Man killed for honour after eloping with girl

Haripur—A man was shot dead allegedly by relatives of a girl he eloped with in Hairpur in the latest “honour killing” to hit the country.
Ismail Khan, 24, was walking in a nearby village when unknown assailants shot at him, killing him on the spot.
Ismail had married Saba Manzoor, last week after they both eloped, police said. Later, a jirga (tribal consultative body) found the girl and convinced her to return home to fulfill the traditional customs of marriage after Eid.
However, Ismail was shot dead and his father now believes his daughter-in-law is now in danger. Saba’s family convinced her to return home after convincing her they will get her married to Ismail after Eid.
According to the victim’s father, he was not aware of the whereabouts of his daughter in law and feared she might be killed too in the name of honor.
Earlier on June 18, a man’s throat was slit by relatives of his wife in Multan who disapproved of their marriage.
Hundreds of women are murdered by relatives in Pakistan each year on the pretext of defending what is seen as family honour, but it is rare for victim to be a man.
Two weeks ago, Zeenat Bibi was killed in Lahore by her mother for marrying a man of her own choice in a case that sparked condemnation throughout the country.

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