Pakistan passes anti-honour killings and anti-rape bills

A joint session of the Parliament unanimously approved anti-honour killing and anti-rape bills moved by PPP Senator Farhatullah Babar on Thursday. The legislation on honour killings will introduce strict punishment for the convicts making it tougher than the ordinary murder cases. Under the new law relatives of the victim would only be able to pardon the killer if he is sentenced to capital punishment. However, the culprit would still face a mandatory life sentence of twelve-and-a-half years. Read more here: