A Pakistani politician has defended a decision to bury five women alive because they wanted to choose their own husbands.
Israr Ullah Zehri, who represents Baluchistan province, told a stunned parliament that northwestern tribesman had done nothing wrong in first shooting the women and then dumping them in a ditch.
“These are centuries-old traditions, and I will continue to defend them,” he said.
“Only those who indulge in immoral acts should be afraid.”
The women, three of whom were teenagers and whose “crime” was that they wished to choose who to marry, were still breathing as mud and stones were shovelled over their bodies, according to Human Rights Watch.
The three girls, thought to be aged between 16 and 18, were kidnapped by a group of men from their Umrani tribe and murdered in Baba Kot, a remote village in Jafferabad district.
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