Couple Stoned in Pakistan

Gary Fouse

Here's the latest from that area in Pakistan where the Taliban and al Qaeda reign supreme. A couple has been stoned to death for adultery. Reuters has the report.


This is what the concept of human rights is in Pakistan. But you say, "Fousesquawk, six people have been arrested." Yes, but the sad reality is that none of these people will be in jail say a year from now. If punished at all, it will be merely a slap on the wrist. This atrocity is considered an "honor killing". Adultery is punished by death-stoning.

And here is what is especially disturbing. A cleric ordered the stoning, and it was carried about by the immediate families of the victims.

So what is to be done? The  answer, as far as we are concerned, is nothing. There is nothing that we here in the West can do. This is Pakistan-to be exact- an area called Baluchistan, in which the central government has no control. This is the way things are done there and have been done for hundreds of years. We can't change it. I doubt the Pakistani government in Islamabad can change it. How can we educate these people that this is wrong and a violation of basic human rights? In truth, we cannot. That is the code they live by.

But if we want to maintain our concepts on human rights, we don't have to allow folks like this to immigrate to our country (ies). They can stay right where they are and practice their barbaric customs all they want and if the Pakistani authorities in Islamabad or Baluchistan want to intervene, arrest them, prosecute them, and put them in jail for 30 days, or do nothing, that is their business.

But I don't want to see that mentality here in the US. And that is where we can do something. You talk about immigration reform? This is an area where immigration reform is badly needed.

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