Last time I couldn’t tell the story of Shila completely for the obvious reason! The girl was killed in the name of "honor" in Hunza (see blog: I escaped death but she was killed). However, it’s not the only story of its kind in the traditionally peaceful valley of Pakistan.
Brutal murder of women in the name of "honor" is going on under the supervision of secret agencies and community leaders in the region. Talibanization of our society is underway in the comparatively educated and tolerant region. This is a big tragedy.
Assistant Professor Manzoor Ali of the Karakoram International University (KIU) Gilgit was one of the criminals involved in the killing of Shila. Besides being a teacher at the physics department, he is also president of the Ismaili Regional Council Gilgit. Thus he uses his influence at both places (but he claims that his influence is being used at both places!!).
Manzoor Ali, commonly known as Prof. Manzoor, had phoned the father of Shila and asked him to save the “honor" of Shia Ismaili Muslims by killing his daughter, who had talked to a man belonging to the Shia Ithnā‘ashry Muslim community—thus compelling the poor man to take the hardest decision of his life!
Prof. Manzoor also used this trick in my case. When I was still at the university hostel, during a day-long meeting at the KIU – besides Vice-Chancellor Dr Najma Najam, Registrar Dr Ahsanullah Mir, Additional Registrar Muhammad Hussain, Prof Salma Durrani, Associate Professor Dr Muhammad Ramzan, Director Campus Administration Karim Khan and hostel warden Tahira, Colonel Amin of the Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and Colonel Khushamdin of the Military Intelligence (MI) were reportedly also present on the occasion – Prof. Manzoor abused my brother on the phone to make him emotional so that I get killed for "honor".
“Your traditional trick will not work this time," my brother had told him in his professional cool, calm and composed way. "You along with other criminals of the gang would face the long arm of the law soon!”
Anyhow, in my case, they failed to kill me in the name of “honor” instantly, but what has happened recently in Gilgit city and Shinaki area of Hunza is really heart-wrenching!
(Vice-Chancellor Dr. Najma Najam--Photo KIU)