Brooklyn cab driver who orchestrated Pakistan ‘honor killings’ sentenced to life in prison
May 8, New York: A Brooklyn cab driver was sentenced to life in prison on Thursday for arranging the “honor killings” of two family members of a man who helped his daughter flee from Pakistan to the United states to escape an arranged marriage, Reuters reported.
Mohammad Ajmal Choudhry, 62, ordered the revenge attack in his home village in 2012 after his daughter, Amina, had fled to the U.S. with the help of her true love to escape an arranged marriage.
Amina had recorded damning phone conversations with her father in which he laid out his cold-blooded plans, and testified against him last year in Brooklyn Federal Court.
“If you don’t come back, I will kill each and every one of them,” Choudhry warned his daughter. “As long as you’re outside the home, my honor is at stake . . . Getting humiliated and living is not a life.”
Choudhry made good on his threats, and gunmen following his orders ambushed the relatives of Amina’s lover.
Amina unhappily ended up marrying the man her father chose, but they are no longer together.
Seemab Abbas sat in the courtroom with federal agents to see justice for her slain father and sister. She did not speak, but Assistant Brooklyn U.S. Attorney Margaret Gandy read a letter written by the young woman.
“Ajmal played with us as if we were nonliving toys that they could break at any time,” she wrote. “They played with the blood of my family.”
Choudhry offered a weak apology to Federal Judge William Kuntz and spoke vaguely of some great pain that he felt, but showed no remorse to the family he targeted.
Kuntz said “You were an egomaniacal force who revealed yourself to be self-absorbed and merciless in your pursuit of evil,” and added “We honor our children by giving them love and protection and respect, not by murdering those they love or who love them.”
Amina Choudhry had met her lover, Shujat Abbas, at her sister’s wedding, and they secretly communicated by Facebook, emails and a secret cell phone, when her dad learned of the relationship, he ordered her to remain in Pakistan and banned her from returning to Flatbush, where he owned a home.
Amina immigrated to Brooklyn when she was 9, but her father promised her to a groom in their rural village of Chiryawala.
The killers in Pakistan have not been prosecuted to this day by local authorities. The Oslo Times