WASHINGTON, Oct 8 (APP): The United States has welcomed the passage  of a bill against the so-called “honor killings” which was unanimously approved by the parliament.

In a statement, US State Department Spokesman John Kirby said that  United Stated commended the efforts of the government to end  this practice.

“This legislation is an important step toward  protecting women and girls in Pakistan and promoting their full participation in society.”

The spokesman stated that raising social awareness and holding  perpetrators accountable are critical next steps, and the United  States will continue to support Pakistan’s efforts.

The anti-honor killing bill mandates life imprisonment for those  who kill women for the so-called “honour-killing”, mostly by the family members.