KARACHI: This is with reference to your editorial “On her honour” (May 29). Journalists should ask men from both the rural and urban areas whether women should marry the men of their choice. In all probability, the answer from most men, not only in the rural areas, but also in the cities, would be that such women should be killed immediately.
Obviously, the men who killed Farzana firmly believed that they were acting righteously. That is probably why the policemen at the spot did not intervene to save the poor woman. After all, Mr Imran Khan himself once said that the tribal justice (jirga) system is much more preferable than the one we inherited from the British. And we must not forget the Baloch leader who said that their tribal customs take precedence over everything else. When politicians themselves have this mindset, how can you expect the rest of us to behave in a civilised manner?

Shakir Lakhani
Published in The Express Tribune, May 31st, 2014.