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Tribal council to go on trial after teenage girl killed and burnt

Thirteen members of a tribal council who allegedly strangled a girl and set her body on fire as punishment for helping one of her friends elope will face trial under anti-terrorism laws, police in Pakistan said.

The body of 17-year-old Ambreen Riasat was found in a torched van near a tourist resort in north-western Pakistan on April 29. Police say the tribal council ordered the killing.

Police officer Muhammad Tahir said on Saturday that the suspects are in the custody of counter-terrorism police.

Nearly 1,000 women are killed every year in Pakistan in so-called honour killings in response to alleged romantic liaisons outside the bounds of arranged marriage. The killings are often carried out by close male relatives.


From Belfast Telegraph