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Taxila Woman Killed for Voting in Local Polls

by AFP
Farooq Naeem—AFP

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Asifa Noreen’s brother Danish Ali shot her dead after she voted against his wishes.

An angry brother shot his elder sister dead because she voted in local elections in Taxila after he had forbidden her to do so, police said on Wednesday.

Danish Ali, 20, was furious because his sister Asifa Noreen, a 32-year old schoolteacher, had defied his instructions and cast her vote, said local police official Naeem Abbas.

“According to a report filed by the deceased’s father, Ali shot Noreen with his pistol and she died on the spot at their home,” Abbas said.

Police are hunting for Ali, who is on the run.

Women’s turnout is usually weak in the most conservative rural parts of Pakistan because of male perceptions that their place is in the home. But incidents of women being killed for voting are rare.

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