Bilawal asks govt to pass anti-honour killings bill

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) Chairman Bilawal Bhutto Zardari Tuesday asked the government to immediately pass Anti-Honour Killings Laws (Criminal Laws Amendment) Bill, 2014.

Bilawal Bhutto, in a statement here said the bill was drafted by the PPP and tabled in the Senate, which passed it in March 2015 to eliminate inhuman acts of honour killings.

“There is no honour in killing a human,” he said adding that all the killings in the name of honour, especially of women, should be declared a heinous and unpardonable crime to save the victims of horrible custom, which had nothing to do with civilization or history.

Bilawal Bhutto said hundreds of women were butchered in the name of honour all over the country and killers walked away scot-free in the absence of tougher laws, which could hold them accountable and award exemplary punishment.

“Honor killing has been used as a sword of damocles against the womenfolk in some parts of our society where women live under constant fear,” he added.

Bilawal said that the PPP legislators put hard-work in drafting Anti-Honour Killings Laws Bill and finally were able to pass it through the Senate.

Holding the said bill in pending for a year, he said was tantamount to promotion of honour killing. He called upon the political parties and civil society to mount pressure on the concerned quarters to complete the legislation.

“This was a dream of my mother Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto to provide equal opportunities and protection to the women and adoption of bill will be a landmark achievement to realize this dream,” he remarked.