Islamabad—Maryam Nawaz, daughter of Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif said on Wednesday that Pakistan Muslim League-N plans to pass long-delayed legislation against “honour killings” within weeks in the wake of the murder of Qandeel Baloch.
The bill will go before a parliamentary committee as early as Thursday, said Maryam Nawaz Sharif. The government has faced mounting pressure to pass the law against murders carried out by people professing to be acting in defence of the honour of their family.
The law would remove a loophole that allows other family members to pardon a killer. The brother of social media star Qandeel Baloch has been arrested in connection with her strangling to death. Maryam Nawaz said the government wanted to pass the law unanimously and had been negotiating with religious parties in parliament.