohistani had exposed a tribal Jirga’s order to murder five girls, who were laughing and clapping to music while two men were dancing in a video in Kohistan. He was continuously chased by his rivals and three of his brothers were killed. On 6 March, armed men gunned down Afzal in Gami Adda area and fled the scene. Two passers-by were also injured in the attack.
The family members of Afzal said they had lodged in a complaint with the police about the threats he was facing after several men were convicted in the case, but he was not provided with any security.
The case came to light in 2011 when reports emerged that an online video of young men dancing before a group of five women had led to their murders on a Jirga order. The mixed gathering had taken place in a village located in an extremely conservative part of KP. In the eyes of the locals, they had violated tribal norms and brought dishonour upon them.
Reportedly, five girls in the audience, as well as the men who were dancing and his two brothers, were later murdered. Afzal was the brother of the two men, who were reportedly killed on the order of tribal Jirga. Afzal Kohistani himself, for much of the intervening period, had to live in hiding because of threats to his life.
The government had appointed a fact-finding commission, which was unable to definitively establish whether the murders had taken place, circumstantial and empirical evidence strongly suggested that was the case.
The KP government, later on, told the court that the five women seen in the video have been killed. The court after several years has convicted several culprits in the case.