Durdana Mustikhan pays homage to aunt killed in the name of honor; gives award at Kiran Foundation


Pakistan: (By Ahmar Mustikhan) This year at least 50 people, mostly women, have been killed in the name of honor in feudal dominated Sindh province. Just saying hello to member of the opposite sex may get the man, woman killed.

Winners of Zaratoon Faqir Muhammad Durra Khan Award: Umm-I-Hani Muhammad Kausar (center), flanked by Ammara Sajjad Ali (light blue) and Dua Nazar Muhammad.

Homage was paid Monday to a woman from Karachi who was killed along with her lover in the name of honor by her brother more than 80 years ago.

Durdana Mustikhan, a former teacher of St. Joseph School, Quetta, distributed the award to the three highest scoring girl students of the Kiran Foundation.

Ms. Mustikhan called for an end to the killing of women in Pakistan in the name of honor and said despite passage of 80 years since the killing of her aunt the killing of women in the name of honor is taking place throughout the country, including Karachi.

The event was attended by Baloch women rights leader Parveen Naz, who is chairperson of Raaji-Baloch Women Forum and Lyari intellectual and poet Waheed Noor, who read a poem to defend feminism.

Ms. Mustikhan is great grand daughter of Waja Durra Khan, who built the Khujak Pass railway tunnel in Balochistan and grand daughter of Osman Mustikhan, who was the Amirul Qaum or leader of the Baloch in Karachi a hundred years ago, when the Balochi speaking Sindhis had a majority in Karachi. Most of the traders and intelligentsia used to be Sindhi Hindus.

Zaratoon Faqir Muhammad Durra Khan and her lover were traced by her brother Ghaffar Faqir Muhammad Durra Khan in the interior of Sindh. The two lovers were taken atop a hill and hurtled down to their deaths. The fluent in English brother, who used to wear Savile Row suits like Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, lost his mental balance after the killings.

Ms. Mustikhan profusely thanked Kiran Foundation founder Sabina Khatri and her team for hosting the award on the first day of spring 2023.

She hoped that the event will take place every year on the first day of spring.


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