Pakistan – Nazir Ahmed appears calm and unrepentant as he recounts how he slit the throats of his three young daughters and their 25-year old stepsister to salvage his family’s “honor” â€” a crime that shocked Pakistan.
Ahmed’s killing spree â€” witnessed by his wife Rehmat Bibi as she cradled their 3 month-old baby son â€” happened Friday night at their home in the cotton-growing village of Gago Mandi in eastern Punjab province.
Bibi recounted how she was woken by a shriek as Ahmed put his hand to the mouth of his stepdaughter Muqadas and cut her throat with a machete. Bibi looked helplessly on from the corner of the room as he then killed the three girls â€” Bano, 8, Sumaira, 7, and Humaira, 4 â€” pausing between the slayings to brandish the bloodstained knife at his wife, warning her not to intervene or raise alarm.
“I was shivering with fear. I did not know how to save my daughters,” Bibi, sobbing, told AP by phone from the village. “I begged my husband to spare my daughters but he said, ‘If you make a noise, I will kill you.’”
“The whole night the bodies of my daughters lay in front of me,” she said.
But he had a reason, you see:
Speaking to AP in the back of police pickup truck late Tuesday as he was shifted to a prison in the city of Multan, Ahmed showed no contrition. Appearing disheveled but composed, he said he killed Muqadas because she had [allegedly] committed adultery, and his daughters because he didn’t want them to do the same when they grew up.
“I thought the younger girls would do what their eldest sister had done, so they should be eliminated,” he said, his hands cuffed, his face unshaven.
Read that last paragraph again. He killed his own 8-, 7-, and 4-year-old daughters, because they might, someday in the distant future, commit adultery.
This is utter insanity — in the name of the “religion of peace,” no less!
Even in case of the older daugher — the one who was actually married and therefore theoretically capable of committing adultery — the adultery accusation sounds like a hoax:
Despite Ahmed’s contention that Muqadas had committed adultery â€” a claim made by her husband â€” the rights commission reported that according to local people, Muqadas had fled her husband because he had abused her and forced her to work in a brick-making factory.
Police have said they do not know the identity or whereabouts of Muqadas’ alleged lover.
But don’t worry! Like any good leftist, Ahmed endorses the standard liberal line on the “root causes” of crime:
“We are poor people and we have nothing else to protect but our honor.”
Now all he has to do is write a childrens’ book about “honor,” and the Tookie-supporters will set up a legal defense fund and demonstrate for his release.
(Hat tip: Anti-Idiotarian Rottweiler, who blames President Bush and his “Religion of Peace” rhetoric.)