Pakistan: Honour killings - guns used in 48% of murders in 2009

04 April 2010

According to a report released on 22 March 2010 by the autonomous Human Rights Commission of Pakistan (HRCP) firearms were used in 48% of honour killings in 2009 (534 of 1115 incidents).

For more information see the HRCP reports (the sections 'Weapon/method used' contain a complete breakdown of these statistics).

2009 Report:
2008 Report:


It is unclear whether there is an actual rise in such attacks on women or whether there is a rise in the reporting of such attacks. Either way, there is evidence that cases of violence are under-reported.

On a related note, in June 2009 Awaz CDS conducted surveys in the 4 Districts of Southern Punjab (Multan, Muzaffar Garh, Jampur & DG Khan). 94% of respondents said they had been threatened by a gun, and 70% believed the gun was held illegally. There has been progress in Pakistan where the Domestic Violence (Prevention and Protection) Bill was passed by the National Assembly on 4 August 2009. However, armed domestic violence has not been acknowledged.

Human Rights Commission of Pakistan