UNITED NATIONS, Oct 7 (APP): The United Nations Friday welcomed the bill passed by Pakistan’s parliament against “honour killings.”

Responding to a question at the regular noon briefing, Deputy Spokesman for the UN Secretary-General Farhan Haq said that the United Nations has been expressing its concern over the cases of so-called honour killings and anything that is done to end this practice was welcome.

A joint session of the lower and upper houses of parliament approved the new anti-honour killing law, removing a loophole in existing law that allows killers to walk free after being pardoned by family members.

Hundreds of Pakistani women die each year at the hands of relatives in so-called honor killings. Pakistans independent Human Rights Commission estimated last year that 860 honour killings were committed between January 2012 and mid-September 2015.