In some cultures, it’s ‘innocent until proven guilty’. In others, it’s ‘guilty until proven innocent’. In Pakistan, especially if you’re non-Muslim, it’s ‘guilty until executed’. Our contact in Pakistan has confirmed the veracity of this report by VOA News:
Authorities in Pakistan say six people have been arrested in connection with the stoning death of a couple accused of adultery.
Officials say that the arrests were made in southwestern Baluchistan province, and that a cleric believed to have issued the order to kill the couple was among those taken into custody.
Talking to VOA’s Deewa Radio, Shams Mandokhel, a member of Human Rights Commission of Pakistan, said such incidents are not new in the area.
“This is oppression, this is brutality, killing them and hitting them with stones. There is a report that they were buried without a funeral. There is no bigger oppression than this. These type of incidents happen in Baluchistan but they are not reported,” said Mandokhel.
Here is what one of our contacts in Pakistan had to say about this story:
“Yes, it’s confirmed news. One week ago, a couple was stoned to death in Baluchistan province. The Imam (cleric) of the local mosque issued a FATWA against them that they shall be Stoned until death.
This is not the first case in Pakistan. Every second week, you heard such stories in the rural tribal Areas.
Last year in 2013, 5 young girls were killed by the tribal elder committee (Jirga) in Kohistan. And you will be shocked to know there CRIME. They were taped in a video singing and clapping in the presence of men.
It is horrible and unbelievable.”