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'Pakistani stoned to death on orders of tribal council'

March 13, 2013 16:16 IST

A Pakistani man was allegedly stoned to death on the orders of a 'jirga' or tribal council for attempting to elope with a girl in the Kurram tribal region in the country's restive northwest, according to a media report.

More than 300 men hurled stones at Noorduddin, a government employee, till he died.

The incident occurred near a graveyard in Parachinar, the headquarters of Kurram Agency, on Tuesday, The Express Tribune reported.

An official of the political administration and three tribesmen, including an elder, confirmed the incident on condition of anonymity.

The tribal elder said Nooruddin was blindfolded and brought to a ground where he was stoned to death.

Nooruddin, a resident of Mianwali district of Punjab, had an affair with a local girl while working in Parachinar.

He was subsequently transferred to Pakistan-occupied Kashmir but continued the relationship.

On Monday evening, Nooruddin came to Parachinar to elope with the girl but her family found out and locked him up in a room after assaulting him.

A jirga was convened to decide his fate.

Sources told the daily that the jirga decided that, according to the tribal code, both Nooruddin and the girl would be killed.

The girl's fate remained unclear, the report said.

Rezaul H Laskar in Islamabad
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