Pakistan girls assassinated over phone video footage

Two teenage girls have been assassinated in a so-called “honour killing” in north-west Pakistan following a video going around on the internet.

They are said to have been shot to dead by their family members earlier this week in a village on the border of the North and South Waziristan tribal districts.

The killings came after a video was posted on social media showing the girls with a young man, police said.

Two men were reportedly taken into custody on Sunday in connection with the case.

The two men were the father of one of the dead persons and brother of the other victim, police officials told BBC Urdu.

The occurrence is said to have taken place on Thursday afternoon at Shaam Plain Garyom, a border village of North and South Waziristan in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa, according to police.

The reason behind the killings of the two girls, aged 16 and 18, is known to be a video, provided to the BBC, which shows a young man recording himself with three young girls in a sheltered area outdoors.

*It appeared the video was shot nearly a year ago and most probably went viral on social media a few weeks ago, a senior police official told Dawn newspaper.*

“At the moment, our topmost priority is to secure the life of the third girl and the man before taking any action,” the officer said.

Human Rights Watch says that violence against women and girls still a serious problem in Pakistan.

Activists believe about 1,000 such “honour killing” assassinations are carried out across the country every year.

Source___BBC News

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