ISLAMABAD: Four women condemned to death by a tribal jirga or council for dancing and singing with men at a wedding in northern Pakistan have been killed, TV news channels reported on Sunday.
However, senior officials refuted the news reports and described them as baseless. Interior minister Rehman Malik ordered a judicial inquiry into the reported killings.
There was confusion about the number of women reportedly killed. Geo News channel reported that four women were killed while The Express Tribune reported on its website that five women were killed. The fifth woman was the sister of one the women , the report said.
A jirga in Kohistan had also condemned to death the two men in the mobile phone video. Though a cleric was arrested in connection with the incident, he claimed he had not issued any fatwa to kill the women.
The two men condemned by the jirga have reportedly fled the region.
Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa information minister Mian Iftikhar Hussain described the news reports "totally wrong and baseless".