PESHAWAR. A Court in Multan on rejected Qandeel Baloch parent’s plea asking the court to acquit their sons as they have pardoned them in Qandeel murder case in the name of ‘honour’.
The judge disallowed the appeal under the Anti-Honour Killing Laws (Criminal Amendment Bill) 2015 — which prevents killers from walking free after being pardoned by the victim’s family in cases related to ‘honour killings’.
Two of Qandeel Baloch brothers Waseem and Aslam were nominated as suspects among others. In their affidavit, Qandeel parents said that they want to pardon their sons in the murder case while all other accused in case should be punished as per the law of the country. They argued the amendment in the law was made after the murder of Qandeel therefore; it doesn’t apply to their sons.
However, the court rejected the plea and ordered that under the Anti-Honour Killing Laws (Criminal Amendment Bill) 2015, the accused can not be pardoned to move freely in society.
The court adjourned the case till August 24.
Baloch’s brother Waseem has allegedly strangled her to death in the name of “honour” at their house in 2016. He later confessed to having killed her because she allegedly “brought dishonour to the Baloch name” with her risque videos and statements on social media. Her brother Aslam Shaheen was also nominated in the case.
The affidavit said that the Anti-Honour Killing Laws (Criminal Amendment Bill) 2015 — which prevents killers from walking free after being pardoned by the victim’s family — was passed months after Baloch was murdered and, therefore, cannot be applied to her case.
The legislation mandates life imprisonment for honour killings, but whether a murder can be defined as a crime of honour is left to the judge’s discretion. The court dismissed their plea and remarked that the judgment in the honour killing case would by give after the statement of all the witnesses is recorded.