13 Men Who Tied Up Girl In Car And Set It Ablaze Arrested (Photos)

A 16-year-old girl’s friend begged her for a harmless favor. She agreed. A little while later, 15 people attacked her, drugged her, tied her up, threw her into a locked car, and then set the car on fire. Here are photos and video of the men and what they did to her.

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The men arrested for setting Ambreen Riasat ablaze (Photo Credit: Screen Capture/YouTube)

Ambreen Riasat was just 16 years old when she was viciously murdered in a heinous killing that drew international attention when at least 13 suspects from a tribal council were apprehended in Pakistan for their part in the savage killing, the Independentreports. Ambreen was burned alive in the village of Donga Gali, near the north-western city of Abbottabad and about 30 miles northeast of Pakistan’s capital city of Islamabad, according to Reuters. But, that’s not all.

What’s worse, the savage murder came at the hands of the girl’s own family and community in what’s described as an “honor killing,” CNN reports. Although “honor killings” are sadly nothing new, the sheer pre-meditated brutality of this one thrust the incident into international headlines, drawing worldwide attention to the practice of killing those who bring “shame” onto their family.

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A group of 15 members of a local tribal council, or “jirga,” allegedly ordered the killing of Ambreen Riasat in retaliation for the girl’s role in helping a couple elope. They wanted her punishment to be so severe, no girl would ever consider running away from the village again, and if she did, no one would dare help her.

Although the subject of honor killings isn’t new to Pakistan, the young girl’s murder was so heinous that it “shocked even a country used to 25 years of debating such ‘honor killings,’” explained Sherry Rehman, an opposition Senator in Pakistan’s parliament who previously served as Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United States as well as Federal Minister and became the first parliamentarian in the country to introduce a bill against honor killings.

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Ambreen Riasat was killed after a tribal council ruled that she shamed her family and the village. (Photo Credit: Screen Capture/YouTube)

The victim was taken from her home to an abandoned building where she was drugged and also strangled, according to some reports, until she fell unconscious. Then, she was placed in the backseat of a parked van. Her hands were reportedly tied to the seats to prevent escape before the vehicle was doused with gasoline and she was set ablaze in the same van that was reportedly used to help her school friend flee the village to marry of her own free will.

Prior to her murder, Ambreen Riasat confessed to assisting the local couple in eloping. “The accused confessed during the investigation that a few months back Saima, a schoolgirl from the same village and tribe, eloped with her boyfriend and Ambreen facilitated their frequent meetings and later their elopement,” district police officer Khurram Rasheed said. The couple appears to have escaped, but Ambreen wasn’t so lucky.

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When the members of the jirga realized the couple was missing and heard Ambreen Riasat’s part in the elopement, they called a 6-hour meeting during which they agreed to kill the girl as punishment for damaging the village’s reputation. “Then they seated the girl in a van in which the couple had escaped. They tied her hands to the seats and then poured petrol on her and the vehicle,” district police chief Saeed Wazir said. “I hadn’t seen such a barbaric attack in my whole life.”

After the teen’s burned body was found by authorities, district police eventually arrested at least 13 elders of the village who were involved in the council and the killing, along with the girl’s own mother, who is said to have agreed to the sentence. The girl’s brother was also arrested over her death. The suspects are seen following their arrest in the footage below.

Additional news coverage, seen below, shows the girl’s burned remains in a body bag, as well as the charred vehicle where her remains were found. Although the report is in another language, it still gives a disturbing real-life view of the horrors some people face, especially females, in countries were honor killings take place for the smallest of “crimes” against the family.

Sherry Rehman explains that the shock and outrage over Ambreen Riasat’s death aren’t just about murder. “It is also the nature and scale of brutality against women that Pakistan’s government continues to tolerate despite a growing clamor for reform,” she explained. “High profile cases like this one shine a light on more than just a conspiracy of silence when it comes to crimes against women. They also refract in sharp contours the costs of political inaction at the top.”

She goes on to explain that, according to recent reports by Pakistan’s independent Human Rights Commission, there were not only more than 1,100 “honor killings” in one year, there were also 900 cases of sexual violence reported against women and nearly 800 women committed or attempted to commit suicide as well. She warns, “These reported cases are just the tip of the iceberg, however.”

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Girls are at a greater risk of suffering an “honor killing” in countries where the practice occurs. (Photo Credit: ArmyAmber/Pixabay)

“While murder or injury is in most cases seen as a serious crime, with harsh penalties, this is not the case when it comes to crimes against women, especially those that involve the supposed ‘honor, of families or communities,” Rehman points out. “The law allows for the exchange of ‘blood money’ for family pardons in certain crimes, preventing police or prosecutors from taking action and saving the perpetrators from justice,” she adds, describing a type of “justice” most of us can’t imagine in America.

She rightfully concludes that change must come, saying that “there is no reason that Pakistan’s people, mainly its women, should have to live in fear of the savagery and brutality of honor killings.” It would seem that in this day and age, no woman or person anywhere should live in fear of this kind of nightmare, but it’s going to take mounting public and international pressure to bring about change. So, will you raise your voice for girls like Ambreen? She can no longer tell her story, but we can.


