Why Honor Killing in Pakistan?

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The recent show of barbarism of honor killing in state of Balochistan, Pakistan where some women were shot and then buried alive for the sin of trying to choose their own life partners should not shock us. For the last 200 years has been repeatedly left a couple of centuries behind the rest of the subcontinent. For the Indian political service, which oversaw the Indian princely states, it was not to their benefit to interfere in the internal matters of princely states unless there was grave misrule.

Following suit, the Pakistani establishment not only continued the British policy, under-the-table deals concerning the mineral and natural resources of the province meant that local landlords had a free rein to do almost anything if they cooperated with the authorities. No, wonder the province hardly showed signs of human development over the past century or so.

Numerous times special ‘Balochistan packages' have been formulated by governments, which show remarkable potential for progress on paper. Yet, most of these grand schemes fail to materialize. Of course the main reason behind this failure is that Balochistan is still governed as it was 100 years ago. Tribal chiefs control everything and the local populace is at their mercy. Even in certain urban areas, where tribal control is somewhat diluted, the presence of the Taliban has generated concerns that effective control, and respect, is not with the government but with militant leaders.

The social system of the province also requires an overhaul. Belief in the equality of men and women, especially through the medium of education needs to be ingrained in the people. It is absurd to establish universities in the province when there are very few decent high schools for boys and hardly any for girls. Rather than creating a clientele of cronies, a whole class of educated and motivated people has to be encouraged so that it can transform the social milieu of the province.

Despicable incidents like the ‘honor' killing of women will only become outdated when the hard task of going back and resolving long-standing and thorny issues is initiated. It might take decades for Balochistan to change, but the change has to begin now before it is too late.

Feroz Ahmed Bawany goal is to increase my knowledge and to understand the only civilized creations of Almighty Lord are HUMAN. He is a regular contributer to TRCB.com.

 

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