The whistleblower of Kohistan video scandal, Afzal Kohistani’s fight for justice ends with his life. He was gunned down in Abbottabad on Wednesday evening. Two passersby also got injured in the attack.
According to Abbottabad Police, Afzal Kohistani was attacked by unidentified men near Gami Adda in Abbottabad on Children’s Hospital Road. He, along with the injured, was shifted to DHQ (District Headquarters Hospital), where he succumbed to his wounds.
Kohistani was the lone pursuer fighting for justice in this case. A few days before his murder, he wrote to Hazara Deputy Inspector General and Mansehra District Police Officer, requesting them to provide him security since he was getting life threats.
Kohistani is recognized for his fights against honour killing in Pakistan. It was him who blew the whistle in 2012 that how five girls were murdered only for enjoying a wedding festival. He exposed how the video of five girls clapping while his brothers danced during a wedding went viral. Later, the girls were killed on the directives of the local jirga.
The news shocked the country and pushed the Supreme Court to take Suo Moto notice. A year later, three of his brothers were also killed. After losing his brothers, the man who started the campaign to expose some of Pakistan’s most hideous honour killing cases and bringing it to national attention is silenced forever as well.
His house was firebombed and destroyed for breaching the local code but he did not step back. Speaking to BBC, Kohistani said that he will not step back unless justice is served to the woman and his brothers.
”Justice will only be done when killers of the women and of my brothers will be sentenced. Only then can we expect an end to honour and reprisal killings in Kohistan” – said Kohistani
Social media community expressed their greed and anger over his murder, saying that despite him repeatedly asking for security, he was not protected.
— Junaid Khan (@scorpion_junaid) March 7, 2019
7 years ago these women were killed simply for enjoying a wedding. #AfzalKohistani …..The man who bravely fought for 7 years for these women has been shot today. He was silenced just like these women. We need to turn this silence into loud screams. #JusticeforAfzalKohistani https://t.co/BxF4retwOV
— Aaliya Javed (@Aaliyajaved) March 7, 2019
Watched documentary about the struggle of #Afzalkohistani he knew he will be killed for raising his voice, he lost his brothers but never stepped back.
He actually WON when he proved girls were killed but unfortunately he is no more with us.
Real killer is our Judicial System.
— Loki – ?? (@LostMischievous) March 7, 2019
Last time I spoke to Afzal was a year back
He told me he is fedup of NGO and Media, comng, interviewing and documntng him and doing NOTHING, he felt like an objct being used for personal gains
Nobdy has done anythng for him and now they are SAD
— Khybereena (@khybereena) March 7, 2019
I am addled to hear about the brutal murder of #AfzalKohistani. Being a man he fought against honour killing.
Heartbroken and ashamed !
— Zoha Malik Sher (@zohamaliksher) March 7, 2019
Where are the human rights activists ? Are your mouths shut or the story doesn't interest you ?
JUSTICE FOR #AfzalKohistani
— Zoha Malik Sher (@zohamaliksher) March 7, 2019
— Muhammad Faheem Khan (@charsi_king) March 7, 2019
Appalled to hear about the murder of #AfzalKohistani who brought the murder of few girls / boys to media and public attention. He was one of the few who was resolute and courageous in his stance. Sad to hear that he was not provided any security despite multiple death threats.
— Faiza Hanif Usman (@faizahr4) March 7, 2019
Strongly condemn Afzal Kohistani's murder.
He was the main campainger and witness in Kohistan women video murder case. #AfzalKohistani
— Saqib Khan (@SaqibSurani) March 7, 2019
Woke up 2 horrifying&utterly heartbreaking news of #AfzalKohistani murder in broad daylight.His only crime was that he championed 4 justice fought 4 justice who got years taken off of his life living under the burden of abject fear uncertainty&helpless rage now finally silenced?
— Shamama Abbasi (@shamama_abbasi) March 7, 2019
This brave guy #AfzalKohistani fought for justice for 4 young girls who were killed in Pakistan for dancing with him and his brother. His three other brothers were killed while he went into hiding.
He too has been killed a few hours ago.#RIP you brave manhttps://t.co/LsocVN6wB9
— Ashutosh Bhatt (@roguedoga) March 6, 2019
It is shameful that the govt of KPK could not protect #AfzalKohistani the person who released the video of a celebrating dance in a family in Kohistan.The SC had taken notice of this case&inquiry conducted and the govt had assured that the boy the only survivor would be protected pic.twitter.com/SH90VuEUgn
— Aftab Ahmad Sherpao (@AftabaSherpao) March 6, 2019
@Mafzalsaleh , Afzal Kohistani, #AfzalKohistani killed in #Abottabad. He fought and win case in Supreme court of Pakistan killing of five girls on the name of the honour in #Kohistan. pic.twitter.com/EShsgWY4a4
— Mohammad Zubair Khan (@HazaraZubair) March 6, 2019
U were wrong
To talk for girls
To raise voice for Girls
In socirty of Butchers
Called muslims(so called)
It's not fault of Govt or agency that u murdered, its your fault, we don't stand with u because we also are part of this society of Butchers. #AfzalKohistani
— بدکردار جھوٹا (@AhmadAlian5) March 6, 2019
RIP #AfzalKohistani. The powerful mafia wins again. Is Bushra Gohar gonna come on TV and say that he is alive, just like she claimed the murdered girls were? Everyone who delayed justice in that case to safeguard their political career is responsible for Afzal's death.
— Asfandyar Bhittani (@BhittaniKhannnn) March 6, 2019
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