photo from Dawn.com
Shot dead by a religious fanatic on February 20 at Gujranwala, Pakistan.
Her crime??? Being a woman in politics, and ‘not wearing Muslim dress’.
The Minister for Social Welfare in Pakistan’s Punjab province was about to address an open court, when a man claiming to fight ‘jihad against anti-Muslim forces’ shot at and killed her.
The Dawn reports
Police arrested the accused, Maulvi Mohammad Sarwer Mughal, and seized a pistol he was carrying. The accused had been charged with killing four model girls and injuring a dozen others some four years ago, and he was acquitted by a local court for lack of evidence……
Quoting the accused, who ran a hardware shop, DIG (operations) Khadim Hussain Bhatti said he was waging a jihad against anti-Muslim forces. “Women can’t become rulers in Islam,” he is reported to have been said……..
“He killed her because she was not observing the Islamic code of dress,” local police officer Nazir Ahmad said.
The real criminal is the Pakistan justice system that acquitted this man for four murders some years ago. This is the same justice system that acquitted the five men who raped Mukhtaran Bibi on June 6, 2005 on a paltry bond.
We are all guilty – through silence and inaction – of enabling and empowering religious fanatics and their supporters who attack, abuse and kill those who disagree with them in the name of culture, tradition and religion.