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Friday, 6 May 2016
Pakistan elders 'ordered girl's killing' in Abbottabad
According to police, the 15-member jirga had ordered the girl, named as Amber, to be killed and set alight as punishment for helping her friend to marry of her own free will.
The girl was kidnapped, drugged and killed and then placed in the back seat of a parked van that was doused with petrol and set on fire, Dawn reported.
Other media reports said the victim was still alive when the van was set alight.
A local official who brought the charred body to the morgue said: "We went to the place and found three vehicles parked next to each other that were burnt. In one of them we saw a body. We couldn't recognise her then. But found a few bangles on one of her arms establishing that this was a woman's body."
Thirteen people have been arrested, police said.
The girl's school friend and her boyfriend are reported to have married and be living at an undisclosed location.
Correspondents say so-called honour killings are a major issue in Pakistan and many go unreported.