ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday denounced the murder of a 16-year-old girl in Abbottabad as “inhuman and un-Islamic”.
The victim, identified as Ambreen, a resident of Abbottabad district in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, was drugged before being strangled to death while her body was set ablaze in a van.
The gruesome murder was ordered by a 16-member jirga on charges of helping another girl, Saima, elope. The deceased’s mother was also part of the jirga.
“The burning to death of the girl was not honour killing. She was murdered on purpose,” the premier said.
The prime minister directed authorities concerned to bring the perpetrators of the heinous crime to justice without any delay.
In February this year, Prime Minister Sharif pledged that his government would toughen laws to halt honor killings.