Journalist Who Exposed Clinton Corruption Killed in Car Bombing

A fierce journalist who for years made waves by exposing the corruption of the rich and powerful, including the Clintons, has been killed in what appears to be a car bombing.

Daphne Caruana Galizia died late last month in her native Malta when her car suddenly exploded into a ball of fire.

Galizia had most recently been exposing the corruption of Maltese Prime Minister Joseph Muscat.

But not long ago, she was celebrated for exposing what’s now known as the “Panama Papers,” 11.5 million leaked documents detailing the financial information of over 200,000 offshore accounts.

Contained in the Panama Papers was evidence of criminal elements financing the political careers of both Bill and Hillary Clinton, and their unethical use of offshore tax shelters.

Some are trying to vaguely brush off the explosion as a “tragic incident,” but Galizia’s son said in remarks carried by the Guardian that this was clearly a political hit.

While some may refer to Daphne Caruana Galizia’s death as “tragic,” her son said he believes “this was no ordinary murder and it was not tragic.” He argued that “when there is blood and fire all around you, that’s war. We are a people at war against the state and organized crime, which have become indistinguishable.”

Whether or not the Clintons were involved in Galizia’s death (and, given their track record, that’s by no means beyond the realm of the possible), this fierce crusader for the truth deserves to be honored.

H/T Patriot News Watch,conservativepost.com

When Shooter Opens Fire, Witness Doesn’t Have a Gun to Fight Back — So He Uses His Car Instead

Two regular guys took heroic action to stop a man shooting an AR-15 rifle at a Dollar General store near Buffalo, New York, on Tuesday afternoon — with one of them hopping in his car and running over the suspect to prevent him from firing another round.

What went down?

  • Mark Pinnavaia owns Darylls Car Audio across the street from the Dollar General in Cheektowaga and told WGRZ-TV his employee Chris Kaufmann yelled “shots fired.”
  • Pinnavaia told the station they saw a man “shooting at the front” of the Dollar General.
  • He told WGRZ Kaufmann picked up the phone to call 911.
  • Pinnavaia grabbed his cellphone and keys, and hopped into his Ford Focus in the parking lot so he could gain a good vantage point and be “the best witness that I could possibly be,” the Buffalo News reported.

What did Pinnavaia do when the shooter momentarily put down the rifle?

  • Pinnavaia — who’s a reserve deputy for the Erie County Sheriff’s Office but didn’t have a gun on him when the bullets started flying, the Buffalo News said — saw a chance to stop the shooter.
  • “I proceeded to drive as fast as I possibly could to hit the individual,” he told the paper. “I had full intentions to hit him if that’s what it would take to stop him.”
  • Pinnavaia gunned his car across a side lawn and aimed it right at the shooter, who was running toward a Dollar General back door, WGRZ said.
  • “I caught him as he was jumping up over the roof of my car … there’s actually a foot print on my vehicle where he hit,” Pinnavaia told the station. “At that point he ran, and I jumped out of my vehicle and began a foot pursuit.”
  • Kaufmann joined the chase, and they both ran after the man until police caught up with him, WGRZ said.
  • “I was about five feet behind him when he jumped over a guard rail, and I saw officers with weapons drawn intercept him,” Pinnavaia told the station. “I broke off my pursuit and put my own hands up in the air.”

What did police have to say about the pair?

  • Cheektowaga Police Chief David Zack told WGRZ that Pinnavaia and Kaufmann  are “heroes” who likely prevented deaths: “It’s a miracle I am not reading off the names of deceased.”
  • “There was just incredible bravery on this part of these individuals,” Zack added to the station. “They were not going to be victims. They fought back, and they took this guy out, and they put a stop to it. No words could describe their courage.”

What else did Pinnavaia and Kaufmann say?

  • “This is not about being a hero,” Kaufmann told WGRZ. “This was about doing what you think you need to do and just doing it.”
  • “Some people have it in them to fight first, and I instinctively had that feeling to do whatever I could do,” Pinnavaia told the Buffalo News, adding that there was no fear, only “adrenaline.”

What’s up with the suspect?

  • Police identified the shooter as Travis J. Green, 29, the Buffalo News said.
  • He walked into the Dollar General around 2:30 p.m. and asked for an application, WKBW-TV reported, citing the Erie County District Attorney’s Office.
  • The suspect got angry and left the store, investigators told WKBW, and then fired 20 rounds with an AR-15 rifle at the store from the parking lot. He was wearing body armor and camouflage, the station added.
  • Green — who was in possession of two rifles and 800 rounds of ammunition, police told WGRZ — was arraigned on felonies including attempted murder, assault and criminal use of a firearm and was held without bail.
  • A 53-year-old Cheektowaga man was shot in the shoulder but was released from a hospital and is home with his family and recovering, WKBW-TV reported.Here’s a news report with more information on the suspect: