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Pakistan Minster Killed For Not Wearing A Veil

From Fox News:

Medical staff rush critically injured Pakistani provincial assembly lawmaker Zil-e-Huma to operation theater at a local hospital in Gujranwala near Lahore, Pakistan, Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2007. Huma was shot and killed by a gunman as she prepared to address a gathering of workers from her political party, official said.

Female Pakistani Minister Shot Dead for Refusing to Wear Veil

Tuesday , February 20, 2007
By Devika Bhat and Zahid Hussain

A Pakistani minister and woman’s activist was shot dead Tuesday by an Islamic extremist for refusing to wear the veil.

Zilla Huma Usman, the minister for social welfare in Punjab province and an ally of President Pervez Musharraf, was killed as she was about to deliver a speech to dozens of party activists, by a “fanatic”, who believed that she was dressed inappropriately and that women should not be involved in politics, officials said.

Usman, 35, was wearing the shalwar kameez worn by many professional women in Pakistan, but did not cover her head.

The attack happened in Gujranwala, 120 miles southeast of Islamabad, where the minister’s office is based. As Usman, 35, stepped out of her car – where she was greeted by her co-workers throwing rose petals – the attacker pulled out a pistol and fired a single shot at close range, hitting her in the head. She was airlifted to hospital in the provincial capital Lahore, but died soon afterwards.

The gunman, Mohammad Sarwar, was overpowered by the minister’s driver and arrested by police. A stone mason in his mid 40s, he is not thought to belong to any radical group but is known for his fanaticism. He was previously held in 2002 in connection with the killing and mutilation of four prostitutes, but was never convicted due to lack of evidence.

Sarwar appeared relaxed and calm when he told a television channel that he had carried out God’s order to kill women who sinned. “I have no regrets. I just obeyed Allah’s commandment,” he said, adding that Islam did not allow women to hold positions of leadership. “I will kill all those women who do not follow the right path, if I am freed again,” he said.

“He is basically a fanatic,” Raja Basharat, the Punjab Law Minister, said. “He is against the involvement of women in politics and government affairs.” A police statement added: “He considers it contrary to the teachings of Allah for a woman to become a minister or a ruler. That’s why he committed this action.”

“He killed her because she was not observing the Islamic code of dress. She was also campaigning for emancipation of women,” said Nazir Ahmad, a local officer.

Usman, a married mother of two sons, joined the pro-Musharraf Pakistan Muslim League after being elected in 2002. A strong supporter of the President’s policy of “enlightened moderation” – designed to tackle extremism – she was appointed to her current post in December last year according to her government biography…

Another blow struck for the protection of women — the Muslim way.

He was previously held in 2002 in connection with the killing and mutilation of four prostitutes, but was never convicted due to lack of evidence.

They probably only brought women witnesses against him. And their testimony is of course basically worthless under Islamic law.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, February 20th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

One Response to “Pakistan Minster Killed For Not Wearing A Veil”

  1. lilo says:

    Islam has never mentioned a sentence of death for a woman for not wearing a scarf, or appearing in public It is said that the husband can prison and beat the wife, if she commits a ‘faheshe’, meaning a wrong doing: treachery and so on.How can people believe everything other people do or say in the name of islam to be the truth? maybe you should have a little study on things before you comment upon them.

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