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Supreme Court disposes of Kohistan girls’ killing case

ISLAMABAD: The Supreme Court on Wednesday disposed of a suo motu notice taken on reported killing of five Kohistan girls, after it was apprised that all of them were alive and there was no truth in the claims made over incident.

A three-judge bench of Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, Justice Jawwad S Khawaja and Justice Khilji Arif Hussain disposed of the matter after finding a report compiled by the investigation team as satisfactory.

The bench observed that the investigative teams comprising a civil female judge Bushra Gauhar MNA, and Farzana Bari NGO representative were sent twice to the area to learn about the truth as highlighted by media.

The Chief Justice also reiterated that holding of Jirgas was illegal and unconstitutional. He also thanked the Adviser on Interior Affairs Rehman Malik and the local administration for their cooperation in the case.

The bench said that the statement given by Muhammad Afzal, brother of two men who filmed the video, could not establish their claims.Afzal’s brother Bin Yasir and Gul Nazar, had allegedly filmed the event on their mobile phone and uploaded it on a web site.

The court had taken notice after surfacing of media report that the local clerics had allegedly issued edicts for the killing of four women for clapping when two young men were dancing at a wedding ceremony in Kohistan.

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