Pakistani soldier stoned to death

  • Will army do anything to catch the murderers or leave them alone?

    A soldier accused of having an affair with a local woman has been stoned to death on the orders of tribal elders in north-west Pakistan, officials say.

    Elders in Kurram tribal agency said scores of people threw stones at the soldier in a cemetery near the town of Parachinar until he bled to death.

    Locals in the mostly Shia area opposed the alleged relationship because he was a Sunni Muslim and the woman a Shia.

    There was no immediate response from the military.

    Muslims are split into two main branches, the Sunnis and Shias

    The split originates in a dispute soon after the death of the Prophet Muhammad over who should lead the Muslim community

    There are also differences in doctrine, ritual, law, theology and religious organisation

    The great majority of Muslims are Sunnis

    Pakistan - where Shias are a minority - has a history of sectarian bloodshed dating back to the 1980s

    Pakistan's evolving sectarian schism

    Formidable power of anti-Shia militants

    The BBC's M Ilyas Khan in Islamabad says it is not uncommon for those deemed to be involved in illicit relationships to be shot in Pakistan, but few if any public stonings have been carried out.

    Shias in Pakistan are angry over the high number of sectarian attacks against them across the country in recent months.

    Last year more than 400 Shias were killed in Pakistan by Sunni hardliners. So far this year, more than 200 Shias have been killed.


    Officials say that the soldier, Anwar Din, was detained by villagers near Parachinar after attempting to see the woman. Her family consulted tribal elders in the town who ordered that he be stoned. The sentence was carried out on Tuesday.

    "The girl left her home on Monday and met Anwar Din when villagers saw them," tribal elder Munir Hussain told the Reuters news agency.

    "We took the girl into custody and took the boy to the local graveyard where he was stoned to death and buried."

    Mr Hussain said that elders had requested that another Pakistani soldier be handed over by the army for helping the couple meet and co-ordinate their planned elopement.

    "The army is here for our security but if they engage in such activities we will not let them stay here," he said. "This is an insult to tribal customs. We will revolt against this."

    Kurram's population is predominantly Shia The villagers were also angry because the soldier - who reportedly began the relationship when his army unit was based in Kurram - persisted with the alleged love affair even after his unit had been redeployed and despite numerous warnings from villagers not to do so.

    At the time of his death, officials say the soldier - from Punjab province - was in the Kurram area in a private capacity. He had reportedly kept in touch with the woman by telephone.

    Punjabis are especially disliked by many in Kurram, our correspondent says, because they are seen as being at the forefront of sectarian hatred towards Shias.

    Kurram is in Pakistan's Federally Administered Tribal Areas, which have never been fully integrated into the country's administrative, economic or judicial system.

    Instead, tribal elders often take the law into their own hands, dispensing punishments for crimes including rape and murder and in cases where a family's honour is seen to have been impugned because of an illicit relationship.

  • My initial reaction was what is AR Saab's interest in this news, then I realized Shias stoned Sunni and that's enough for our Sunni radical bahi to highlight it.

    This sort of uncivilized attitude has no room whatsoever and culprits - the Shiates elders should be brought to justice.

  • @shirazi

    i second you

  • lol @ Shirazi... you love catching people with their pants down...

  • A soldier accused of having an affair with a local woman has been stoned to death on the orders of tribal elders in north-west Pakistan, officials say.

    Will army do anything to catch the murderers or leave them alone?



    کیا فوج نے فوجییوں کی حرامکاری کے دفاع کا ٹھیکہ لیا ہوا ہے؟

    اگر کسی فوجی نے اپنے گندے کرتوتوں کی سزا پائی ہے تو فوج کیا کرے؟

  • Whoever takes Law in his/her hand, must be prosecuted.

  • Joginder Singh

    Should it not be Zardari first?

  • Diwana/PDK/Nadan/Mirza,

    Go ahead and take the LAW in your hand.

  • No Joginder Singh, it is not me, it is Zardari and he must be prosecuted. Do you have a LAW degree to defend him. Even a Fake degree will do?

  • Another bogus post from Diwana/PDK/Nadan/Mirza

    Doesn't make any sense.

  • No Joginder Singh. It will not make sense to you. You do not possess the intellect to understand but then what can one expect from a Primary School teacher?

  • Diwana/PDK/Nadan/Mirza,

    You are crying/shouting like a frog of the well for the last several years.

    Unfortunately, no one from the village, pulled you out of the stinking well.

  • Joginder Singh

    You seem to hear my cries afterall. Perhaps one frog understands the language of anothr frog. The difference of course is that one frog never progessed from being a thief.

  • Diwana/PDK/Nadan/Mirza,

    Number of residents from the colony watch you from the top of the well to feed.

  • But I have never seen you Joginder Singh. Do you not wear your turban anymore?

  • Diwana/PDK/Nadan/Mirza,

    اور تم کنویں کے اندر سے اوپر یا باہر نہیں دیکھ سکتے

    اور تم مجھے ہرگز ہرگز نہیں دیکھ سکتے جب تک تم کنویں کے اندر ہو

    اور الله نے تمہارے مقدر میں کنواں لکھ دیا

    اور الله بڑی حکمت والا ہے

  • اور الله نے تمہارے مقدر میں کنواں لکھ دیا

    اور الله بڑی حکمت والا ہے

    An atheist remembering Allah? It is a miracle every one let us celer#brate.

    Joginder Singh Muslman ho gia.

  • Is He your Mama Or Chacha only?

  • for joginder singh and diwana

    ایک بوڑھے آدمی نے کسی طبیب سے کہا کہ میں بڑی تکلیف میں ہوں۔ میری یادداشت بڑی کمزور ہوگئی ہے۔ ہر بات فوراً بھول جاتاہوں۔ اس کے علاوہ میری آنکھوں میں کسی قدر دھندلا پن بھی ہے۔ نظر اب ٹھیک کام نہیں کرتی۔ طبیب نے کہا۔ ’’اے پیر لاغر! یہ بھی بڑھاپے ہی کے سبب سے ہے۔

    ‘‘ بوڑھا بولا: ’’سانس لیتے وقت اب دم کشی ہوتی ہے۔ کبھی سانس رکنے لگتا ہے۔‘‘ طبیب نے کہا ۔ ’’یہ مجبوری بھی بڑھاپے کی وجہ سے ہے۔‘‘ بڈھا بولا۔ ’’میرے پائوں سست ہوگئے ہیں۔ پیٹھ کمان کی طرح دوہری ہوگئی ہے۔‘‘ طبیب نے کہا۔ ’’یہ رنج و تکلیف بھی بڑھاپے ہی سے ہے۔

    ‘‘ بڈھا بولا۔ ’’اے حکیم میری آنکھوں میں اندھیرا سا چھایا رہتا ہے۔‘‘ طبیب نے کہا۔ ’’اے دانا یہ بھی بڑھاپے کا نتیجہ ہے۔

    ‘‘ بوڑھا غصے میں آ کر کہنے لگا۔ ’’ارے احمق! تو اسی ایک بات پرجم گیا ہے۔ تو نے کیا طبابت سے یہی کچھ سیکھا ہے۔ تجھے اتنی بھی سمجھ نہیں کہ دنیا میں ہر درد کی دوا ہے۔ تونے بس ایک ہی رٹ لگا رکھی ہے۔‘‘ طبیب نے کہا ۔

    ’’اے ساٹھ سال کے بڈھے تیرا یہ غصہ اور خفگی بھی بڑھاپے ہی کی وجہ سے ہے۔‘