Murder of 'honour killing' whistleblower sparks rage

AFP

ISLAMABAD -- Women's rights activists Friday (March 8) condemned the murder of a whistleblower in a "honour killing" case that has shone a years-long spotlight on female victims -- and the men who defend them.

Afzal Kohistani, the man who first drew attention to the infamous incident in 2012, was gunned down in Abbottabad on March 6, police have said.

He had pursued a case in which a local cleric ordered the deaths of male and female wedding guests shown enjoying themselves in a video.

Precise details remain shrouded in mystery, but Kohistani had long insisted that women shown in the video had been murdered.

He was shot five times on a busy road and died on the spot, Abdul Aziz Afridi, a senior police official, told AFP.

At least two arrests have occurred, said officials Friday.

"Will be raising this shocking murder of Afzal Kohistani in parliament," opposition leader Sherry Rehman tweeted.

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