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Sindh High Court orders protection of couple facing death threats from Jirga

By: Jamal Khurshid

The Sindh High Court (SHC) on Tuesday issued notices to the advocate general of Sindh, the Thatta SSP and others on a petition filed on behalf of a couple seeking protection against a Jirga order for their killing in the name of honour.

The petitioner, Mohammad Ramzan Brohi, submitted that his son Wahid Dino married Rasheeda on September 3, but the Jirga in the Keenjhar Lake area refused to accept their marriage, and ordered their killing as Karo and Kari.

He said the couple were hiding to protect their lives as three influential persons of a tribe, Saleem, Fareed and Jummo, were bent on killing his son and daughter-in-law. Issuing notices to the prosecutor general, the advocate general and the SSP Thatta, the court directed the police to provide protection to the couple.

Meanwhile, the court issued notices to the SSP Khairpur Mir and others on a petition of another couple, Irfana and Nezam, against harassment. The petitioners said that they married of their free will on November 26, but they were facing harassment at the hands of police.

The court was informed that one of Irfana’s family members registered a case against her spouse and police were conducting raids to arrest him and his family. The court restrained the police from taking any coercive action against the couple, and directed the respondents to file comments on the petition.

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