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Published On: Thu, May 30th, 2019

Remembering: Five Pakistan women killed on this day in 2012 for ‘singing and dancing,’ officials deny claims

On this day, in 2012, five women in Kohistan, four of whom were filmed ‘singing and dancing’ with men at a wedding party, were killed on May 30 after a tribal jirga ordered their execution, claimed Muhammad Afzal – brother of the two accused of filming the video and uploading it on the internet. Below is the video.

Officials have however denied this claim.

Commissioner Hazara Khalid Umarzai and Provincial Minister for Social Welfare Sitara Ayaz denied that the women were killed and said they were alive and safe at their homes. Police officials in the area also denied the incident.

The fifth girl, sister of one of the women filmed, was also killed on suspicion, claimed Afzal.

Police had filed an FIR against the two brothers, Bin Yasir and Gul Nazar, for filming these four women and putting the video online.

According to Afzal, the women were kept in captivity for a month and were tortured by pouring boiling water on their bodies before they were killed.

The jirga had also ordered the execution of the two brothers along with the four women. However, the men had fled the area.

It was earlier reported that the accused, in connivance with four other people including their elder brother and a cousin uploaded the video on the internet and also released it to some media outlets. This caused uproar in the community, which felt the video had stained the honor of the tribe’s women.

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