The Swat Valley

A YOUNG Pakistani woman is fighting for her life after her own father and brother-in-law allegedly tried to stone her death in a would-be honour killing.

Shakila Khan was left in hospital after the brutal attack which left her male friend dead.

The shocking attempted execution happened close to where campaigning schoolgirl Malala Yousafzai survived being shot by the Taliban in 2012.
Malala Yousafzai

The attempted ‘honour killing’ happened close to where Malala Yousafzai was shot by the Taliban

Local police believe married Shakila Khan, 22, was followed on Wednesday to a house in Ghari, Swat Valley, by her brother-in-law, who found her alone with a local man called Bilal, 27.
Knowing his brother – Shakila’s husband – was away on business, it is claimed he locked the pair up in a room and called Shakila’s father Rahim Bacha.
The two men are alleged to have tied the two up with rope, believing they had committed adultery and tried to stone them both to death in the drawing room of the house.
It is thought they felt justified under Sharia Law.
Bilal died from his injuries and Shakila was taken to a local hospital under armed guard, where last night she was recovering from horrific wounds inflicted in the onslaught.
Reports suggest both men handed themselves in to local police, who are now investigating the murder and attempted murder.
One local told the Daily Mirror: “Her life is in danger and her family has disowned her according to Sharia Law.
“It is utterly heartbreaking as she has no support.
“The hospital where she is does not have good facilities and she needs urgent treatment or she could die, as well being under threat from relatives who believe she has committed a crime.”
The Swat Valley in Pakistan

The Swat Valley in Pakistan where the alleged attempted execution is said to have taken place

Shakila told her husband’s family that she was going to her uncle’s home near where she lives with husband Sultanat Khan.
Soon after she left, her husband’s brother followed her and found she was secretly meeting Bilal.
Some 500 women are victims of so-called honour killings every year in Pakistan, by relatives who feel their family has been shamed by a daughter or sister associating with men, eloping or otherwise infringing strict religious demands on women’s modesty.
The country’s Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s ruling party has announced that it would pass long-delayed legislation outlawing ‘honour killing’ within weeks.
But so far the new law is still pending.

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