Washington: The US today strongly condemned the murder of a Pakistani woman for marrying the man of her choice and hoped that the perpetrators for this heinous crime would be quickly bright to justice.

“We strongly condemn the murder of a woman outside the Lahore High Court on Tuesday. We welcome comments by senior Pakistani leaders condemning this heinous crime and calling for it to be dealt with promptly,” State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki told reporters.

“We hope the perpetrators are quickly brought to justice in accordance with Pakistan’s law,” she said adding that tragically, this was at least the third reported so-called honor killing in Pakistan this week.

“We remain very concerned about violence against women and girls that takes place around the world, including in Pakistan. We are especially concerned about the violence that occurs in the name of tradition and honour, such as so-called honour killings, and other unjustifiable acts of violence,” Psaki said.

“We have been encouraged by Pakistan’s passage of legislation protecting women’s rights, and we encourage the full implementation of such laws as well as greater public awareness about these laws, especially in Pakistan’s rural and tribal areas,” she said.

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