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Girl burnt to death in Pakistan for helping couple elope



Girl burnt to death in Pakistan for helping couple elope
Police in Pakistan say a 17-year-old girl was burnt to death in ‘honour killing‘ for helping her friend elope with her lover.
Reports say Tribal council members who were involved in her killing have been arrested in the northwest region of Pakistan.
According to eyewitnesses, the victim, Ambreen Riasat was drugged and strangled before her body was set ablaze in a mini-bus on the orders of the village’s tribal council in Abbottabad’s Makol district last week.
Speaking with Al Jazeera, local police chief Khurram Rasheed said the council members tied Riasat’s body to the seats of the Suzuki mini-bus in which the couple had eloped and set the vehicle on fire.
“We have arrested 13 people from the council and the victim’s mother,” Rasheed told Al Jazeera.
“The mother of the victim was arrested because she was involved in the decision making and also because she handed her daughter to the members of the council,” Rasheed said.
“If proven guilty, the suspects could face the death sentence or life in prison,” he added.
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