Pakistan and state failure: Waiting for justice

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Here is a short list of recent horror stories from Pakistan, for which there is no government accountability or action and little public protest out of fear generated by an ever widening range of Islamic extremists, who carry out acts of terror with impunity. On May 27, a young woman who had married on her free will was stoned to death by her father and brothers near the Lahore High Court on a road that is one of the busiest in the city. Farzana Parveen, 25, was pregnant and on her way to court to contest an abduction case filed by her family against her husband – whom she had married out of love. Some 20 members of her family were waiting for her outside the court. They smashed her skull…

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