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Fatwa Against Honor Killings Declared By Pakistan Ulema Council Of Muslim Leaders

Pakistani resident Mohammad Iqbal prays at the grave of his wife Farzana Parveen, who was beaten to death with bricks by her
Pakistani resident Mohammad Iqbal prays at the grave of his wife Farzana Parveen, who was beaten to death with bricks by her father and other family members for marrying a man of her own choice, in Chak 367 some 40 kms from Faisalabad on May 30, 2014. Pakistani police investigating the murder of a woman bludgeoned to death outside a court have arrested four men, a senior officer said, as her husband said he wanted her killers to 'die in pain'. Farzana Parveen was killed on May 27 outside the High Court in the eastern city of Lahore by more than two dozen attackers armed with bricks, including numerous relatives, for marrying against her family's wishes. AFP PHOTO/Aamir QURESHI (Photo credit should read AAMIR QURESHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Following the brutal murder of Farzana Parveen Iqbal, the Pakistan Ulema Council of Muslim scholars issued a fatwa condemning "honor killings" as un-Islamic and inhuman, reports Newsweek Pakistan.

The fatwa declared, "killing of girls in the name of honor or dignity is terrorism and viciousness—which has nothing to do with Islam.”

Iqbal was 25 years old and pregnant when she was fatally attacked by over two dozen family members, who battered her with bricks. Her father reportedly told police, "I killed my daughter as she had insulted all of our family by marrying a man without our consent, and I have no regret over it."

The Human Rights Commission of Pakistan observed nearly 900 women falling victim to honor killings in 2013 alone, based on media reports.

The Islamic Supreme Council of Canada issued a similar fatwa in 2012, following the honor killing of four women from the Shafia family in Montreal. Syed Soharwardy, the imam who founded the council, explained that the fatwa serves as "morally binding" for all Muslims, though it has no legal teeth.

"So if anybody is thinking that honour killing is allowed in Islam, or domestic violence is OK or misogyny is OK, we are saying no, you are dead wrong," Soharwardy said.

The Pakistan Ulema Council will release a more detailed edict on honor killings on June 5, during a conference of leaders from all sects.

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