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Guvernøren i Punjab-provinsen i Pakistan, Zilla Huma Usman, ble skutt ned og drept av en fanatisk muslim som mente hun var usømmelig kledd og at kvinner ikke har noe i politikken å gjøre.

Drapet skjedde 20. februar iår. Det er altså ingen nyhet. Men drapet sier noe om hvilke vinder som blåser over Pakistan. BBC kalte det idag for «talibaniseringen av Pakistan».

Kvinner er symbolet på den «moderate opplysningen» Musharraf har stått for, og som fikk Zilla Huma Usman til å melde seg inn i det regjeringsvennlige Pakistan Muslim League. Hun ble guvernør i desember. Tre måneder senere ble hun drept.

Mrs Usman, 35, was wearing the shalwar kameez worn by many professional women in Pakistan, but did not cover her head.

The attack happened in Gujranwala, 120 miles southeast of Islamabad, where the minister’s office is based. As Ms Usman, 35, stepped out of her car – where she was greeted by her co-workers throwing rose petals – the attacker pulled out a pistol and fired a single shot at close range, hitting her in the head. She was airlifted to hospital in the provincial capital Lahore, but died soon afterwards.

The gunman, Mohammad Sarwar, was overpowered by the minister’s driver and arrested by police. A stone mason in his mid 40s, he is not thought to belong to any radical group but is known for his fanaticism. He was previously held in 2002 in connection with the killing and mutilation of four prostitutes, but was never convicted due to lack of evidence.

Mr Sarwar appeared relaxed and calm when he told a television channel that he had carried out God’s order to kill women who sinned. «I have no regrets. I just obeyed Allah’s commandment,» he said, adding that Islam did not allow women to hold positions of leadership. «I will kill all those women who do not follow the right path, if I am freed again,» he said.

«He is basically a fanatic,» Raja Basharat, the Punjab Law Minister, said. «He is against the involvement of women in politics and government affairs.» A police statement added: «He considers it contrary to the teachings of Allah for a woman to become a minister or a ruler. That’s why he committed this action.»

«He killed her because she was not observing the Islamic code of dress. She was also campaigning for emancipation of women,» said Nazir Ahmad, a local officer.

In April 2005, she encouraged the holding of a mini-marathon involving female competitors in Gujranwala – an event which led to riots after police intervened to stop armed Islamic activists from disrupting the race. She also ran a small fashion business from her base in the town.

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En person ved navn Khalid har skrevet en rørende kommentar til nyheten i The Times.

From the lush green gardens of my hear i sing a solitary prayer for and behalf of late zilla huma usmans and her family. this is monumental tragedy for muslims and all god fearing humans on earth since birth.

What a tragic loss for the whole of humanity. i have been so so disturbed by this tragedy that as chairman of my company and as a protest, i decided to pull out our recent investments in pakistan and also dispose off our residential property in lahore……as a mark of respect for a rare gifted woman, who has been denied the love of her beloved family.

Any human who chooses to kill allahs creation…has to ask … whether allah ever gave that person the jurisdiction to kill allahs creation … what a tragedy … Foreign investors like me who came to pakistan with so much commitment and passions, are now running scared just for the love of life.

May allah grant her a richly deserved place in heaven & I wish to pray & stand by her family in this most senseless act …

KHALID, leicester, england