Rights activists in Pakistan have long fought against the patriarchal notion of “honour”, which remains prevalent across South Asia [Anjum Naveed/AP]

Women’s rights activists condemned the murder of a whistleblower in a notorious “honour killing” case that has shone a years-long spotlight on female victims – and the men who defend them- in Pakistan.

Afzal Kohistani, the man who first drew attention to the infamous incident in 2012, was gunned down in Abbottabad on Wednesday, police said.

He had pursued a case in which a local cleric ordered the deaths of male and female wedding guests shown enjoying

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