[Mubeen Rajhu told journalist Kathy Gannon how he shot his sister to death because she defied her family and married a man who had been a Christian...]
Gannon said of her interview with Rajhu: “At times he was calm. At one point, I thought maybe he was going to cry, when he was talking about her as a child. But then he’s talking about the guys at the mill. And her swearing on the Koran. And then he’s getting angry. And then it’s like what else could I do.'”
Gannon tracked down the family’s neighbors.
Many agreed that he had “done the right thing.”
“I am proud of this man,” said one. “He has done the right thing to kill her. When the news spreads they will praise this man.”
Said another, Babar Ali: “I am proud of this man that he has done the right thing, to kill her. We cannot allow anyone to marry outside our religion. He did the right thing.”
As for the father, Gannon said, he was the most reluctant to talk of all. When she showed up at his doorstep, he was preparing to leave Lahore for the village from whence he had come. He told Gannon his big regret was no longer having the small amount of money Rajhu brought in from his job and the notoriety, now, of his son and the family.
He had this to say: “My family is destroyed. Everything is destroyed only because of this shameful girl. Even after death I am destroyed because of her.”