Pakistani man shoots dead his own sisters on the eve of their weddings in horrific double honour killing – because they chose their own husbands
- Nazir Hussaid, 35, from the Punjab province, shot Kosar and Gulzar Bibi
- Hussaid objected to the women choosing who they wanted to marry
- He wanted them to marry someone within their extended family
- Police have launched an investigation as the killer is still at large
A Pakistani man shot dead his own sisters the day before their weddings because they chose their own husbands.
Nazir Hussaid, 35, from the central Punjab province, shot Kosar and Gulzar Bibi, 22 and 28, in the horrific double honour killing, and is now on the run.
The two women were preparing to marry men they had chosen themselves, senior police officer Mehar Riaz said today.
Hussaid objected to the love matches and had wanted the women to marry someone within the extended family.
‘The brother shot dead both the sisters yesterday and fled the site,’ the officer said, adding that a search was underway.
‘It is a simple case of killing for honour,’ he said.
Father of the family Atta Mohammad told local reporters that Hussain had ‘destroyed everything’.
‘He ruined my family, he destroyed us, he destroyed everything’ Mohammad said.
The double murder comes days after social media starlet Qandeel Baloch was strangled to death by her brother who said he was ‘not embarrassed’ to have killed her, reigniting calls for action against the crime.
Nazir Hussaid, 35, from the central Punjab province (file photo), shot Kosar and Gulzar Bibi, 22 and 28, in the horrific double honour killing, and is now on the run.
Hundreds of women are murdered by relatives in the conservative Muslim nation each year on the pretext of defending what is seen as family honour.
Pakistan’s law minister this month announced that bills aimed at tackling ‘honour killings’ and boosting rape convictions would soon be voted on by parliament, after mounting pressure to tackle a pattern of crime that claims around 1,000 lives a year.
The perpetrators of so-called honour killings – in which the victim, normally a woman, is killed by a relative – often walk free because they can seek forgiveness for the crime from another family member.