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NCSW strongly condemns the cowardly assassination of Dr. Muhammad Farooq Khan

Nov 30, -0001

The National Commission on the Status of Women strongly condemns the cowardly assassination of Dr. Muhammad Farooq Khan.

 

The cold blooded murder of Dr. Farooq, psychiatrist, religious scholar and Vice Chancellor of the Islamic University of Swat, has caused grief and anguish across the country. Dr. Farooq was a mild mannered and humane person who unflinchingly supported the rights of women and religious minorities, and spoke out boldly against extremism and violence. His vision of a moderate Islam reflected the true spirit of the faith and represented the values that the vast majority in this country adheres to.

 

Dr. Farooq’s murder is regrettably the latest in a series of target killings in the country of those who stand up against barbarity and ignorance. Such crimes against humanity continue to be perpetrated because criminals have been allowed to operate with impunity. Flawed legislation, such as the Qisas and Diyat Law, permit criminals to buy or threaten their way out of being punished for their crimes. The seeming inability of the law and justice system to apprehend and punish criminals allows perpetrators to act with impunity without fear of punishment.

The Commission and expresses its sincere sympathies to Dr. Farooq’s family and hopes that serious efforts will be made to apprehend his murderers and bring them to justice. Immediate and urgent measures need to be taken to strengthen and reform the criminal justice system so that the rule of law can be restored and citizens can live in peace in and security.

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