The much awaited news for the people of Pakistan has finally arrived. Two out of five Kohistan women who were allegedly sentenced to death for mingling and singing with boys at a wedding are safe and alive.
News of their safety was informed to the Supreme Court of the country by a team of social workers which included National Implementation Watch Committee (NIWC) Chairperson Dr Fouzia Saeed and Dr Bari who visited the area and two of the five women. They told the court that the girls, Shaheen and Amina are completely safe.
Earlier reports about the incident suggested that the tribal council or ‘jirga’ of the area had sentenced four women and two men to death, in defiance of stringent tribal customs. However, brother of one of the sentenced males, Muhammad Afzal still remains skeptic about accepting these claims. He remains firm on his earlier stance saying that until and unless the girls do not appear in the apex court and prove their identities, he will not believe that they are alive.
Human Rights activist and journalist Marvi Sirmed also voiced the same concern via Twitter, which was later echoed by Oscar winning filmmaker, Sharmeed Obaid Chinoy.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court is ready to provide every possible support to ensure that the girls appear before the court without any further delay. The court may have breathed a sigh of relief on this minor progress, but without the safe and secure appearance of all five girls in the court, this little achievement might be an indication of a bigger defeat.