Israr Ullah Zehri

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Nawabzada Mir Israr Ullah Khan Zehri[1] (Urdu: مير اسراراللہ زہری‎; born December 15, 1965[1]) is currently a senator from Balochistan and serves as Federal Minister for Postal Services. He hails from Jhalawan, Balochistan and is president of Balochistan National Party Awami. He became a member of the Senate of Pakistan in March 2006 and then again in 2012.[2]

Early life[edit]

Zehri is the son of Nawab Sardar Doda Khan Zehri, chief of the Jhalawan.

Political career[edit]

Mir Israr ullah Khan Zehri became a Senator in March 2006.Prior to this he started parliamentary politics in 1990 and remained Provincial minister for Agriculture, local government, Home and Health minister from 1990 to 1999.

Support for Baba Kot incident[edit]

Zehri is a tribal leader, and has attracted condemnation both inside and outside Pakistan for openly supporting the traditional tribal practice of 'honor killing'. In August 2008, the Asian Human Rights Commission reported that five women (including three teenagers) in a remote village in Balochistan had been beaten, shot and buried alive in a ditch for the 'crime' of having wished to choose their own husbands.[3] After human rights activists brought the case to national and international attention, Zehri defended the killings in Parliament and asked his fellow legislators not to make a fuss about the incident. He said, "These are centuries-old traditions, and I will continue to defend them. Only those who indulge in immoral acts should be afraid." [4][5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Pakistan Post
  2. ^ Senate of Pakistan
  3. ^ "PAKISTAN: Five women buried alive, allegedly by the brother of a minister". Asian Human Rights Commission. Retrieved 2008-08-11. 
  4. ^ Hussain, Zahid (2008-09-05). "Three teenagers buried alive in 'honour killings'". Times Online. London. Retrieved 2008-09-05. 
  5. ^ "Pakistani women buried alive 'for choosing husbands'". Telegraph. London. 2008-09-01. Retrieved 2008-09-01.