Saturday, October 8, 2005


Tribesman faces execution for ‘marrying’ boy

`A Pashtun tribesman who fell in love with and “married” a 16-year-old boy faces summary execution in Pakistan after his “unholy union” provoked outrage among Islamic leaders.

The “marriage” between Liaquat Ali, 42, and teenager Markeen Afridi was conducted with all the ceremony of a conventional tribal wedding, including a troupe of singers and a feast.

But guests who arrived at Nangrosa village in the Kyber Agency, 50 miles north of Peshawar, said yesterday that they were scandalised to discover that the “bride” was a boy.’

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